Band Bios

Leslie Howard (Bass, Vocals)

Born in upstate NY, Leslie grew up crossing the country moving from NY to Calif and back again with a four year stop in IL. in between before landing solo in Atlanta at 18. He started playing acoustic guitar at 14 and bass at 20. Leslie has been in several local/regional bands and play the occasional open mic with the acoustic. Leslie is the Founding member of Circle of Noise, plays bass guitar and sings in the band. His current weapons of choice are his Gibson Tobias along with his Ampeg and Hartke amps.

Richard Green (Drummer)

Richard has been playing drums since the age of 10. In his own words: “I got my first real snare for a box of legos! Had my first band at 13! Been on the music scene since 93 in Atlanta! Metal is what I prefer but love classic rock as well ! God bless and I look forward to entertaining everyone In this world or any other planet I can get to!”

Lewis DeMarcus (Lead Guitar)

Lewis DeMarcus graduated from Atlanta Institute of Music in 2000, has been playing in cover and original bands such as Moss, Ravenheart, Valor, and several others in the Atlanta area ever since. He finally settled in with Circle of Noise and has enjoyed playing music with them for the last 10 yrs.

Beth DeMarcus (Lead Vocals)

Born and raised in Buford, GA, I attended Buford Church of God where I started singing at a young age. Youth choir and school chorus competitions were the first platforms that fueled my love of singing. I am blessed to say that I am the lead singer of Circle of Noise. It has been a great experience since starting with the band in 2012.

Rick Byers (Rhythm Guitar)

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Troy Lallerstedt (Guitar)

Troy Lallerstedt Aka “Bones” is a self taught guitarist, singer/songwriter, sound, light and special effects engineer from Smyrna, GA. His passion for music started at a young age. His musical influences are Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Kiss, Judas Priest, Joe Santriani, Van Halen and Ted Nugent. At the age of 13 he received his first Les Paul from his father who told him “to listen to the music and play by ear” and showed him only 3 cords. Throughout High School he continued to practice while playing with his friends around the local community.
In 1991 he and 2 friends formed the band Armed & Dangerous. Their first debut was August 28th 1992 at the International Ballroom, where they broke the clubs record for most attendance by a local band. They excelled over the years receiving air play on 96 rock, 99X and Georgia Tech radio and releasing 2 tapes and 2 CD’s. They headlined several benefit shows to include multiple motorcyclists’ event, opened for Foghat and Mothers Finest. Venues play includes The Roxy Theater, The Masquerade, The International Ballroom, The Wreck Room, The Cotton Club, The scrap Bar, The Strand, The Hanger, Rusty Rooster, Jimmy Macks, King’s Head Pub, Doc Holliday’s, Danny’s Rock and Roll 1 & 2, Club Anytime , The Somber Reptile and etc before disbanded in 1996.
During 1992, he started internship with Glenn Falkenstein for live sound and lighting for large concert venues. FOH engineer for venues to include The International Ballroom, The Somber Reptile, CJ’s Landing, Hard Rock Cafe and others throughout Atlanta until 2005.
Between 1998 and 2007 he played with following bands: The Nothing, Soul Machine, Hollow and Valor. During this time he opened for The Georgia Satellites and played several benefit shows to include Save the Music in Woodstock, GA.
Between 2008 and 2011 he was working on various projects.
In 2012, he was asked to join the band Circle of Noise where he is currently the bands guitarist and sound engineer. In his owns words “I enjoy entertaining people”

Doug Stephens (Keys)

Doug Stephens was born and raised in Georgia in 1970.
He was deaf as a child until he had corrective surgery. He never had professional training. Self taught play by ear technics hit the Atlanta music scene in 1988 as the keyboard player for Ravens Eye.
He went on to play in several local bands such as Fourtress, Valor, Kursor,
and now for Circle of Noise! His musical influences include David Bryan,
Jordon Rudess, Johnathan Cain, Greg Ham, and Nick Rhodes just to name
a few. Son of a renowned Country/Western performer, Lenny Stephens, Doug chose a slightly more “Get Up and Move” rock/metal of the 80’s path, but carries on the family legacy with his music. “Play till ya Drop!”
Doug performed at several venues around Atlanta from “that guy’s living room” to the Omni… and many in between. Having taken the stage before some well know acts like Georgia Sattellites and Warrant, Doug is an integral part of the CON sound.