Guitar, Lead Vocals, Piano, Songwriter
Ross has been playing music since the early 80s, starting on the piano when he was a wee lad. Later in school, he branched out to other stringed instruments, including cello, violin, guitar, and bass. Beginning in the 90s, Ross started writing music playing in alternative rock bands, and has been a guitarist/singer/frontman ever since. His influences include bands such as Our Lady Peace, Fuel, Bad Religion, Muse, Black Sabbath, Joe Satriani, and Alter Bridge. Ross composes the music and is the pianist, guitarist, and vocalist for The Third Degree.
Hamburger Custom Guitars
Schecter SLS Solo Guitar
PRS Mark Tremonti Guitar
Blackstar HT Stage 100 amp
Orange PPC 4×12 and 2×12 Cabinets
Dunlop Ultex Jazz III picks
Effects/rack system that looks like something from a NASA mission control desk, and has some of the following manufacturers’ pedals: MXR, Electro Harmonix, Digitech, Audio Technica, TC Electronics, Jim Dunlop, Source Audio
Planet Waves Cables
Drums and Percussion
Michael ‘Animal’ Cremean plays drums and percussion. He also consumes a lot of coffee, plays a mean cowbell and has very cute dogs.
He strives for Time, Groove and Dynamics. Having played other instruments, there is an appreciation for the ensemble in a band environment. It turns out people want to hear the vocals and other instruments! (This was a shock to the drumming world…)
When not banging on noise making instruments with sticks, he works in technology, event production and live event sound. His diverse musical background includes guitar, bass, live mixing and sound engineering. He also has 6 patents and is a member of the Academy of Magical Arts, which has nothing to do with music but is rather fun.
Michael plays DW drums and Zildjian Cymbals on Gibraltar hardware. For live sound and recording he uses Roland Electronics, Pro Tools, Mackie Mixers, Sennheiser vocal, Samson drum microphones and Gon Bops or LP Hand Percussion.