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 as well as serving as a pastor at his home congregation, Faith Mennonite. He lives in St. Agatha, Ontario with his wife Tracy, daughters Gretchen and Felicity, and his Gibson F5.
A performer from an early age, Kaitlyn found her niche in bluegrass music, in both musicality and songwriting. Being introduced to bluegrass by her older brother Kyle, it wasn't long before she started creating and shaping her own songs. A two-time student of the Steve Hurst School of music, based in Tennessee, Kaitlyn has been learning the craft of songwriting through the years. She's been honoured to receive Composer of The Year at the Central Canada Bluegrass Music Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Some of her musical influences include Nickel Creek, Flatt Lonesome, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and The Lonely Heartstring Band.
Kaitlyn currently lives in Stratford, Ontario with her dog 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 co-owner of ROHR Electric. A pretty natural occupation for a guy who lights up peoples lives on and off a stage!
Nick joins us with a background of 8 years of piano under the Royal Conservatory of Music. 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 and joined the band on dobro.
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!