Gabby Gumm, our resident comedian, is funnier than ever.
Thom was born in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and it set the tone for the rest of his life of non-conformity. He was naturally drawn to music as his father was a fiddler and his older brothers sang and played instruments. 41 years ago his dream to sing on a country music show came true when Denny Hilton hired him in 1970. Since then, many a night and joke has passed and Thom has loved every minute of making people laugh. Thom has two wonderful daughters and a son who is following in his comedic footsteps.
Celebrating her 40th year this year doing shows at Lake of the Ozarks, Sandy Gumm will tell you show business has been such a huge blessing, full of amazing opportunities and memories and, best of all, people. Back in her hometown of Ste. Genevieve, MO, who knew sitting down with her dad “Bucky” to watch those Saturday afternoon country music shows on television would evolve into a lifelong career! It was really there that she became enthralled with the banjo that Buck Trent played on the Porter and Dolly show. By the time she was just 14 years old, she added a Top Value Stamps guitar to her repertoire and began singing and playing bass guitar in bands with her brother Mike at the drums and her dad “Bucky” at the sound board.
Just one month out of high school in 1973, her show career at Lake of the Ozarks began when she got a call from Denny Hilton to be a part of the cast of the Country Shindig. She got more than a job there because that’s where she first met Thom “Gabby” Gumm and, 38 years ago, they were married and have been sharing the stage and life together ever since. Among their many blessings are 2 beautiful daughters, and great singers themselves, Lisa and Jamie, moms of Jesse, Taylor, Emma and Aidan, and recent addition Marissa, daughter of son-in-law, Robert. Then along came their son Matt(chew) Gumm, a chip off the old comedian block. Matt is now doing comedy at the Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson where he met and made Katie a part of the Gumm family. Sandy will tell you she is a blessed woman, and the best of all is knowing Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Everything else is sweeter because of Him, including the opportunity to lead worship at Sonlight Christian Fellowship and to stand on stage with such a great cast of people and entertain you at Main Street Music Hall.
Wendy grew up in Southwest Missouri , but enjoys living and working at the lake!
She has enjoyed singing since childhood and her interest grew while in high school and in college at SMSU. Wendy has participated in many choir, trio and soloist competitions and has performed for former Missouri Governor John Ashcroft and former president Ronald Reagan. In 1996, Wendy won the PFI Western Wear Country Music Showdown which resulted in her being a part of the Main Street Music Hall cast that is now starting her 18th season. "Every new season at Main Street presents challenges on how to put on the best show we can. We pray you will be truly blessed by our team effort this year."
Melani, was born and raised right here in central Missouri where she attended school at Stoutland High and currently attends church at Highpoint Baptist church. Melani received district and state honors for both singing and playing the flute while attending high school. Then it was on to Drury University where she was a presidential scholarship recipient and a member of both the Drury Singers and Drury's Chamber Choir. Along with the Drury Singers, Melani has toured many venues throughout Missouri including performances at the Missouri Music Educators Conference twice. Melani's biggest inspiration is her family, her parents and her 3 older brothers, who have always supported and encouraged her love of music. Her mom, Melva, taught her to harmonize at a young age and often encouraged her to sing special music at church. Melani is looking forward to the challenges and rewards that will come with being a member of Main Street Music Hall cast, and we are excited to welcome her for her second season!
Celebrating his 20th year with the show this year, Dan is an original member of the Main Street Music Hall and is our keyboardist. More importantly, he is the Musical Director and is responsible for putting all the shows together during the course of the year. Dan’s professional music career began at the age of 8 when he started playing the banjo and was soon playing nightly at the Shakey’s Pizza Parlors in the Kansas City area.
Joining us for his 13th season at the Main Street Music Hall is guitarist Mark McPheeters. This versatile musician hails from Poplar Bluff, Missouri. Mark received his first guitar from his father at seven years of age and has been playing ever since. His earliest influence was the country and bluegrass music played at weekly jam sessions by several of his family members. Mark began playing professionally in 1985 and has toured all over the Midwest and southern United States, opening for such acts as Molly Hatchet, the Byrds and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Mark also enjoys writing and recording his own music.
This is Presley Puig's first season at the Main Street Music Hall. Presley is a country and bluegrass artist and songwriter from Climax Springs, MO. She is 2018 Camdenton High School graduate and is currently working on an album in Nashville, which includes multiple original songs. She has been singing since she was 2 and has performed many shows throughout Missouri. She has performed with and opened for recording artist Teea Goans and singer/songwriter Leona Williams. She continues to perform around Missouri and the Nashville area. Presley is thrilled to be joining the cast of the Main Street Opry. "I am always happy to be given an opportunity to perform!"
Back for his 4th season with Main Street Music Hall is, Travis Spratt. The Philadelphia, MO native has been singing with his family since he was old enough to hold a microphone. Travis feels God has truly blessed him, by allowing him to travel and sing throughout the US and Canada with the American Christian Youth Chorale, One Accord, and Praise Song. He was a National Finalist in what is now the Texaco Country Showdown and sang at the historic Ryman Auditorium for the Christian Country Music Awards as a New Artist of the Year Nominee. Most recently he and four of his family members spent seven years delighting audiences in Hannibal Mo at the Spratt Family Theater. Travis leads worship at his home church and enjoys directing the church's gospel choir (pictured below). His cheerful disposition comes from a Spirit-filled life and he's truly thankful for the opportunity to work with such a great cast and blessed to perform for and meet the wonderful people who come to the Music Hall!!
Steve Ritchey has always loved music. From singing for his family at age 4, to starting his drumming career on his Dad's guitar case with a set of spoons; it's always been his first love. When he heard Ringo Starr and the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Sow, there was no going back. Steve's musical career started at Parkway West in Baldwin, Missouri, playing drums in the "Sons of the Desert" Pep Band in high school. After playing with several local bands in St. Louis, such as Gene Nixon, Nick Nixon, Randy Sparks, Walter Scott, Glen Rowe and Chuck Rouhe, Steve got a taste of show biz and wanted more. He moved to Branson and joined the Plummer Family, which lead to the Ozark Mountain Opry. Then onto The Grape Vine Opry, The Wilkinson Brothers, to the regional and very popular band, Back on Trak, then on the The Grand ladies of Country Music, featuring Jeanne Sheppard, Jan Howard, Margo Smith, Leona Williams, Helen Cornelius, also the Hughes Brothers, the original Ozark Jubilee for 13 seasons and the legendary Jeanie Kendall, of The Kendalls, and the list goes on and on.