EYES BAND Band Member Biographies Ben Cruz, Manager Bass Guitar, Song Writer, Vocalist and Arranger Influences - Beatles, Isley Brothers, Eric Clapton, Earth Wind and Fire Performing since the age of fourteen, Ben credits his musical expertise to family tradition and thirty years of professional experience. The EYES BAND finances, personnel and performance schedule are managed by Ben. A resident of Madison, W.I., Ben is a Financial Manager for the Sate of Wisconsin Department of Corrections. He enjoys playing music, sports, and spending time with his family. Louis Cruz, Sound Designer Lead Guitar, Keyboards, Song Writer, Vocalist, Arranger, Producer, and Studio Engineer Influences - George Harrison, Rodney Jones, George Benson, Beatles, Eric Clapton, Squeeze, Hall n Oats, Santana, Tower of Power, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy because he has played since the age of six, Louis is a master of several styles of music - Rock, Jazz, Blues, Funk and Country. Louis exerts a strong musical influence on the EYES BAND because of his extensive experience as a performer and music producer. Louis resides in Madison, W.I.. While a member of Gary U.S. Bond and Mickey, Larry and the Exciters, he performed Lucifer's in Boston, K. Katy's in Toronto, the Underground in Atlanta and military bases throughout the Hawaiian Islands. During his Las Vegas engagements at The Flamingo and Harrods, he opened for such renowned artists as Fats Domino and Johnny and the Platters. He later played backup for Bobby Reidel.Louis has also worked with Don Strong, David Young and Uncle Funky band in the Minneapolis area. Louis and his brother Ben have performed together since high school. As natives of Chicago, Louis and Ben have performed throughout the Midwest in bands such as Notorious Gentlemen, Jericho, Mirage, Area Code 608 and CruzControl. In addition, Louis and Ben performed with the Sky Way Band along with fellow performer Tom Wopat who later starred in the 'Dukes of Hazard' show and on Broadway. On the Eyesband most recent CD, Louis and Ben have worked with Matt 'Doctor' Fink.