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A Word about The Troupers

The Troupers are seasoned professional entertainers, collectively appearing on more than one hundred CD’s and albums, performing in 12 countries. From soft background jazz for your cocktail hour to the last note of your successful dance party, The Troupers will prove to you why they get rave reviews {“I’ve never danced so much before!”}{ “Sounds just like the record!”}. Stellar vocals, musicianship and delightful entertainment energy qualify
The Troupers as a must for your event.
You deserve the best, so hire the professional entertainers
that will be better than the food or the flowers.

The Troupers! Here is who we are:

Trouper Robin Carter – Lead and backing vocals, percussion, resident Diva “Robinator” Carter is the fourth of seven siblings and was born in Brooklyn, NY. She attended the Julliard School of music at age 16 and graduated from the Metropolitan School for the Arts (MSA) in Syracuse, New York. While at MSA, Robin studied with Michael Massner – vocal coach to Diana Ross and Melba Moore. She has sung for the President of the United States, the Governor of North Carolina, and famed poet-laureate Maya Angelou’s birthday party. Robin toured Paris, London, and Switzerland (including the Montreaux Jazz Festival) with the Ira Wiggins Group, performed with jazz great Tom Brown, and was featured artist (March 2002) in concert with the North Carolina Symphony. Robin’s infectious stage presence delivers powerful performances equally to soft jazz ballads, Tina Turner or Chaka Khan R&B dance classics, or Journey’s Steve Perry. Need a classical aria? Robin can deliver! In 2011, she released a solo jazz CD - “Return to Paradise”. As manager of The Troupers, “Robinator” walks softly while carrying a big stick.

Trouper Mitchell Gamble – Lead and Background Vocals, Soprano/Alto/Tenor Sax The Troupers’ pied piper extraordinaire - Micky Gamble has performed professionally for over 30 years. He started playing drums and guitar at an early age, and later developed into a saxophonist. While being trained and managed by his uncle in Hempstead, NY, Mitchell started with his first band ,"The Uniques" who would gig at nightclub hot spots, college parties, and special events throughout Long Island, NYC, NJ, Conn. , and Pa. At age 16, he played studio sessions for singing act Chee Chee and Peppy ("I Know That I'm In Love"). He has been the opening act for numerous accomplished groups: Bo Didley, Chuck Berry, Mary Wells, Wilson Pickett, The Temptations, The Tams, Pieces of a Dream, Jeffery Osborne, Millie Jackson, and gospel singer Luther Barnes. He is an alumnus of North Carolina Central University with a BA in Music and Public Administration. He was with East Coast Entertainment’s Liquid Pleasure for five years and Charlie for five years. His endless energy (on-stage and audience participation), 1,000 watt smile, soulful lead vocals and saxes, will prove that he has never met a stranger.

Trouper Glen Edwards – Lead and Background Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Flute Glen first sang in public at age four, singing Yes Jesus Loves Me at TV station WRAL - a sure sign of things to come! While getting his BS in Music Education from Atlantic Christian College, Glen played with Gene Barbour & The Cavaliers, The Steve Ball Band, Smokehouse (with future Lynard Skynard lead guitarist Ed King – co-writer of Sweet Home Alabama), The Fabulous Shades, Casablanca Orchestra, & The Al Oringer Quartet. After graduation, he played with Spiral (shared the stage with Little River Band, Sanford Townsend Band, Mother’s Finest); backed up Fabian, Frankie Ford, The Clovers; opened for The Four Tops, Gladys Knight & The Pips, and The Temptations. In the studio, Glen has played for various commercials and gospel recordings. He played drums, percussion, vibes, and flute on Mike Deep’s Sea of Joy which sold in over 20 countries. Glen also recorded critically acclaimed 1998 CD of original tunes with Mike Deep – The Deep Edwards Project. Recently, “Ole Blue Eyes” has been a member of The Legends of Beach (2 years & toured with NC Symphony while with Legends of Beach) and Nantucket (4 years).

Trouper Charlie Atwell – Lead and Background Vocals, Guitars, and Papa Extraordinaire Charlie is a career musician, a player’s player, who brings a lifetime of experience, expertise, and influences to the stage with every Troupers performance, handling their impressive array of musical styles with finesse and taste. He has played in successful bands as: Celebration, Firefox, The Eastern Seaboard Band, Main Event and The Coconut Groove Band. Charlie is also known for his R&B background. The Piedmont Blues Society says “Charlie Atwell's soulful voice, along with his talent for making his guitar sing the rhythm and blues, have been awarded praise among many other players. Not only talented in the rhythm and blues genre, Charlie Atwell is also well known for his peerless styles and tones in other areas such as jazz, funk, country, rock and roll, and "boat-music." We're certain you'll enjoy as Charlie's soaring solos are the perfect complement to The Trouper’s performances.

Trouper Mike Williams – Lead and Background Vocals, Bass The youngest of seven children, Mike Williams attended Big Ruin Baptist Church (Williamsboro, NC) with his musically inclined family every Sunday, joining the church choir at age 5. Three of his four sisters sang as a trio. When he turned 12, his older brother received a bass guitar for his birthday. Mike would sneak his brother’s bass guitar, go over a friend’s house that played guitar, and would play for hours not knowing the talents he would unveil. He would tie the bass (no case) to his back and ride his bike for several miles, just to play music. A traditionalist, he continues travelling to gigs in the same manner! Mike started his first band in the seventh grade (The Vanwilton Band), and played bass with other bands throughout high school. A music major at North Carolina Central University, he studied under the great Earl Saunders, violinist for the Durham Symphony, and travelled with NCCU’s Touring Choir, while playing around NC with: Soul Desire, JABB, Rich Emily and many others. After graduating, Mike joined international Reggae artist Rolly Gray and Sunfire and toured all over the US, playing: Reggae, Calypso, Soca, and a variety of authentic Caribbean music. He would also encounter other greats: Peter Tosh, Yellow Man, Ziggy Marley, Muddy Waters, Aaron Nevelle and the Nevelle Brothers, Billy Preston, Pattie Labelle, The Manhattans, and Third World. He is still a bassist with NCCU’s Theatre Program (Little Shop Of Horrors, Annie, Rave, and others). Other than his four daughters and family, singing and playing his bass is what he lives for and will always thank God for the opportunities and experiences throughout his life.

Trouper Bill Butler – Background Vocals, Keyboards, Guitars, Founder and Leader Bill Butler has been a professional musician for over 35 years, performing throughout the US and seven foreign countries. A studio musician and arranger, he plays many instruments in a wide variety of musical styles including Jazz, R&B, Popular, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Folk. Bill studied classical piano for nine years, performed at the 1964 World’s Fair (NC’s Awarded #1 High School Durham High School Wind Ensemble), appeared in concert with Stan Getz at age 16 (baritone horn), and played guitar with the ECU Jazz Ensemble. Bill was a founding member of successful bands Heartwood, Nightshift, and now The Troupers. He has performed in concert with musical artists including: Herbie Mann, Kirk Whalum, Steve Martin, The Four Tops, The Neville Brothers, Alex Bugnon, Nagi, Asleep At The Wheel, Jerry Jeff Walker, Boz Scaggs, Melissa Manchester, Hiram Bullock, Richard Elliot, Vassar Clemmons, Byron Berline, John Hartford, John Hammond Jr., Jim Stafford, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and David Allen Coe. He has been a member of The Stanley Baird Group, The Tarwater Band (novelists Clyde Edgerton, Susan Ketchin, Lee Smith, and Bill Henderson), Mainstream, and The Fabulous Shades. He also writes his own promos