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monkey monkey monkey


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monkey monkey monkey


Rockin' with opposable thumbs!

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!

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the music


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the music


"What do you guys play?"

That is the question everyone asks after they say "Hey, you guys are my mom's favorite band!"

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:

  • The Eagles
  • Crosby, Still and Nash
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Counting Crows
  • Barenaked Ladies

Click below to see a complete list of the songs we do... well, almost complete. We have to keep a few surprises!


Live Recordings

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.)

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the band


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Which monkey is which?


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Lance Eaton

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.

Andy TeBockhorst

Vocals & Keyboard

Andy TeBockhorst has been playing live music in central Iowa since 1989, playing keyboards and singing with the bands Wirkus, The Flying Marsupials and Monkey Monkey Monkey. Andy's day job is working as a National Account Executive at Businessolver in West Des Moines and as a freelance marketing consultant.

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Mark Leeper

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.


GEAR

Acoustic Guitar
Takamine  Limited Edition

Electric Guitar
Custom built Fender Telecaster/Line 6 Variax hybrid

Signal Processing
Boss GT-100

GEAR

Keyboards
Yamaha Motif ES6
Yamaha Motif ES7
Fender Rhodes Mark 1 Stage Piano
Moog Rogue Synthesizer

GEAR

Electric Guitar
Fender Telecaster Thinline
PRS Custom Guitar

Signal Processing
Boss GT-8


Influences

Rush
James Taylor
Journey
Phish
“Uncle Funk” Skip Eaton
...and most of all, “Dear Old Dad” Gene Eaton

Influences

Steve Winwood
Ben Folds
Stevie Wonder
Allman Brothers
Billy Payne
ELP
Phish

Influences

Eric Clapton
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Billie Gibbons
Neal Schon
Joe Walsh

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the answers


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the answers


Other frequent monkey questions...

How do we book you to play for our event / venue / thingy?

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 lance@monkey3band.com.


How did the band start?

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!


Andy designed the Monkey3 logo!

Andy designed the Monkey3 logo!

How did you get the name monkey monkey monkey?

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.


How do you choose the songs you play?

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!


You know what song you guys should play?

Got an idea? Send it to us on our Contact Us page, we're always looking for suggestions!


"The Supes" rocked Des Moines for over 13 years, and still get together a few times a year to rock out!

"The Supes" rocked Des Moines for over 13 years, and still get together a few times a year to rock out!

Weren't you guys in another band?

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.


Where's the Drummer?

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.