Roland Marcellais comes from a long line of talented musicians on both sides of his family—the Marcellais’ and the Parisien’s. The son of the late Peter and Viola Marcellais, Roland was influenced by music at an early age. He was only 14-years old when he played his first gig with the Country Pride band. After a two year hitch in the U.S. Marine Corps, Roland began playing with several local bands. In 1979, Roland formed the “Roland Country Band.” A year later, he recorded two songs he wrote—“You’re An Angel” and “If You Read Between the Lines.” Over the next few years, various musicians backed him up as the band traveled throughout the state. Two of his brothers, Pete and BI, joined the band in 1980. In 1985, Roland recorded two more songs—“Mellow Sweet Red Wine” and “That’s the Way a Cowboy Rocks and Rolls.” In May of that year, Mellow Sweet Red Wine was included in the honorable mention column of 45 rpm reviews in “Music Row,” a Nashville entertainment newspaper. In 1987, Roland’s youngest brother, Ruben, joined the band and they continued to tour the upper Midwest. That summer, they performed at WE Fest “Heaven in ‘87.
Over his music career, Roland had the privilege of working with such Nashville artists as Ray Pillow, Doyle Holly, Tommy Cash, Freddie Hart, Vern Gosdin, Michael Twitty (son of Conway), and Little Texas. In 1993, the brothers recorded a 12-track CD at Makoché recording studio of Bismarck. Many of the songs were written by Roland. More recently, this past March, the Roland Country Band was honored at the “7th Annual Old Fashion Country Jamboree” for their exceptional performances, commitment and dedication as musicians of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Even though the group disbanded in 1993, Roland continues to entertain at various events throughout the state. Sometimes he is joined by his brothers.