THE MIGHTY NICE BAND

         "Denver's Bad City Boyz"

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About Us / Bios

altHolly Holverson / Keyboards

Holly comes to The Mighty Nice Band as a professional keyboarder with a Bachelors in Music, piano performance, from Boise State University.   She also has a Master of Music, piano performance, from the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley.  Her post-graduate study was in a jazz/commercial music certification program from University of Denver. Holly has performed actively since 1991 within the community.  She has toured and performed throughout the country with a plethora of local and nationally known bands/artists.   Some of those include artists such as The Drifters, Tito Puente, The Coasters, The Platters, The Temptations, Bobby Blue Band, Bo Diddley, Midnight Star, The Manhattans, Freddie Henchi Band and many more. Holly has performed in many genres such as soloist, accompanist, or band member.  She has performed for various wedding ceremonies such as Christian, Judaic and others less traditional to our culture.  She plays many forms of jazz such as main stream, bebop, swing, show tunes modal, jazz fusion, and contemporary.  She has been an accompanist for many years playing for recitals, juries, church choirs, and music theaters.  She is experienced in the sounds of R&B/Funk (Motown, Oldies, “Old School”, Soul, etc.). Her additional forms of music consist of blues/boogie woogie/stride, latin/salsa, classic and progressive rock, top 40/pop as well as music for worship for traditional, contemporary and gospel forms. Holly has a strong commitment to deliver a high quality service and has an equally strong passion for what she does.  She has had the discipline to practice several hours a day for decades, having honed her technique and craft.  Her years of experience in a number of musical environments has created a profoundly unique highly diverse musical persona.  Her years of formal study have fostered a firm command of the instrument, good sight reading skills and a strong sense of rhythm.  Holly’s goal is to support and enhance the situation at hand and all who participate.

 

Ernie Apolinar / Bass Guitar / Vocals

Ernie has been playing music for over 35 years. He is self-taught in many different styles of music, such as, funk, latin, country and western, oldies, tex mex, rock, hip-hop. He likes to challenge himself to keep learning more every day and he looks at it as a privilege to make music and nothing satisfies him more than making people happy with his music. From ALL the musicians he’s played with over the years, Ernie listened and learned, and won't hesitate to give his knowledge to anyone who needs it or wants it, or to be corrected when he’s wrong. Ernie’s main goal in playing music as it should be for all musicians, is to make it sound right.

 

altJerry Arias / Drums / Vocals

 

Bobby David Baca / Lead Guitar / Vocals

 

Donnie Lucero / Flute / Vocals

 

Richard Martinez / Trumpet / Vocals

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, a Denver West High School graduate, Richard attended Metro State College for music. He started playing trumpet in the fourth grade and in elementary middle school and high school Bands, in both concert and jazz bands. His first taste of playing cover music was in elementary school. He had some friends over and played Tijuana Brass music by Herb Alpert. This experience was the beginning of his journey to perform live music. Richard performed many types of music that included funk, R&B, jazz, corridos, cumbias, and soul music. Some of the local bands that he performed with were Stratus, Rhythm Express, Jamedica, Brick City, Remedy, Amor, Amistad, and many more. Some of the highlights of his playing career included playing concerts with Malo, El Chicano, and Tierra. In 2000, he performed with a band called Jamedica at the Pepsi Center. They were the opening band for Jammin 92.5 concert that included the Ohio Players, Midnight Star and many others. In May 2012, Richard played with Brick City as the opening band for the Delfonics. He is currently having fun playing with a bunch of Mighty Nice guys. His musical influences include his mother who loved music tremendously. Musician-wise they include: Herb Alpert, Freddie Hubbard, Chuck Mangione, and Rick Braun. Music is a great outlet for him. He enjoys performing live music and the reaction they get from live crowds, especially when they dance to our music. His dream is to play music forever. Another is to jam with his granddaughter, who has begun playing piano.

 

altGreg Worthington / Saxophone / Vocals