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The Great Society Band

Timeless jazz standards, classic Motown and beach favorites, even tunes that make you wanna "Shout"....all for you from The Great Society Band. This five-member ensemble features lead vocals from all members, accompanied by crisp professional arrangements. The Great Society Band has an extensive repertoire ranging from the 1930's classics to current popular favorites. This group is suitable for any occasion, be it formal to fun, mild to wild. The Great Society Band offers a superior level of musical entertainment combined with unmatched standards of professionalism.

Drummer/lead vocalist Frank Macaulay collected hundreds (if not thousands) of soul 45 RPM records throughout the 60's. He'd sing along, learning countless tunes of artists like James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and Ben E. King. In 1964, Frank bought his first set of drums and never stopped drumming. Frank went on to perform with numerous bands who toured around the country, playing drums and singing as a featured vocalist. Today, Frank's specialty is his mellow baritone voice, which shines on the band's selections of beach music, a brand of soul music particularly popular along the south-Atlantic coast.

In the mid 1960's, female vocalist Nadine Taylor was faced with a delightful dilemma. She had just started college and was singing in a local band in the Columbia, SC area. Her group appeared as an opening act for a nationally known female soul group. Nadine's talent really stood out, the other group's manager was duly impressed, and soon after, Nadine was offered a position in the star group. Torn between a college education and fame as a singer, Nadine (with "gentle persuasion" from her family) opted to stay in school. She went on to become an elementary school teacher, but she always has been in demand as a vocalist in various bands around South Carolina. Her gospel roots and influences are her strength, and she still finds time to sing in her church choir.

Classically trained from age six, keyboardist, vocalist and bandleader Cleve Edwards got his first transistor radio in the 60's around age ten. Late one night, he discovered WOIC, the local soul radio station in Columbia, SC, and was forever changed. Luckily large for his early teen years, Cleve began to easily enter night clubs to play in bands from age thirteen on through high school. During the 60's, he also would frequently slip into Columbia's all-black clubs to hear his soul heroes of the day. From the mid-sixties to today, Cleve has been an artist signed to Mainstream Records, toured in the 70's with national recording acts, earned music and media arts degrees, wrote and produced music for the Public Broadcasting System, owned a recording studio, and played just about every type of music from rock to jazz to country to soul, even ethnic Greek and Jewish music.

Guitarist Chuck Bayless and saxophonist Bryson Borgstedt nicely round out the Great Society Band's rich sound. Chuck's roots are solidly in rock and blues, counting as influences blues icons such as Albert King, Eric Clapton, and B.B. King. Today, Chuck is highly sought-after as a sideman and studio musician in the midland South Carolina area. He also collects and deals vintage guitars and is an expert guitar repairman.

Saxophonist/flutist Bob Fowler attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston and the University of South Carolina. He has performed with a number of regional bands in his career, including a stint with Nashville recording artist Rob Crosby. Bob has written music for various shows on PBS, and has penned numerous other compositions in the jazz genre. Don't let his serious side fool you; Bob loves to take center stage and entertain you with his soulful vocal style.

The Great Society Band is like one big tapestry of many rich hues and textures. Five distinct individuals playing a wide variety of music; from sophisticated jazz to funky soul music to pumping rock; that is what's in the name…….. The Great Society Band.

This five member ensemble features four lead vocalists and a stellar saxophonist (a former member of the famed West Point Jazz Ensemble). The Great Society Band has an extensive repertoire, covering several decades of American music (1930’s to current). This group is suitable for all occasions, be it formal or fun, mild or wild. The Great Society Band offers a superior level of musical entertainment accompanied by unmatched standards of professionalism.


Just a quick note to tell you that the Great Society Band was absolutely
amazing at my wedding in October at Hibernian Hall.  Cleve was so
professional from beginning to end.  I absolutely did not expect for
everyone to be dancing during the dinner music (I thought it was just
background music) but people of all ages were on their feet all night long!
If you ever need a testimonial on behalf of the Great Society Band, I am
happy to do it!


Dear Cleve and all the musicians,

Ed and I, the bride and groom Courtney and Jim, and ALL the guests young and 
old enjoyed themselves immensely with your musical charms Saturday night. 
I can't tell you how many people said that they loved your music and how fun it 
was dancing and celebrating to your selections. I can't wait to see (hear) the 
video/DVD. Thank you for adding my special requests, and please know that 
we will heartily recommend your Great Society Band to one and all. If you ever 
need any testimonials on your website, let me know.

Thanks for helping us make Courtney and Jim's wedding reception a dream come 
true! Have a super summer! Most sincerely,

Happy Mother of the Bride


Good morning Cleve,

You all did a fabulous job at the wedding reception on Saturday.  I was most impressed by the sound of the band immediately as I entered the ballroom!  What a nice feeling to hear absolutely beautiful music!  The female singer added a great touch and everyone had such positive wonderful comments about the band.  I meant to come over and meet you, but time slipped away.

