Kat Orlando (Sax / Vocals / Percussion / Flute / Harmonica) Known around Metro-Detroit as the “Queen of Sax”, Kat Orlando’s funky and gritty sound adds A LOT to Lookin’ Back’s 2018 lineup.  Her interest in music began at the tender age of eight playing harmonica.  Seven years later Kat developed a fascination with the music of Herbie Mann, Jethro Tull, and Traffic which compelled her to learn to play the flute.  Years after developing her skills on flute Kat would eventually master the sax and lead vocals. Ultimately, Kat would front several R&B and dance bands from Denver to Los Angeles before returning to Detroit as a complete and accomplished multi-instrumentalist.

Kat joins the nations #1 Bob Seger tribute band just as we start our busiest and most important year to date.  And although there’s much to write about her storied musical career, the two nominations for Detroit Music Awards “Outstanding Funk Vocalist” and “Outstanding Urban Funk Musician” stand out.  Befitting that she would be found in these two categories given the saxophone is an instrument most similar to the human voice – evoking raw emotion – from the same person.  Kat is by far the most complete artist Lookin’ Back has seen, and lucky for Bob Seger fans we have this level of passion for our all important Alto Reed position.  Kat is known around Metro-Detroit primarily for her strong singing and saxophone skills, however her proficiency on flute and harmonica uniquely provides us the opportunity to perform songs such as Get Out Of Denver, Jody Girl & Sunburst exactly as they where recorded.  We are proud to have such a beloved and rare female singing saxophonist in the nations #1 Bob Seger tribute band.

Jeff Axelsen (Lead Guitarist / Backing Vocals) Jeff got his very first guitar on Christmas day in 1978.  The very first full song he learned was a simple three chord song on an orange & yellow 45 Capitol Record called Ramblin Gamblin Man.  Not long after, and knowing Jeffs love for Bob Seger music, his sister Vicki loved him enough to escort him to his first concert at Pine Knob. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band no less. She hoped somehow that $8.00 5th row ticket might inspire the lad’s passion for old time rock n roll. IT WORKED, and Vicki now loves him EVEN MORE THAN EVER! Jeff is very happy now in his new position and it shows.  Jeff never stopped making music and loves to share memories (again & again) about the good old days performing at places like; The Crystal, Walsh’s On The Border, Harpos, Blondies, The Old Miami, and other live music clubs in Metro Detroit.  Some past groups include; Shamus Whiskey, Bad Habit, Ten Pound Head, MSA, Raggle Taggle, The Sax Maniacs, & The Leftovers. Jeff opened for national touring acts Bad Finger, Molley Hatchet, Mitch Ryder and Glengarry Boys.   Over the years he became a multi-instrumentalist by adding mandolin, bass guitar, piano, banjo, bodhran and harmonica to his stellar guitar talent.  Jeff accepted his dream job with Lookin’ Back in 2017, and has been KILLING EVER SINCE! His life’s passion seems to have come full circle with us.  His first song learned; his first concert; today he’s lead guitarist in Detroit’s first Bob Seger Tribute Band.


Mark Salvaggio (Lead Vocalist / Piano / Acustic Guitar) Mark started his foray into music playing the piano at the tender age of 9.  Later Mark studied piano, vocals, and music theory at The Jim LaMonte studio in Troy, and later he had formal vocal training by a classical singer named Davis Geoff.  By his late teens Mark had taught himself to play guitar and has been rocking Detroit for over twenty years in mostly original projects called: Open Fire, Load, 13th Floor, Motor City Edge, and most recently Throttle.  Like Jeff, Mark has performed in all the popular rock clubs across Metro-Detroit.  Mark has opened for; LA Guns, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat, and Lynch Mob to name just a few.  Mark is a true blue and lifetime Bob Seger fan who loves to tell people how he wore out & repurchased several Bob Seger 8 Track tapes.  Singers that Mark respects and/or influenced by include: Meat Loaf, Dennis DeYoung, and Steven Tyler.  Believe it or not, Mark is the first singer in Lookin’ Back history who came into the band as Bob Seger FAN FIRST…..rather than the best available voice at the time.  Lookin’ Back fulfills a childhood dream of Mark (to a lessor degree) of someday playing piano or second guitar in the Silver Bullet Band!

