JACK HAYES - Lead Guitar / Vocals
After taking lessons for just a couple of years as a young child, Jack developed as a self taught rock and blues guitarist. His benchmark for his distinctive style of guitar playing reaches back to the innovative blues and rock solo's of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix during the late 60's. Other inspirations for him were the Beatles, the Byrds, the Yardbirds, the Moody Blues, and Jethro Tull. Driven by these inspirations, he played in several bands as a teenager, but quit playing at the age of 19 to pursue other interests.
In the late 90's, after putting together an impromptu band for his high school reunion, Jack decided that he had more playing (on a live performance level) left in his blood, and shortly thereafter formed the band Stratus Phear. In the years that things came together with Stratus Phear, Jack has developed his unique blend of rhythmic, soulful, and bluesy manner of playing to culminate in a style totally suited to the music that Stratus Phear plays today.
NADINE POHL SPENCER - Lead Vocals
Nadine started singing at a young age—ok, it was only in front of the mirror and using a hairbrush as a microphone—but singing along to her parents’ records, nonetheless. She wanted to be just like Cher but had to settle for putting on puppet/music shows in her garage for the neighborhood kids.
She took piano lessons and participated in choir in school. Much later in life, she took drum lessons for a few years. This led to playing drums and singing in her church. She has been singing in Christian worship/ministry bands with her husband on guitar for over 10 years.
Classic rock is her all-time favorite music, and having the opportunity to sing these songs on stage with a great group of guys is a dream come true for her.
BOB AITCHISON - Drums
Bob Aitchison, who was born in Mississippi, is no newcomer to the music scene and playing professionally in bands. Of the 45 years he has been playing drums, 20 of those years he has played in popular Albuquerque bands such as "Big Blonde", "Hot Cherry", "8 Track", and "Shindig".
The greatest influence in Bob's musical career has been the Beatles, his favorite drummer is Buddy Rich, and he has always loved watching Bruce Springsteen play live. Stratus Phear is delighted to have Bob in the band, and honored to be playing with such an accomplished and experienced drummer.
TED GUNTHER- Keyboard / Vocals
Ted grew up in a musical family and started out taking classical piano lessons and watching his older siblings perform in bands. A friend’s drum kit also provided the opportunity to learn some beats and rudiments and play some rock and roll.
After shuffling though a few local bands as a keyboardist, he decided to pursue the drums and spent the next few decades behind the kit playing festivals, nightclubs and casinos throughout CO, NM and AZ.
Wanting to tickle the ivories and play notes and chords once again, Ted got back on the keyboards and is now enjoying playing with the experienced musicians of Stratus Phear.
MICHAEL EFFRON - Bass
Music has always been an important part of Michael's life. His early days back east were filled with the sounds of the big cities, great venues and inspiration from masters of diverse musical genres. Being lucky enough to experience the genesis of many exciting styles, he strives to incorporate a bit of that history into his playing today.
Michael is pleased to now call Albuquerque his home and is grateful for the opportunity to share the joy and happiness that music brings to us all.