Please convey our thanks to all the band members for a job perfectly done!  If we can be added to your list for recommendations, we would certainly give you the absolute best recommendation for future engagements. Each selection and style of music was beautifully played.  You lived up to our expectations and also exceeded them!  You organized the party and “got it going” for all of our guests to take part and share in Will and Danielle’s celebration!

Our warmest regards to each of you.

Sharon and Tom A.


Well I must say that the ultimate compliment to you and to your band members is the fact that I had to make the bride and groom leave their wedding reception at 11:30!  What a fun party it was, and I thank you so very much for a night we will all remember for many years to come. Everything was just perfect, and it was truly a pleasure "doing business with you".  I will certainly recommend you to any and all who are looking for a great band.  I have never had more fun in my entire life!  I know y'all had fun watching all the "old fools" trying to show up the young crowd at putting down some steps!  I told Charles Holley on Sunday morning that I needed to cut him a check along with the band's check for providing so much entertainment with his dancing! (He was a college friend of Cecilia's dad).

Anyway, my thanks to you for making my daughter's wedding the fun time that she had so hoped for.  My best to you and to the others,

Peggy L.

PS.  Thanks for allowing friend, Christina, to sing!  :):)

Dear David and Paula,
I wanted to thank you so much for your help in picking the Great Society Band for my wedding--they were PERFECT!  You knew exactly what you were talking about when you recommended them and they did exactly what you said they would.  They were fun, played great music, sounded awesome, and really helped to make my wedding truly perfect!  Thank you so much for your help, I can't wait to recommend you and the Great Society Band to friends!

Cozy C.


All Of Me (Jazz Standard)

At Last (Etta James)

Brick House (Commodores)

Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)

Chain Of Fools (Aretha Franklin)

Electric Slide (Marcia Griffiths)

Get This Party Started (Pink)

I Love The Night Life (Alicia Bridges)

It Had To Be You (Jazz Standard)

Meditation (Jazz Standard)

My Girl (Temptations)

Play That Funky Music White Boy (Wild Cherry)

Save The Last Dance For Me (Drifters)

Soak Up The Sun (Sheryl Crow)

Stagger Lee (Lloyd Price)

Summertime's Calling Me (Catalinas)

The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra)

Unforgettable (Nat "King" Cole) 

We Are Family (Sister Sledge)



All of Me                                  At Last    Autumn Leaves  
Beyond the Sea                      Blue Bossa         Blue Skies  
Body & Soul                            Corcovado         Days of Wine & Roses  
Don’t Get Around Much                  Duke’s Place     For Sentimental Reasons  
Georgia On My Mind                      Girl From Ipanema       How High the Moon  
I Can’t Get Started             I Only Have Eyes          It Don’t Mean a Thing  
It Had To Be You                  Just In Time         Love Is Here To Stay  
Mack the Knife                      Makin’ Whoopee        Meditation  
Misty                                             Moon River           More Today Than Yesterday  
My Funny Valentine                      New York, NY          Night and Day  
Pennies From Heaven            Route 66  Satin Doll  
Stardust                                        Summertime           Take The A Train  
Tenderly                                 Tennessee Waltz    Unforgettable  
Way You Look Tonight  When I Fall in Love            What a Wonderful World  



Ain’t Too Proud to Beg                   Barefootin’     Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy
Black Drawers                               Dock of the Bay      Don’t Play That Song
Empty Arms                                  How Sweet It Is    I Heard It Through the Grapevine
I Love Beach Music                    Just a Gigolo    Kansas City
Lipstick Traces                         Miss Grace      My Girl
My Guy                                         Myrtle Beach Days Only You
Save the Last Dance for me 634-5789   Sixty Minute Man
Stagger Lee                                     Stand By Me  Sugar Pie Honey Bunch
Summertime’s Callin’ Me         Thank You John    This Magic Moment
Under the Boardwalk                    Up On the Roof   Way You Do the Things You Do
With This Ring              You’re So Mean      39-21-40 Shape/Hey Baby




Brown Eyed Girl                      Brown Sugar        Can’t Help Falling in Love
Brick House Chain of Fools Crazy
Electric Slide                                 Get Here     Givin’ It Up For Your Love
Great Balls of Fire                          Hot Stuff     Have I Told You Lately?
I Fall To Pieces                              I Feel Good   I Love the Night Life
I Will Survive                                 I’ll Be There  I Will Always Love You
Little Sister                                     Love Me Tender     Love Potion #9
Margaritaville                          Moondance Mustang Sally
Old Time Rock & Roll  Pink Cadillac    Pretty Woman   
Respect                                           Soul Man    Shout
Something to Talk About                Twist & Shout       Unchained Melody  
We Are Family                                 Woolly Bully When a Man Loves a  Woman

We’ve Only Just Begun 

Whole Lotta Shakin’  Wind Beneath My Wings

The Way We Were                

Wonderful Tonight      Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Get This Party Started             Soak Up the Sun Play That Funky Music White Boy

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