Jim Molnar – (Piano / Backing Vocals)  Jim has been with Lookin’ Back off and on since 2011.  He’s been playing piano since the age of 6.  After winning every youth talent show he entered, Jim eventually and naturally went on to play for several successful cover bands.  Jim said he enjoyed the applause so much he decided he needed MUCH MORE OF IT and joined Lookin’ Back at a time when we was lookin’ for him!  A humble savant who unabashedly loves applause has always played by ear, “because reading notes just slowed me down” Jim says.  Jim loves Bob Seger’s music and has no problem delivering the goods. Like the Silver Bullet Band’s Craig Frost, Jim adds texture and depth to everything and replicates Bob Seger’s most challenging piano songs note for note (Fire Inside/Brave Strangers), and uses every one of his twin 88-note keyboards.  He’s a scary quiet, eternal optimist, and a loyal team member of Lookin’ Back. Fans and his band mates feel fortunate to have him on our team.

MARKEDWARDEdward Mark (Hammond Organ / Strings & Horn Section Sounds) aka “Fast Eddie” is really really really fast…once he gets to his organ. Originally from Brooklyn, NY Ed is just a little less than patient and a perfectionist.  He’s has been playing keys and bass in various blues, rock and jazz bands throughout NW Ohio and SE Michigan for over 40, less than 100 years.  He was formally trained in piano and music theory as a young man and brings his early training and decades of experience to Lookin’ Back since late 2016. Eddie plays a NEW hi-tech Hammond B3 organ and is on par (some say better) than Robyn Robbins but you’ll have to see and decide for yourself to believe it.  New technology allows him to combine classic organ sounds with whatever we need.  Catch FAST Eddie and NOT SO SLOW Jim playing together at ALL OUR 2018 SHOWS!

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Todd Stoney (Drums) Todd has played rock n roll drums his entire life.  Originally taking private lessons in Lansing, MI at age 9 he quickly grasped the rudiments and moved on to developing his skills over the years locked away in his bedroom rehearsing for this job one day.  In his headphones, Todd played along with Bob Seger and some of the worlds best progressive rock bands.  Later Todd started rehearsing with many AMAZING original projects that never escaped the dank smelly basements and  garages from Lansing to Albion, from Pinckney to St. Johns, MI.  Todd’s “never say die” and “if you can’t join them; beat them” attitude and entrepreneurial spirit and years of experience building small businesses has proven itself since the bands sold out debut Aug. 29, 2009.  Band leader, H.R. manager, booking agent, marketer, talent scout, promoter, event coordinator, media relations, and social media point man, this guy is the heart beat of Lookin’ Back.  10 years prior to forming this band Todd performed on several “mega-church” stages like Oak Pointe/Novi, Kensington’s/”The River” Community Church in Hartland, Brightmoor Tabernacle/Commerce, and Ward Presbyterian/Novi.  Todd’s biggest and earliest drummer influences Charlie Martin (Silver Bullet Original), Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds), Ian Mosley (Marillion), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Joey  Kramer (Aerosmith), and Alan White (Yes).

