A well-known in Lithuania and abroad blues band The Road Band
was formed in the summer of 1992 in Vilnius.
The Road Band plays standard and original songs in rhythm and blues rocknroll,
jazz, and country styles. Had played more than one thousand concerts. The band is described in the book "Who is who in Vilnius district 2003".
The band has released 12 albums.
The Road Band musicians:
- vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, harp. Is the leader
of the band. The author of the most of the original songs of the band. He
has the diplomas of Vilnius Conservatory and VPU. Before he formed The Road
Band, he used to play in many jazz, blues and rocknroll bands. He played
in the first Lithuanian blues band Hilda Blues Band. With those bands he
toured many European countries. In 1999 as a member of The Country Blues
Session Band he participated in Country Europe international contest in
Mragowo, Poland; the band won the second award there. Aleksandr has released
his 2 solo blues albums Real Love and Black Papa. Apart from his playing
in "The Road Band", Aleksandr Belkin participates in many music
projects together with famous Lithuanian musicians, also plays with foreign
musicans. The most famous are Keb' Mo'
(1996 in Holland),
(2007 in Lithuania), Ian Siegal
(2009 in Lithuania), Kenny Neal
(2010 - jam session
in Palanga, Lithuania) and Larry Garner
(2011m. jam session
in Vilnius). Sometimes, Aleksandr makes gigs with big bands. Aleksandr Belkin
is described in the book "Who is who in Lithuania" (2002, 2006)
He has written and published the book "A brief history of Jazz"
supplied with CD (publishing house "Kronta").
In the festival "Blues
" on 2003 he's got a "Golden string" award. On
2003 and 2008 in the "Country Saloon" in Vilnius A. Belkin won
a Grand Prix in the contest of cazoo playing. Aleksandr - is the member
World Resophonic Association
". Besides, he is invovled as a member
best harmonic‘s players of the world
- saxophones, keyboards and percussion. Is the oldest member
of the band. He has a diploma of Vilnius Conservatory. He is a very creative
musician and shares his ideas with many famous Lithuanian jazz musicians.
The peculiar rocknroll timbre of his saxophone imparts different moods to
the bands compositions and contributes to the beat of the band.
- bass guitar. Sergei plays the bass guitar, arranges
music compositions and composes music. Sergei Sopelev started his musical
career in 1997. In 1978-1981 he served in a military orchestra where he
played the tuba in a big band and a variety band. In 1982-1987 he studied
at Vilnius J. Tallat-Kelpsa Music Colledge and played in a band "Veidrodis".
In 1988-1993 Sergei studied at St. Petersburg Culture Academy the leader
of an orchestra speciality. Sergei Sopelev has taught music since 1983;
since 1988 he has been leading the bass guitar, arrangement, instrumentation,
improvisation and ensebmble classes at Vilnius Conservatory. Since 1986
Sergei has participated in all prominent Lithuanian jazz festivals. As a
session musician he has recorded many albums with diferent Lithuanian composers.
In 1995-1997 he played the bass guitar in "The Road Band". In
1997-1999 he played in G. Paskevicius band, composed music and recorded
two albums with that band. At the same period he played in concerts with
"The Gypsy Kings" and Demis Russos, toured with concerts in Russia,
Poland, Denmark and Germany. In 1999 he released his solo album "EGO".
In 2003 Sergei rejoined "The Road Band". (- So I'm completely
satisfied at the moment (ain't talking any fucking bullshit!), - says Sergei
- drums. He started his musicans career when he was
6 years old at music school.When he was 14 he started to play on drums at
variety school ensemble. While he was the member of Plentas group, he participated
in Lituanica-86 festival, had concerts in rock klubs in Riga. At the time
he was studeing in Klaipeda conservatory , he was playing with S. Siauciulio
quartet, and with such singers as M.Granovskaja and S. Januska, moreover
he was the member of different festivals in Vitebsk, Kryvoj Rog, Moscow,
Kazan, Jaroslavl and Birstonas, was the member in different musicans projects
in Klaipeda, also was the member of festivals in Sweden, Germany, Denmark.
Either Jevgenij was the member of Nerija, Crazy crow groups, and the founder
of Tax free group. From 1998 Jevgenij Zubkevic is living in Vilnius and
was collaborated with E. Sipavicius, Neda, Arina, G. Paskevicius and other
musicans. With differnet musican projects he giged in Norway, Poland. Now
in Vilnius he gigs with such groups as East and west, Blues cats, Latino
kabareto. From 2005 is playing with the group THE ROAD BAND. Official website - www.bugnupamokos.lt
- keyboards. Arvydas Međka started play music in 1963.
In 1975 graduated from Tallat-Kelpđa higher music school. Took a playing
trombone and orchestra conducting degree. Learned to play with these instruments:
accordion, voltorne, trombone, piano. Since 1970 has been playing with Vilnius
blues, jazz, and pop musicians and singers. Cooperated with different bands
like “Drops”, “Strange brew”, “R-studija”. Played with his band at Danish`s
“DFDS LISCO” cargo ships and ferries. Currently Arvydas Međka has been playing
with blues group “The Road Band“.