BIOS

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MARK GREGORY   Lead Vocals

 

From the age of three, Mark Gregory has been belting out the vocals. With influences ranging from blues to metal, country to classical (not to mention the heavy influence of the Rock Opera Jesus Christ Superstar), Mark feels most comfortable in the late ’70s/early 80’s era of Arena Rock. Mark spent a year and a half studying abroad at the Sydney Vocal Arts Centre in Manly, NSW Australia. Back in the states, he assisted San Diego band 24-Seven as vocal lead for multiple fundraising events and dinner cruises, as well as his band Midlife Crisis. Having sung most all of his life, it is only when he met Arena that he finally applied his passion to fulfill the dream of standing front and center in a Classic Rock and Roll band. When not performing, Mark spends much of his time devising new ways to irritate his fellow Arena Rock band members.

 

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JEFF WILLIAMS   Guitars

 

Jeff’s guitar skills have taken him across the U.S. in various bands and “gun for hire” positions, which included session work for radio and TV. While traveling and recording with the midwest-based bands Stephen Hero and Going Blind, he had the opportunity to share the bill with acts such as Badfinger, Molly Hatchet, Cheap Trick, BTO, Joan Jett, Kansas, Bullet Boys and Concrete Blonde. Jeff also studied jazz theory in the music program at UCLA, where he received his teaching credential.

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SCOTT MEPPEN   Drums

 

Scott grew up in upper state NY in the 70’s and 80’s. He started playing drums when he was 8 years old and was influenced by such drummers as Simon Phillips, John Bonham, Rod Morgenstein and many others. His passion for music ranges from jazz fusion to pop, funk, R&B, classic rock, and hard rock. In the early 90’s, he played in bands such as Torreon Drive and Dalton which recorded and played a variety of shows throughout the LA area and the sunset strip.

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PETE WILKINSON   Bass

 

Pete, a native Southern Californian, first started as a guitarist then switched to bass in order to join his first band.  Pete has been at his craft for decades, studying under such renowned bassists as jazz great Bob Magnusson and Nashville mainstay Charlie Chadwick.  Notable San Diego-area bands that Pete has been a member of include The M-80s (a costumed 80’s band), Spectrum (a casino-style show band), and Matrix (a straight up rock ’n roll band).  Pete most often wields a 5-string Fender Jazz Bass, but you may see other basses appear from time to time.  For the most part, amplification is via road-tested Carvin equipment.

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DAVE HART   Keyboards

 

Classically trained pianist before the age of ten, Dave had his first synthesizer by the age of 12 and began performing professionally at age 16. He went on to Study Electronic and Computer Music at the SDSU Electronic Music Studio with emphasis on Subtractive Synthesis and Multi-Sampling. He considers his main influences to be in the area of 70’s prog-rock (Styx, Kansas, ELO, Pink Floyd) as well as rock pianists Elton John, Billy Joel, Billy Powell and Freddie Mercury. On stage, Dave recreates the sounds of original arena rock music using both modern “workstation” keyboards and vintage analog and digital keyboards, including the world-renown Nord Stage 3, Roland Fantom, Yamaha Motif XS, Prophet 08 and Roland JD-990 .