BoThe Band

Matt Hyman - Jenny Harada Wasson - Joe Schulte - Dan McClung - Dale Largent

Ramblin' in from all parts of the territory, the Moon Mountain Ramblers have drawn five musicians together to create an original sound and a soulful interpretation of traditional bluegrass, jazz/swing rock and country tunes - a sound that can only be described as Slamgrass straight from Americana.photo by Ben Moon

 

Performance History:

The Moon Mountain Ramblers have performed at festivals throughout the Northwest including: the Sisters Folk Festival, Siskiyou Bluegrass Festival, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks Music Festival, Mountain Stomp, Prospect Bluegrass Festival, Bend Brew and others.

The Ramblers consist of Dan McClung slappin' the upright bass, Matt Hyman pickin' the guitar, Dale Largent holding it down on percussion, Joe Schulte choppin' the mandolin, and Jenny Wasson sawin’ the fiddle.

 

 

Matt Hyman

 

Matt Hyman
Guitar, Dobro, Lead Vocals

aka Mai ( pronounced: May)

Mai is a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. His style of singing ranges widely from bluegrass, blues, and rock and roll and his guitar playing is bluegrass in foundation while his lead work hints on blues, jazz and rock. On stage, he projects a high energy and a colorful perspective of the music that he plays and his willingness to share the experience with the audience highlights his style. He is a lover if worldwide acoustic roots music... and rock climbing. Yeeeee  Braahhhh!

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Jenny Harada Wasson
Violins, Vocals

Jenny Harada Wasson started playing the violin at the age of 10 in Bend, Oregon. She studied the Suzuki Method and played in symphonies throughout high school and college. She received a Bachelors of Art in Music Performance at Beloit College in Wisconsin. While in Wisconsin she got her first taste of bluegrass, performing during ultimate Frisbee games. After moving back to Bend, she met mandolinist Joe Schulte who introduced her to Dawg music and whiskey, a powerful combination. She was the original member of the Chili Dawgs, which eventually morphed into the Moon Mountain Ramblers. 

Along with the Ramblers, Jenny also performs with Bend’s hip hop band Person People, Laurel Brauns and the Sweet Harlots and the Central Oregon Symphony. She teaches fiddle out of String Theory Studios in downtown Bend. In her spare time, you can find her rooting for the Blazers or playing a game of cribbage. Her idols include Darol Anger, Stuart Duncan, Jason Carter and Stephane Grappelli.

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Jenny Harada

 

 

Joe Schulte

 

Joe Schulte
Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals

At 28 years of age, Joe Schulte is a bit of a late bloomer in the musical world, but has been on a very unique musical journey. Raised in Alaska but now considered a local Oregonian, Joe has allowed his life to become fully engulfed in the world of music. He is now a full time music teacher owning a successful private studio in downtown Bend, Oregon. What might set Joe aside from many other players, and teachers, are his musical influences. Joe is a firm believer that there is magic in all musical styles and genres, even if one is not a big fan of the music in general.

Most players get their influences and ideas from artists who play and have pioneered similar styles of music. As Joe values this idea as well, he also lends a big ear to totally unrelated projects including Electronic, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Metal, Folk, on and on- old and new. A conscious listener can easily hear this in his song writing. Variety is his main focus. He does admit though that since picking up the mandolin, David Grisman's music may just be the most prominent influence in learning the instrument. Now he likes to use what he has learned from the Dawg in combination with whatever ideas he can snatch from his most diverse musical library. All in all Joe likes to play progressive music.

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Dan McCLung
Upright Bass, Harmonica, Vocals

aka Bassdawg

Dan McClung was born and raised in the Ft. Worth, Texas area where his musical career began early.   “I remember watching The Grand Ole Opry live on TV with my parents.  I had just turned three years old and begged for a guitar for Christmas.  When it arrived I soon discovered it was only a toy guitar and would never really be playable.  I was so upset I proceeded to bust it up on the hardwood floor.”  Piano lessons began in third grade; trumpet was played from the fifth through twelfth grades in school; and a “real” Sears Silvertone guitar arrived during the sixth grade along with an awareness of Bob Dylan and The Beatles

Soon Dan was beginning to write songs, which has continued to be an area of great interest.  At the age of twenty-four during a trip to Canada, Dan meet some folks who would turn out to be life-long friends.  By quirk or fate, they all played acoustic instruments but needed a bass player.  Dan volunteered to be the bassist and soon had an acoustic bass (which he named Rosie) and did some serious wood shedding to get up to speed on this unfamiliar instrument.  This first band became known as Home Made Stew from which one of the founding members, Patricia Conroy, went on be named the Canadian Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” for 1994 and garner “Album of the Year” status for her sophomore release (CCMA – 1993). 

The next band in which Dan was a member was Station Road, another fine Canadian Bluegrass Band that won the Carlisle Bluegrass Festival and extensively toured Southern Ontario.  After five years in Canada, Dan returned to his native Texas for a while before moving to Bend, Oregon in 1984.  By 2001 it had been 21 years that Rosie the bass had lain idle.  Once again, feeling the yearnings to play with fellow musicians, Dan put out the call to see if he could get something going and after not too long the Moon Mountain Ramblers came to be.

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Dan McClung

 

 

 

Dale Largent

Dale Largent
Djembe, Percussion

While Dale studied classical percussion methods at Interlochen Music Academy, his approach to music has developed a large and growing reputation as a performer, teacher, studio sideman, and advocate for the arts. In spite of his classical training and proficiency on many percussion instruments, Dale has focused the last 15 years on handdrums.

Dale has performed 75+ shows / year since 2006 with Taarka, the award-winning Moon Mountain Ramblers, and many others. Dale has also performed with: The Everyone Orchestra, Darol Anger, Steve Kimock, Reinhart Melz, Joe Craven, Vince Herman, Jeff Austin, Mamady Keita, Sharon Gilchrest, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Damian Erskine, Nathan Moore...

Also a recording artist, his recordings include albums with Taarka (Frogville Planet Records), Moon Mountain Ramblers , COYO, the Everyone Orchestra, Mark Ransom, and many others.

Dale owns a professional recording studio, Dale Largent Recording, where he tracks his own music as well as projects for other great artists. When not on stage, he shares his passion for rhythm and being loud with students of all ages through schools, groups and private instruction.

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