Our Story

Cherry Lane Band is made up of musicians who share a love of music and the joy of live performance. There are all different configurations and quite a bit of genre hopping, but you can count on awesome music and good times.

BILL CAIN has been playing drums since the 6th grade. Besides playing with Cherry Lane, he also has played classical music with the Kennett Symphony, The Philly Pops, and the Delaware Symphony. Bill has had the opportunity to perform with Ray Charles, Pavarotti, and others, but, it’s still more fun to play MORE COWBELL with Cherry Lane Band. Bill recently retired from his long-time position as Middle School Band Director for the Wissahickon School District, and lives with his wife Debbie in Willow Grove.


NEAL CARSON has been playing and singing since the 60s - remember the 60s? Neal's musical influences are incredibly diverse: Traffic and The Beatles early on, songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, and James Taylor, jazz artists including Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, Bob James and Snarky Puppy. Neal has several side projects in addition the Cherry Lane organization. He plays keyboards with the River of Dreams tribute to Billy Joel, The Mango Men and TriTide.

ANDREW CARSON is a Philadelphia-based musician performing in a variety of ways besides his work with Cherry Lane Band. He plays trumpet with jazz groups such as the Philadelphia Ambassadors, Sam Bishoff and the Scene, and Kingfisher, where he writes and performs original music. Carson also sings and plays bass for high-profile event groups like Bachelor Boys and Tritide. He is a graduate of Temple University's illustrious jazz program and plans to continue his studies and pursue a degree in music education.

CHRISTA TINARI's singing background includes choral training and holding down the alto section in a cappella groups in the 90s and 2000s. The course of her story changed just three years ago, when she discovered the vibrant Bucks County music scene (whoa, cool!).  Since then, Christa transitioned to guest and lead vocalist and has been bitten by the performing bug. She’s actively expanding her repertoire to include covers and her take on favorite songs in a variety of genres: jazz, country, and classic folk rock. Christa’s having a blast bringing a feminine voice - sometimes sweet, sometimes sassy - to the incredible creative talent of Cherry Lane Band.  

Bassist ROB COCHRAN is a long time veteran of the Philadelphia party, club and session scene. His resume includes working with such artists as Billy Paul, Pieces of a Dream, Andrew Neu, Bobby Caldwell, Margaret Whiting, The Lettermen, Bobby Womack, De De Bridgewater, Brian Pastor, Dave Stahl, and many more. Over the years he has probably forgotten more tunes than most others have ever learned … that memory thing is a bitch.

BRIAN LEONARD was born in Queens, NY, and got his first cheap guitar at the age of 13. Not being able to afford a case, he carried his guitar in a gunny sack (hey, it was good enough for Johnny!) Early influences included the Beatles, the Kinks, and some of the other groups from the British Invasion of the late 1960s. Later it was bands like Steely Dan and Talking Heads, as well as some jazz and Brazilian artists.  Brian played in various groups across the New York/New Jersey area (including a large swing band playing music from the big band era) before settling in the Doylestown PA area, where he was fortunate to find himself playing with the fine musicians making up the Cherry Lane Band.

MARK WHITMAN, guitarist emeritus, has moved on to the beautiful Berkshires in Massachusetts with his family and horses, but he gets back to PA to play with the band from time to time. A member of many bands from the 80s, 90s and today, both original and cover, Mark has taken influences from each era and formed his own unique style of playing. Call it "short guy playing big Gibson ES-335." — a sight everyone must see and hear. Mark has found his "calling" playing with the other great musicians in Cherry Lane Band. For something completely different, ask Mark to do his Bob Dylan impersonation.