About Us

Black Diamond Express combines the talent of 5 seasoned musicians with musical careers spanning 40 plus years. We performed at biker rallies, amusement parks, casinos, clubs, outdoor concerts, and several Finger Lakes wineries, and we are still going strong. Each member of the band brings his own unique musical background to the table for a combination of excellent sound, taste, and musicianship.

We play a wide selection of classic rock as well as a few choice tunes from today. Our goal is to get you up out of your chair and on to the dance floor! So if you are looking for good fun and good music, check out our schedule page, and make plans to come see a show near you...

Mark McEwen

Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, and Harmonica

Mark has been performing with various bands in the area for nearly 30 years. He enjoys writing music as well, and has recorded 2 studio albumns.

Rod Patt

Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals

Rod was the founder of BDX in 1998, and has been public school music teacher for 28 years with a Bachelors degree in music. Rod has also played guitar for more than 42 years and has performed in Jazz bands, rock bands and musicals. He is the driving force of enthusiasm in this band.

Don Gray

Bass and Backing Vocals

Don played keyboards in the Pittsburgh area with some local bands. He also performed with the band Onyx. He has recently worked in local bands including Bob Goes to the Store, Mother Funk, and Wild Bird Food. Don is also our on stage sound engineer.

Paul Farrell

Drums and Backing Vocals

Paul was a percussion major at the Philadelphia Music Academy/Philadelphia College of Performing Arts. He also worked as an audio technician for several sound companies, including his own company, and worked with numerous national acts and venues spanning two decades. 

Ed Arnold

Keyboards and Backing Vocals

Ed has performed with the Westchester County Jazz Band. He also performed with the Northeast Navy Show Band and played keyboards in resorts in the Catskills. Ed is an excellent keyboard player and musician and provides great enthusiasm during each and every show!

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