About Us:

Since the early eighties Phil McCusker and Bill Barrick have worked together at Gene Donati Presentations helping to provide quality service and fine music in the Baltimore-Washington area as well as throughout the country. Since the passing of our founder, Gene Donati, we have continued this legacy. The orchestra is best known for playing a great traditional dance party catering to all ages and tastes in the course of an evening. In addition to dance music, we can also supply a number of other options for your event.

Baltimore native, Phil McCusker, has been performing in the D.C.-Baltimore area for over 25 years. While still in college, Phil was the guitarist for the legendary show band, "The Admirals".

After serving in the Army, Phil completed his degree in music at the University of Miami, while simultaneously performing in clubs and theatres throughout South Florida.

Returning to the D.C. area, Phil spent several years as guitarist and writer with Tim Eyermann's East Coast Offering. The group recorded many of Phil's original compositions on Inner City and MCA labels. Phil is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

During this period, ECO performed at numerous colleges, festivals, clinics, and jazz clubs, including Wolf Trap, The Kennedy Center, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Blues Alley and the Cellar Door.

In addition, Phil was a member of the powerhouse R&B group, "Barely White", which performed at clubs throughout the D.C.-Baltimore area.

In the early '80s, Phil started his career as a bandleader with Gene Donati Presentations, ultimately assuming the role of Personnel Manager in 1985. As bandleader, Phil led Donati bands throughout the D.C.-Baltimore area, and across the United States.

McCusker and Barrick Music took over Gene Donati Presentations after the passing of Mr. Donati in 2004.
  Bill Barrick began his professional career working with small musical groups at restaurants and hotel lounges in the Washington, D. C. area. Later came engagements aboard cruise ships.

Following the cruises, he was on the road with a trio playing in New York, Boston, and then back to the Shoreham Hotel's Marquee Lounge.

Over a period of five years, Bill traveled with several show bands and has said that during his years with these groups, he felt fortunate to have worked in forty-eight of the fifty states and across Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver, B.C.

He then settled in Las Vegas and over a period of seven years, Bill worked with groups at the Sahara, Frontier, Circus Circus, Aladdin, MGM, Sands, Tropicana, Union Plaza and the Golden Nugget.

When not working in Las Vegas, Bill's traveling entailed working with groups in Reno and Lake Tahoe.

With the influx of corporate control of hotels in Las Vegas, came the closing of lounges in various hotels and so Bill came back to Washington and worked with Gene Donati as his office manager and drummer in Gene's band.

Working over twenty years in these capacities, has provided him with an invaluable amount of knowledge regarding the details involved with various events such as cocktail receptions, association banquets, and of course, weddings.