Meet Bill Early and the Collections
Everything you (n)ever wanted to know about the band and its members.
This exuberant ensemble has been performing since 2006, and is comprised of equity partners from Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago, New York, and Boston offices, plus one former partner.
The band members initially called themselves “the Collections” because they thought they would get management support that way. One band member figured out that they could get even more support if they appealed to both the billing and collection sides of the firm’s leadership, and Bill Early was born.
Since then, Bill Early and the Collections have played such exclusive venues as: Seyfarth partner retreats.
We hope you will help the band live up to its name by making a donation to Gifts for the Homeless, which distributes essential clothing and winter items at local shelters. The members of Bill Early and the Collections thank you and hope to see you in person on June 20 at The Black Cat!
Meet the band:
Gary Glaser, who started the whole thing by playing the piano at a partner meeting after what fellow band member Bob Nobile calls “a whiff of Scotch,” plays the keyboard and sings back-up vocals. Gary began playing violin at 8 years old because his father, also a violinist, made him (at the expense of a likely professional career as a softball player -- for which he is forever grateful), then taught himself guitar at 12, played rhythm guitar in a garage band in high school (the “Theaves” - note the “stolen” Beatles spelling), took 4 pop piano lessons at 15, went to Brandeis during the “revolution” and played 12-string acoustic guitar mostly to meet women (how unrevolutionary). He ended up going to law school to become a Rock or Broadway Star, and is thrilled to have finally become a legend in his own mind as singing keyboardist for Bill Early & the Collections. “Playing with my ’mates and competing in ‘Banding Together,’” Gary says, “makes the long road home all the sweeter.” (He was born and raised in the D.C. area.)
Bob Nobile (drums and percussion) started out as a sax player. He always wanted to be a drummer, but his father was opposed to all the noise. One day, while Dad was at work, Bob convinced his Mom to let him trade in his sax for his first set of drums. . . the rest is history. Bob worked his way through college playing in various clubs on Long Island. While those times were great, they don’t compare with his experiences as the drummer for Bill Early & The Collections!
Lead singer Dyann DelVecchio has performed in ensembles ranging in musical style from Rockabilly to Jazz Fusion to Afro pop. Since becoming an attorney, she has maintained her sanity through surfing, bird-watching, and never forgetting that she’s a musician. Bill Early & The Collections is her favorite band ever, because, as she says, “the guys are super smart and they know how to use their ‘inside voice’ to get what they want.”
Gary Kaplan (lead guitar and vocals) began playing guitar at 8 years old because he thought Elvis Presley was cool and it would make him popular with girls. He quickly and consistently learned he was wrong on both counts, but stayed with it anyway. Until playing in "Banding Together," the highlight of Gary's musical career was performing side one of "Quah," -- using Jorma Kaukonen's guitar -- as the sound check when Jorma was two hours late for a show in 1977 in Hamilton, NY. The road crew briefly considered turning the lights off and letting the crowd in, but thought better of it. Gary still has his first guitar, a quilted maple arched-back Guild f-hole acoustic that to this day is strung with its original Reardon Metal strings.
Bill Schurgin (rhythm guitar and vocals) grew up playing folk guitar but later fell in love with his Les Paul electric. While his Guild Acoustic still holds a special place in his heart, Bill has started a new life with his electric guitar and is having the time of his life playing with Bill Early and The Collections. As the only Australian citizen in the band, Bill has been teaching his band mates Aussie phrases like "G'day Mate" and the ever important "no worries" to prepare the band for its first international appearance on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia sometime in the future.
Former Seyfarth partner David Weiner, who goes by “Dabe” due to a Blackberry malfunction, plays the bass. Dabe was nominated “Most Interesting ERISA Lawyer” in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Unfortunately, he was beaten each year by a Form 5500 expert from Delhi. Since retiring from that competition, Dabe has been exploring ways to introduce low frequency music into the practice of law. While he tried to provide details of his formative years for his bio tonight, Dabe was a child of the ’60s and has no memory of his formative years.
And finally, rhythm guitarist Steve Poor is known as the group's Joe Walsh, although he lacks both the talent and the glamor of Mr. Walsh. His earliest musical memory is of his grandmother, a concert pianist, refusing to let him touch her piano. He has made numerous solo recordings. Although, to date they have been rejected by YouTube for not meeting expected performance standards, he hopes to achieve that level soon - perhaps by adding a dancing cat.