Our bass player is Dean Roberts. The recent addition to the Shade Tree Pickers hails from the great state
of Missouri.  As he grew up there, his father, who is a fiddler player, was a great source of inspiration to
Dean for the love of making music. A U.S. Army veteran, Dean was introduced to Bluegrass Music while
serving in the Washington D.C. area. He started playing the upright bass in the late 1990’s and joined   
“The New River Boys”, a flagship band of the South Florida Bluegrass Association. He remains the bass
player for that group as well as STP. He has been an active member of the SFBA for over 15 years and
has held the position of Vice-President, and Board Member, in that organization. His work in promoting
Bluegrass includes the SFBA’s Everglades Bluegrass Festivals in North Miami Beach and the Red White
and Bluegrass events on Hollywood Beach, FL. He has a great interest in the craft of Luthiers, and is
currently learning the fine art of stringed instrument repair and construction. He already has a number of
successful instrument repair projects to his credit. Dean makes his home in Plantation FL where he spends
a little of his time….as a closet banjo picker!  We say “Not for long!”