Ron Cooper

As a native Washingtonian, Ron grew up from the age of 10 watching a talented circle of musicians, bands and singers rehearse and practice to perform in the DC area. Ron fell in love with the bass guitar and started playing and practicing the licks of the legendary bass players like Larry Graham and Jaco Pastorius.  The groups and bands in the area started to notice Ron’s playing style and started asking him to join their bands.   RCA recording artist the Choice Four from Washington D.C. asked Ron to join their group and  travel coast to coast performing as their bass player.  Ron was only 15 years of age at the time and needed his mother’s approval to join the group and travel so the group scheduled a meeting with his mom to ask her for legal guardianship because he was still a minor.  His mom surprisingly agreed and signed over guardianship to one of the members of Choice Four and from there Ron’s professional career traveling and playing the bass guitar with the Choice Four began and he would only come home to the D.C. area for one to two weeks out of each year.

Ron performed and traveled with the Choice Four for twelve years and then decided it was time to take a break to secure a career with the government after hearing about all the life after music is over stories from other musicians and how a lot of musicians ended up with nothing to fall back on and so he retired from playing the bass guitar and worked for the government for over 20 years.

Ron setup a recording studio at his home and started to produce music for himself and various other artist as his hobby.  In 2009 Ron founded a new band by the name of Ambience.  Ron contacted musicians in the DMV area to see if he could find the right mix of musicians that had an interest in working together to build a quality band in the DC area that wanted to sound good and have some fun doing it.  The Ambience band continues to work hard to produce quality performances for all of their customers and venues.

Greg Gavin

At 8 years old Greg caught the music bug while listening to his father’s quartet group practice in their basement. They would play Dixie Hummingbird songs like “Bedside of a neighbor” and the guitarist Wade Siegler would play a guitar solo. “Whenever he played, I would go nuts because the guitar sounded so good to me”. “Wade would leave his guitar and amp in the basement, – I was told not to touch it but I couldn’t help but plug in and noodle with the guitar… better known as the “good-tar” back in tha day.


Over the years Greg got the hang of it and started listening to a variety of players like Jimi Hendrix and George Benson to name a few. Greg wound up playing with several local acts such as Gail Adams, Stanley Woodruff and “Mannequin”. Greg toured with Gil-Scott Herron for two years which he feels provided him with a valuable learning experience! Greg has been the musical director in several bands.


Along with being an outstanding musician, Greg also has a passion for working in recording studios and worked as a producer/engineer with George Parker (Special Delivery “I Destroyed your Love”) at SPD Productions. From there he landed a job at Black Entertainment Television (B.E.T.) in the audio engineering dept.  Greg is currently working in the Engineering department at NPR.

Lou Hay

Prior to developing a passion for playing the drums Lou was very focused on sports more specifically basketball, where in 2008 he became a Virginia High School State Championship Coach on the staff of TC Williams High School.

Lou has loved music all of his life but he didn’t get the passion to play the drums until his mid-teen years. As a child Lou began singing in the children’s choir at church. His voice didn’t survive puberty and he found out very fast that he was not good at singing but his mom didn’t seem to care. Lou told his mom that he didn’t want to sing in the choir anymore. His mom didn’t like that very much, but she understood. Lou didn’t get away though, she told him he didn’t have to sing in the choir, but he had to find something else to do at the church. Lou’s older cousin was the drums at the church and he would leave his drums at the church. Once Lou sat down at the drum’s, that’s when he decided that playing the drums was what he was going to do at the church. Singing went out the window for Lou, but he’s still currently playing drums at church every Sunday.

When Lou started college in 1995 he inquired about playing drums for the gospel choir. The school didn’t have a drum set, so Lou went out and bought one. After he purchased the drum set all the other drummers began to come out of the wood work wanting to play the drums to. There were several highly skilled drummers contending for playing time. Lou learned very quickly that he was the least talented of all the drummers. That is when he changed his focus to working and practicing to develop his playing skills on the drums. Before the end of his tenure in college he had developed into a drummer capable of holding his own and he joined the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Band from the Washington DC in 1998, which he considers as the stepping stone of his musical career. The TNT Steel Band played a wide variety of rhythms including Reggae, Latin, Salsa, Soca, Samba, and Bossa Nova and they performed shows for diplomats in vari

Lou played drums with The Natural Causes Band for about 10 years before the band disbanded. During its tenure, the band opened shows for the Northeast Groover’s Band, Experience Unlimited, and the Junkyard Band. He learned some of the ins and outs of the music industry and started performing live in front of more “criticizing” audiences. In 2005 he left the go-go scene and began to focus more on gospel music and the TNT steel band.

