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“So many songs.  So little time.”

Mark Schultz, Bass/ Vocals

Mark met Eric in 6th grade in the early 80's, when Mark also met Allen Price (bass player and co-founder of the metal band Dead Horse) who was Mark's original bass inspiration. Credit must be given where it's due.  Mark asserts that if you asked 100 people to name their 10 favorite songs from the 80's you would literally get 1,000 different answers.

“I love the sound of tubes in people's ears.  Get it?  Ha ha ha ha.”

Eric Powitzky, Guitar / Keys/ Vocals


Always a great singer, Eric got the guitar bug several years ago as a spare time creative outlet.  One thing led to another and Mark said "We hardly have time to fish anymore and nobody wants to hear my lecture on LBJ's role in the Six Day War. Let's play 80's music".  Their friendship has continued to be the impetus behind The Chocolate Orb.

“I don't really know this music from the 80's but these older people are introducing me to the best of the decade.”

Pastor Oropeza, Drums/ Vocals

Pastor has been in on the Houston music scene for awhile but when he teamed up with Mark and Eric he took the level of musicianship to a new level.  Pastor has a long resume of working with some talented musicians.  He's literally a human drum machine which works out great for playing 80's music.

“I love band drama.”

Leah White, Keys/ Guitar/ Vocals

Leah worked as a professional musician for a number of years but joined the Orb because they only go all out for a handful of shows each year.  It was the perfect opportunity to sing and play the full spectrum of 80's music, from pop to hair metal.  It also helps that if she strings out her voice, Eric can reconstruct her vocal cords.

“I'm a simple man with one guitar and one amp but I have a lot of pedals.  Actually that's not true.  I have a ton of guitars and amps as well.”

Scott Gray, Lead Guitar

Corporate CFO by day, Scott has been a musician for many years and plays lead guitar in jams around the Houston area several times a month. He knows the drill inside out, backwards and forwards.  Scott simply shreds any song thrown at him.