Rescue Junction is an award winning Canadian bluegrass band based in Ontario that has been travelling and singing together since 2009. Originally comprised of brother and sister, Kyle & Kaitlyn Gerber on mandolin and guitar respectively, the band has grown to include Roger Martin on banjo, Dallas Roth on upright bass and Nick Huber on dobro.
Rescue Junction combines a plethora of musical tastes with their passion for bluegrass resulting in a unique, refreshing style. From gospel quartet numbers to traditional and contemporary bluegrass to original songs, audiences can expect an exhilarating time with the band. Performing mostly throughout their home province of Ontario along with some traveling to the US, Rescue Junction has been fortunate to play at many kinds of venues including churches, parks, community centres, auditoriums, and the bluegrass festival circuit.
Having received numerous nominations at the Central Canada Bluegrass Music Awards, including Album of the Year for "On Any Road," Rescue Junction has been honoured with awards for Most Promising Group (2013) and Gospel Group (2014). While it is a privilege to represent Canadian Bluegrass and meet many new friends and bands from across the US and Canada, the goal of every Rescue Junction member is to glorify God through music and to share the love of Christ with everyone they can.
Kyle grew up singing with his family and was involved in music since childhood. Originally a piano player, Kyle was influenced early on by southern Gospel and spent some years travelling on the road as a member of the Gospel Echoes Harvest Team based out of Goshen, Indiana. During this time, he discovered the mandolin and with it, bluegrass music, and the rest is history. A born leader, Kyle is a gifted musician, vocalist and speaker and seems at home on a stage behind a microphone.
Some of his biggest musical influences are David Grisman, Bill Monroe, Miles Davis, B.B. King and Ricky Skaggs and Chris Thile.
Kyle has a BA and MA in English and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Waterloo. He lives in St. Agatha, Ontario with his wife Tracy, daughter Gretchen and his Gibson F5.
Kaitlyn had plans to sing and play guitar from Age 3 and was given her first guitar on her 4th birthday. Though she wasn't introduced to bluegrass until her late teens by her older brother Kyle, she had developed the rhythm that naturally transitioned her style into the "new" musical territory. Along with a desire to play and sing, Kaitlyn has been an aspiring songwriter since childhood and with the discovery of the bluegrass genre came an opportunity to work on the skills of crafting songs. She is the 2016 and 2017 recipient of the Central Canada Bluegrass Award, "Composer of the Year."
Some of her biggest musical influences are Dailey & Vincent, Cherryholmes, Alison Krauss, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Flatt Lonesome and Nickel Creek to name a few.
Kaitlyn resides in Stratford, Ontario with her golden retriever, Beckham.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Roger grew up singing and playing with his family and is the only one of the band who grew up listening to bluegrass music. He brings a wealth of instrumental and vocal talent to the band with his lightening banjo and fingerstyle guitar as well as versatile harmonies.
Roger moved to Canada when he married a young lady from Ontario and they're kept busy with their 4 beautiful children and one rowdy parrot.
Upright Bass, Vocals
With a background in classical music including piano, violin and trumpet, Dallas was asked to play upright bass for the band and after one practice joined Rescue Junction on stage 3 nights later. One of the smiley-est young men you'll ever meet, Dallas is a natural entertainer and an integral member of Rescue Junction.
Some of his musical influences include Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent and Mountain Faith.
Dallas lives in Milverton, Ontario with his wife, Kendra, and is a certified eletrician and part owner of ROHR Electric. A pretty natural occupation for a guy who lights up peoples lives on and off a stage!
Nick has a very musical background with 8 years of piano under the Royal Conservatory of Music, including the Silver Medal Award for highest mark in Canada for his Grade 6 year. He grew up singing with his family and while his earliest influences were Southern Gospel quartets such as The Cathedrals and Signature Sound as well as country artists, he was soon introduced to the world of bluegrass through his cousins, Kyle & Kaitlyn. In the summer of 2014 he decided to pursue bluegrass music more, picked up a dobro for the first time in his life and traveled to festivals and gigs with the band, jamming as often as possible. He made his stage debut later that fall and has been growing in leaps and bounds, adding some instrumentation and vocals to Rescue Junction's latest recording.
His current musical influences involve Dailey & Vincent, Doyle Lawon, Alison Krauss & Union Station, The Infamous Stringdusters, Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers and Led Zeppelin.
He's a licensed electrician, and in his spare time can be found anywhere between a ball field and a penalty box!