Members and Bios
Minister Edward L. Morris Jr. was born May 31st, 1966 in Salisbury, MD. He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Edward L. Morris Sr (Betty, now Pastor Betty Morris-Bivens.) He is a product of the Wicomico County School System, and a 1984 graduate from James M. Bennett Sr High School. Life experiences and on the job training, have blessed Minister Ed, or as he prefers Eddie, with knowledge in a variety of vocational areas, as well a love for and involvement with music.
Eddie has experience in plumbing, carpentry, masonry, auto body, auto mechanics, warehouse management, driving and delivery, and has over fifteen years, experience in Quality Assurance in pharmaceutical rubber components, and wire harness manufacturing. Eddie is also a certified IPC Trainer.
Eddie’s love of, and thirst for music started at an early age. From banging on pots and pans at age three, to piano lessons at age five, to guitar lessons at sixteen. He also created mix tapes in high school and was a professional DJ for a period after graduation.
After giving his life to CHRIST in 1990, Ed often served in the music ministry. He has learned to play drums, keys, and bass and has served GOD as sound engineer, musician, minister of music, praise and worship leader, lay speaker, teacher, and conference organizer. Eddie is also a songwriter and a published poet.
Through marriage to wife Brenda, Eddie has influenced the lives of two stepdaughters, five grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. This developed a love of and the desire to teach and encourage young people.
Eddie’s latest endeavor is the West Men Society. With its focus on young people, the WMS uses vocation and the arts to minister to, encourage, mentor, teach, and influence those who want it. The West Men Society is an organization designed and dedicated to giving back to the community through encouragement, ministry, and education. Eddie is a founding member and is serving as the organizations first president.
Eddie thanks GOD for all things and can be often heard saying “I live my life to be a blessing!”
He was born on July 27, 1956, a preemie. He was raised by the Aunt that his mother left him with. He cut his teeth on the Philly streets, once leader of his own little gang. He considered himself a bad dude but God had a better plan for him.
Snatched from the Philadelphia area when he was 9, he went to live with his Father, stepmother, and younger brother in Salisbury, Maryland. Both parents(Leroy "King" Washington and Arintha Washington) were educators and they expected a lot from him, as do all parents.
However, he had a neighbor that would take him to church, that someone who took the extra time he needed to come out of his home situation. She taught him to set aside time for the Lord. He found a sweet refuge in Jesus and would walk a couple miles to get to church on his own. He found answers and acceptance there. Elder Nutter graduated from Wicomico Sr. High School in Salisbury, Md and then went on to the University of Md. Eastern Shore as a pre-med major.
Elder Nutter has always been very active in building his local community and has always had a passion for helping young people. A current board member of Habitat For Humanity Choptank, Care & Share of Dorchester, and co-founder and former President of Delmar NAACP Chapter, he has always had a passion for leadership.
Elder Nutter is a faithful member of the Faith SDA Church in Cambridge, MD. where he serves as Head Elder, deacon, Men's Ministry leader, Personal Ministry leader, and youth leader. He resides in Cambridge with his wife, Vicki, of nearly 35 years. They have raised 4 children, 19 grandchildren and now 4 great-grandchildren that affectionally call him “Poppy”. God claimed a young boy who would have been otherwise claimed by the streets. He placed a seed in that young heart that would grow for our young people, evidence of why he is a member of the West Men's Society today. He is a founding member, orginator of it's annual talent contest and serves as the first and current treasurer.
His favorite advice to young people is, "No matter where you are on your journey in life, God can use you to make a difference in the life of someone else."
Tony Dashiell was born and raised in Salisbury MD. He is the son of Vaughn Dashiell & Brenda Parker Green, and found himself drawn to music and the drums soon after taking his first steps. He grew up during a time where there were always live bands performing in the neighborhoods that were biking distance from his home. He is a product of the Wicomico County School system, where he started playing the drums. Tony earned top spots in All Shore, All Maryland State, as well as a nomination into the McDonalds All American Bands. During his last years at James M Bennett Sr. High School, he gravitated towards DJ’ing and he and a few very close friends formed a group playing house parties & school events. Tony's thirst for the drums continued after graduation as he played with local bands, performing a variety of musical genres. In 2004 he moved to the Wisconsin- Minnesota border to attend School for Music. During that time, he joined a local Funk Band playing weekly shows around the area. By the time he enrolled into the University of Wisconsin as a music therapy major, he was playing in 7 bands, gigging 6 nights a week.
Tony picked up the bass guitar to expand his musical horizons, a few years prior to the move to Minnesota, and while attending the University of Wisconsin he also studied classical piano. He is currently working as a PCA taking care of persons with disabilities, while doing music sessions around the Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and surrounding areas.
Tony is the father of 2 boys. Although he currently lives 1250 miles from Salisbury, becoming a part of the West Men Society is how Tony is giving back to the community that nurtured his drive for music as well as significantly influencing his upbringing.
J. Keith Brooks, the son of James and Dianne Brooks resides in Salisbury, Maryland. He is a product of the Wicomico County school system and is a 1982 graduate from Wicomico High School.
During school, Keith became drum captain, arranger, and vice president of the band. He also won several awards while in high school. At the age of fifteen he helped form a 9 piece band called Fantasia.
After graduation, Keith served his country in the United States Army. His job as a Pershing missile crewman allowed him to travel overseas.
He later pursued his music career to tour the east coast with groups like The Kingpins, On The Edge, The Tom Larsen Blues Band, Carey Bell, Knuthouse Revolution,The Subterraneans, Bits and Pieces, Tear The Roof Off, which enabled him to share stages with the likes of Bernard Purdie, Ray Charles, Robin Trower, John Lee Hooker, Mick Taylor and Mike Clarke.
His desire to be closer to his children led Keith to come off the road and play with more local acts such as Blue Junction, and No Byscuits.
He presently works full time as a machinist and still feeds his passion for music by playing part time. He’s been playing with No Byscuits for over fifteen years.
Instructing, and/or drum design are next of the list of endeavors for this craftsman who makes every effort to give back to the city where he was born and raised.