Cherry Blossom Ramblers


We live in Traverse City, Michigan, the cherry capital of the world.  In the spring, the orchards burst forth with a symphony of blossoms that celebrate the goodness of life. This is where we draw the inspiration for our music.  We are committed to bringing joy to every audience through songs of faith, harmony and love.


Lawrence “Doc” Probes is a graduate of Interlochen Center for the Arts where he attended both the Camp and Academy. As a bassoonist, he earned his way through medical school playing in symphonies. He plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, piano, concertina, and pennywhistle. He has performed throughout Michigan for more than 30 years and has played in Irish traditional music “sessions” across the country. When not playing music, he serves as a Psychiatrist in Traverse City.

Donna Wilson Probes is the founder of the Grand River Folk Arts Society. She has performed on stages across the state of Michigan in eight ensembles. She plays guitar, mountain dulcimer, bouzouki, autoharp, and bodhran.  Over the course of her musical career, she has taught music lessons, written and produced radio jingles, been an impresario, and done extensive studio singing. She holds a B.A. in music and an M.B.A.  She served as Director of Special Events for Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Daughters, Kelly & Jessica bring a lively young spirit to the band.  Kelly’s beautiful voice won her many lead roles in her high school musicals. She has charmed audiences all over the state with her sweet smile and expressive musical style. She has served on music worship teams since she was 15.  Jessica now lives in California, but joins the band whenever she can.  As a first chair violinist in high school, she is technically precise on her instrument and plays with feeling and style.