|BRIAN COOPER – Bass guitar and lead vocals
One of the founding members of the band, Brian (along with T.K.) was responsible for shaping the group’s distinctive vocal sound. Brian sang lead on several of the band’s biggest hits including KNOW HER WHEN I SEE HER as well as handling the lead vocals on most of the band’s recently released material from IN FROM THE COLD and SOUTHBOUND. Brian, along with his brother, are also involved in several charities especially Ringside For Youth, an annual Ottawa event that has raised over three million dollars for local children.
|DICK COOPER – Guitar
Dick Cooper wrote most of the songs on the Cooper Brothers early albums including several singles that were charted on the Billboard Top 100 including Dream Never Dies, Rock ‘n Roll Cowboys and Know Her When I See Her.
When the band went their separate ways in the 80’s Dick continued to write… venturing into television (You Can’t Do That on Television, Denim Blues) and video games. Dick spent 10 years as Creative director at Artech Studios penning numerous best-selling titles and working with the likes of John Cleese and Whoopi Goldberg. Dick also published a well received novel, Jukebox (General Store Publishing.) When the Cooper Brothers reunited, Dick wrote all the songs on the Cooper Brothers’ 2010 release “In From The Cold” as well as the band’s new CD SOUTHBOUND (2013.) Dick teaches song writing and performance at Algonquin College in Ottawa.
|TERRY KING – Steel guitar, acoustic guitar and lead vocals
Terry, or “T.K.” as he was affectionately known, played in several local Ottawa bands including the Eyes of Dawn before teaming up with Dick and Brian to form the Cooper Brothers. Terry’s three octave vocal range and searing steel guitar work was an integral part of the band’s overall sound.As musicologist Ross Porter says on the Best Of liner notes, “To this day, whenever I listen to Terry King sing Old Angel Midnight I get a lump in my throat and me eyes swell.” Terry passed in 1989 but will always be remembered by friends, family and fans alike as a true original. He is survived by his wife Helen, and daughters Sarah and Emma.
|DARWIN DEMERS – Guitar and vocals
Born in Pembroke Ontario, music has been a mainstay throughout his history of playing with popular valley bands, Metagenesis, Peru, Shake The Ghost, and The Paperboys, as well as the many studio gigs working with the likes of Ottawa’s One to One and Alanis Morissette. During the ‘90’s Darwin worked with Mercury Recording artist The Barstool Prophets, while owning and running his successful music store, Retrotown Music. Darwin has continued to share the stage with the likes of Jerry Doucette, Rick Emmitt, and the legendary Ronnie Hawkins. For the past couple of years he has been playing with the Cooper Brothers and closed his business in pursuit of his ongoing passion of playing music.
|ED BIMM – Keyboards and vocals
Ed has been a professional musician for over forty years. Doing everything from rock to country, he has worked out of Toronto, Los Angeles and Ottawa. He has recorded with The Cooper Brothers, The 5 Man Electrical Band, Sneezy Waters, Wayne Ronstadt, Patricia Conroy and many others. Ed Bimm has thousands of hours experience in recording, radio and T.V. He has performed in many venues from Bluesfest to the Calgary Stampede. Ed has also taught music, conducted church choirs and for many years has been the arranger/band leader for the annual Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame Awards.
|JOHN STEELE – Pedal steel, banjo
Multi instrumentalist, who plays pedal steel, banjo, keyboards and fiddle John is an awesome addition to the Cooper Brothers sound both in the studio and on stage. John hails from Renfrew, Ontario and has been a staple of the country music scene in the Ottawa Valley for many years. When he’s not playing with the Cooper Brothers he heads up a band called the Telegrams who play Texas swing and Honky Tonk.
|ROB HOLTZ – Drums
Rob has been the drummer with the brothers for the last thirty five years. An Ottawa native, Rob had previously played with several local acts including Floyd Bell and Hammer and Avalon. As a lover of all things Barbeque, Rob can be found – away from the band – creating new flavours for his BBQ spice business or grading BBQ competitors as a certified BBQ judge.
|JEFF ROGERS – Keyboards, sax, vocals
Jeff Rogers is the youngster in the band and handles keyboards, sax and acoustic guitar. His personal influences include Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Donny Hathaway and Ray Charles and his soulful voice is a rich addition to the band’s overall sound.Jeff also has a solo career and after the release of his blues-inspired, self-titled debut album in 2007, Jeff appeared at numerous festivals opening for various acts including Taj Mahal, Colin Linden, Sonny Landreth, and The Downchild Blues Band. In June of 2012, Jeff released his second full length album entitled “Let It Show”, and has since opened for Norah Jones on the Main Stage of The Ottawa Bluesfest (July 8th, 2012).