P.O. Box 739
Hampstead, Maryland  21074
Telephone: (410) 374-9698

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Earl Fisher

Sherri Cohen

Pat Burton

Joe Costa

Jim Kroll

Don McCombie

Band Members

Earl Fisher
(Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals)

Earl's musical roots go back to the late 40's and early 50's listening to singing groups like the "Andrews Sisters" and the do-wop groups of the fifties.  He started singing in church choirs in his pre-teen years.  When he was in high school, he started singing trio doing acapella music singing in the halls and bathrooms, because of the echo sounds it produced.  He started teaching himself guitar while serving in the Marine Corps, playing folk music which was popular at the time.  After a tour in Viet Nam and four years in the Marine Corps, he returned to Carroll County and started a band with family and friends playing carnivals and picnics for fun.  In the late 70's he joined a country band "Sugar Creek".  "Sugar Creek" evolved into a rock band called "Eclipse" which played from the late 80's to mid 90's.  In that time, Earl started playing keyboards and harmonica.  After "Eclipse" faded, Earl joined "Bootleg".

Sherri Cohen
(Lead Vocals)

Sherri joins Bootleg after singing in two Baltimore bands over the past ten years.  She is thrilled to perform with Bootleg and experience the variety of fun venues within central Maryland corridor.  Sherri began performing as a singer and dancer as a teenager at Hershey Park. While obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree at college, she took vocal lessons and sang with an acapella group. She is excited to join the Bootleg family and rock the bars, carnivals and the community at large.

Jim Kroll
(Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals)

Jim, who is the backbone of "Bootleg", started playing guitar at the age of 9.  At age 13, he began classical violin lessons, and continued through college, earning a B.S. degree in Music Education.  In the 70's he played rock fusion and jazz standards in such bands as "Strings Attached" and "Maji".  In the early 80's, he played variety bands such as "Landslide" and "Prism".  In the early 90's when country music broke out with line dancing, he played with the very popular group "Coyote".  Jim, who likes the hard driving beat and rock rhythms, joined the "Nita Slater Band", playing guitar and fiddle to the country dance craze at the time.  Jim has been playing with "Bootleg" since 1996.  Jim says "playing with 'Bootleg' has been one of the best experiences of my musical career...".

Pat Burton
(Bass, Vocals)

Pat Burton is a guitar player that was approached by a group of friends while in his early twenties to join a new wave band in 1978 at the beginning of that music movement.  There was a need for a bass player and Pat filled those shoes, and he has been playing bass as a primary instrument ever since.  He has been entertaining in the Maryland area for over 30 years with such bands as "A to Z".

Don McCombie
(Keyboards)

Don has been playing the keys since the 80's and early 90's with bands such as "The Sentries" and "Crowded Stage".  He joined "Bootleg" in 2006 after a break from music to form his own company, DocuMacs Computer Consultants.  In "Bootleg", he is reunited with drummer Jeff Sasser when they played in "Flying Circus" together.  His musical experience and talent was the final piece to make the band what it is today.

Joe Costa
(Drums, percussion, lead & background vocals)

Joe started being interested in drums around 1970 after watching his older brother jam to records in their basement, learning songs for his band. Joe started playing drums around 1971, when his Dad bought him a set. In grammar school he started out on clarinet and trumpet, but decided to stick with the drums. He was in his high school band as a drummer and started playing professionally around 1981 in local bars and night clubs in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

Joe has played in various types of band such as Top 40, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal and Christian Rock. He has also opened up in support of national acts such as DC Star, The Dead End Kids, Cry Monday, and Petra.

Joe’s early musical influences were; The Beatles, Stones Beach Boys, Kansas, Alice Cooper and many more. Joes favorite drummers are, Buddy Rich, Ringo, Charlie Watts, Neal Peart, John Bonham, Keith Moon and Phil Collins. Some of his former bands were; The Tall Dogs, Greystone, Talegunner, Against the Grain, & Holy-Smoke.