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!
This is Tyler Weeks’ 1st season at the Music Hall, however Tyler is a lifelong veteran of the music industry. At just 3 years old, Tyler discovered his love for singing and at the age of 5, he began tinkering around on a drum kit, quickly gaining interest in other instruments. At age 6, Tyler opened for country music legend, Eddie Rabbitt at a local fair in Lamar, MO. At age 8, Tyler began a year-long tour with his parents, playing drums in a country gospel trio known as “The Three Weeks.” During this time, Tyler played over 200 shows from high schools to auditoriums, spreading the gospel. Since that time, Tyler has opened for national recording artists such as Sheryl Crow, Uncle Kracker, James Otto, Keith Anderson, and Jamie O’Neal. In 2004, Tyler had the privilege of recording at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, with the same microphone that Elvis Presley used. Tyler said, “Everything I do, I do for my beautiful wife, Brittany, and my daughters, Madysen and Gracie.” He is excited to join the cast of Main Street Music Hall and entertain the folks here at the lake!
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!"
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.
This is Larry’s 6th season at the Music Hall. Larry retired from a twenty plus year law enforcement career that took him all over the United States. Larry is originally from the Kansas City area, and is excited to be back in his home state of Missouri. Larry began his professional singing career at Worlds of Fun, where he performed at the Country Junction for four seasons. Larry has been blessed with a wide variety of performance opportunities which include: performing at the Folly Theater in Kansas City; singing for First Lady, Nancy Reagan; singing the National Anthem at Arrow Head Stadium and even several TV and radio jingles. He has also sang with several country, rock and top 40 bands throughout the years, opening for groups such as the Mama's and Papa's, and Head East. Even with all these opportunities Larry's favorite place to sing has always been in church as part of a men's quartet and serving on the praise team. Larry and his wife Tina met while singing a duet together at Worlds of Fun and have been married for 33 years. Larry and Tina have a daughter, Samantha, who is an OR nurse in Florida. Their son, Benjamin, is a chef and lives in Washington, DC. Larry and Tina enjoy time spent with their two grandchildren, Jackson and Daphne. After a rough 2019, Larry feels especially blessed to return as a member of the Music Hall cast in 2020.He is thankful for everyone’s prayers and love, and looks forward to the great season ahead!