Ivan Bailey

Ivan Bailey

Ivan Bailey, bass guitarist and vocals, has been with The Sugarbear Band since its conception. He and John harmonize so well that it seems to come naturally. A solid bass player, he began playing bass in the mid-60's while in high school.

Rick Cosner

Rick Cosner

Rick Cosner, drummer and harmony, gives that back beat to the music that all great dance music requires. A professional drummer since 1964, he joined The Sugarbear Band in 1987 when the band was reformed.

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin, lead guitarist and vocals, has a voice like no other. His vocal range is phenomenal. A founding member of The Sugarbear Band, he and Ivan have been a "music team" since their high school days.

Meet The Sugarbear Band

With 40 years of performance experience and 26 years as a dance/oldies group, they know their music.

The Sugarbear Band is Central Florida's premier dance band featuring music from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. The band is a three piece group, but don't let that number fool you. John, Ivan, and Rick pack a big sound that features great vocals and harmony.

With 40 years of performance experience and 26 years as a dance/oldies group, they know their music. The Sugarbear Band has opened for National Acts like Merle Haggard, Ray Charles, Johnny Rivers, LeAnn Rimes, and many more.

The Sugarbear Band is centrally located in Ocala, Florida. If you are interested in booking the band, please call, email, or use the Contact form for more information and/or available dates.


Calendar Downloads

CalendarFans have requested the band's calendar be available on-line. Although I don't have the calendar as a webpage, the PDF files will download nicely and can be printed and/or saved to your computer. The download links are on the News page of the website.

Calendar Subscription

Email BoxOur email calendar subscription service continues to be available. It's a convenience that we offer our fans so they will know when and where The Sugarbear Band is performing without having to download the calendar. If you wish to subscribe to this service, a request form is located on the Subscribe page.