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 - 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 8 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.
BOB QUINTANO - Bass Guitar
Bob was born at a very young age in New York City. His mother’s idea of baby sitting was playing Polish marching music recordings to him for hours at a time. He got his first guitar at eight, then had classical lessons at 12.
He was the house band bassist at Trudy Hellers “Disco”, NYC, at age 17. He played on “Secrets an Lies” album with the band “Silent Partner”.
Before moving to NM in June, 2019, Bob played with “Crossroads”, “Meteor Men” and “Treble Makers” in Wilmington, NC.
ADRIAN CASTILLO - Keyboardist/ Vocals
Adrian's musical journey began 20 years ago in church choirs in Southern California. As he grew older, the ivories called out to him and between vocal training, piano lessons, and being a guest vocalist in his family's bands, he spent his early years immersed in music. Among his chief inspirations were Queen, The Beatles, Styx, Led Zeppelin, and Chicago. Upon leaving for college, it was time for a new chapter in his musical career. Since that fateful day in 2012, Adrian has played professionally in 3 rock bands and 4 church bands and has loved every minute of it. From behind his multi-decker keyboard "battlestation", Adrian is ready to rock once more with Status Phear!