Our Story

Born March 1st 1991, Douglas Alexander Kaetz - Pieren is from Effort, PA. Doug began his musical career playing the saxophone at the age of nine. Once in high school his interests turned towards learning the drums and guitar. Sophomore year Doug joined the drum line and started to become a frequent performer on guitar and bass at school functions. While performing in many bands Doug crossed paths with Gary Werhkamp, who was the private instructor for many of Doug's friends. "Get your thumb behind the neck..." something Doug can remember as Gary taught him how to play a scale.  

In 2009 Doug was accepted to Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, his major being Music Education. Doug's main instrumental concentration at Moravian was classical guitar, but he also studied jazz guitar and jazz drum set. Doug was part of various ensembles some of which include the Moravian College Choir, Guitar & Flute Ensemble, Moravian College BIG Band, Jazz Vocal Ensemble, and the Moravian College Marching Band where he served as drum captain for 2 years. Doug graduated Moravian College May 2013 with a Bachelors in Music and as of May 2014 successfully completed his student teaching for music education. Currently, Doug teaches private music lessons at New Horizon Music Studios in Stroudsburg, PA. Doug performs frequently in the Leigh Valley and the Poconos as a solo act, with the cover band The Kickbacks, and his largest project Outside The WALL, a Pink Floyd Tribute Band. 

Recently, drummer Mark Marina and bassist Sean Simpson, both members of Outside The WALL, joined From The Dark River in a debut concert at the Sherman Theater December 26th, 2015. Also on stage was Mark Prestifilippo, lead singer from The Kickbacks, and rising keyboardist/vocalist Jasmine Heroux.

Now added to the line-up for 2017 are local artist Walter Lee on guitar/vocals and Ty "Caveman" Nordstrom on bass guitar. Some of their musical influences include Sublime, Incubus, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, Korn, Slipknot... all of which compliment the already diverse style From The Dark River.