The Band Members


Singer Suzanne Rose, born and raised in Oakland, first took to the stage to sing at age 8 and has been performing ever since. Formerly lead singer for the R&B band Soul Patch, she joined Highwater Blues in 2000. Suzanne has worked with award-winning music producers, such as Raz Kennedy and Roland Wyatt.

Saxophonist Michael Pearce doubles on the harp, and also appears with the East Bay band The Delta Dogs. Catch Michael in this short video on the website of the Exploratorium. where he tests how different acoustic environments affect the feeling of a piece of music.

Bassist Valerie Marchant trained as a classical flutist while growing up near Chicago, then got her start on the bass playing with San Francisco blues icon Johnny Nitro and the Doorslammers.

Oakland native Michael Wong originally trained on classical piano, then discovered the blues and switched to guitar. His funky R&B-flavored rhythms and tasteful blues solos have been featured in numerous Bay Area bands.

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Drummer Mark Mathias attended Berklee College of Music . He has kept the beat in many popular Bay Area bands over the years, including the popular country-rock band The Rangers and the jazz-fusion band Merlin. Mark is also a published author.