Gypsy Funk Squad plays a mix of classic belly dance songs from Turkey, Armenia, Egypt, The Balkans, Greece, Israel, Lebanon, and other points in the Middle east. In our repertoire is also revamped rock tunes and original psychedelic surprises...done belly style! We can perform all traditional, all western (world style) or a mix. We almost always have a belly dancer or two performing with us! The emphasis is on fun and a dancing good time!

Jack Lowry has been in the music business for over 30 years. Jack’s first musical love was the sound of heavy rock rhythms. He took up the guitar as a teenager and studied jazz guitar for a few years , then started his first band. A few years later with his sound/lighting company, Strike Sound, he was exposed to many forms of music, including Indian, West Indian, Bangalee, Persian, etc. Through these, he learned about doloks, harmoniums, tablas & non western scales. He then began to dabble in hand percussion. In 2007, fueled by the energy he experienced at the drum circles at Starwood and inspired by the power of Raquay & the Cavemen, he started to experiment with Middle Eastern music. He debuted with the Anka Kusu band/dance troupe at Spring Caravan in 2010. Jack plays Oud (fretless string lute), mini 12 string guitar and sings in Gypsy Funk Squad


Ohannes was born in Istanbul, Turkey and lived there until the age of seventeen. After high school, he came USA to study Engineering. He has a MS in Electrical Engineering from NJIT. He has always been into music, rhythm and dancing. He got his first doumbek when he was around 10 years old and learned to play then very popular song Mastika. He became more serious about music when he started taking some oud lessons from John Vartan in late 90s. John Vartan gave him the opportunity to sit in with his band as second percussionist or as the bass player. And that's how he got into playing on stage. He has also danced for 6 years with the Antranig Dance Ensemble, an Armenian dance troupe. Being born in Turkey and being of Armenian decent, he is very familiar with Armenian and Turkish repertoire and rhythms. He is also familiar with Arabic, Greek and Jewish songs. He has also been playing over 20 years at the African Drum and Dance Circle in Central Park. He loves playing and organizing drum circles, and admins a Facebook Group called North Jersey Drum Circles . His nick name at drum circles is the Cowbell Boy as he loves to play the cowbell. Visit his Facebook Fan Page to find out about his gigs and drum circle activities. You can also connect with him on Facebook.


Jason Eaton: This heavy hitter was born in Queens NYC and raised in the garden state of NJ. As a child his parents introduced him to the joyful sounds of motown, funk, and salsa. In the year 2000 Jason graduated college and bought his first traditional djembe hand drum. Determined to live coast to coast Jason set out to make some noise. Drumming in Las Vegas, California, and Alaska taught him that you can learn more about a person in an hour of play then a day of conversation. Now he is back in NJ to share the light and love of The Drum.


Scott Alex plays the doumbeck and the davul for Gypsy Funk Squad... Need to add more info....


Special Ops Corporal Riza Saidi Qadir Abdullah Shakir al-Sakhra …or "Rodney" for short, first approached the Gypsy Funk Squad one minute before a concert barefoot, with a double bass on his back, a bass combo amp in one hand, and a suitcase of equipment in the other, asking if they need someone to play bass, after only having listened to clips of their music on phonograph for 45 minutes during his journey to the exotic streets of Montclair from several villages south in his camel drawn coach. Commander Shimmy gave a nod and simply replied, "take your place, soldier," and the rest is history.


Guest Artists

Richard Reiter
Musician (saxophones, clarinets, flutes), Band Leader, EMMY Award winning Composer, Educator, Leader of Spiritual Drum Circle.

Chuck Eckert
An amazing RIQ player, sits in with Gypsy Funk Squad whenever he can.


Former Members

Luis Manuel
One of the founding members of the Gypsy Funk Squad, (originally called Not Constantinople). For more info about him, visit his web site

Edward Rollin
Oboist, multi- instrumentalist and instrument inventor has been performing improvisational music since the 1960’s. He played with Gypsy Funk Squad from 2014 to 2017.