Gray Hallberg is the founder & lead guitarist of Wooly Mammoth. In addition to honing his guitar chops by studying with local legend Chris Leigh, Gray studied jazz performance at the University of Vermont and theory and composition at the University of Colorado. Currently residing in Boston, he plays and sings with the blues-driven Wooly Mammoth.
Toby Halsey has been playing guitar for fun for over 30 years. He is an original member of Wooly Mammoth debuting at the first Mystic Blues Festival in 2013. Toby has a wide range of influences, most notably blues, classic rock, and jam bands - with a flavoring of country and bluegrass. Toby is also an avid sailor and racer which takes him to many corners of the globe.
Mike LaChance has been playing bass since high school. He studies double bass with Eliot Porter of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and euphonium with Bonnie Denton of the US Coast Guard Band. Mike also plays bass with Cabin Fever, a local bluegrass band.
Scott Parry first performed an original song when he was 7 years old in a piano recital in the basement of St Mary’s church in Stonington Borough, which led to a lifetime of playing music from coast to coast. Returning to Mystic after living almost everywhere else, Scott has reconnected with the local Mystic music scene as the keyboardist with Wooly Mammoth.
Chris Chapman has been involved in music since he was a teen. Formally trained in drums and percussion, Chris has experience playing almost every type of music, ranging from Classical to Rock and Jazz. Music is one of Chris’ true passions. He enjoys listening and playing daily, as well as seeking out and attending live performances as much as possible!
Rest in Peace, Erik. We miss you.
Erik Laisi has been grooving in the pocket since he first picked up drumsticks. Erik is a founding member of Wooly Mammoth, which originally formed in Boston in 2013. A graduate of Monmouth University, he has been playing drums professionally for the last ten years, primarily in southeastern Connecticut as well as the greater Boston area. For many years, Erik has studied with jazz legend Chuck Riggs, mastering the delicate art of swing and bebop drumming. In addition to his jazz chops, Erik is equally at home playing blues, rock, funk, and honky tonk music.
"The band is so much fun! The staff loves having them play here!" – Allison Nasin, Captain Daniel Packer Inne
"Had no idea they would be THIS good!" - Gowan MaCavity
It’s been brought to my attention in the Ice Age they discovered a unique sample of rock ‘n’ roll music!
The wooly mammoth band! As a documentary filmmaker I witnessed this event. As we observed digging down through the layers of history through rock music, we slowly chipped away- and found the perfect missing link! An unusual￼ mix of Country Rock , Joe Walsh, David Gilmore, Grateful Dead, and the Eagles! All Original songs written by the Wooly Mammoth discovery! ￼- Steve Sattler