the early Fall of 1961, an Upper Arlington High
School sophomore & four juniors began "jamming"
in the basement of a Brandon Road home. Just weeks
later, singer-sax player Jeff
Shaw '64, drummer Jimmy Davis '63,
guitarists Gary Hughes '63 and Jim Grubb
'63 and keyboardist Gary Bonnette began playing
at teen dances and proms as The Ravens. As
just one of four high school-aged rock bands in
Central Ohio in that pre-Beatles," do-wop"
era, the group accompanied local disc jockeys at
record "hops" and played at most all area
high school and church youth group dances.
group began opening for touring rock 'n roll acts
at Veteran's Memorial Auditorium and the Fairgrounds
Coliseum and entertaining at fraternity parties
and dances at colleges and night clubs throughout
the Midwest and East. The Ravens have continued
to perform at dances, wedding receptions, corporate
outings and community events through the years.
In 2003, The Ravens were inducted into the Columbus
Nightclub Band Hall of Fame and Columbus City Council
recognized the group for its musical contributions
to the community. In 2004, The
Ravens were honored by the Upper Arlington Alumni
Association as "Distinguished Alumni of the
continues to lead the group as it begins its sixth
decade of musical entertainment featuring favorite
hits from the late 50s, 60s and 70s plus smooth
jazz and standards. Original members Jim Davis
and Gary Hughes were still with the group
the current anniversary celebration, The Ravens
was featured in the 2012 Upper Arlington Independence
Day Parade along with performances at other dances
and summer events. In Spring of 1962, the band made
a special appearance at the high school junior-senior
prom and on July 3, 2012, The Ravens entertained
those seniors from the
UAHS Class of 1962 at their 50- year class reunion.
YOU can see The Ravens performing at the UA Alumni
Association Golden Bear [Pre-Hibernation] Rock Fest
on Saturday, November 10!