Who are your musical influences?

My father, Elvis Presley, The Rat Pack (Frank, Dino, and Sammy), Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones

 

What do you like to do when not playing with the band?

Spend time with family and friends, go to festivals, lounge in the pool

 

What is your musical experience / background?

I started playing drums in my father's polka band when I was 14.

I joined Star in 1974 and stayed to the end in 1981. Star played all the hottest venues in town at the time, as well as festivals, State Fair, and Summerfest. After Star, I joined The Gary Michael's Show (1981 - 1986) - this is where I met Jim in 1983. When Gary left the band in 1986, we rebranded the band as The Greater Milwaukee Spectacular (1986 - 1993). Shortly after GMS disbanded I got a call from Jim to join a new band, The Brew City Rockers, and I have been with the band ever since.

 

When did you start playing drums?

I started playing the drums when I was 12 and joined my father's band when I was 14.

 

What is your most memorable musical experience or brush with fame?

With Gary Michael's/Greater Milwaukee Spectacular, I had the privelege to play a week at State Fair as the opening act for Paul Revere and the Raiders. Opening for and performing as the backing band for the Coasters, the Drifters, and the Temptations at the Brown County Arena.

 

What inspired you to pursue music?

My father. Growing up my brothers and I saw how much he loved to play for people. Also, seeing the way that women responded to it was a great motivator as well! (LOL)

 

What is your hometown?

Milwaukee

 

What are your favorite movies?

Any thing with the Duke! (John Wayne for you youngin's), Robin and the Seven Hoods, Most Elvis movies (love the music), Any James Bond movie, The Godfather, Jaws, Indiana Jones

 

Favorite quote / the guide to your life / etc.

I have a few:   

Don't worry, be happy

I'll have another tapper of Lite

My advice to you is to drink heavily

This one's on Jim

Put it on my tab