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On the Fly is a four-piece string band that plays music for traditional American folk dances. The band plays for contra and square dances throughout the great state of Florida. On the Fly derives its sound from a variety of musical traditions, including old-time fiddle tunes, swing, jazz, waltz, Irish music, and bluegrass. Weaving these styles into inventive dance medleys, On the Fly continues to keep dancers stepping lively. Chuck, Jim and Ted blend creative melodic improvisation with the solid foundation of the double bass, as On the Fly drives the dances with their energy, enthusiasm and unique style.

 

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Master fiddler Chuck Anton has thrilled dancers and audiences alike in Florida with his unique, eclectic style and powerful, evocative playing. He learned his craft directly from musical legends Burl Hammons, John McCutcheon, and Gerry Milnes. Chuck is the premier fiddle teacher in South Florida for old time, bluegrass, Texas swing, and improvisation. Additionally, he conducts popular fiddle workshops at music camps and conventions. Chuck is constantly expanding his repertoire and values effective programming to enhance the enjoyment of listeners and dancers.

jim shroka photo Mandolin virtuoso Jim Shroka is equally adept playing a wide variety of musical genres, including old time, contradance, bluegrass, Celtic, blues, jazz, swing, Latin, and folk. He won first prize for mandolin at the 2009 Florida Old Time Music Championships in Dade City. In addition to playing with On the Fly, he performs and sings in several Florida and North Carolina venues as a member of the Deep Creek Bluegrass Band. He has recorded with acclaimed folk singer Emmett Carlyle, and performs with him at major Florida folk festivals. Jim is known throughout Florida roots music communities for his melodic dexterity, complex ornamentations, expressive and creative breaks, and hard-driving, flamboyant, and energetic rhythms. He is also an enthusiastic contradancer.
ted strauss photo Ted Strauss  taught himself how to flatpick guitar, play mandolin and sing bluegrass, old time and Irish music while growing up in NYC. Ted claims he never met a musical style he couldn't steal licks from. His guitar style borrows from swing, country, blues and jazz so don't be surprised when contra / old time music starts to swing when On The Fly is on stage. Ted lives and works in central Florida.
brian turk photo A proud resident of beautiful Alachua County Florida, Brian Turk plays the upright acoustic bass in On the Fly String Band, Nook & Cranny, Wild Shiners, Wax Wings, and Cicada Shell. Brian greatly enjoys providing the bottom end of the rhythm section for gifted songwriters and instrumentalists, and fortunately for him, he finds no shortage of either in his adopted hometown of Gainesville.

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