Jef Reynolds (MEGA BASS / Vocals) Jef delivers the goods on 4, 5 or 6 string bass. He’s known around the industry for his eclectic production sense he has gleaned over the years working in studios around the Motor City.  Jef also has multi-instrumental prowess, an intuitive voice, and a very dry martini sense of humor making Jef a man in demand.  Jef is excited and lookin’ forward to performing Bob Seger music again in 2018.  He has accompanied various artists including Lesley Gore, Lou Christie, Archie Bell, The Tokens, Alex Chilton, and Wolfman Jack’s Midnight Special Revival Road Show.  He is currently an active part of the Neo-Depression Jazz and Soul music revival happening in Detroit.  Jef was mentored from a stable of Detroit jazz legends such as The Funk Brothers, Joe Messina, Ralph Armstrong, Mike Karoub, Wendell Harrison, RJ Spangler, Scott Gwinnell) and was a member of the Shivers (A&M Records 1980s). On-call session player at Cloudborne, Ron Rose and Producers Color Service Studios. Early works with Michael King/Gary Nester. Projects include work with national Singer/Songwriters Jo Serrapere (Prairie Home Companion) and Sir Mack Rice (Stax).  Early Influences Include: Chris Campbell, Paul McCartney, Jamie Jamerson.


Chris Huff (Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals)  Chris become a regular Lookin’ Back “on call” player New Year’s Eve 2017.  The band is excited to have a bassist with substantive style, presence and a position player if and when we might need him in 2018.  Chris has been the bassist and lead singer with several Detroit area bands from the 80s and 90s (Apex, Harlot, Blade, Devious).  Recently, Chris moved back to Detroit from Grand Rapids after 23 years performing all over the Western Michigan.  You westsiders may have heard with JJ Curtis, The Niche, Formerly Hip at various festivals, or maybe at Sunday Praise & Worship Service at Community Reformed (Mega) Church.  Chris returned to Motown just in time to secure a job with Detroit’s FIRST Bob Seger tribute band.  Chris first fell in love, and learned to play, ALL of Bob’s 1976 “breakout” albums Live Bullet and Night Moves.  Like all of Lookin’ Back NOW, Bob Seger music is part of the soundtrack of his life story, and has found his comfort zone doing his best Chris Campbell.

Pat Shanley Pabst-at-Memphis(Guitar & Vocals) Pat has earned a solid reputation as being a top notch guitarist and a soulful & passionate vocalist who has worked with many of Detroit’s top blues artists.  Some names you may recognize are RJ Spangler, Regular Boys, Nikki James, Curtis Sumter, Cathy Davis, Terry Thunder, Paul Carey, Chris Codish, Scott Gwinnell and Bob Seger studio session and Silver Bullet Band touring horn section player Keith Kaminski.  As a former member of the folk pop group Tangerine Trowsers, Pat toured the mid-west and South East performing at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville TN, The Ark, The Ann Arbor Folk Festival and a benefit for Alejandro Escovedo in Raleigh, NC, and numerous Folk Festivals across Michigan. Pat also received special mention in Taylor Guitar’s publication Wood & Steel. Pat also helped the Trousers win 3 Detroit Music Awards (DMA’s).  The bands last CD “ Dressed For Success” got strong magazine reviews from Performing Songwriter (“..Damn Cool!!”) and No Depression (“an unassuming powerhouse”). Pat is also a founding member of Blowtop whose debut CD received strong reviews and a DMA nomination for Outstanding Indie Group and for “Best Blues Guitarist”. Pat’s CD with the Dirty Pirate Hookers “Live Anywhere”  also received a DMA nomination for “Best Blues Recording” and reviewed well in several Blues Music publications.

Carl-001Carl Cafagna (SAX AXECarl’s Not only a gifted sax man, he’s also a clarinetist, flutist, vocalist, drummer and pretty good with the tambourine.  Carl has performed with the Temptations, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Marcus Belgrave, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Don Rickles, Bobby Watson, Verve Pipe, Johnny Trudell Orchestra, Simone Vitale, Richie Cole, John Hendricks, Detroit Lions Pep Band, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Hot Club of Detroit.  Carl is dedicated to music education, having taught music theory, jazz improvising, jazz performance, and elementary beginning band at Western Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, CASA School, Berkley Public Schools, East Lansing and other Michigan High Schools. Did we mention the world renowned Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Northern Michigan.