John Janke, bass/keys/vox
He grew up in New Jersey and got his first guitar for Christmas when he was eight years old. The love affair between John and music developed very rapidly. He began teaching himself to play with the help of a couple of Melbay Guitar books. Within a few months, he was playing guitar with the local folk group at his church.
A couple of years later, his family purchased an organ and John began to learn quickly how to play that instrument. He became the church organist shortly after. At the age of sixteen, all of his friends were forming a band but they already had two guitarists and a keyboardist, but they didn't have a bass player. So John decided to learn that instrument and that year he performed professionally for the first time. He was also learning how to sing lead and soon found that he had an uncanny knack for hearing and singing harmony.
For the next twenty years, John performed at over 1,500 venues, including many high profile weddings, bar mitzvahs and corporate parties in the New York and New Jersey areas.
In 1997 John’s day job brought him to Phoenix, AZ and he decided to take a break from music to spend more time with his wife and children. Music soon came calling again and in 2005 John found a vocal group in Phoenix called Glory Daze. Glory Daze recreated 60’s and 70’s hits down to the last detail and thrilled audiences for several years until the band decided to call it quits. John wanted very much to find another band that worked hard to faithfully recreate the vocal bands of 60’s and 70’s. He was fortunate to find The Southwest Surfers, playing the Beach Boys, the Four Seasons and many other great vocal bands of that era.