The AwSOM Band – Performing LIVE, Every Sunday
When the Message and the Music Merge,
Rev. Doug LeBow – Interim Musical Director, Bass, Singer
Todd Sasse - Director of Production, Drums, Percussion
Darrell Diaz - Keyboard
Ted Owens - Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Rev. Doug LeBow is a licensed Minister of Religious Science, with Centers for Spiritual Living, and for ten years served as the Music Director and then Assistant Minister at The NoHo Arts Center For New Thought in North Hollywood, CA.
Doug is also an Emmy™ award-winning producer of music and video, composer, arranger, music supervisor, and music engraver, with over 150 feature film, TV movie, television series, and publishing credits.
Doug is currently under contract to Disney Publishing Worldwide, as a producer, composer, songwriter, and recording artist. He has written, produced, and recorded more than 80 songs for Disney’s Disney English division, since 2008.
Doug also served a five-year, 635 episode stint as the Music Director on GENERAL HOSPITAL, ABC-TV’s longest running daytime drama.
A graduate of The Grove School of Music, Doug resides in sunny (and HOT!) Santa Clarita, CA with his wife, Rev. Sharon Earle, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and sons Jesse (16) and Tyler (14).
Doug considers his greatest blessing to be the Universe’s continual support of his creative expression, allowing him to support his family while feeding his Spirit!
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.
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.
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.