Patrick McAllister: Guitar, Volcals, Songwriter

Born in 1959, started playing Guitar on his 5th Birthday ( Guitar Teacher was Jimmy James, from Bartlett, Illinois).  I saw B.B. King at Ravinia Park when I was 5 years old, from then on I was hooked on the Blues.

First Band was at 7 years old, songs played were "Wendy" and "Louie Louie" ! !

At 13 I started to listen to The Siegel Schwall Blues Band ( and knew right then and there this style of music was what Chicago Blues was all about!

Patrick left Illinois when he was 15; moved to Massachusetts and formed The Blues Band. The Blues Band was a 3 piece band that played in Pembroke MA, and Elgin, IL.

At 17 Patrick moved to Colorado and worked for Cinderwood Music, and Colfax Music selling Guitars, Amps, P.A. and teaching guitar. Living in the Country was written about this time.

At 23 Patrick played with Renegade - Renegade won the KPKE "Colorado Rocks" contest in 1982 (dedicated to Tommy Bolin). Renegade's song " Dark Tower" was 15 minutes long!
(click to listen to Dark Tower ).

At 27 Patrick played with Exodus, a Prophetic Rock Band - and opened a Concert Hall called Simon The Lepers.  (Click to Listen to Exodus).

At 35 Patrick stopped performing to be a Dad :-)

Now at 46 Patrick is the Guitarist with the Once Removed Blues Band.
UPDATE: 57 Now, and has been with The Once Removed Blues Band for 13 years :-)


Ruth Israel: Lead and Backup Vocals

Ruth Israel has been making music since childhood. She aims to express life’s everyday beauty, joy, and sometimes sorrow through melody, lyrics, and sound. Appreciation of all-things-jazz and practiced vocal skill conceive and execute the tracks you hear today.


Her inspiration is drawn from artists such as Ray Charles, Eva Cassidy, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Sublime, and of course The Once Removed Blues Band. She was  vocally trained by Laurie O’Neil at the Center for Performing Arts Studies in Evergreen; her spirit is all her own.


Ruth has performed at numerous venues in the U.S. and in Europe. She finds great joy in personalizing cover songs and occasionally writes her own music. Ruth graduated from Conifer High School in 2008, appreciative of the encouragement and instruction she obtained, particularly from Nelson Conway.


She now majors in Illustration at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design.  

She got soul!.


Veronica J. Caraballo: Bassist

She was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. She is a Bass Player, Singer, Composer, writer and a Computer Engineer with a published thesis in Robotics Science and Magister in Telecommunications.

Between 1990 and 2000 she started to play electric bass and tried differents music genres, such as latin music, gaita (maracaibo’s folklore music), Bossa Nova, and Pop.

She directed some children and youth choirs and create a Venezuelan traditional Music Band, playing styles as joropo, Venezuelan merengue, Venezuelan Waltz, gaita and Onda Nueva.

In 2002 she forms the band “Gatos Verdes” ( wich has an eclectic music style with the fusion o pop, latin rythms & classic instruments. This band participated in countless events and festivals throughout Venezuela.

The same Year She started studying at the Statal Conservatory of Music “Luis D’Annunzio” in Pescara - Italy, from 2012 to 2015.

In 2016 she traveled to the United States, and now she is the Bassis for Ruth Israel & The Band, Once Removed.

Carmen Julia Parra: Percussion 

She was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

She is an Architect.

In 2004 she started to play in the band “Gatos Verdes” (Green Cats). With her band participated in countless events and festivals throughout Venezuela.

  • Carmen studied Drums for Popular Music, from 2012 to 2015, at the 'Universita e della Ricerca "Conservatorio Statale di Musica Luisa D'Annunzio", Italy.

    In 2016 she traveled to the United States, and now she is the percussionist for Ruth Israel & The Band, Once Removed.

    She plays:
    Conga Set, Bongo Set and Different minor percussion instruments.

    Web site:

Adriana Lorenzi: Front of House & Pro Tool Engineer

An Italian/Venezuelan woman borned on a 3rd December in the city of Maracaibo - Venezuela.

In 2002 with the band "Oceano" she recorded her first album as a singer, co-author and co-producer.

In late 2004, she started her solo album under the musical production of Fernando Valladares, with five songs written by her and six other renowned composers, including Frank Quintero. She got many first places online radio charts in Mexico and Spain. Also got a very good presence on Batanga wich is the most important online latin radio in New York.

She resided in 2011 in Italy, where she studied Sound Engineering, in a famous live sound service called Spray Records, which has worked for very known Italian artists tours. 
Currently, she is in Denver, Colorado in the United States, recording and promoting her music.

