Welcome to the website of the most talked about band in the Myrtle Beach area.
DNR is a classic rock, country and blues band.
While only playing together for just a few years, DNR has taken the beach by storm!
We play a variety of music from The Beatles and Rolling Stones, to Merle Haggard and Billy Currington – songs you’re familiar with and love to dance, tap your feet and sing along. Check out our PLAYLIST for a complete listing of the songs we play.
We’re having the time of our lives, playing a couple nights a week and really enjoying the thrill of playing wonderful music. Check out our CALENDAR and come see us!
Team of Superheroes
A brief history:
In 2016, Paul Shahan and Rick Hare, both childhood friends from Cumberland, Maryland and now living in Myrtle Beach, decided to try to get a band together. Through the wonders of Craigslist, they met singer and rhythm guitar player Larry Siddle, originally from Salem, Ohio. But, they still needed a lead guitar and a keyboard. After auditioning several musicians, they met (also by Craigslist) keyboard player Rick Lauria, from Nashua, NH, who was in the process of retiring and relocating to Myrtle Beach. A few weeks later, lead guitar player Michael McQuaig, originally from Thibodaux, Louisiana and was playing the beach scene for several years, joined the band. The band was now complete.
But, they needed to come up with a name for the band. What name would be appropriate for five old, retired guys? After tossing around some ideas, one of the guys suggested: Do Not Resuscitate, and without hesitation DNR was born!
Each band member has had successful and exciting musical careers, playing in various bands with a combined skill set of over 250 years of performing experience.
In 2019, Paul unfortunately decided to leave the band for health reasons. Although he is missed by the other original four members, a replacement needed to be found. The band was lucky enough to find a new drummer, Todd McDaniel. After one rehearsal, the band knew he was a perfect fit, and without skipping a beat, Todd became DNR’s new drummer.
Today, the band is busier than they ever dreamed of being, playing up and down the Grand Strand, rockin’ and rollin’ and having the time of their lives!
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Rick was born in Boston, grew up in Malden, MA and graduated from Malden High School before earning his Bachelor’s Degree in business from the University of Lowell. In 1980, he moved to Nashua, NH. After a 25–year–long career with his family–owned electronics business, Rick earned his Master’s Degree in education, changing careers to teach middle-school math and tech-ed in the Nashua Public School District. He was actively involved in the Nashua Wrestling program during that time, serving as Assistant High School Coach at Nashua High School, Head Coach and Coordinator for the Nashua Boys and Girls Club Wrestling program, and Head Coach for the Fairgrounds Middle School Wrestling team.
Rick’s musical career began in junior high school where he played trumpet in the jazz and marching bands. It wasn’t until his junior year in college that he decided to take up piano. Less than 2 years later, he landed his first professional gig, playing piano in a medieval dinner show called “Feasty Knights”, performing weekends in Framingham, MA. Rick has now been playing piano for more than 40 years. He played solo piano at several area restaurants and various venues since 2001 and has played in the bands: Inevitable, The Casuals, The Casualties, and Par 3 who performed in Southern NH and Eastern MA. Rick has been teaching private piano lessons for more than 20 years to students of various age groups from 5 years old to adults.
In 2016, Rick retired from teaching and coaching, deciding he had had enough of the long New England winters, and opting for the more relaxing beach life and moved to Myrtle Beach where he and his wife Linda now reside and are loving the Beach Life!
In his free time, he enjoys playing piano, working out, going to the beach, drawing, hanging out with friends, and working on his golf game. He is a lifelong Boston sports fan, particularly the Red Sox, and continues to cheer them on to this day. Rick is also the proud Dad of 3 sons, Ricky, Vinny and Chris, and the proud Grandfather of his 2 grandchildren, Anna and Jordan.
Rick was born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland and began playing in garage bands in high school. During his senior year and first year of college, he played in a local band, The Wyeds, with drummer Paul Shahan. Prior to beginning his second year of college, Rick learned of a Computer Programming school and he left Cumberland to attend this school for 9 months. Upon completing this training he returned home while pursuing employment in the burgeoning Computer field and rejoined The Weyds for a few months until receiving an offer to join IBM in Gaithersburg, MD.
Rick worked for IBM and subsequently Lockheed Martin for 43 years in Montgomery county Maryland as a Software Developer and later in various Software Development and Software Integration Management positions on large scale Development and Integration programs. Over the years, Rick’s music took a back seat as he got involved in doing home repairs and remodeling projects and then into restoring classic cars from the 50s and 60s.
A few years prior to retiring, Rick and his wife decided to return to Cumberland and bought an older home there and started upon their biggest remodeling project they had ever undertaken working on it on weekends for several years. Upon retiring in December 2011, Rick and his wife returned to Cumberland where Rick subsequently ran into another former Wyeds bandmate from whom he learned that Paul was living Surfside Beach, SC.
Over the next two years Rick and Paul talked for many hours about how good it would be to be able to play some music again together after 50 years. And finally after a couple of harsh winters in Cumberland, Rick and his wife decided a warmer climate would be more enjoyable and they decided to join his brother who had moved to the Murrells Inlet area a few years earlier and move to SC.
Soon after completing the move, Paul and Rick began a long tedious search for fellow bandmates resulting in the formation of DNR. Rick never really thought that he would play music in a working band again and joining Paul in another rhythm section was virtually unthinkable, but life is full of surprises and he thinks this is one of the better ones.
