BLACK WOLF & THE THIEF
is a keyboard and percussion driven trio from Warren, OH. With jazz and rock influences like Pink Floyd, Mingus, The Doors, Brian Wilson, and Animal Collective, BWT's music is a funky, hard hitting, unique sound all of its own. Three part harmonies, flute solos, and unusual synth sounds help make up the Black Wolf & the Thief sound, both in original songs as well as covers.
Carolyn Colley vocals & flute
Carolyn is from Warren, Ohio. She is a stay at home mom, often singing to baby Boaz. She has been singing her whole life in school choirs, church choirs, and local theater. She spent a year touring the country with the performance group, Re-Creation USA, Inc. where she received extensive vocal and dance training. She also sings for The Big Nasty, her church praise band Firmly Grounded, and has performed as a vocalist with The Dave Banks Big Band & Saved by the 90s.
Brian Messina percussion & vocals
Brian is from Warren, Ohio. He has been playing drums since the 5th grade, playing in the marching band at Howland High School where he graduated and the YSU Marching Pride. He currently works at Flex-Strut, plays bass in his church praise band Firmly Grounded, and is actively trying to prove his mother wrong- that he can in fact make a living "just playing drums."
Clay Colley keys & vocals
Clay is from Warren, Ohio, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and a Master’s degree in jazz composition from the Dana School of Music at YSU. He spends his time as a freelance musician, playing various styles of music from jazz to pop to classical, performing with other local bands such as First Class Band and the Labra Brothers. He also composes and arranges all the music for the The Big Nasty. Outside of performing, he's the piano instructor at Thiel College, gives private piano lessons, and works as a church music director.
Ed Monroe sound wizard
Ed holds a BSEE from VA Tech and now resides in Cortland, Ohio. His day job is in engineering for an automotive components supplier, where he has four patents and numerous design awards including membership in the Innovation Hall of Fame. He has been moonlighting as a sound tech for over 35 years.
Batman had Alfred, 007 had Q, and BWT has "Mr. E" providing the toys and tools for their adventures!