Kathy Carroll—aka “Kathy K”
I actually started to DJ in 1986. I filled in for Kathy at one of the clubs where she played every week….I was hooked. I always liked music, especially 50’s and early 60’s but I never thought I would become a mobile DJ. From then on I started playing music by myself whenever it was necessary. When we heard Doo Wop at the Szechuan one Friday night, I knew that I wanted to play Beach Music. Jack helped me to collect my music and the 94th was the first place I played. Even though I still play music at other functions, my work for the DC Hand Dance Club is my most satisfying.
Norm has been a Mobile DJ since 1993. While taking line dance lessons at the old Salisbury Mall in 1992 the DJ did not show up, so Norm borrowed a boom box, got his tapes out of his car and played for the 100 waiting line dancers. He started his Mobile DJ and Line Dance Instructor business by holding a dance at St. Andrews Catholic Church Hall. In addition to teaching line dancing for 17 years, Norm has also played at Frontier Town for 17 years. Through line dancing he met Judy and Bailey Hawkins, who introduced him to the DC Hand Dance Club. After being mentored by 3 of our DJ’s, Norm has played for our club since 2010 primarily at our Ocean City venues.
Having grown up in the Southeast DC area, Warren is a long-time hand dancer and one of the few who still collects Doo Wop music on vinyl records He has been with the club since its conception and served his DJ apprenticeship with Tommy "D" Dickerson. He has been a DJ for the DC Hand Dance Club for many years..
Jay Brown aka Dr. J
DJ Dr. Jay began in 1998 on Sunday evenings at the Arch Social Club in Baltimore, this led to working at the Volcan Blazers Fire Fighters Club for the Friday evening Happy Hour. This is where he first started DJing for the Baltimore Hand Dancers. In his search to expand and find new music, he learned about the DC Hand Dance Club at Coconuts in Crofton. That’s where he first met Tommy D and the other DJ’s at the Hand Dance Club venues. He joined the Hand Dance Club and eventually John Samuels scheduled him to play the 94th Areo Squadron. Jay has a busy schedule, the Hand Dance Club’s weekly rotation of venues, monthly Saturdays at the Bowie Elks and for the last six years, Friday nights at the Arch social Club playing Hip-Hop, R&B, and Club music. Hand Dance music is the most satisfying because of the variety, the social and friendly atmosphere of the Hand
Mastin, aka “Buddman”
I have been in the music business since graduating from Bladensburg High School in the 70’s. I played in bands, was a sound engineer (which I loved) and booked and managed bands. I even had my own talent agency for a while in the 80’s booking local and national acts in the DC area. I started to DJ in the early 80’s finding another outlet for my love of music. One day, I stumbled across a CD in the record store called Beach Music Anthology Vol. 1 and I fell in love with music all over again. I started coming to hand dance night at the 94th and noticed they were playing a lot of those same songs. It wasn’t too long before John and Caroline Rattcliffe gave me my first break playing for the Club. I think John’s exact words were: “If I let you play, will you leave me alone?” And since that first night I played at Coconut’s, I have been playing for the greatest group a DJ could wish for. I know if the dance floor is not full, it’s my fault.