RHYTHM GUITAR, VOCALS
Larry was born in Buffalo, OH, but lived most of his formative years in Salem, OH. After graduating high school, Larry attended Kent State University for 2 years. He decided college life was not enough of a challenge for him, so he enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent much of his 3 years as a radio repair specialist before ending his stint in the horrific stage of Vietnam in 1969. Following an honorable discharge from the service, he returned home to Salem where he opened a Television and Appliance Store along with two partners. They operated this business for 40 years before he retired in 2014. Shortly after declaring his retirement, his wife and he moved to the Myrtle Beach area.
His passion for music began long before attending high school and continues to this day. Larry has been playing in rock and country bands since the early 1960s and even opened for Tommy James & the Shondells (remember: CRIMSON AND CLOVER and HANKY-PANKY?) and Question Mark and the Mysterians (96 Tears).
He and his wife have been married for 41 glorious years. They have three children. Larry spends his spare time playing golf and volunteering at a local food bank. You may, occasionally, catch him soaking in the sun at any one of the Myrtle Beach fabulous beaches.
LEAD GUITAR, VOCALS, ARRANGER, RECORDING ARTIST
Michael grew up in Thibodaux, LA. He started playing guitar at age 11 and produced his first band and paying gigs at the age of 12. Michael majored in music at Louisiana State University, studying guitar with jazz guitarist Paul Guma, guitarist for Pete Fountain. He was a member of the LSU stage band.
While studying at the University, Michael played the circuit of bars around campus. He was often seen at juke joints and frat parties, paying his dues like many of the other musicians in the Southeast. It was during this time he joined the Southern Rock Band Potliquor. The band went on to tour across the entire USA. He signed recording contracts first with Capricorn Records and later with Capital Records.
During his impressive professional career with Potliquor, Michael played alongside: Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Wet Willie, The Allman Brothers, Delbert McClinton, The Little River Band, Johnny Winter, Louisiana’s LeRoux, Steppenwolf, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and several other well-known and successful artists. He was, also, a member of the backup band for Chuck Berry as well as The Haggar Twins from Hee Haw.
In October of 2013, Michael was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame as a member of the group Potliquor.
Shortly after Potliquor disbanded, Michael came to Myrtle Beach for some much-deserved relaxation. He decided to stay. Since his relocation to SC, he has played gigs up and down the entire east coast.
Todd was born and raised in the Northeast corner of Ohio near a small industrial town called Alliance. He attended West Branch Local Schools where he began taking drum lessons in the 5th grade. As his enthusiasm increased for playing a musical instrument in his high school years, Todd played in the marching band, concert band, jazz band, pep band and in choir. Outside of high school, Todd was the drummer in the contemporary Christian Group, “Lifeline”, along with his brother and sister–in–law on vocals.
Following high school graduation, Todd began working at his father’s label business, MPI Label, where he worked for 22 years. In his planned retirement and in support of his wife’s desire to open a beauty salon, he chose to take on the role as “Mr Mom” to his three children.
The plan for the family did not work out the way he would’ve preferred and after the kids got older, Todd worked part–time jobs as a bartender, a carpenter, a restaurant manager and briefly became partner of a restaurant and bar.
Todd’s professional music interests, started in the mid 80’s with “Buckeye Express”, playing country and rock, followed by the classic rock oldies band “Sharky and the Fins” (later became “Cold Shot” and then “Midlife Crisis”).
Todd is now divorced and a proud father of Katie (28), Kelsey (26) and Lucas (21). If you have an opportunity to be with him, ask him to show you photos of his three grandsons.
Todd’s musical interests, now spanning more than fifty years, brought him to a warmer migration zone to Conway, South Carolina in the summer of 2018. Approximately six months later, Todd was very excited to get the call inviting him to become a member of DNR in 2019.
(former band member)
You could say Paul is a baby boomer because he was born in 1950, however he started his musical interests not only as a boomer, but as an avid trumpet player. Born in Cumberland, MD, he was inspired to play trumpet in 4th grade. He received his first horn from his parents who purchased it for a mere $35. Paul benefited from taking private lessons and long hours of practice, which led to his selection into the Maryland All-State Band.
Throughout high school, Paul played in a rock band – The Weyds. His musical enthusiasm led him to switch from brass to percussion – drums (his eventual “boomer” talent). The rock band performed in several clubs throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Following high school graduation, The Weyds signed a recording contract with United Artist Record Company and began touring throughout the US. During this tour, he was playing alongside Rick Hare, the current bassist of DNR.
Paul married Mary at age 18. After the birth of their first child, Lynn, Paul decided to stop his national touring involvement and began playing with local bands. He became employed with CSX Railroad as an electrician’s apprentice. As a consequence of the new career opportunity, in addition to the responsibilities of a growing family (Paul and Mary had their second child, Eric), Paul chose to discontinue is professional music career.
After retiring from CSX, Paul and Mary relocated to Myrtle Beach in 2000. Now that their children were grown and on their own, Paul started playing music once again, playing with various bands in the area. In 2014, Paul reunited with his old friend and band member, Rick Hare. They decided to try to put a band together. Rick and Paul searched for musicians who would be the right fit for their band. Finally, in 2016, they found the musicians they were looking for and the band DNR was officially born.
Paul’s and Mary’s marriage flourished over the past 48 years. Now that Paul is playing with DNR, he claims, “Life couldn’t be better.”