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

Chris Jarrell

Tracey Dunn


Ed Marconi


Bass Guitar

Chris Jarrell


                          Scott Brantley


Tracey Dunn


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

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.  Daves's other interests include spending time with his children & grandchildren, running 5K races, evolutionary biology, trail biking, public speaking, and vintage cars.    

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.


Chris Jarrell - Bass & Vocals

Although one of the newest members of Brake Tyme Band, Chris’ background in music spans about 27 years of singing or playing in Gospel groups or quartets.  He has an appreciation for other genres like Blues and Soul since their roots run deep into the Gospel genre, and was raised on Rock and Top 40 hits. He welcomes the new challenges and hopes to become a more rounded musician because of it.   He and his wife Alicia reside in Kittrell, NC with their children Layla and Piper (a Doberman and a Silky).

Tracey Dunn - Drums & Vocals

He started Playing drums at age 12 with the family Gospel Band, "The Gospel Light Singers". He has played drums with many local bands  over the past 30 years. His most recent band was "Twisted Addiction", for which he was lead singer as well as drummer. His musical roots are Southern Gospel, Southern Rock, Country, Beach and Soul. He and his newlywed wife reside in Timberlake, NC with their fur babies, Sophie and Reese. Tracey also enjoys fast cars, water sports, and spending QT with the Wife and four grown kids.

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Gary Jensen - Guitar

Gary has played in numerous bands growing up in Southern California.  He enjoys playing a variety of music genres including classic rock, blues, southern rock, and country.  He recently relocated to North Carolina and resides in the Wake Forest area.


He started playing guitar in his early teens and was a student of Tom Wheeler who went on to become Chief Editor of Guitar Player magazine as well as an author of numerous books including “The Stratocaster Chronicles”, “The Dream Factory - Fender Custom Shop”, and “The Soul of Tone - Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps”.


Gary’s early music influences include Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Allman Brothers, and James Taylor.  When not playing guitar, Gary enjoys exploring his new home state with his wife, Ginny.