About Us


Get to know us! Here is a little on how our band got started and a little more in depth on each member of the band!


The Brake Tyme Band is available for performances throughout the

Henderson area and beyond.

Contact Don Brake at:

Phone:  252-438-5319 (H)

              252-432-2479 (C)

Email: dsbrake@embarqmail.com

Brake Tyme Band Members


Scott Brantley

Wes Separk


Wesley Separk


Bass Guitar

Ted Kittrell


                             Scott Brantley


Jimmie Kelly


Dave Arner



Don Brake



Band Bio


The Band was originated in an upstairs room of Don's house with family and friends who love to play instruments and enjoy good music.

The Brake Tyme Band was formed by Don Brake.

Member Bios

Jimmie Kelly - Drummer

Jimmie started playing drums in the 6th grade school band.  He continued playing though junior high and high school.  His first experience playing in combos began as a freshman in high school.  He has since played in several groups including country, rock, and beach bands. His last band was The Madisons, a very popular variety band based in Henderson, NC. He has also performed with theater groups and church ensembles.  He has sung background vocals for the Madisons and currently with Brake Tyme Band.

Don Brake - Keyboard

Was born and raised in Rocky Mount, NC and worked for CSX-Railroad for 33 years.  He has always loved playing music and drag racing.  While living in Rocky Mount he formed 2 bands starting in 1990 and was the drummer in both bands.  The first was “Sundown” and they opened up for Jerry Reed, the country music star.  He moved to Henderson, NC in 2008 and started “Brake Tyme Band” in latter part of 2012. He now plays the key board and having the time of his life.

Dave Arner - Trumpet 

Dave Arner is a Henderson businessman who joined Brake Tyme Band in March 2013 as a trumpet player.  Dave has played trumpet since 1964, and has played in concert bands, rock bands, oom-pah bands, pit orchestras, beach bands, & dixieland bands.  He was a conductor in a concert band and an oom-pah band.  He did stand-up comedy in high school.  He was the lead in the Gallery Theater's production of "The Foreigner" in 1986.   He played in the backing band for "The Platters," when they appeared in Henderson.  Dan's other interests include spending time with his children & grandchildren, running 5K races, evolutionary biology, trail biking, public speaking, and vintage cars.    

Ted Kittrell - Bass Guitar

Around age 14 I bought my first guitar (electric) from Roses in Henderson with money saved up from working in tobacco the whole summer.  Played for “The Teen Club” and birthday parties  at the Kittrell Community House until joining the “Country Cut-Ups” of Henderson in the 70’s, playing rhythm and lead guitar.  Joined “The Southbound Band”, on bass in the mid 80’s, staying with the band until they broke up in 2003.  Played bass for two years with “The Old Buzzards”, currently “Mule Town”, a popular bluegrass band from Creedmoor.  The last several years I have played guitar, bass and keyboard with “Southern Reign”, a southern rock/Blues/Jam band from Rolesville, NC.

Scott Brantley - Vocals & Sound

Scott is a Henderson native, currently living in Vance county with his wife Christy and their two sons.  He has been singing with "Unashamed"  southern gospel quartet since its inception in 2002. He also enjoys doing some DJ work to help feed his love of music.

Wesley Separk - Lead Guitar & Vocals

Wesley has been active in the North Carolina live music scene for many years. He is Influenced by the Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, SRV and other guitar greats. 

Henderson, North Carolina

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