Lead Guitar and vocals
John began playing guitar in 1966, and by 1967 he joined his first garage rock band called the "James Town Massacre." After starting high school, he became a gymnast, but kept active with music by joining “Chance,” a high school cover band. During the early seventies, he attended a community college while playing in other small bands for local pizza places, restaurants, and sports bars. The guitar has been a trusted friend since then, yet John has learned to play the piano on top of this. He has authored a number of songs during this time.
FAVORITE ARTIST: Paul Simon.
FAVORITE GROUP: The Young Rascals.
FAVORITE SONG: "Imagine" by John Lennon.
FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: Fender Stratocaster,Telecaster and Starcaster Guitars.
HOBBIES: Wood Working.
12 & 6 String Guitars and vocals
Tom is a professor of audiology and teaches courses in acoustics, psycho-acoustics, audiology, and hearing loss prevention. His main research focus is the use of hearing loops to help people hear in churches and theaters. While attending NIU, he frequently performed at the Newman Catholic Center as well as churches, weddings, and coffee houses.
FAVORITE ARTIST: Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees.
FAVORITE GROUP: America
FAVORITE SONG: "Lowdown" by Hall and Oates
FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: Can't be anything but a 12 string guitar. Tom says "Although it is harder to play than a 6 string, you gotta love its deep, rich sound!". Also, a Gibson Les Paul guitar.
HOBBIES: Tom will let us know when he finds one other than Music!
Bass Guitar and vocals
Greg has honed his bass guitar craft playing in church settings as well as in a musical group making the circuit of wedding receptions and the like. As a trained electrical engineer with a good ear for music, he handles the sound equipment and mixing for the band on a day-to-day basis.
FAVORITE ARTIST: John Coltrane
FAVORITE GROUP: Miles Davis Quintet that included John Coltrane, The Beatles, The Allman Brothers Band.
FAVORITE SONG: ooh...way too many to mention!
FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: own-Fender Bass Guitar and Taylor acoustic guitar; wants to own-a Sitar and a Mellotron.
HOBBIES:(besides The Vintage People Band!) Music, photography, time with the grandchildren.
Vocals and percussion
Gary is pleased to be a member of The Vintage People Band. With the group, he is a vocalist and also plays such interesting musical instruments as the egg, cowbell, pitch pipe, and "cheese grater" (guiro). Gary played piano throughout his youth and also the oboe in junior high school and high school. Gary was a singer with the Schaumburg Community Singers and sang many solo numbers for the group. Perhaps his greatest musical accomplishment was writing the Maine South High School fight song, "Hail to the Hawks", in 1964 when the new school opened.
FAVORITE ARTIST: Frank Sinatra. As far as rock performers, Elvis Presley.
FAVORITE GROUP: The Beatles and The Kinks.
FAVORITE SONG: non-rock: "I Get a Kick Out of You" by Frank Sinatra. Rock Song – "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" by The Temptations and "God Only Knows" by The Beach Boys.
FAVORITE INSTRUMENT: piano, also played an oboe for six years. Now, contributing percussion highlights using the egg shakers, the cheese grater (quiro), conga drum, bongo drums, sleigh bells and cowbell are his responsibilities.
HOBBIES: bicycling, walking, writing, following baseball (Cubs) and football (Bears), traveling, reading, serving as the community librarian, old movies from the 1930’s to 1950’s.
Author of books "Forgotten Movie Stars of the 30's, 40's and 50's" and "Great Chicago Cub Baseball Players Since 1876". He just completed a book about science fiction movies from the late 40's, 50's and 60's.