Candace has been a lawyer since 2006 and has been playing drums since she was a child. She began in fifth grade, continued through high school, and played for The Ohio State Marching Band in college. Because not many women played snare drum then, Candace considers herself a trailblazer for female drummers. Now Candace plays with her band Queen Mother Mars twice a month for open mic and scheduled gigs; instead of drums, Candace plays the cajón, a box percussion instrument primarily played in Latin American music. Queen Mother Mars was born when Candace ran into a friend from high school who needed a drummer for his band.
Music Composer & Producer
Mark has been a musician since he was young. His mother trained him in classical piano as a child, and he attended Cincinnati’s Archbishop Choir School for four years. Since then Mark has taught himself how to play guitar (acoustic, electric, jazz), banjo (frailing), bass, and blues harmonica.
When he’s not advocating for justice with the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the American Association for Justice, Mark is writing and producing his own music, doing album sessions in various studios and sitting in for different bands, including the Crazy Gringos and the Boatles. He has played music with professional musicians around the country, as well as with lawyers, doctors and teachers, and says it makes him appreciate what other musicians do as masters of both their instruments and full-time careers.
Mark’s advice to musicians: “Do not get trapped in a time frame or genre of music. Listen to all the new music from rap to indie to alternative. There’s fantastic music today, and thanks to the internet you can hear music from all over the world.”
Instruments: Guitar, banjo, bass, keyboard, harmonica
Music genre: Rock, jazz, blues
Albums: Sidebar (2002),
Blue Shift (2001)
: University of Dayton School of Law
Dan became a musician when he began taking piano lessons at age five. His parents were both musicians, and he was encouraged to play several instruments over the years. A natural song writer and musician, Dan formed bands with friends he met in high school and college. He is currently a member of FACE and Miranda Sound. Although he is a lawyer full time, Dan often plays music as a stress reliever and creative outlet.
Guitar, piano, cello, drums, baritone horn
Music genre: Indie rock, melodic rock
FACE members: Dinah Gerken Babcanec (Dan’s sister), Brian Freshour and Brian Moore
Charities: The American Stroke Association, Families of SMA (spinal muscular atrophy), Stefanie Spielman Concert For Breast Cancer Research, Andyman-a-thon For the Kids and more.
Practice area: Litigation
Alma mater: George Washington University Law School
OSBA immediate past-president Marty Mohler is a lawyer-turned-musician who spends his time advancing the legal profession and rocking out for a good cause. “My wife bought me a guitar and created a monster,” Marty said. He plays guitar in Jingle Balls, a classic rock band made up entirely of OSBA members—all lawyers and one judge. They primarily perform at charity events, especially to raise money for legal aid.
Jingle Balls will perform in the Battle of the Bands at the All-Ohio Legal Forum.
Instruments: Rhythm guitar
Music genre: Rock, mainly 60s, 70s and 80s
Jingle Balls members: Judge Michael Goulding, John Rozic, Jim Anderson and Larry Gold
Practice area: Broad general practice
Alma mater: University of Toledo College of Law