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The Leaf Jumpers

The Leaf Jumpers were formed in the fall of 1995 by singer/guitarist Chris Marra, bass player Spike Kingsley and drummer Mat Pickering. Beginning in 1997, the band played shows up and down the East Coast, from Maine to Georgia They played at some of the country's best venues, including Toad's Place in New Haven, The Wetlands in New York City, and the Georgia Theater in Athens, GA. They also released their debut CD, Z'ilo Down. During this time the band shared the stage with several of the nation's top jam acts, including Sister Hazel, Deep Banana Blackout, Max Creek, From Good Homes, Disco Biscuits, NRBQ, Rustic Overtones, God Street Wine, Percy Hill and many more. The band even played festival shows with the Drifters and a then unknown Godsmack! In 2000 the band went on hiatus for three years, then was inactive until 2013.

After reuniting with the original lineup, Chris Marra and Spike Kingsley fronted the band from 2014 through 2020. The band recorded its latest CD "A Distant Land" in 2015. James Anderson joined on drums in 2016, and Matt Splain and Ted Petrie followed on guitars and keys in 2017. Sadly, Kingsley retired from the band in 2021 and passed away later that year. The band vowed to continue and came back in 2022 with new bass player Dave Connelly. Over the past five years the band has played throughout the Northeast at some of the biggest and most well-known festivals and fairs, and numerous town greens. The band's high energy music and outgoing personality make them crowd favorites everywhere they play! Playing hits of the past 40 years as well as their best originals, Leaf Jumpers are a band not to be missed!

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