The Breeze Band Members

Barney Norfleet

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Barney is currently in his 3rd time around with The Breeze Band. “I guess there’s just something about this band that keeps people coming back....myself included” says Norfleet. Born and raised in Wilson County, Barney joined The Breeze Band in the early 80’s as a young college student. After a few of years, big city life was calling so he packed up for Charlotte and joined The Fabulous Kays. After a couple of years of city life it was time to wise up and come back home, and was lucky enough for Dink Perry to offer his old job back. He continued with the band 8 more years until Dink moved the band to Charlotte.

In his years in the business, Barney has performed with such music greats as The Temptations, The 4 Tops, The Spinners, Dionne Warwick, and Paul Anka just to name a few. He has performed along side some of the biggest groups in the Southeast at some of the largest venues there is.

Barney is a former local music teacher and currently works for the State of NC. Along with wife Karen, they enjoy traveling, concerts, and sporting events, and is a huge supporter of his Alma Mater: The Barton College Bulldogs.

Gordon Spring

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Starting out singing in grammar school, Gordon certainly got an early start in the music business. In the 8th grade with a band called the Telstars, Gordon was “gigging” long before he was driving. “Looking back” says Spring, “it seemed natural, but I guess it was unusual for a group so young to be working like that.” Perhaps that early start laid the foundation for the golden voice we hear today. When The Breeze Band first formed on July 4, 1980, it was with Gordon at the helm guiding the ship. It was unfortunate that after 2 1/2 years, due to his work schedule, Spring was unable to continue with the band.

Now that the band that made Dink Perry a legend has decided to transform the band into a newer and better version 2.0, there is only one person for the lead singer spot. Gordon is a natural fit with his history with the band and his crystal clean, yet powerful tenor voice.

Gordon works in the food service industry and lives in Rocky Mount with wife Janet. Together they enjoy camping and riding their motorcycles. Gordon is also a karaoke celebrity in the Nash and Edgecombe county areas.

Ronnie Raper

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Ronnie, a native of Wilson, has been playing guitar since 6th grade. He loves and plays all styles of music ranging from hard rock to contemporary Christian. If asked what his favorite type of music is, Ronnie always replies “any kind that has a great guitar part in it”. He began performing in high school with a consistent group of fellow students primarily in the annual Fike Stunt Night from ‘83 – ‘86. After college at ASU and beginning a career as a CPA Ronnie joined “Covenant”, a contemporary Christian music group consisting of other musician friends. The group had moderate success, recording two albums.

After settling down with a family, Ronnie got involved with the two theater groups in Wilson: “The Playhouse of Wilson” and “Act for Youth”. He was most often playing guitar or bass for shows these groups performed on the Boykin Center stage. Occasionally, Ronnie was actually an actor on the stage. His favorite shows to have played were “Footloose”, “Grease”, “Schoolhouse Rock 2” and most recently, “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Joining The Breeze Band, Ronnie brings his own style of playing that is a blend of several musical styles and genres. His style has helped define the sound of the newest version of the band. Ronnie currently resides in Wilson with his wife, Colleen, and their two children. He enjoys cycling when not working or playing music.

Lew Martin

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A native of Cebu City, Philippines - with roots in Richmond, Virginia and Lumberton, NC - Dr. Lew Martin is the newest member of The Breeze Band. Having picked up the sticks recently after a nearly 20 year hiatus to pursue a career as an Orthopaedic surgeon, Sweet Lew has returned to the musical scene. He has been here in Wilson for 11 years and practices shoulder and knee reconstructive surgery at Wilson Orthopaedics. He has played professionally before in college at UNCW and has been in many garage and bar bands over the years. He is married to the Honorable Susan Martin who represents Wilson and Pitt counties in the NC General Assembly and has two beautiful daughters, Rachel and Abigail. Rachel will be attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN next year to study in the Singer Songwriter program. Her first original album, ‘Wildfire” was released last March on iTunes and her new single ‘Drive’ is available now. Abigail is a rising junior at Virginia Episcopal and an aspiring photographer.

Lew has enjoyed working with the other stellar musicians in The Breeze Band, and hopes to have an opportunity to entertain you at your next event!

Ed Credle

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Ed has been “slapping that bass” since 1980 and joined The Breeze Band in February, 2014. Ed is also a member of Peace Church in Wilson, NC where he plays bass in both the orchestra and Praise Band. Prior to joining The Breeze Band, Ed played bass with several local bands and recorded with Keith Parish in Nashville, Tennessee in 2012. During this recording session, Ed had the pleasure of recording with Kevin Dukes, Sam Levine, and other national recording artists. Ed also played with the stage band in the 2014 Wilson Playhouse production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Ed attended college at the University of Louisiana at Monroe and graduated with a BBA in accounting. He moved to North Carolina in 2000 and is currently employed at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC as a systems engineer.

Ed is blessed with a wonderful family. He is married to Beth Conway Credle, a native of Rocky Mount, NC who is a local educator and musician. Ed has four beautiful daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law, and a precious granddaughter: Melody Credle, Christy and Matt Manning and little Miss Jordyn Manning, Lauren and Jacob Dial, and Ashley Credle.

In addition to playing with The Breeze Band, Ed enjoys playing golf, traveling, bowling, attending ECU games, and spending time with family and friends. You can often hear him screaming across town whenever the Ole Miss Rebels and the New Orleans Saints score a touchdown or the Houston Astros win a game!! Ed is excited about playing music with the talented musicians in The Breeze Band, and they look forward to sharing their music with you one day soon!

Jonathon Tedder

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Jonathan is juggling a busy schedule between school, college life and The Breeze Band, so he may not be at every Breeze Band performance. Currently a senior at the University of Mount Olive, Jonathan has been a musician since his middle school days. Jonathan plays trumpet, percussion as well as helping on background vocals and has performed in many civic and school groups, including the Mount Olive College Concert band,     St. Paul's United Methodist UMO chamber/concert choir, the Wilson civic orchestra, and is a musician at Westmoreland Church. Jonathan was also the Mount Olive College Homecoming King in 2012.

Jonathan enjoys most outdoor sports, but hunting is his favorite past time. He has one nephew, Eli whom he adores. Ladies....he is SINGLE!