Lou plays many music styles ranging from Rock, Funk, Latin, Blues, R&B, and Jazz. In 2009 he started auditioning for bands in the area and he was invited to several musician jam sessions. Lou received a call from Robert Quarles who is the music director of the Ambience Band. Robert gave Lou the vision and history of the band and offered him an opportunity to audition. As it turns out it was the perfect fit and chemistry for the Ambience Band and was exactly what Lou was looking. So the rest of this story would be called history because he has found his most beloved musical home with the Ambience Band.

Owen Adams

Owen Adams began studying classical piano at age 6, with theory training beginning in middle school. He has competed in many local classical competitions and as a senior in high school placed 1st in the Maryland State Music Teachers Association competition, performing 4 piano solos from contrasting historical periods. Owen’s piano and theory teacher, Jeanine Case, introduced him to some of the well-known piano faculty at local universities, giving him additional opportunities to study at the collegiate level before auditioning for college. He auditioned and received total scholarships at Towson University, Howard University, and University of Maryland, then entered the Composition program at UMD in 2008. At UMD, Owen studied piano with Santiago Rodriguez, as well as composition and orchestration with dean of the School of Music, Dr. Robert Gibson. He completed his 4-year Bachelor of Music Composition degree as a Terp in Spring of 2012 and began playing with Ambience the following summer. He records with friends and local artists in his home studio in Bowie, and has also worked with the City of Bowie to develop charity events, art festivals and music concerts in order to give opportunities to talented members of the community as well as generate revenue for charitable causes.


Here is a list of our current playlist:

  • Ain’t Leaving Without You – Jahiem
  • All Blues – Miles Davis
  • Alright – Ledisi
  • Ascension – Maxwell
  • Bad Boy – Luther Vandross
  • Before I Let Go – Frankie Beverly and Maze
  • Been So Long – Anita Baker
  • Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers
  • Can We Change The World – Maysa
  • Can’t Hide Love – Earth, Wind, & Fire
  • Can’t Get Over You – Frankie Beverly and Maze
  • Celebration – Kool and the Gang
  • Cissy Strut – Meters
  • Cool Like That – Digital Planets
  • Cold Sweat – James Brown
  • Come Together – Beatles
  • Coming Right At Ya – Michael Munson
  • Fly Like An Eagle – Steve Miller Band
  • Footsteps In the Dark – Isley Brothers
  • Get Down On It- Kool and the Gang
  • Getaway – Earth, Wind and Fire
  • Girl On Fire – Alicia Keys
  • Got To Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
  • Grover Worked, Under Paid – Kirk Whalum
  • Heartbreak Hotel (This Place Hotel) – Michael Jackson
  • Hottentot – John Scoffield
  • I Am That – OWEN ADAMS
  • I’m Gonna Love you – Barry White
  • Immanuel – GREG GAVIN
  • It Ain’t Over – Lenny Kravitz
  • Jamaica Funk – Chaka Khan
  • Joy and Pain – Frankie Beverly and Maze
  • Living For The Love of You- Isley Brothers
  • Love On Top – Beyonce
  • Mister Magic – Grover Washington
  • Never Too Much – Luther Vandross
  • Pick Up The Pieces – Average White Band
  • Playing Your Game Baby – Barry White/Chuck Brown
  • Portuguese Love – Teena Marie
  • School Boy Crush – Average White Band
  • Sing A Song of A Song – Kenny Garrett
  • Shining Star – Earth, Wind, and Fire
  • Sho’ You Right – Chuck Brown
  • So In Love – Jill Scott/Anthony Hamilton
  • Somebody Else’s Guy – Jocelyn Brown
  • Sumthin Sumthing – Maxwell
  • Sweet Love – Anita Baker
  • Sweet Thing – Chaka Khan
  • Superstition – Stevie Wonder
  • The Next Level –Kirk Whalum
  • You’re On My Mind – Kem
  • Work To Do – Isley Brothers
  • Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself – Sly and the Family Stone
  • The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  • The Way – Jill Scott
  • This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
  • Tonight – John Legend
  • Red Baron – Billy Cobham
  • Rock With You – Everette Harp (Michael Jackson)
  • We Are One – Frankie Beverly and Maze
  • You’re On My Mind – Kem
  • Yearning – Gap Band


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