Music Ministry

Music Ministry - Science of Mind Spiritual Center Los Angeles

The AwSOM Band
Performing LIVE, Every Sunday

When the Message and the Music Merge,
Shift Happens!


Gary Lynn Floyd, Darrell Diaz and Mari Anne Jayme – Musical Directors, Keyboards, Singers
Todd Sasse – Director of Production, Drums, Percussion
Ted Owens – Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Pete Orlanski – Bass

Gary Lynn Floyd - Science of Mind Spiritual Center Los Angeles

Gary Lynn Floyd is a singer/songwriter from Conroe, Texas. He was 4 years old when he began picking out melodies on the piano, and he’s been making music ever since. His soulful blend of pop, country, and rhythm and blues creates a unique sound that continues to gain him fans and awards. You might recognize Floyd as he wrote “If You Were The Only One” recorded by Steve Archer, which landed at number one on the Christian Contemporary chart. His work “The Gospel of Zen” was nominated for three 2010 Out Music Awards, including Album of the Year. Floyd is also an award winning actor, and has appeared onstage in “Crimes Of The Heart”, “The Full Monty”, “Pumpboys & Dinettes”, “AIDA”, and “Next To Normal.”

His new CD, BODYSOUL showcases the excellent musicianship and gentle soul that is Gary Lynn Floyd. The 10 songs are equally divided between body, or our physical selves, and soul, our higher selves. The CD, Floyd’s seventh of original music, reflects where he is on his spiritual path. The CD includes the single, “Music In The Meaning” which as inspired by and written for the Noetic Films documentary, “Viktor & I”. “Now that hope is intervening, there is music in the meaning.”

Floyd is quickly becoming a favorite singer and songwriter in the New Though music world, and his new CD, BODYSOUL, will go a long way in solidifying his place among our most gifted and grounded musicians.

Darrell Diaz - Science of Mind Spiritual Center Los Angeles

Darrell Diaz has been the man behind the music for many of today’s recording artists. In 1991, he emerged onto the professional music scene in Los Angeles as the keyboardist/synthesist with jazz legend Herbie Hancock. Since then, he has gone on to become a successful writer, producer, engineer, keyboardist and musical director with such artists as Kenny Lattimore, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Doc Powell, Howard Hewett, DMX, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones and Maxwell, with whom he received his first platinum album, Urban Hang Suite and his first No. 1 song “Fortunate.” He is a voting member of NARAS (Grammy committee) and teaches privately in LA with a focus on Afro-Cuban Jazz. He made his solo debut with the release of “Devotion” in 2002.


Gary Lynn Floyd - Science of Mind Spiritual Center Los Angeles

Mari Anne has been touring the world with actor Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band since 2004, performing in hundreds of concerts for U.S. military audiences and events. She has also collaborated in jazz, rock, R&B/soul, and experimental genres, as well as on studio & live recordings.

Mari is a former voice instructor at Columbia College Chicago. She has over fifteen years of experience as a professional musician, accompanist and music director. She sang with Voices of Liberty at Walt Disney World and in jazz groups in northeast Florida.

Mari has an Master of Music degree from Roosevelt University in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music, and a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University.


Todd Sasse, co-Founder of the AwSOM band since it was formed in 2002, is a self-taught drummer who began pursuing his talent at age 7.

So driven by the beat as a child, Todd would sneak into his school’s band room and practice on their drum kit. His passion and devotion to percussion soon caught the attention of the school’s band director and music teacher, Frank Conti, who became Todd’s mentor. “He believed in me and taught me to improvise, play from my soul and perfect my craft.”

Within 7 years, at the young age of 14, Todd began drumming professionally for local gigs in the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area.


Ted Owens began playing classical guitar at age 7; moving into rock by high school which led to 10 years on the road with various pop and rock bands.

Upon settling in Los Angeles in 1987, Ted returned to his roots in nylon string guitar and began taking play dates and gigs on movies, various artists’ albums and so forth. He then explored an interest in Flamenco and studied it seriously for 3 years.

For the last 10 years, Ted has been enjoying being a band member for the Science of Mind Spiritual Center Los Angeles. When he’s not playing with The AwSOM Band, Ted teaches guitar privately in Culver City and promotes his “International Favorites Classical Guitar” album.


Pete Orlanski has been playing music for most of his life. From years of lessons on the piano in his adolescence and his desire to be a part of the school band playing the trumpet and euphonium, Pete found his voice on the bass guitar in his early teenage years. At 15 he was picked up by a local blues band to play at a local coffee shop twice a month. From there the world became his oyster and to this day he has been swimming in a continual stream of new projects.

Following the path of many young musicians Pete went to University studying Jazz completing his undergraduate degree from WSCU and his Masters from NYU. He learned from many fantastic teachers and fell even more in love with the music.

Having toured and recorded with several up and coming artists of all scopes (Rock, RnB, Hip Hop, Jazz, Fusion, Bluegrass, Pop, Reggae) Pete packed up and moved to LA.

Now in LA, Pete has performed, toured and recorded with many of LA’s finest and continues to do so.