Web site:

Jack Herndon: Harmonica 

  • Jack was born and raised in the small town of Sedalia, Missouri, nestled in the rolling hill country j ust north of the Ozark Mountains.  With a highly skilled Craftsman for a father and an award winning Musician for a mother, Jack lists his genetic makeup and the s upportive encouragement of his family as reasons for h is continuing efforts in both pursuits.  

    His High School years saw him become an award winning m odel designer and builder.  On the music side of things, Jack studied voice, “I didn’t have the “pipes” for singing, b ut it taught me breath control, a skill that serves me well w ith my harmonica playing”.  Also, he had piano training, “It didn’t take, too many moving parts, I guess” and he played Trombone in the marching band. “I’ve got to build up my lip again, I liked playing that horn.  

    In his College years, Jack earned a B.S. degree in Commercial Art and Tried like hell to make myself into a Guitar player.

    Jack and his beautiful wife Kay, moved to Colorado in their Quintessential VW bus in 1973 after Jack proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, “I got drafted.  Jack and Kay are proud parents of two lovely and successful d aughters and doting  grand parents of two amazing grand kids.   Today, Jack enjoys his “day job” as a Graphic Artist-Designer a nd glass sculptor

    After a successful eleven year run with the Rock band “Trickshot”, Jack feels l ike he has found his musical home with O.R.B. “Patrick auditioned me at the same moment that I was feeling like my Rock had gotten up and Rolled away J.   I’m tremendously excited about the future of this Amazing group of Musicians and I’m super proud to be a part of it.

Caleb McAllister: Guitar

Caleb started playing Guitar when he was 6 years old - he started Violin lessons at 7.
Throughout High School he played Violin in his High School Orchestra.
He got to play with Mark Wood

He started helping the band set up gear at festivals and performing art theaters.
At 17 Caleb was playing Guitar full time with the band.

Now, at 19, Caleb is in his Freshmen Year at University of Colorado Majoring in Biology and Playing Guitar with the University Jazz Band ( he also still plays with us!)

His gear -

Taylor Acostic 314CE

Fender Buddy Guy Strat.

Chapman Stick (Prototype)

Blackstar Series 100 1/2 Stacks.

Caleb has developed a unique technique, he's incorporated slap and hammer into modern day Rock N Blues !

Bobby (Sawdust) Hankins: Drums

Bobby (Sawdust) Hankins


Jerry Neeman:Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Trombone, Guitar, Drums, Vocals

I was born and raised on a farm in central Nebraska. At the age of 8, I began private trumpet lessons, and by age 15, I began playing “Taps” at Military Funeral Services. In Nebraska, I also led my own Blues group in which I sang and played slide guitar.

I graduated from Hastings College with a Teaching Degree in 1976. I taught grades 5-12 Instrumental Music for 21 years in Nebraska before retiring in 2009.

In addition, I played Drums and Trumpet Professionally in a Country band for 35 years, touring all over the Midwest.

I have also had the opportunity to play Trumpet in Orchestra, Big Band Jazz, and Jazz Combos in New Orleans.

In 2014, I moved to Pine Junction, Colorado with my Fiancée. I am currently teaching private music lessons in Evergreen and Littleton, CO. We LOVE COLORADO!!

I met Patrick and the Once Removed Band after I got a tip that they were looking for a Drummer. Ultimately, they decided that my Trumpet playing would be a welcome addition to the horn section (alongside the great Kirk Glienke on Sax!)

Meeting Patrick and the rest of the Band has been a true blessing!

Frederick Woehler: Soundman / Engineer





He's a Husband, a Father, a Businessman, and my Friend and our Band's Soundman
( Ruth Israel & The Band, Once Removed




Wanita Savage-Nash

Tel: 303 918 9787


Past Members

Frederick Woehler Medical Treatment

Meet Freddie,

He's a Husband, a Father, a Businessman, and my Friend and our Band's Soundman
( Ruth Israel & The Band, Once Removed ) 

He was having a problem - went it to have it checked, and came out with Bladder and Pancreas Cancer..

I want to help him go to Cancer Centers of America -- there are no lcations in Colorado, so he has to go to Chicago, Arizona or a state that has a facility.

Help me help Freddie, please.
Thank you.

Patrick McAllister
Conifer, CO

Frederick Woehler Medical Treatment.


Contact Us

Patrick McAllister & Once Removed
Colorado Blues (tm).

Address: Conifer, Colorado. USA
Telephone: : 303 670 1099
Others: 303 569 6776 ext 11 *