Going for the One was formed by guitarist John Covach (Land of Chocolate) in the spring of 2009. In a general sense, the group is a Yes tribute band. But from the beginning, Going for the One was conceived more as a repertory ensemble—that is, a group of musicians dedicated to performing a particular body of music in a way that recreates the original performance approach and sound but is not a slavish or literal imitation. No costumes, wigs, or phony accents are employed; rather, the band is focused on faithfully performing Yes music in a manner that keeps it fresh and vital. Going for the One debuted in the fall of 2009 and has since kept up regular pace of live shows throughout the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states.
Covach is joined by founding members Jimmy Warlick (Driven to Tears) on vocals and Chris Meeker (Mind Sky) on bass—the vocal trio of the band. Matt Riddle (Envision) handles the multi-keyboard duties for the group, while Mark Annal (Driven to Tears) anchors the polymetric rhythmic musical textures on the drums. During the 2010-2011 concert season, the band performed The Yes Album to celebrate the 40th anniversary of that classic recording. The current set includes music from The Yes Album, Fragile, Close to the Edge, Yesterdays, and Going for the One.
In the fall of 2010, Going for the One introduced a new program called YesSchool.
Designed as a way to introduce students to the music of Yes, the band not only plays a concert but also leads workshops and gives lectures for students, and consults with educators on creative and innovative ways to use rock music in the high-school or university curriculum.
Going For The One – http://goingfortheone.net/band.htm
Going For The One Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/goingfortheoneband
Going For The One – You tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwO3ISphqWc
Going For The One – You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZFXthgkmE4