Angelo Ortiz


Originally from Bronx New York, Angelo has followed a lifelong dream as a singer and entertainer. Classically trained from the young age of 9, he started performing with a touring boys choir that provided many years of training and performance experience in classical, musical, and operatic styles.  Angelo later experimented with many different styles of contemporary music as a member in bands performing Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, and Rock n Roll. He’s also had extensive studio experience as a voice over artist, singer for hire in several radio commercial campaigns as well as being a featured vocalist on local and regional artist recordings. Currently with Modern Day Society, he puts his collective vocal and writing skills to the test in their much anticipated debut album this winter. Angelo’s experience as a performer has allowed him to open for artists such as Stabbing Westward, Boney James, Black Crowes, Turn To Stone, Super Trans-Atlantic, Saigon Kick and many more.

Mike Ridenour



Native North Carolinian, Michael Ridenour, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Recording Arts from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a Master's of Music degree in Guitar Performance from Appalachian State University.  He has over 20 years of performing and teaching experience and has played in master classes for Elliot Fisk, Christopher Parkening, Anthony Glise, and Elliot Frank.  Michael has taught guitar and various other music lessons while serving on the music faculties of Blue Ridge Community College and Appalachian State University.  He recently served on the music faculty at the University of North Carolina at Asheville teaching music theory and music history.  He is an active performer throughout the area playing at such venues as the Grove Park Inn, the Biltmore House, the Cliffs Communities, and many local restaurants.


Kevin Lampson



Hailing from Kentucky, Kevin Lampson holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Morehead State University and a Master's of Music degree in Bass Performance from Morehead State University.  He has over 15 years of performing and teaching experience as a private instructor, educator, and clinician. Kevin has performed with many notable artists and ensembles. These include Nicholas Payton, Greg Abate, Jamey Aebersold, Gordon Brisker, Jay Flippin, Pat Harbison, Mike Hackett, Greg Wing, Brian Mason, Rachel Barton Pine, and the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.  Kevin has taught jazz and classical double bass, electric bass, and numerous ensembles and classes as an instructor at Morehead State University.

Don Gillmer


Originally from Michigan, Don began drum lessons at the age of 10 and was hooked from the first time he picked up a set of drum sticks. He quickly excelled throughout middle and high school band. Performing in both band and orchestra, Don found a love for solo and ensemble competition, collecting many medals and awards. He maintained drum line captain through his junior and senior year. After graduating Don continued to play music with friends. Don began studying percussion instruments and developed a passion for all things hand drum. Building hybrid drum sets incorporating both percussion and traditional drum set elements. Opportunities with the band Soulshine garnered attention and Don eventually found a home with The Swingin' Richards. The band performed over 100 shows a year for 8 years before eventually moving on to other projects. Don continued to hone his skills playing with top regional acts Benton Blount, The Russ Moore Band, The Eric Weiler Group and Vincent Vega.  Don currently has a three year and running residency hosting weekly open mic nights with the areas top acoustic performers. Excited to now assume the drumming seat for Modern Day Society, Don is motivated to improve his skills and continue to add to his catalog of music.