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The Sympathy Orchestra

 The Sympathy Orchestra was founded in 2009 by Scott Rochon. The band has been playing live in the metro Detroit music scene (and sometimes beyond) since 2010. Todd Villeneuve joined and David Marquis returned in January of 2017. Alan Gregory and Anne Kadrovich joined in February of 2017. Don Ruzek joined in March of 2020. Thank you to all of the TSO fans, friends and family for their ongoing support.

TSO Lineup

About Todd

Our Lead Singer and Master of Ceremonies. Todd is also involved in a few projects outside of TSO. You can find more information on those at Social Honey and at Rock Squad.

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About The Band

 

Todd Villeneuve - Vocals

David Marquis - Guitar and Vocals

Don Ruzek - Guitar and Vocals

Anne Kadrovich - Keyboards and Vocals

Alan Gregory - Bass and Vocals

Scott Rochon - Drums and Percussion

About Scott

The driving force behind TSO. In addition to his drumming duties, Scott creates and triggers the samples used in TSO performances. Scott is also currently writing an original concept album piece. 

About Alan

Alan provides the thunderous low end frequencies of TSO. He also handles backing vocals and acts as the band's videographer. Alan also runs the sound when we need to provide our own sound system.

About Anne

Our Mellotronist and Keyboardist. Anne also provides harmony and lead vocals, percussion and occasional interpretive dance. 

About Don

Don brings a wealth of guitar and music experience to TSO. Don is also involved in several projects outside of TSO. You can find out more information about Don on his website at donruzek.com

About David

In addition to his lead and rhythm guitar duties, David provides additional Mellotron sounds with his guitar and backing vocals. David is also a Revolutionary War reenactor. more info can be found here.

July 26, 2020 - We are going to attempt an outdoor rehearsal at 11:30am today. If we haven't completely wilted in the heat by then, we plan on broadcasting some of rehearsal on our Facebook page, sometime after 12 noon.


July 11, 2020 - After a few failed attempts since the stay at home order was lifted...we are rehearsing tonight on Alan’s deck. If we aren’t too terribly rusty, we will do a Facebook Live of the rehearsal sometime after 8pm. You can find a link to our Facebook Page on the Home Page of this website. 


June 17, 2020 - Our first post Stay at Home Order rehearsal is scheduled for June 28th at noon. Time to shake off the dust and work on both old and new songs. It will be so good to play again!


April 28, 2020 - Hi Everyone. We hope that you are all staying healthy, safe and sane. We have had requests to film and post a practice or performance remotely during the “stay at home” order. We are working on getting that together. We are waiting for a few components to arrive in the mail and then we’ll see what we can put together. Stay safe and stay tuned...


March 25, 2020 - The Old West End Festival has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It may be rescheduled for a date later this year, depending on how quickly this crisis passes. 


March 15, 2020 - We are confirmed for our 5th consecutive appearance at the Old West End Festival in Toledo on Saturday, June 6th. We will be playing in the Arboretum, next to the beer tent, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. More details can be found on our Concert Dates page.


February 9, 2020 - Thank you to everyone that came out to see us at The Plymouth Roc last night. What an amazing audience!!! Special thanks to those of you who stayed through the entire night with us. Thank you to Jordan for having us back in his place once again. Thank you to Chris from Plymouth Rock Recording Company for the great sound. Special thanks to David Dillingham from Michigan Event Credentials for the sweet laminates. It was our pleasure performing for you. We'll see you at the next show.


February 1, 2020 - Only one week until we stroll into Plymouth to play at The Plymouth Roc. Come early and enjoy great food and drink and then stay late and party with us. See you there!


January 1, 2020 - Happy New Year from all of us in The Sympathy Orchestra. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2020.


December 25, 2019 - Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us in The Sympathy Orchestra to all of you. 


November 28, 2019 - Happy Thanksgiving from all of us in The Sympathy Orchestra family to all of you.


November 18, 2019 - We are taking a break over the next few weeks for the Thanksgiving holiday. We have had a very productive month, with no less than 10 new songs being worked on. We are looking forward to bringing these songs, plus many others to you at The Plymouth Roc on Saturday, February 8th, 2020.


August 15, 2019 - We want to thank the Display Group for having us play at their open house. They had an amazing stage set up for us, including a wonderful light show.


July 30, 2019 - Still coming down from tonight's show in Handy Park in Redford. What an amazing audience! Thank you so much for coming to the show. It was our pleasure to entertain you. We would like to thank once again, George Matick Chevrolet and the Redford Rotary for sponsoring our show and to the Redford Township Leisure Services for booking us and to Michael for the fantastic introduction. We had a wonderful time and we hope to be back on the Summer Concert Series schedule next year.


June 9, 2019 - Thank you to everyone who came out to support us at the Motor City Pride Festival in Hart Plaza last night.

Mother Nature was much kinder to us this weekend than she was the previous weekend. We couldn't have asked for better weather. Party cloudy with a nice breeze. The setting was wonderful with the Detroit skyline, the river and Canada all within sight from the stage. We had a great time and we are looking forward to coming back next year.


June 2, 2019 - Thank you to everyone who braved the hail, rain, thunder, lightning and mud (lots of mud!) to catch our performance at the OWE Festival last night. Your support means the world to us. Thank you to Scott and Melissa Ramsey and The Old West End Association for having us back once again. It's always a special event to be part of, even when Mother Nature doesn't cooperate. We hope to see you all again next year.


May 31, 2019 - We got a very nice mention in an article in the Toledo Blade. Thank you to Scott Ramsey for talking about us and thank you to Geoff Burns for including us in his piece about the OWE Festival. You can read the article here


January 13, 2019 - Thank you to the Skerbeck Entertainment Group, Inc. and to the entire Skerbeck family for having us at their hospitality suite last night as the musical guest. We had a great time and loved being there in the Van Andel Suite at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.


January 7, 2019 - Dec. 30, 2017 - Follow us on Twitter at @thesympathyorch 


June 2, 2018 - What an amazing audience at the Old West End Festival today! This was not only the best audience in the 3 years that we have played the festival, but the best audience that we have EVER played to. Thank you so much for the wonderful response. Your energy and enthusiasm really drove our performance. Thank you to Jay for the excellent sound. We missed you last year. A super big thank you to Scott and Melissa Ramsey for booking us again. We'll see everyone next year.