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The Regressions are a large sound machine whose repertoire features classic rock and soul, and they perform songs made famous by dozens of musical icons, from the Beatles to the Temptations, from Aretha to Otis, from the Dixie Cups to the Doobie Brothers. It’s not unheard of for them to number 15 or more performers on a given song: two guitarists, a bass player, two keyboard players, two percussionists, three horns, and a half dozen or more singers.
The Regressions first came together nearly 20 years ago, when guitarist and founder Frederick Gale wanted to reunite with old college bandmates and start a new band. Friends called friends, day jobs were put on hold, children were enlisted to fill the ranks, and a new musical family was born. Members of The Regressions hail from Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Maryland, Michigan and Texas. Among their day jobs are social work, public-school teaching, arts instruction, music and private education, computer engineering, optometry, plastic surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, wound healing, opera singing, and dollhouse manufacture. Through the years the band has focused on providing music for fund-raising and charitable events, such as the annual Walk for Hunger for Boston’s Project Bread, playing for hospitalized veterans at the Brockton MA Veterans Medical Center, and events to help fund research for Rett’s Syndrome, medical trips to Colombia for cleft-palate surgery, and school trips abroad. In August 2017 The Regressions hosted a fund-raiser at ArtsRiot for the Me2 Orchestra, a classical music organization consisting of people with mental illness and the many loved ones who support them.
Over the years, The Regressions family has embraced each other during times of joy, such as weddings and the birth of children, and supported each other during times of hardship, like illness and parental loss. Vocalist (and educator and opera singer) Shana Oshiro eloquently summed up the personal bonds within the Regressions: “There are few people to whom I feel more closely connected as a real family. I’ve spent about half my life singing with The Regressions. There is so much love in the room when we are together (even, like in all families, when we’re getting on each others’ nerves!). We’ve celebrated accomplishments and milestones, and really been with each other through the best and worst of times. I can’t say much more,” Shana concluded, “other than it’s been a blessing in life to have this group as a family, and I love them all.”
Without seeking to do so consciously, The Regressions have brought together, in perfect harmony, an abiding love of music with a deep commitment to public service. Drummer (and plastic surgeon) Bob Gilman has found the merger of these two passions very meaningful: “As a plastic surgeon, I have led missions to Colombia for more than 15 years, with a team that provides free surgery for children with cleft lips, cleft palates, and burns. And with The Regressions, I have been blessed to help with other wonderful causes. I am thankful for these opportunities to help make the lives of others a little better. Medicine and Music,” Bob beamed, “Healing the body and healing the soul!”
The magical equation for The Regressions is a simple one: music plus service combine to produce healing, love, and the enduring power of family and community. All powered by the irresistible sounds of some of the most treasured and iconic dance music of Motown, classic R&B, and old-time Rock ‘n’ Roll. Do good deeds and party at the same time? It doesn’t get better than that.