Current Band members

Craig Marshall

Craig Marshall

Guitarist Craig Marshall is the last remaining original founding member of Cubensis, having started the band in 1987 after becoming dissatisfied with the Dead’s all-too-infrequent appearances in Southern California. Self-taught, he learned to play guitar by slowing down Grateful Dead records to half speed and studying Jerry Garcia’s unique style. Marshall enjoyed his first Dead show in November 1967 at the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles. His instruments are handcrafted by Godfrey Daniels Guitar Works, by luthier John Carruthers, and newly by Phred Musical Instruments, complete with electronic routing,, amplification and effects as used by the late great Jerry Garcia. Amplification is by a modded Fender Twin with a slew of floor predals including the Klon Centaur, a Q-Tron+, various products by Keeley, Analog Man, Beigel Sound Lab and many others. "All in the game, yo!"                          Email    Facebook

Nate LaPointe

Nate LaPointe

Guitarist Nate LaPointe grew up in a musical family in Laramie, WY. His father was a record store owner and an avid Deadhead. He took 4-year-old Nate to his first Grateful Dead show at Red Rocks and the impressionable youth fell in love with the music, starting guitar lessons at age 5. By age 9 he had met Jerry Garcia, was appearing on stage at festivals, playing guitar and singing with Dead cover bands. Pursuing an education in jazz guitar, Nate moved to California to study at the California Institute of the Arts. Nate has been freelancing in Los Angeles since graduating CalArts, playing club dates, recording sessions, touring with the likes of R&B legend Bobby Womack, and teaching music. He is now in his 15th year with Cubensis, and performs on a custom-made instrument designed by Godfrey Daniels Guitar Works .      Email    Facebook

Tom Ryan

Tom Ryan

At age 8, keyboardist Tom Ryan began playing trombone and trumpet in his elementary school band, and took up guitar at age 12. Around 1976, he joined some of his high school classmates in the psychedelic-edged band Liftoff, in which he played a Micro Moog synthesizer. Tom also honed his vocal technique with noted instructor Elizabeth Sabine. 1984-87 found Tom performing in Deadhead/country rock groups The Full Effect and Stunt Road. Following that, Tom toured extensively for 5 years with the legendary New Christy Minstrels and folk singer Glenn Yarbrough, playing bass and adding vocal support. Since 1995, his musical life has involved performances with songwriter Robby King and Last Train South, plus a thriving career as a solo acoustic balladeer before joining Cubensis in 2000.            Email    Facebook

Larry Ryan

Larry Ryan

Bassist Larry Ryan enjoys live concerts, hiking, Grateful Dead music, improvisational jamming, reggae, rock & blues! Easily the most animated member of the band, Larry has held down the bass guitar position in Cubensis since 1996. Responding to cries of “Let Larry sing!”, Ryan has been known to bust out a mean “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” as well as “Easy Wind”. There is more than a passing resemblance to keyboardist Tom Ryan, as the two are brothers, growing up and jamming together in the San Fernando Valley and performing in Miracle Ticket and Dead Center.     Email     Facebook

Ed Fletcher

Ed Fletcher

Besides his inspired work with Cubensis, drummer Ed Fletcher remains as one of the hardest working musicians in San Diego, now currently finalizing a second album for his original project Naked Funk with bass legend Lige Curry of Parliament/Funkadelic. "Naked Funk started as a recording project between just Lige and I,” Fletcher states, “but now, after three years of expanding and growing, and with guitar greats onboard such as Blackbyrd McKnight (Headhunters, Miles Davis, Parliament) and Jose Serrano (Santana), the band has become quite the live experience!” Fletcher also appears with San Diego’s finest, Dead tribute, the Electric Waste Band.  Ed's style has been described as 'explosive'.          Email      Facebook