Marcus Handy - Vocals
Cassidy Clingan - Vocals
James McKenna - Bass
Cole Gasman - Guitar
Paxton Davis - Drums
Devin Hughes - Keys/Aux/Vocals
Dr. Ryan Woodhouse - Keys/Alto
Tyler Hamilton - Tenor/Bari
Eric Schrantz - Trumpet
Derek Minich - Trombone
Based in Springfield, MO
Founded in 2015
Genre: #Funk #R&B
Horns, Hot Grooves and Harmonies: We Are a Funk Tank
These are unusual times we live in, so of course a ten-piece neoclassic funk big band emerged from the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri. FUNK TANK is a group of friends who became a band. Every member trained within the music department at Missouri State University and its periphery over the past two decades.
Southwest Missouri values nothing higher than authentic, original storytelling in its music. FUNK TANK explores emotions and likes to tell personal stories in revealing, playful and sometimes visceral ways.
Springfield, MO shows up for our neoclassic funk music. FUNK TANK stands on the shoulders of giants. Many of the band's personnel was raised on classic funk and soul music, and related styles like R&B, disco and reggae.
Each individual grew up with different listening traditions as well. FUNK TANK values collaboration and contribution from its members. Our writers and soloists love to incorporate their unique knowledge, whether that comes from jazz, rock, classical or something more exotic.
And in doing so, we have witnessed astounding success. FUNK TANK made its festival debut at MoLov3 in Granby, MO just a few months ago, and have shared hometown stages with outstanding, truly funky touring bands including Aaron Kamm and the One Drops (St. Louis, MO), Al Holliday and the East Side Rhythm Band (St. Louis, MO), Groovement (Fayetteville, AR), Henna Roso (Tulsa, OK) and Henry + The Invisibles (Austin, TX), Naughty Professor (New Orleans, LA)... even Afroman (Palmdale, CA).
We hope you will come see us soon! FUNK TANK performs a jubilant, high-energy show which audiences find irresistibly danceable fun. We've been doing this since 2015 and every time we step off stage we're counting down until the next show.
We are a more than usual band, born out of unusual times. FUNK TANK is original funk and soul music with rich storytelling and challenging emotional themes like self-realization, answering negativity with positivity, longing and obsession, and the depths of emotion possible in years of friendship and love.