Les Blachut, keyboards / vibes
Les is the guy who knows all there is to know about music. What else would you expect from a natural-born player who studied vibes under the awesome Gary Burton at the Berklee College of Music in Boston? Les understands music theory as well as anyone, but most important, he uses it to create feeling and to be creative every time.
Mr. Blachut grew up in Katovice, Poland, and came to America to study at Berklee. When he graduated in 1994, he joined the Brampton Symphony Orchestra in Canada playing trumpet and tympani. He moved to jazz and fusion bands in New York and Atlantic City before coming to Florida in 1996. He soon hooked up with the Survivors and returned to his favorite instrument ~ the vibes.
Les plays around the clock as a full-time musician, school music teacher and a church music director. He leads several of his own bands to satisfy his broad tastes, including steel drum, polka, European folk music and worship music.