30 Year Reunion of the
Original Band Members
March 13, 2004
This story starts in
March of 1974,
when I answered an ad in the Chicago Tribune. It said: "Working
band, looking for Sax player". I met John Reincke, who had just
returned from college and was looking to put together a 50's and 60's
Rock and Roll band, patterned after Sha Na Na. John's specialty
was Elvis and as the lead singer, with Harry Trocki on Guitar and
vocals, Tom Sowinski on lead guitar, Ron Palla on bass, Ron Fitzgerald
on drums, and me on Sax, the group was formed.
After a few rehearsals, we were ready to play professionally. Our
first job was a Bar Mitzvah and it was a nightmare. After a
while, we started playing clubs in various Chicago neighborhoods and
then the parties and dances came along. They were the most
fun. We averaged around 5-8 jobs a month and were starting to get
a reputation. It was a strange life for me; an enforcement
official for EPA fining steel mills in Gary, Indiana during the day and
on weekends, putting on my leather jacket and playing in smoky
clubs. We had played together for three years, and in 1977, when
my job took me to Philadelphia, I had to quit the band. I never
found anything in Philly and my music career came to an end (at least
Through the Internet,
John got in
touch with me a few years ago and I was shocked to learn that Johnny
had continued the band and had been playing steadily for all that
time! In January 0f 2004, John got the idea of a 30 year reunion
and I jumped at the opportunity.
To learn more about the current Johnny Star and the Meteors, go to his
web site at: www.johnnystarandthemeteors.com or by clicking on the
picture immediately below:
is the band in 1974 when John
first got us together in Chicago. I'm the one in the striped red
and white shirt.
Here we are in March of 2004 at our 30 year
Jammin' at our 30th year reunion.
Who is that guy?
It was a great night, and it shows
on my face!