Samuel Edgar was born and raised in Massachusetts in a small town in the woods. His home-schooled, farm-working, woods-wandering childhood allowed him the time he needed to develop into a recording artist and songwriter by the age of fourteen. Sam continued writing and performing music throughout high school and college. After graduation Sam moved to Arad, Israel to complete a seven-month artist residency where he produced and released a double album collection of original compositions from the desert. Sam returned from Israel to co-found Sea of Eyes in 2006 in New York City with Adam Noah. In 2012, Sam started The Samuel Edgar Band in Denver, CO. Sam has taken his organically and electronically produced music around the globe, from the east coast, to the west and now back to Denver, CO where his focused songwriting, production, performance and recording work continue at a rapid pace of increasing quality, sophistication and appeal.
Emily Cooper found her voice in middle school when she didn't make the volleyball team. Instead, she tried out for the school musical and landed the lead. She was classically trained with vocal coach Christa Miller, and continued performing musical theatre in her hometown of Naperville, Illinois. While in high school she participated in multiple school and competitive choirs, and received honors from the state musical program, IHSA. At The University of Dayton, Emily was involved with multiple choirs and collaborated with artist James Wade, performing for the school's year end celebration at Dayton to Daytona on the main stage. In 2013, Emily moved to Denver, immediately met Samuel Edgar, and was introduced to The Samuel Edgar Band. She auditioned and joined the band a few months later as a vocalist and percussionist. Since arriving in Denver, Emily has spent some time studying with vocal coach, Ellen Smith, and joined The Spotlight Band as their lead vocalist. She is currently gigging and performing with both bands.
Neil Dreger began playing electric bass at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua, WI. He continued his musical journey by pursuing and attaining a B.A. in Music Performance from The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. It was there that he honed his skills across all genres and, upon graduating, lived as a working musician. As a teacher, Neil is experienced after many years as a private instructor, but he has also served as the bass coach for a youth orchestra, taught jazz combos at a high school, and was adjunct faculty at a community college as a jazz bass instructor. As a professional performer and recording artist, Neil has played in a professional symphony, a number of jazz groups, touring rock groups, and much more. He has had the pleasure of being the opening act for such artists as Joan Osborne, The Gin Blossoms, L.A. Guns, Eddie Money, Cash'd Out, and has shared the stage with a number of jazz greats. Neil has lived in Wisconsin, Rochester, NY, and currently resides in Denver, CO with his wife and herd of pets.
Ari Rubinstein began singing as a child, performing in school choirs and performing on a record by children’s artist Sue Sheriff. He received his first drum set at age 11 and took his first lessons at age 12, studying with Bill Manning at The Drum Shop in Portland, ME. In high school, Ari joined his first band, Third Rock Hiatus, while continuing formal studies in music theory, choir, orchestra, and jazz band at Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) and Hebron Academy. While at PATHS, Ari also began playing electric bass and, later, upright bass. He studied drum set with Mike Marlier and percussion with John Kinzie at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of music in Denver, CO. While at DU, he performed with the school's award-winning Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Lamont Wind Ensemble, as well as with the Lamont Percussion Ensemble and numerous jazz and commercial music combos.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance in 2007, Ari has maintained a busy schedule of teaching, performing, and recording. In addition to the Samuel Edgar Band, he has worked with the Pueblo (CO) Symphony Orchestra; the Joe Lilly Quartet; Ergonomically Designed; Arm the Ordinary; The Catfish Kray Blues Band; Adam Lopez and his Rhythm Review; the Vergers; Stoned Wallabies; Hornography; SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir; the Wind-Up Boys; Come Home; and the B-Sides.