Meet Court 'n' Disaster

So, it went like this….

One night, at a benefit show for Sonoma County Legal Aid, the judge is performing solo, doing Buck Owens covers.  Two trial lawyers are playing bass and guitar in another act at the same show.  The piano player, also a trial lawyer, is performing in a duo on the same stage.

So the bass player says to the guitar player, “The judge needs a back-up band.”  After the judge roped in a court clerk to play second guitar, a banker to play drums, a lawyer’s wife and a spa owner to sing backup…   Court ‘n’ Disaster was born.

Larry Moskowitz is the band’s piano player. Larry is a preeminent matrimonial trial lawyer who spends much of his time traveling the world while remaining in contact with his first love, Major League Baseball.

Mark Peters is a trial attorney by day and a lead guitar and pedal steel guitar player in the band. Although Mark has been playing that same Telecaster for over forty years, he says you'd never know it if you heard him.

Danielle Noble, the CnD “Momager”, sings lead & backup vocals, & plays percussions. Away from the band she works as a Substitute Teacher in Santa Rosa's public schools, has a Teaching Credential in Physical Education, speaks French, & sings regularly in French for French Clubs in SF. Danielle is also raising two preteen bilingual kids & is married to an attorney/judge pro tem.

  Jim Bertoli is CnD’s bandleader and lead singer. Jim is a sitting Superior Court judge in Sonoma County. His love of Buck Owens tunes was the catalyst for the band. In his spare time Jim plays catcher in a local men’s hardball league and bowls regularly with a local league team. Jim has written a number of the band’s tunes.

Joseph Pachorek, in addition to playing lead guitar for the band, has helped compose a number of the band’s songs. Joseph is a court clerk for the Sonoma County courts. In his off time Joseph builds and repairs guitars and amplifiers and follows his son, Jonathan, at youth sporting events.

Patrice Rios sings lead and backup vocals and she plays percussion. She is a retired spa owner who spends half the year in Juan De Alima, Mexico, with her husband Rubin. Patrice plays guitar and ukulele. She regularly performs as a vocal soloist singing classical Spanish and French songs.

Jim DeMartini is the band’s bass player and a backup singer. Jim writes most of the music for the band and produced the band’s first album “Guilty As Charged”. In addition to bass guitar, Jim plays string bass, guitar, and tuba in a variety of jazz and concert bands. Jim is a trial lawyer based in Cloverdale. He is usually found on his boat, fishing and diving abalone offshore, or chasing waterfowl, turkeys, pigs or deer, according to season.

Kevin Borges, the band’s drummer, is a recovering banker who now owns Tiny Town Coffee shop in Forestville. Kevin teaches all forms of drumming, from jazz to classical, and has a wealth of recording experience.

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