GenX is made up of a diverse and very talented group of musicians. This enables the band to perform a wide variety of songs spanning from Rock, Classic or 80's Rock to Country and even Oldies. Click the member name on the left to read and see photos of eachGenXmember.
The GenX Band has gone through slight changes over the last couple of years, but we have remained true to our goals along the way. GenX works very hard rehearsing songs and getting the vocals just right. We are extremely proud of our current lineup and invite you to join us very soon at a GenX Show!!
GenX Yesterday (The Origin of GenX)
The Band originated from the aspirations of Don & Lisa Simpson. The original band was going to be Lisa's backing band for support of a recording contract she had. (See Lisa's bio for a little more details about that) Back to the Origin, they set goals of creating one of the area's top production bands that could perform most any type of music. Another major goal was to create a concert style of Sound and Lighting to accompany the Band. A quote from Don. "We want to create a true concert type of experience that everyone can enjoy".
After a lot of searching, Matt Tellman (Drums & Vocals) and Paul Soos (Bass & Vocals) decided to commit and join the GenX family.
Lisa Simpson was destined to become one of GenX's keyboard players. However, GenX still wasn't complete. With the challenges of truly reproducing songs they wanted to perform, Don tracked down Steve Robbins. Steve and Don performed together as teenagers and when Don told Steve about the goals of GenX, he decided to come and check things out. At the very first practice, Steve fired off the beginning the REO Speedwagon song "Roll with the Changes" on Keys, the instant locked in rhythm created by Matt and Paul's extreme talents helped produce an energy and excitement that everyone knew was going to be a great fit.
As with many new bands, there were a couple of member changes that occured for a brief moment during the first year. However, the changes were only temporary and the original Band Members have all settled back into place with the same goals.
A band with two Keyboard players enables for multiple distinct parts to be performed at the same time that would otherwise require sequencing or tracks or some other device aid. When you listen to the band perform, listen closely to all the parts that are being covered natively and being performed live.
Another very important ingredient to the band that was discovered instantly is the vocal capabilities. Each member of the band excluding Lisa has a keen talent to sing lead and also backup sing. Lisa's singing voice was tragically taken from her in December, 2010 out of neglect of an anesthesiologist team during a routine procedure. While we miss Lisa's beautiful voice, we graciously accept her talents on the keyboards and percussion instruments.
With 4 vocalist, 7 Keyboards, 2 guitars, Bass and Drums, the band's complexity rivals many larger national acts today. You will also see at most every GenX event, a dedicated Sound Engineer and Production Light Engineer. These are extremely commited members that put the entire band's efforts into an overall sonically and visually stimulating package.
Applying a name to the band was almost as large a feat as putting the band together. We all wanted a name and not some sort of catch phrase. The Members solictited many people and asked for suggestions and ideas. After reviewing a list of over 200 names, everyone settled on the name GenX which was a variation of Generation X. Not to be confused with the Billy Idol Generation X band, but more along the lines of an age group that spans many years (Early 1960's to Early 1980's). The exact year is somewhat of a mystery depending on where you look or research. The name actually came from Erica Ashcraft who came up with the idea since everyone in the band is a Generation X'er or Gen-X'er = GenX.
We are grateful to her for sharing the idea of our Band Name. After all, most everyone likes at least a few tunes that span those years.. ;-)