Solid Gold
Band Contact:     Jim Lucas @(707) 374-7567
About Solid Gold
An experienced rock band from Rio Vista CA, specializing in 4-part vocal harmony while performing music from the 50’s through 90’s.

Performs for dances, restaurants, clubs, or corporate functions, and concerts. The band is also available for wedding receptions and other celebratory events.

The band was formed in April of 2011 and performs in and around the Rio Vista area, including surrounding Counties and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Currently includes 2 female vocalists, plus musicians on Keyboard, lead guitar, bass, drums, and Sax/Flute.

Some of the music covered was originally recorded by Juice Newton, the Oakridge Boys, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Pat Benatar, the Doobie Bros., Jo Stafford, Sam and Dave, Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Carpenters.

Like more information regarding a performance at a celebration of your organization or private party? Please contact Jim Lucas at 707-374-7567.
Band Members

Perry Castelli (Dr. C), keyboardist
  • Originally from Cleveland, Ohio
  • Performed professionally for over fifty years from the White House - to New York - to Hawaii - to Cuba and all parts in-between
  • Was an RCA Mainline recording artist and has been on the Billboard charts
  • Former member of the following nationally recognized bands: Selective Service, Zephania Cross, Baskerville Hounds and Fallen Angels
  • Opened for such notable acts as James Brown, Doors, Lovin Spoonful, Supremes, Young Rascals, Janis Joplin, Beach Boys, Kinks, Sly and the Family Stone, Van Morrison, Leslie Gore and more......
  • Classically trained on piano and holds a Ph.D., M.Ed., and B.S. in Music Education (University of Maryland and Kent State University)
  • Taught music and trained teachers at the following levels: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College and University.
  • Co-authored and published five books and over two hundred songs.
  • Has lived with his wife (Vivian) in the following six states: Ohio, Maryland, Alabama, North Carolina, Florida and currently California
  • Currently performing with Solid Gold, The Trilogy Jazz Band, Delta Breeze Chorus, Trilogy Theater Group, and keyboardist for "Music Of The Night" in Trilogy.

Bonnie G, vocalist, cowbell specialist
  • started singing when about two years old, encouraged by musical parents
  • began formal music/organ lessons with a private teacher at age five
  • was involved in various musical groups during school years including singing in glee clubs, playing clarinet in band, and piano in orchestra. Performed in regional Honor Bands as well as school bands. 
  • demonstrated 3 and 4 manual organs for Sherman & Clay sales department while still in high school. Continued music lessons under a music coach
  • later high school and early college performed with several rock bands and participated in the "Battle of the Bands" performances all around the San Francisco/Peninsula areas
  • began playing the 12- string guitar in the late '70s . Began performing special music for wedding ceremonies, church services, dinner parties and events, and sang with a small vocal group.
  • Directed Praise and Worship teams leader for various churches, and Christian women's and men's organizations.
  • musical focus now is with a few small vocal groups and "Solid Gold".
  • took a year off due to health reasons, now returns to the music scene. 
  • feels that “Solid Gold” gives her a chance to pursue her love of singing, and enabling her to share her talent and create happiness for other people.

Bob Jacobs, bass guitarist
  • grew up in a military family. Lived many different places while growing up including Okinawa, Japan, and Hawaii.
  • started playing acoustic and electric bass in high school. Played with a successful rock band as a young adult, focusing on the Bay Area.
  • retired from Pacific Bell (Pac Bell).
  • currently plays with 2 large bands as well as jazz combos, and a Hawaiian band.
  • resides in Trilogy of Rio Vista.

Jim Lucas, saxophones, flute, other brass/woodwind instruments
  • originally from Indianapolis, IN.
  • began singing and playing clarinet at age 6
  • began playing percussion professionally while in high school.
  • played in, and directed a drum and bugle corps while attending military school.
  • studied other brass, woodwinds, and string instruments while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music Education from Butler University in Indianapolis.
  • brief stint with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra while also performing with a large jazz/rock band as the drummer.
  • has a lifetime license to teach music in all grades, and foreign language in grades 7-12, in Indiana.
  • 32 years as a music educator in Indiana and Kentucky directing bands and choruses at all levels of education including the university level.
  • Masters degree in Education from Butler University.
  • currently performs with four bands including “Solid Gold”.

Claire McKean, lead vocalist
  • 2nd generation Native Californian, born in Oakland.
  • Began singing as soon as I could talk! Music has always been part of my life! Played Steel guitar, guitar & now Ukulele!
  • At age 14, was chosen to be part of a very successful, professional band in the Bay Area, performing at parties, wedding receptions, USO shows, and other venues.
  • sang in junior and senior high school choruses, and later, became a soloist with the Douglas Morrison Theater Chorus in Hayward CA, (for 20 years) under the direction of Cesar Cancino ( pianist who toured with Joan Baez, Director/Pianist for Teatro Zincanni in S.F.).
  • performed as a singer at various musical venues in the S.F. Bay Area including several musical theater productions.
  • had a successful vocal trio called "Sisters in Song" who performed in the Bay Area for several years.
  • Performed in Northern & Southern CA with "California Women's Chorus" raising money for college scholarships for young women pursuing musical careers.
  • retired Administrative Assistant to principal, San Leandro High School. 
  • assisted in the production of many high school musical theater productions.
  • currently a member of four vocal groups, Solid Gold and founder of the Ukulele club.
  • currently the director of "Music Of The Night" in Trilogy
  • resides in Trilogy of Rio Vista.

Joe Pepper, drummer
  • originally from New Jersey, started playing at 12 with a drum and bugle corp. Later joined the Navy, became the drummer for the West Coast Show Band performing out of Treasure Island in San Francisco.
  • during a 6 year tour, attended music school while stationed at Little Creek, VA. and studied percussion techniques and rhythmic styles including Latin, jazz, rock, et al. …has extensive experience recording and playing shows featuring legendary performers such as Bob Hope, Red Skelton, the Andrews Sisters and more. 
  • continued to play locally throughout the SF Bay Area and across the U. S. and Canada with the George Pickard, Silver Spur and Rich Rinaldi bands. 
  • Currently with “Solid Gold” from Trilogy, a fun, exciting, vibrant and talented group of singers and musicians.
  • “You will want to bring your dancing shoes”.

​Harry Pluth
  • began playing guitar at age 16.
  • joined a large rock band in the ‘70’s which included horns and extra percussion.
  • started a blues band and later another band including his brothers.
  • currently retired, but is a landscaper and general repair person for Trilogy of Rio Vista.

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