Strasburg, Virginia's Five of A Kind was formed in 1980 out of a group of local friends who were jamming behind the home of Winston and Martha Brill. Since then the band has played extensively throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley at private events, clubs, firemen's carnivals and yard parties. The band has recorded a number of cassette projects and since 2000 have recorded 3 CDs, "Best Hand", "New Addition" and "Royal Flush". Click Here for a Band History

Current band members: Jimmy Drummond (guitar), Norman Racey (bass), Buggs Frank (banjo/dobro), Richard Kleese (dobro), Jamie Thomas (fiddle), and part-timer Tim Lansberry (mandolin).

Persons who have played in the band include Doug Arthur, Charlie Nicholson, Richard Kleese, Vince Poling, Bill Poffenberger, Joe Passolano, Gene Stokes, Bill Foster, Terry Barbin, Tom Knowles, Steve Spence, Ben Witman.
Jimmy Drummond

Jimmy Drummond is the band's guitarist, MC, and lead vocalist. Jimmy co-founded the band in 1980 and is the remaining original member. Jimmy is a big fan of the music of the Country Gentlemen. Jimmy is native of Strasburg, VA.

Norman Racey

Norman Racey is the band's bassist and bass vocalist. Norman has been with the band since 1988. Norman played electric bass in Country bands before joining Five of a Kind. Norman is native of Strasburg, VA.

Richard 'Buggs' Frank

Richard "BUGGS" Frank, a notable banjo player joins the band for 2015. Buggs resides in Singers Glen near Harrisonburg, VA. He has extensive musical experience with several area bluegrass bands, and has been involved with the construction of several of his 5-string banjos.

Richard Kleese

Richard Kleese plays Dobro and sings lead and harmony. Richard is a founding member of the band and has rejoined after a ten-year absence. Richard lives in Strasburg, VA.

James "Jamie" Thomas

Jamie started playing guitar around age 11. At agr 19 he started to mess around with an old violin that an Aunt had given him. After playing for a summer in a band from West Virginia, he put his fiddle away for 35 years. He brought it back out in 2016 and now is with Five of a Kind. Jamie lives with his wife Karen in Orkney Springs, VA.

Tim Lansberry, part-time

Tim Lansberry has played guitar and mandolin sice age 10. He played with several groups from the Shenandoah Valley, both as a member and as a fill-in. Bands included Heartaland, Dixie Sunrise, Allengheny, Blue Mountain Road, Skyline Express, and High Ground. Tim resides in Luray, Va with his wife Amanda and son Carter.
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