About the Band
Gregg StandridgeGregg Standridge began playing drums when he was 14 and switched to mandolin after hearing the Rod Stewart album "Every Picture Tells a Story." He then picked up guitar with help from his friend Paul Hendrix. Hendrix showed him the basic chords and how to figure songs out by ear and Standridge began to play in old line country bands and rock bands in South Oklahoma City. He then was granted the opportunity to study music at OCCC and USAO. He finished his formal education at OCU. After living in Los Angeles for a year Gregg moved back to the OKC area and began writing and performing with the Norman-based bands "Inspector 12" and "Doc and the Delivery Boys." After these 2 projects he began building his teaching studio which he still maintains today through the Norman Music Institute in Norman, OK.

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.

Michael McCartyMichael McCarty began playing drums in 1963 with a surf band. Through the late '60s and early '70s he played with the psychedelic / folk rock, Holy Modal Rounders. He played on The Rounder's 5th album, "Good Taste is Timeless" which included the Dr. Demento hit "Boobs A Lot." After the Rounders, he continued working with Folk / Red Dirt / Americana songwriters including Roger Tillison, Phil Sampson, Kevin Welch, Jim Pulte, John Hadley, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. He also played and recorded with Country Gazette, featuring Alan Munde and Roland White. In addition to the Sunday Flyers, McCarty plays with Terry "Buffalo" Ware's instrumental band The Shambles, and enjoys being a member of the Woody Guthrie Festival house band every summer in Okemah, Oklahoma.

 

 

Mark McCartyMark 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.

Bob FrenchFlyers acoustic guitarist Bob French began playing music professionally as a bluegrass banjo player in 1973 at the age of 14.

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.

 

 

 

Bob has been and is fortunate enough to play with a number of other Oklahoma Bands as well, including Terry "Buffalo" Ware and the Shambles, The John Arnold Bluegrass Band, The Great Plainsmen, The Heath Roach Experience, The John Mansfield Gypsy Wind Band, Terry Ware's Awesome Friends, and The Panhandlers. He is especially proud of his participation as a support member of the reunited and legendary alt-country band Blue Rose Café, with fellow Flyer Michael McCarty, as a memorial tribute concert and CD/DVD recording honoring the late, great Oklahoma songwriter Pat Long. Bob continues to perform, record and teach bluegrass music whenever possible. By day, Bob can often be found masquerading as a research and writing attorney with the Oklahoma City firm Monnet, Hayes, Bullis, Thompson & Edwards.
Chris BabcockChris Babcock began his musical journey at age 8, when he told his Mom, an accomplished classical pianist, that he would like to play violin. She didn't hesitate on getting him started with violin lessons with the well known folk archivist and fiddler, Marion Thede. Eventually, Chris transferred to Herbert Bagwell, who was influential in the success of many Oklahoma City violinsts, not only by his teaching methods but by his renting and selling quality instruments at affordable prices to budding violin students from his Inner-City Violin shop.

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."

 

 

Roy DickinsonRoy Dickinson has played bass since the delicate age of 14, starting out on the mean streets of Wichita Falls, Texas. His playing has matured more rapidly than his mind.

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.

 

  In Memoriam: Gates Miskovsky