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Paul GollPaul Goll is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania and has been playing bass guitar professionally since age 15. Paul’s playing is heavily influenced by the major rock bands of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, as well as major artists and composers from jazz and classical music. The bass players that have been the template for Paul’s bass style are Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, James Jamerson, and Jaco Pastorius.

Early in Paul’s musical career, he met Marty Lee and they played in several Erie bands together. They shared many adventures and musical experiences, which laid the foundation for an enduring friendship. In the late 70s, Paul and Marty chose different paths. Marty went on to eventually join “The Cruisers,” and Paul eventually joined a rock band named Powerglide, which made Boston its home. Powerglide enjoyed regional success and proved to offer a great learning experience in writing, recording, showcasing, and touring, Paul left the band in 1991 and returned to Erie to reunite with his family and pursue other interests.

The return to Erie made it possible for Paul to take advantage of an opportunity to join “The Cruisers” and reunite with Marty Lee. This was also a chance for Paul to join an exceptional band, which left a lasting impression on him when he saw them live during the “High and the Mighty” tour at the Paradise Club in Boston in the early 80s. After a short time with “The Cruisers,” Paul realized that this band was a close-knit group of friends and families that was a perfect fit for him.

The return to Erie also caused Paul to reflect on his need to find a way to serve society. A college education was essential for this goal and Paul began by seeking a music education degree. Halfway through this process, Paul decided his goal would be best met by becoming a social worker and therapist. In 2001, Paul moved to Pittsburgh to attend the School Of Social Work at Pitt. His education and internship experiences prepared him for work with children and families.

In 2005, Paul received a master’s degree in social work and began working for Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) as a therapeutic support staff member for children with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Currently, Paul works as a family therapist for WPIC family based services programs. Paul derives a great deal of satisfaction from helping children and families, but when he sometimes gets stressed out by his job or life in general, he relies on Donnie Iris therapy to help him cope.