Ron Wheeler: Guitar/Vocals
Claudio Martin: Electric Guitar/Color/Vocals
Gary Taylor: Drums/Cajon/Percussion
Phil Lean: Bass Guitar/Vocals
I was born in Baltimore, Maryland on the same day that the Beatles' seminal album, "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was released in the United States. Loving to sing since childhood, I quickly became a Beatles fanatic. By age 13, the Beatles had inspired me to begin learning to play the guitar. At the age of 14, I began playing bass guitar and performed professionally in a local band which my older brother Scott later joined as lead singer. The band became known in the Baltimore area as "Prophecy" and we were quite successful locally, even singing the National Anthem three times at Orioles baseball games in 1987.
After graduating high school, I began studying music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where I earned a B. A. in Music Composition in 1989. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from UMBC, I moved to San Diego at the urging of my professor, in order to pursue a graduate degree at the renowned music department of the University of California, San Diego. I earned an M. A. in Music Composition from the UCSD in 1992, then I continued on to complete all of the course work for a doctorate degree in Theoretical Studies In Voice by 1995. Upon the completion of my doctorate course work but prior to obtaining my PhD, my former Prophecy band-mate, Steven Stern, offered me a job working part-time in Los Angeles as a TV/film composer. I gladly accepted, greatly needing break from school for 24 years straight. I helped with developing musical themes; composing; co-producing; editing; orchestrating; and arranging the music in three feature films: Bloody Murder, Indiscreet, and The Beneficiary, and on two Showtime television series': The Outer Limits and Poltergeist : The Legacy.
Throughout my years in graduate school and Los Angeles, I always continued to perform live music professionally in the San Diego area. In 1990, I joined an acoustic trio called the Self-Righteous Bros. In 1992, I cofounded another group called “Four Way St.” with a member of “The Self-Righteous Bros”, James Gossett. Both bands specialized in vocal harmonies. I also started to perform solo playing keyboards and acoustic/electric guitar in 1998-9. I met the members of Ron’s Garage in 1999, and started subbing on bass/vocals with the band.
In 2000, Michael Gonzales of Ron’s Garage informed me of an opening in the music department of Francis Parker School where he teaches guitar. I got a full-time teaching position there directing both the Middle School Chorus, and Upper School Vocal Ensemble, and later, the Contemporary Guitar Ensemble (which Claudio has co-taught with me a couple of years), and the Parker Glee Ensemble.
In 2009-10, I cofounded another group as a side project with some of the members of Ron’s Garage called “Gonzology”. We play more esoteric, progressive rock with some other genres of classic rock thrown in. In 2011, I happily became a permanent member of Ron’s Garage, still continuing work with Four Way St. and solos/duos etc.