Drexler Band

Drexler Band


Drexler lays it down. It's funk, breaks, old thick grooves with new underground flavor. Whether it's uptempo funk or chillout lounge, the pocket is deep.


Drexler, formed by Michael DeVellis, was founded in 2006 but was many years in the making. The band has brought together five heavy hitters to produce a groove all their own.

To call Michael DeVellis a supremely talented saxophone player would capture only part of his musical prowess. He is a composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, who has been playing professionally for over 10 years. Michael has played with several bands and deejays at renowned venues across the U.S. and Europe, including the Jones Beach Theater and Central Park Summer Stage in New York, the PNC Arts Center in New Jersey, the Sunset parties in San Francisco, the legendary Montuno Vibes parties in Belgium, and the OM Records party at the Winter Music Conference in Miami. Michael's saxophone can be heard on several record labels, including OM, Siesta, Maya, Big Chief, Credence, and Renaissance.

After graduating from Tufts University in 1998, Michael came home to New York and started gigging in the New York City jam band scene. He sat in with acts such as Lettuce, The Derek Trucks Band, Susan Tedeschi, Leo Nocentelli, Melvin Sparks, Oteil Burbridge (bass, Peacemakers, Allman Brothers), The Jason Crosby Band, Rainbow Trout, and many others. Michael became a part of Soleo where he met guitarist Joe Keith. Michael and Joe went on to work in many projects together through the years. Their playing styles meshed seamlessly and their chemistry as musicians and friends was apparent.

In 2001 Michael started teaching music at James Maidson High School and in his first year, he had a drumming phenomenon, Danny Rodriguez Jr. as one of his students. Danny graduated from Madison and continued on his already flourishing professional career. Each year Danny competed in the Guitar Center national drumoff competition, advancing very far each successive year. In 2006, with much perseverence, Danny took the championship and is now Guitar Center's National drumoff champion. The following is an excerpt from the press release:

LOS ANGELES (January 11, 2007) - In front of today's most influential drummers and a packed house at Hollywood's Music Box @ Fonda Theatre, the nation's top four undiscovered drummers battled it out for glory at Guitar Center's Drum Off 2006 Grand Finals. Though all four showed their prowess, it was 22-year-old Daniel Rodriguez who proved he had the unmatched passion and technique to be hailed as the nation's finest undiscovered drummer. As if the title of Drum Off champion wasn't enough, Rodriguez shared the stage with powerhouse musicians including +44, Stephen Perkins, The Matches, and Street Drum Corps.

Rodriguez has then gone on to perform with such acts as Justin Timberlake and Prince. Rodriguez and DeVellis had always remained close after Danny's graduation and played together on several occasions in church where Michael was introduced to the amazing talent of Danny Rodriguez Sr. After the competition, all of the pieces had fallen into place and the formation of Drexler was complete. The band is now playing all around New York city and the crowd response has been nothing short of amazing. The band has also picked up Randy Montalvo on Congas along the way. Randy has played on stages with names such as Santana and Tito Puente. Drexler also has keyboards greats Jason Crosby (Robert Randolph Band, Jason Crosby Band) and Peter Levin (Blind Boys of Alabama) sitting in with them on most gigs. This group is quickly on the rise!!


Discography featuring Michael DeVellis:
o How's That? EP, Michael DeVellis. Pockit Records. Unreleased
o Sea to City, Michael DeVellis and John Howard. OM Records. 2006
o Who is Worange Drexler?, a full-length album by Michael DeVellis, 2005
o It's Work EP, Michael DeVellis. Citrona Records summer 2005,
o Cruisin' , The Shift. Blunted Funk 2005.
o Cultural Assertion, Randall Jones. Renaissance Records 2005.
o Shout Mable, Michael DeVellis. Nu Jazz Sessions 2, Groove Gravy 2004.
o Valentino's Revenge, Sneak-E Pete & Jordan Vesteyo. Blunted Funk 2003.
o Unasaximous, Joeski. Big Chief Records 2002.
o Post Boogie, Michael DeVellis. Blunted Funk 2002.
o Electrofunk, Sneak-E Pete & Miss Bliss (flute). Blunted Funk 2002.
o Hustler's Revenge, Joeski. Maya Recordings 2000.
o Sax Attack EP, Joeski. Siesta Recordings 2000.
o That Sax Song, Alexi Delano. Svek 1997.

Set List

1. Nastiness 2. Notes and Notes 3. Furtherment 4. Salsa Brand Salsa 5. More Cowbell! 6. Introlecution 7. Little Danny's Strut 8. Freddy's Love 9. The Tea Room 10. Where's Joey? 11. Shout Mable 12. Want Some? 13. Same ole Thang