monkey monkey monkey is a Des Moines-based cover band playing some of the most popular music from the 1960s to today. Formerly with The Flying Marsupials, Lance Eaton, Mark Leeper and Andy TeBockhorst have been playing together in central Iowa since 1991! monkey monkey monkey can fill a stage or squeeze into a small corner. The music is fun, full, familiar and very danceable!
We try to keep it diverse, but at our core we are a classic rock cover band. We like to focus on vocal harmonies and relatively challenging songs, but we are a good ol' fashioned bar band so you'll hear a great mix of party tunes.
We do try to mix in some "new" songs (a relative term, new to us is anything after 1992) and we even mix in a few popular country hits.
We like to say if you come to one of our shows, we know you will hear at least a few songs you love! A few of our favorite artists to cover include:
Click below to see a complete list of the songs we do... well, almost complete. We have to keep a few surprises!
Here are a few songs we've recorded at shows over the last few years. These are live, so forgive the occasional blooper... we like to throw those in so the audience knows we're not lip-syncing (yah, right.)
Lead Vocals & Guitar
Lance Eaton began playing in 1985 joined the band Hip Pocket. When they broke up The Cannon Band recruited him. He joined Overboard in 1987, and in 1988 Lance left Overboard to form The Flying Marsupials. When "The Supes" retired in 2004 he, Andy and Mark joined together to form Monkey Monkey Monkey. Lance is also Director of Sales at Allegra Marketing in Urbandale.
Vocals & Guitar
Mark Leeper has been playing in bands since high school in Winterset, Iowa. In most bands he played lead guitar and/or sang lead vocals. Bands included The Heaters, Cannon, Mr. X, The Flying Marsupials and Monkey Monkey Monkey. During the day Mark works as CEO at River Valley Credit Union in Ames, IA.
Takamine Limited Edition
Custom built Fender Telecaster/Line 6 Variax hybrid
Yamaha Motif ES6
Fender Rhodes Mark 1 Stage Piano
Fender Telecaster Thinline
PRS Custom Guitar
“Uncle Funk” Skip Eaton
...and most of all, “Dear Old Dad” Gene Eaton
Stevie Ray Vaughan
We love playing all kinds of places and occasions. We can fill a grandstand stage or cozy up in a little corner, so let's talk! Use our Contact Us page to send us a note, or contact Lance directly for booking information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monkey monkey monkey started in 2004 in Des Moines, Iowa. The three members had all played together for many years with the band The Flying Marsupials, and decided they wanted to try something new when "The Supes" retired. Lance, Andy and Mark got together and decided to work up a new set of songs, ones that focused on vocal harmonies and challenged them as musicians... and would be a whole lot of FUN for the audience!
The name was, honestly, a joke that stuck (like most good band names.) Sure, it;s kind of obvious where it came from. Three guys... monkey monkey monkey... monkey three times... three guys... maybe it's not so obvious. Contact Us if you need additional explanation.
Since way back in the days with The Flying Marsupials, we have always said anyone can vote "no" on a song at any time, and that will end the discussion! When we hear or think of a song we want to do, we bring it to the other guys and have a quick vote. Ideas are rarely rejected right away, because we like to give it a try and see if it fits us. We never know until we try - some vocals slide right into our oeuvre while others (that we think will be great) turn out to sound lousy! And some of those bands out there write songs with four or even five chords in them... forget that, too much work!
Got an idea? Send it to us on our Contact Us page, we're always looking for suggestions!
Yep! We used to be The Flying Marsupials - a cover band from (mostly) the 90s that still gets together to rock a few times a year. When we do we get to add the amazing Steve Rorebeck on drums, JC Wilson on guitar and Lance moves over to the bass guitar. "The Supes" were one of the iconic bands around Des Moines for over 13 years, and played just about every venue in town. We enjoyed our years playing at the Iowa State Fair on the AE Dairy Stage, Ankey Fest for many summers, and opening up for some great bands including .38 Special, The Little River Band, Cheap Trick, Survivor, Head East, Eddie Money, Loverboy, Dr. Hook, The Outfield and more, including one awesome show where we opened for ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd at a sold out Hilton Coliseum. In 1993 we released our first and only album of original tunes "Working Without Annette," which you can listen to/download free.
No we don't have a drummer (unless we're playing as The Flying Marsupials - then we get Stevie on the real drums.) The drums and bass for our songs come out of the keyboard. They are "sequenced" which is like recorded, but done digitally rather than by audio recordings. The keyboard also controls the lights, and even changes the patches on Lance and Marks' guitar processors, so they can focus on playing, not stomping on pedals. When we decide to work up a new song, we first sequence everything we won't be able to play live (Mark does most of the work here) including setting up the light show and the guitar changes.