Train Crossing Accident- News Updates

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Train crossing at Jack London Square

Train crossing at Jack London Square

Many news outlets are posting news about David Garibaldi and Marc Van Wageningen, regarding the train crossing accident, Thursday night. This list is sourced and dated. You will find slight variations in content among the various media.

Train Crossing Accident News Reports



Additional news sources will continue to be added. Please return to see them.

Andy Ebon
CEO of Soul

Train Accident – David Garibaldi and Marc Van Wageningen Injured

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Train Accident - David Garibaldi

David Garibaldi

Train Accident

Thursday evening, at 7:30 pm, David Garibaldi and Marc Van Wageningen (subbing for Rocco Prestia) were walking from their hotel to Yoshi’s nightclub and were struck by a train  (train accident). Train tracks run directly in front of Yoshi’s. Tower of Power was scheduled for two shows, 8 and 10 pm, at Yoshi’s (Jack London Square, Oakland). Both shows were cancelled.  Thursday was the final night of a 6-night booking.

Official Update from Emilio Castillo

“I was at the hospital last night and saw David, but Marc was in intensive care and I wasn’t able to see him. Dave’s head and face were pretty swollen and bruised but he was lucid and expected to recover.

Marc Van WAgeningen

Marc Van WAgeningen

Marc came through surgery well; his internal bleeding was stopped and they were waiting for him to stabilize in order to do further testing. The doctors were cautiously optimistic.

We appreciate the responses and prayers from our former bandmates, friends, and fans and we all remain hopeful and in prayer.”

Emilio Castillo – Bandleader for Tower of Power

Editor’s Comment

Emilio’s comment should be taken as OFFICIAL NEWS. The entire situation should be taken as fluid. 

Despite other contributions on Facebook and elsewhere, information is mostly second and third hand. It only leads to further speculation, which isn’t particularly helpful.

As fans and friends, we have both concern and curiosity about Dave and Marc’s injuries and healing. That’s natural. The best thing we can be doing, right now, is sharing our thoughts and prayers. Emilio will keep us posted as new information is available.

Tower of Power is an Oakland-based band playing horn-driven East Bay Soul Music since 1968. David Garibaldi is the band’s drummer and one of its founding members. Marc Van Wageningen was subbing for Rocco Prestia on Thursday.

Andy Ebon
CEO of Soul

Ray Greene, Lead Singer, Tower of Power

Tower of Power Highlights 2014

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Tower of Power Highlights continued to appear in every direction, as the band toured at a break-neck pace in 2014. The biggest concert endeavor was the Journey – Steve Miller Band – Tower of Power Summer Concerts. Camaraderie and great music permeated the mood in arena venues across the country.



In 2013, Larry Braggs announced that he would be leaving Tower of Power for a solo career and year’s end. Larry’s tenure with the band was the longest of any lead singer in its history. With that in mind, the band auditioned singers over several months, finally choosing Ray Greene.

It didn’t take long for Ray to make his mark as lead singer. And, as a bonus, he plays some serious trombone, often putting it to use on several songs at most shows.

Ray also provided some good luck to the San Francisco Giants, performing the National Anthem prior to Game 4 of the NLCS.


Bassist, Rocco Prestia, has been off-the-road for quite awhile, awaiting a kidney transplant. Thankfully, on December 5th, he received a kidney, and is now on-the-mend. A number of musicians ably held down the bass chair. Particular props to Ray McKinley who put in the heaviest schedule on Rocco’s behalf.

TOP Fans can look forward to Rocco rejoining the band as soon as he is able. No doubt he is champing at the bit.


Alumni News

TWO Tower of Power Alumni launched successful Kickstarter Campaigns to fund their latest CD’s.

In DecemberMic Gillette released Turning Two by the Mic Gillette Band. Both Turning Two and the band’s first CD, Moon Doggy, are available on the MGB website.


The Mic Gillette Band


Simultaneously, Greg Adams revisited Kickstarter to help underwrite East Bay Soul 3.0. The band also includes Tower Alumni, Lee Thornburg and Herman Matthews. Take a look at the newly minted East Bay Soul website. Expect the CD release in the spring.

East Bay Soul Band Members

East Bay Soul Band Members

A third alumnus, Al Chez (late of the David Letterman Show, after 17 years) and The Brothers of Funk Big Band have a CD release party set for January 10th at The Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ. 

Tickets for the Release Party on Ticket Fly.

Al Chez and Brothers of Funk

May your New Year be filled with good health, prosperity, and soul

Andy Ebon
CEO of Soul

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