Moonlight drive is the current winners of the annual Main Street Station Battle of The Bands, current winners of the Flagler county Finn’s Beachside Original Songwriters Battle Of The Bands, 1st runner up in the 13th annual Mai Tai Rumble Battle Of The Bands, as well as multi award winners at the 2019 Indiecon Music and arts convention Winning Best Alternative lyrics of the year with their song ‘Trigger” and winning Overall Best song of the year with their song ” Blind and Broken”
Brain child of Daytona-area musical prodigy May Tatro (formerly spelled as Mai Tatro), Moonlight Drive-In is the culmination of multi-talented musicians that have a passion for performing and composition. Each member is a lifelong songwriter resulting in over 80 cumulative years of musical experience.. The band enjoys a diverse range of alternative rock/pop cover material, and currently settles in an alternative rock vibe with their original songs. The musicians pride themselves in their ability to adapt, with mellow acoustic sets for small and intimate shows; as well as fully amplified sets for those moments where it’s more appropriate to rock out. Taking stages across the central Florida area by storm, the band stays busy with an eventful show schedule, all while finding time to moonlight at Full Sail University and Daytona State College and spearhead promotional efforts of digital streaming and broadcast radio appearances.
In the past 6 months, MLDI has managed to win first runner up in the 11th Annual Mai Tai Rumble for Best Cover Band, as well as winning first place in the Finn’s Beachside Pub Original Songwriters Competition. The band is currently in studio working on their upcoming EP release, as well as preparing a video shoot for one of the singles from the record. With Moonlight Drive In, the sky isn’t the limit; Mai and the boys can’t stop reaching for the stars in hopes that the world will take them up on the offer for a moondance. Without further cliche’, Moonlight Drive-In is:
I was born on December 3, 1999 – barely making for the 90’s baby cut-off! I started learning guitar when I was 5 to spend time with my Grandfather, who sadly died when I turned 7. His death pushed me to keep learning. I started playing piano at 10 because I reaaaallllly wanted to. I started singing professionally at 12 because of my favorite performance coach. I also began dabbling with Ukulele, Bass, and violin at 15, 16, and 18 due to expanding musical interests. My main musical inspirations are David Bowie, Queen, older Paramore, PVRIS, Avril Lavigne, and Flyleaf
I was born in Nashville, TN on September 26, 1997 and moved to Florida in 2009. I learned guitar when I was 13 and currently play acoustic and electric guitar, piano and bass. My musical influences are Switchfoot, Muse, Red, and AC/DC. My reason for learning to play is I felt a passion for guitar and that passion grew more and more over the years of me playing and practicing.
Born on December 24, 1989 in West Palm Beach, Florida; I moved to north Carolina when i was 3. I got my first drum set on my first birthday from my grandma as a joke on my parents and have been playing ever since! I started playing drums in bars at 11. I am the spawn of Def Leopard’s drummer’s left arm. Oh yeah, I shred guitar and slap-a da bass! Influenced by The Early November, Coheed and Cambria, A Day to Remember and Blink-182,
Having been exposed to the musical arts at an early age, my first trained focus was violin in the 3rd grade, and I continued to play orchestra until middle school. In 6th grade I briefly played clarinet, and trumpet. By 7th grade I was in a professionally performing and touring steel drum middle school bandl, as well as starting my own alternative rock band with classmates. Having been gifted a guitar less than 6 months prior, I performed for the entire school, and continued to do so in various bands throughout high school.
Following high school, I entered the US Navy, where he performed with his ships band, the Wardawgs, most notably in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and on a pier in the United Arab Emirates. After being stationed ashore in Annapolis, MD, I found a volunteer based organization, Musicians On Call, in which musicians perform bedside performances for patients, family and staff. To practice the songs for patients, I found himself playing local open mic nights in the DC/Baltimore area. After meeting the musical community, invitations to perform grew, and I became a member of successful local indie band, Kavoossi. The bands momentum brought me to various area events, and festivals. Family reasons dictated that I find a new unknown home in Daytona Beach Florida, where he I am currently enrolled in the Music Technology Program at Daytona State College. Applying the experience and networking skills he learned in the Capitol region of the U.S., I quickly found my new home in the musical community of the Space Coast. After performing with many amazing acts in the city, I reached out to Mai Tatro, whom I had met years before at my first area open mic. Her duo, Moonlight Drive in was looking for a guitarist/back up singer. Answering the call in short fashion, Mai and I soon discovered that we are a great creative team. The duo essentially outgrew itself, and the band blossomed from the roots of new inspirations, and popular demand. The core crew of the band shifted previous members who went on to embark on their own pursuits and found a new drummer, Shane, who I performed with in previous acts. The bass player, Grayson soon fell into the picture out of necessity, and everything after that is as they say it, history.