All three current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Don Marovich, have intrinsic links to and experience with the original group: Mike is the adopted son of founding member Nick Reynolds, who was also his musical mentor; Tim, a close friend since boyhood, is one of the few musicians outside the Trio who has recorded with Nick Reynolds; and Don Marovich, who has performed with the Trio and who plays the guitar, banjo and mandolin. Many of their personal memories recall the iconic trio’s performances and journey as folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture – and the top of the music charts.
Taken in as part of the Reynolds family as a teenager, Mike learned his music ropes at the foot of Nick Reynolds, his late “adopted father.” With Nick’s approval, Mike was present at Trio rehearsals during the years when the Trio was the biggest act in the world. Under Nick’s tutelage, Mike learned backstage support, how Nick and the Trio picked songs, how the Trio managed their tours and many other critical insights. Mike was a member of the Trio’s inner circle and with the opportunity to expand his musical horizons, learned from the Trio’s manager Frank Werber everything from booking an act to conducting an orderly rehearsal to running a complicated business in an orderly fashion.
After years of touring as a folksinger with band mate Tim Gorelangton, Mike branched into movies. Mike pioneered the editing of ski films, including the seminal 1972 90 minute ski movie “Earth Rider” featuring the legendary ski-parachute jump off Yosemite’s El Capitan. This was the birth of extreme skiing in America. It was also the first time music was edited and inserted, note for note, as a driving force in cinematic imagery as Mike implemented the music of John Stewart, Leo Kottke, and The Kingston Trio in Earth Rider and three subsequent feature films. Mike is also an author, artist and architectural designer. Today Mike shares his time between Los Angeles and the southern Oregon coast as he, besides singing and performing with the Kingston Trio, fulfills his official role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Trio.
In the Kingston Trio, Mike plays a Martin D-28 guitar and Deering Plectrum Banjo. His voice is best described as “Patron Tequila Baritone.” He has been playing and performing for over 50 years. Mike is native of Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City and fourth generation Californian.
Like Bob Shane and Dave Guard, Tim was born in Hawaii. Dad was an Air Force pilot and the family lived all over the United States. Ask Tim and he’ll tell you, “This whole country is my home town!
Tim started playing woodwinds in high school and ended up serving in US Army Headquarters bands in San Francisco and Stuttgart, Germany. Music was in his family heritage. His father was from Honolulu and was a terrific ukulele player. Mom was a California girl who was prone to bursting into song around the house.
Tim has played in folk and bluegrass groups in Northern California and Nevada for years. A seasoned singer/songwriter, he wrote “Colorado Sun,” which climbed to number 11 in the regional western US.
His heroes include, Pete Seeger, John Stewart and Tom Paxton. Tim is one of the very few musicians outside the Kingston Trio that Nick Reynolds ever recorded with.
Tim’s main goal is to ensure that the group’s music remains true to its original intentions. He’s the Trio’s Chief Musical Director, arranger, and cat wrangler.
Tim plays the Martin J40 6 String, Vega Pete Seeger Longneck Banjo, and the Guild F512 12 String.
Raised in a family of musicians, in Gary, Indiana, Don Marovich started playing guitar in seventh grade – practicing every day, before long, a music journeyman was on his way.
In high school, Don sang with the Indiana barbershop group, The Chorus of the Dunes, competing nationally to place 2nd and 3rd in consecutive contests. This proved a formative experience: through the barbershoppers, Don mastered singing and hearing harmonies.
In the seventies, having relocated to Arizona, Don continued his music career, starting a very popular group in the Phoenix area that was the subject of a one-hour music special that aired in 36 states on ABC television. Thereafter, he switched to a private event format for major resorts, private country clubs, and socialite events in the southwest. He also added a solo career to his portfolio and produced his first original album entitled “All I Can Do”. In 2012, Don was discovered by The Limeliters and was hired to be their tenor.
In addition to being a professional musician, Don, who has a BS degree in secondary education from Indiana University and a Masters of Education Administration from the University of Phoenix, also taught school from 1991 through 2013, then retiring to tour with The Limeliters. He plays acoustic, electric, bass, and tenor guitar, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, and percussion.
It is with great enthusiasm that Don has now joined The Kingston Trio as their tenor.