Karita Carter - Trombone & Vocals

David Parsley -  Band Leader, Founder

Saxophones, Flute & Vocals



Born and raised in Johnson City, TN. When the Beatles hit the shores of America, his music interest began. By age 15 he was playing in about three bands in the area, the most influential being “The Funky Souls” with member all at least 8 years older than him. They played local, out of state and nite clubs.This band also backed up famous artist like Sam & Dave and Eddie (“Knock on Wood“) Floyd who performed in Johnson City. After moving to Kansas he played with a well established rock band “Tumbling Dice” for a couple of years. He then went back to playing R&B mixed with Smooth Jazz, at this time making the move to 5 string Bass. Striving to improve his playing ability, He choose to challenge himself by playing more jazz with musicians in the Kansas City area. That’s when he met David Parsley and they decided to form a band which is now Heat Index. He credits every bass player he has ever heard as influences, but especially Willie Weeks , Freddy Washington.

Frank Goddard - Co-Founder

Bass & Vocals

Born in Los Angeles, David grew up playing in r’n’b and latin-fusion bands primarily in the East Los Angeles area. David’s groups were managed for many years by Casey Kasem. He toured extensively throughout the US and Canada  His bands shared a stage with such artists as Issac Hayes, The Chambers Brothers, Dick Clark, Wilson Picket, the Drifters, Brenton Wood, and the Osmond Brothers. During those years he had recording contracts with Mercury Records and later, MGM Records. David also created arrangements and conducted for Fabian during the late 70’s. the He also performed with Jim Belushi and the Sacred Heart Blues Band.  He plays all the saxes -soprano, alto, tenor and baritone, as well as flute. He did all this and yet still managed to have a very successful corporate career. He retired from the corporate life at the end of 2014 and is now completely dedicated to Heat Index.  

Brought up and schooled in an all-musical family in Kansas City, Kansas, Karita played piano,violin,cello and bass until she was introduced to the trombone by her junior high school music instructor. From that time on to the present, playing the trombone has opened the door to many wonderful musical experiences. She has participated in musical events that have featured both local and national artist within the world of Jazz, R&B, etc. Her intentions are to continue to expand on her musical experiences in all genres.