Marching to a Different Tune.

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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The  band Dyversity after their March 16 show in Columbia at the Good Times Tavern.

Music, in all of its forms has a variety of purposes.

Sometimes to heal.

Sometimes to soothe.

Sometimes to pay the bills.

Sometimes just for fun.

Dean Mizelle’s band Dyversity  played at the Columbia Crossing Restaurant and Good Times Tavern on March 16 for fun.

Mizelle explained how his band got started in an interview in the week after the show.

“We got started about eight years ago. The guys in my band are literally my family. They are my cousins. Bill Askew is on bass and vocals. Kirk, my brother, is on drums and vocals. Niki Como is on guitar and vocals, and I play guitar and sing as well,”   Mizelle explained.

Dyversity has played at locations ranging from Wilmington to Morehead City to Greenville to Ahoskie to Chocowinity.

Mizelle characterized his band as a “party band.”

This means a variety of music.

“We play everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Nelly to Kenny Chesney,” Mizelle explained.

Hence the name Dyversity.

“I wanted the name to be something that would fit and be something that would be different,” Mizelle said

Columbia was a good venue to play at for Mizelle and his fellow band members.

Some of the crowds at other locations do not seem to care whether the band is there or not.

“You never know what you are going to get. The people there are very welcoming and very appreciative of the fact that we are there,” Mizelle said in reference to playing in Columbia.

Mizelle mentioned that the band was going to play at Jacks Waterfront Bar in Morehead City next weekend.

The Dyversity band members all mostly have day jobs. Then they play on the weekends.
Dean manages a meat department at a grocery store in Murfeesboro. Bill works in the maintenance department at a hospital. Kirk works at Farmers Furniture in Williamston. Niki is a private tutor.
A CD or album is not yet planned in the future.
“It is more of a weekend thing. We are not trying to be rock stars,” Mizelle said.

Moonshine is another band that had a recent music performance at the Columbia Crossing Restaurant and Good Times Tavern. The band performed on March 2 to an engaged and entertained crowd.
An online description of the band reads:
“Moonshine is a band from the Bertie Hertford county area that plays country,southern rock,rock and anything that will keep you on your feet. Whenever you get a chance come out and party with us because we always have a blast wherever we go.”
The band consists of:

Tony Fornes-guitar and vocals

R.T. Johnson-guitar and vocals

James Lane-bass and vocals Mark Baker-drums

Cliff Jernigan-sound,lights,and stage assistant.

Music can also be used to help people and bring a community together.