While SUMMIT was founded in the fall months of 2003, it's roots go back years earlier when ten year old Tim White and seven year old Peter Lanctot were growing up studying classical music together in their eastern Pennsylvania home town. Their knowledge and appreciation of classical, jazz, and contemporary music simultaneously grew as they both got older. During his sophomore year of college at Lehigh University, Tim started a band with fellow students Rob Guzzon, Eric Winokur, and renowned Irish musician Terry McLaughlin. They were immediately successful in landing numerous high-profile shows and their initial recordings spread rapidly via the internet. In the winter months of 2004, it was decided that Peter join the group with his virtuosic violin, guitar, and vocal talent. While SUMMIT's music is heavily influenced by contemporary jam bands such as The Dave Matthews Band and Dispatch, their aforementioned roots in classical music as well as jazz and funk create a new sound that is all their own. The group's success is most attributed to their exciting and innovative live act. From trading instruments mid-set to creative jam sessions, the band is constantly shifting the musical canvas to entertain their growing fan base. In spring 2006, keyboardist Mike Paquet officially joined SUMMIT. Mike's aggressive and artistic sound has allowed the band to continue to explore many different musical styles while expanding on their original sound. The group is currently in an active production agreement with famed Jazz bassist and record producer Gene Perla. Their critically acclaimed first album, Vertiginous, was released in June of 2006 and the band is currently promoting the record with extensive touring and showcases. Eric Winokur is sponsored by Zildjan Cymbals, RMV Drums, and Joe's Drum Shop of Beverly, MA.