The Band

Engine14 was launched in December 2002 when four work colleagues ---Rob (drums), Jeff (lead and rhythm guitars), Jerry (bass), and Dave (lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar)---formed the band.  Job reassignments in 2003 and 2004 took away Jerry and Dave, but in early 2005, Jeff and Rob found Stan to play bass, and Patrick for lead vocals and rhythm guitar. The new foursome played their first gig in June 2005 and went on to perform a dozen more times over the next year. In July 2006, a job transfer moved Stan to Houston, so Gary joined to play bass for us.  After a great year with E14, Gary moved on, and in stepped John to cover bass.  John played with the band for three years, before he stepped down in August, 2010.  Engine14 added Alec on keyboards in October, 2010, followed almost immediately by Harry on bass.  After 7 solid years, Patrick left the band in October, 2012, followed by in December by Alec.  Harry then decided to retire, but 2013 was off to a good start as Nandan stepped up to add his voice to our sound, while Arnold signed on as the band's bass player.  In 2016, Nandan moved on and Engine14 broadened its appeal with talented lead singer Dawn, and by beginning to add more contemporary hits to an already strong existing classic rock repertoire.  2019 saw Arnold accept a new role with an out-of-state employer, and the band added Chris on bass.  Chris moved on to focus on honky-tonk country music in August, 2022.


Jeff Lead guitar and vocals

Jeff is the founding member of the band, which takes its name from Jeff's experience as a volunteer firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, and Assistant Chief with Company 14 (Burke) of the Fairfax County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue Department. He joined the Department at the age of 16, and remained an active member until a job transfer in 1999 took him to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeff remains a Life Member of the Department, and returned to NoVa in 2001. 

Jeff first learned to play guitar in Geneva, Switzerland, where he attended the Ecole Internationale de Geneve (Ecolint), the International School. After acquiring his first electric guitar, a used sparkle-green solid-body Framus, Jeff played from time to time with other aspiring would-be rock stars at school, performing occasionally when opportunities arose.  As an undergraduate at the College of William and Mary, he played in the band Spellbound, performing Top 40 material full-time during summer vacations at bars, hotel lounges, restaurants, and NCO Clubs on military bases. Then came law school at the American University, followed by full-time employment, and job transfers to Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Milwaukee, and back to D.C.    

Rob Drums and vocals 

Rob keeps us on beat with his Slingerland acoustic and Yamaha electronic drums, and sings some of our songs. Rob has thoroughly enjoyed music as an outlet, and particularly the friendships he's developed with musicians over the years. During college days at Millersville University (MU), Rob played in the Jazz band. He had some great drumming teachers, including time spent with Tony DeNicola, former drummer for legendary big band leader Harry James. In addition to DeNicola, Rob's list of favorite drummers include Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Peter Erskine (former drummer for Maynard Ferguson), Jim Chapin (author of the book Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer), and former Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine.  

Dawn  Lead Vocals and keyboards

Dawn has been singing pretty much since she’s been talking. She has performed in a variety of groups and styles, including: musicals, operas, school choirs, church choirs, madrigal choirs, acapella choirs, rock bands, jazz bands, and a praise band. She has directed adult choirs, children’s choirs, and a handbell choir. She loves to sing and share the joy of music with others. 
Dawn loves listening to great singers and has been influenced by many vocalists from a variety of genres. Some of her biggest influences are Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin, and Julie London.  

Nelson  Bass

Nelson joined up in October, 2022 to play bass and sing with the band.  Nelson rocks a black Fender Jaguar bass through a MarkBass combo amp.