His awards include a first place finish in a scramble golf tournament in Moore in 1989 in which he was the "D level golfer". And in 1969 his fifth grade little league team earned "The Sportsmanship Award" for their perfect 0 - 14 record in the OK Kids Association League.
Mark McCarty began playing harmonica as a child in the late 50s. His first public performance was a second grade PTA meeting where he played taps for the audience. The Harmonicats, a popular staple of the Ed Sullivan Show, made an indelible early impression. Around this same time period, he was introduced to blues harmonica, seeing Sonny Boy Williamson on the Ernie Kovacs show. In the late 60s he immersed himself in the blues harmonica and began a lifelong journey of listening and studying the masters, Sonny Boy and Little Walter. Having grown up around brother Michael's many bands and musician friends, he too started playing drums.
Sometime in the early 70's, Mark went to hear a legendary local Norman band, The Amazing Rhythm Chickens, and volunteered to play drums when their drummer did not show up. He played drums with many local bands until the mid 80's.
In the early 90s Mark joined his brother in The Curb Feelers, playing harp and singing. Mark also plays guitar and loves all kinds of music. He says playing with The Sunday Flyers and performing Gregg's original songs is one of the most enjoyable musical experiences of his life.
Mark is currently employed at The University of Oklahoma working in Information Technology.
After playing banjo, mandolin and guitar with a number of award-winning bluegrass bands including Country Mile, Pacific Fast Mail and the Alan Munde All-Stars, he joined the Norman-based John Arnold Band as lead electric guitarist, traveling and performing in at least 26 states over the past 30 years.
Anyway, after 3 years of violin, Chris was bit by the Top 40 bug and still hasn't fully recovered. He somehow talked his parents into trading in his violin for a set of drums, played those for a couple of years and then traded those in on a guitar and amp, much to the disgust of his friends who just said, "Man, you just start getting good on one thing and you drop it for something else!" So, the trend continues...electric bass, piano, composition, arranging, violin again (after putting it down for over 30 years), mandolin, upright bass. Not only that, Chris can't make up his mind what style of music he likes best, so he just plays at and occasional writes or arranges whatever floats in at the time. He enjoys listening to everything from the most serious classical music to the funkiest funk. To sum up Chris' view on music: "It's good medicine."
Way back when, Roy played with numerous rock and jazz acts, and in recent years (like the last 30) has played with Pearl, the Jetsons, Osage, Loose Change, Wess McMichael and the Ravens, Chain Gang | A Pretenders Tribute, Portal Immortal, and the inestimable Kierston White (and her Dirty Dishes).
Roy is very happy to be the newest Flyer and is especially privileged to be playing the cool bass lines created by the great Gator Miskovsky.