The Excelerators

The Excelerators is a 4 piece band.
Added instruments of flute, sax, trombone and harmonica
Playing 70’s oriented Classic Rock

Performing in … for audiences of 100 or so
Show type: Wineries, clubs, bars, weddings, municipal events

Using the L1® System since January 2012

Geographic location: Metro St. Louis Area

Notes about The Excelerators
Covering the obligatory to plenty of tasty nuggets like Tull and Firefall, The Excelerators have been in existence since 1994.

Bose L1® equipment
2 complete L-1 Model II’s with B2 Bottoms and T1 Tone Generators. We have access to 2 more L-1’s like these with B1 bottoms for larger jobs, but 2 seem to get 95% of our gigs aptly covered.

Comments about the L1® System
Simple, easy to use and transport. Much cleaner looking stage with less cables. Love being able to place them in the back-line to get the mix the audience hears.

Web Site: The Excelerators

The Players
Stan Gill: Keyboards and vocals.
Wes Searcy: Bass and vocals.
Mike Franzel: Guitar and vocals.
Glenn Kidd: Drums

Sounds like you guys have a lot of fun. Can you tell us more about your set list? What numbers would you play if you wanted your audience to get up and dance?

Hi Wes,

I had to look up Fire Fall. That led to an interesting trip into the 70’s and that was fun.

Like valvenerd, I’d be interested to know about your set list.


Wow, 4 years already!!! “Time flies when you’re… having fun” or success for that matter. The use of BOSE has us working toward the mix rather than competing for same. The band strives to work as a team. Patrons & club owners have an appreciation for the other things you are allowed to concentrate upon rather than volume saturation. Simplicity of good sound helps you augment the tricks you learned in school like accelerandos, ritards, creshendos, etc. I may still be the musician/vocalist/lights & sound-tech, but the pressures associated with sound reinforcement have all but been abated. Need I even mention the “set-it, save-it, and forget-it” aspect of the T1? Didn’t think so… Guess I can sell the band trailer now since this all fits in the trunk.

Hi Wes,

Great to hear from you. And it’s good to know that you are enjoying the benefits of your L1®s. You’ve hit the highlights and I can totally relate.




Just picked up your post. I’ll see if I can find a file of our list and paste it. Yup, here goes:
Heart Of Rock & Roll - Huey Lewis
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
What I Like About You - The Romantics
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations
Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
Can’t Get Enough / Dancin in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
Strange Way (To Tell Me You Love Me) - Firefall
Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding
Change The World - Eric Clapton
Footloose - Kenny Loggins
Hurt So Good - John Mellencamp
Hands To Yourself - Georgia Sattelites
Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
Aqualung - Jethro Tull
Gimme Some Lovin - Spencer Davis Group
Low Rider - War
Pink Cadillac - Bruce Springsteen
I Want You Back - The Jackson Five
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Little Sister - Elvis Presley
I Feel Good - James Brown
Musta Got Lost - J. Geils
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
My Girl - The Temptations
Hotel California - The Eagles
Alright Now - Free
Momma Let Him Play - Jerry Doucette
Leave Hat On - Joe Cocker
Gimme Three Steps - Lynrd Skynry
Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
Brick House - The Commodores
Lost That Lovin Feeling - The Righteous Brothers
Devil With A Blue Dress - Good Golly - Mitch Ryder
Don’t Forget About Me - Simple Minds
What You Need - INXS
You May Be Right - Billy Joel
Unchain My Heart - Joe Cocker
Feelin Alright - Dave Mason
Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
Life In The Fast Lane - The Eagles
Some Kinda Wonderful - Grand Funk
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
American Band - Grand Funk
Ophelia - The Band
When the House Is Rockin - Steveie Ray Vaughn
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Wonderful Tonight - Eric Clapton
Two Hangmen - Mason Proffit
The Letter - Joe Cocker
Layla - Eric Clapton
Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
Addicted to Love - Robert Palmer
Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
Treat Her Like A Lady - The Cornelius Brothers
Sweet Home Alabama - Lynrd Skynrd
Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
Born To Be Wild - Steppinwolf
Tommy - The Who
That’s All - Peter Gabriel
Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger
Tush - ZZ Topp

Please 'em with the Tull, dance 'em with the Wild Cherry

Originally posted by valvenerd:
Sounds like you guys have a lot of fun. Can you tell us more about your set list? What numbers would you play if you wanted your audience to get up and dance?