Many years ago I began my musical journey while in high school playing in a few different bands, but my first real band was the East Coast Rivieras. We had a great run for ten years playing primarily Carolina “beach music”. Life got in the way and most of us in that band left music for a time. I finished my education at Gardner-Webb University and finished my 30-year career as a High Point Police officer, retiring as Captain.
I returned to music in 2004 and started Summerdaze band, that would primarily play the most requested dance hits. In June of 2005 we, played our first job in Charlotte, NC at Atria Merrywood, and haven't slowed down since!
Summerdaze has remained true to that focus since the bands inception and never varied far from our vision. Several members over the years are the reason this band has been so successful; but change is inevitable and difficult at best in any business, and the music business is certainly no different. A member leaves and another takes their place bringing their contribution to the band and our music. Seasons and priorities continue to change causing some to leave to pursue other passions; and sometimes it becomes necessary to change members in order to remain focused and strengthen our commitment to the delivery of the best dance music.
As business goes sometimes situations occur that cause a major disruption in delivery of service(s) to our customers. In the past 8 weeks incidents have occurred that have caused me to put the business on hold and reflect as to its future. I have always had a back up plan but at this point I felt it necessary to pause totally and get away from it for a season. Thank you to all who have been so supportive over the years. I have always ran this business with integrity and always tried to do the right thing even when the wrong thing was easier. This business has been since late 2004. I am so very proud of where we came from and what we have accomplished and how we accomplished it. I am always reminded.... God's got this...stay tuned friends...its going to get interesting. You can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call me at 803.984.7208.
Mitch Simpson, founder and member, Summerdaze LLC