Band Member Biographies


Leo Underwood - Vocals, Mandolin Leo's family is originally from near Oak Ridge TN.  He's the bandleader, a member of the original Atlantic Bluegrass, he re-formed the band in May of 2007. He has played mandolin for the past 30 years.  He was raised on bluegrass music as his father, "Uncle Bob" Underwood, started a "Pickin' Parlor" (music store & performance venue for bluegrass musicians) back in the 70's in Satellite Beach called "Banjo Man".  Uncle Bob also hosted a successful weekly Bluegrass radio show in the late 70's and early 80's on local station WYRL FM, "Banjo Man's Bluegrass Jamboree". Leo was exposed to some of the top Bluegrass musicians of the time as they performed on the Banjo Man's stage.  Leo now lives in rural Melbourne, is married 23 years to Cindy and is a grandfather of two.   Leo's clear tenor voice, classic mandolin style, and down home humor, provide a great front for the band. 








David Underwood - Vocals, Guitar David is Leo's older brother, and as such had the same upbringing.  The boys learned their instruments with guidance from their mother Althea.  She was trained as a violinist, and would help them learn to tune their instruments.  If they practiced to long to suit her, she would sometimes "de-tune" the instruments so they'd have to quit.  David lives in rural Melbourne and is married to Carole. He loves animals and has had some interesting pets (check out the Pork Chop clip in the video section).  He plays guitar for the band and doubles on upright bass.  David provides a lot of solid vocals, lead and harmony, plus great rhythm guitar with some hot flat pickin' thrown in for good measure. 






John Apfelthaler - Vocals, Banjo, Guitar John grew up in Brevard, and used to hang out a lot at the "Banjo Man" pickin' parlor where he took Banjo lessons. After gaining proficiency, and then excelling on the instrument, he began teaching Banjo lessons there. An IT professional by vocation, John has impeccable technique (also flat picks and finger picks guitar), and a tremendous repertoire of traditional banjo tunes and vocals, including some great novelty stuff.  John is married to Sonja and has two sons which are also displaying strong musical tendencies.  His talent puts him in demand for local recording session work, and he also plays solo and in other area bands. His strong vocals and great playing bring a high level of live performance energy to Atlantic Bluegrass. 
 





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Ed Kuntz - Fiddle Ed hangs out beach side in Indialantic. He's single, and an award winning fiddle player.  He has a very subtle style with smooth, evocative fills, but when the time comes, he can tear it up with blazing finger and bow work. Ed won the 1975 Florida State Fiddle Championship, and the 2002 regional championship.  Ed has played on the "Grand Ole Opry".  He also toured with Claire Lynch as a member of the original Front Porch String Band in the 70’s, and with the late country star, Faron Young in the 80’s. His discography includes “Midnight Blues” with James Monroe (Bill Monroe’s son), and “Country Rain” with Claire Lynch. Consequently, Ed has a large catalog of amazing Fiddle tunes at his finger tips. He is a major asset to the band. 







Ken Parker - Vocals, Acoustic Bass

Ken came from Northwestern Ohio with his wife Day and they've been enjoying the weather in Palm Bay since 2001. Day sits in with the fellas frequently with her tenor sax and is on the Mix 'n Match album.  Ken plays bass, piano, and other types of music, but has a fondness for Bluegrass fostered by his late father.  He plays in several local bands, and provides a solid foundation for this tight Bluegrass ensemble.  He has recorded with various artists, the most notable being Todd Taylor, (the world's fastest banjo player - according to Guinness), and was on “Taylor Made” one of Taylor's Grammy nominated driving instrumental Bluegrass albums. Ken is a retired electrical engineer, and so has time to handle the business aspects for the band.