Jeff started studied classical bass in junior high and continued through high school. He then took up guitar to satisfy his rhythmic soul and played any chance he could. After collage he started working with church worship teams which over the last 20 years has given him the opportunity to expand his abilities to include playing bass guitars and running sound systems. An original member of “Grass & Eclectic Co.” with John Bashaw he went on to join the WAMI award winning “Liberty Bluegrass Band”. Now playing bass and managing “Brew City Drifters”
Chet is the newest addition to Brew City Drifters. Taking over at guitar plus adding his voice to Mark and Johns. He is a walking library of music and we have a hard time keeping up with him when we are looking at new material.
Mark brings 30 years of music experience to the band. Playing mandolin for the band Mark brings a strong “chop” to the music. Be advised do not sit close he breaks a lot of strings. We really need to get him a string company to sponsor him. Mark also adds vocal harmonies, sings lead and can also play guitar. He also performs with “Pike Creek Band”.
Johns early music training included piano, and trumpet. High school found him in choral and ensemble singing. Rebelling, musically, in high school he took up guitar and then banjo. In collage at Cornell he saw “Country Cooking” and experienced his “Bluegrass Conversion”. He played in the New York area with “Local Talent”. John has been part of the bluegrass scene in the Milwaukee area for 15 years playing and singing singing with several area bands. He co-founded “Grass & Eclectic Co” band. He also has been involved with the East Troy bluegrass festival as co-chair and treasurer. John plays a “LouZee” banjo and a Martin guitar. John can provide a “Banjo Permit” to any aspiring picker in need of such questionable defense from excitable neighbors. Also author of bluegrass jam rules of engagement “no accordions at a bluegrass jam”.