Meet Tom Reitz

Born

12/25/1962 (A Christmas Baby!)

Band contributions

Lead singer, guitars, recorder, banjo…and I get to direct the band!

Hometown

Edgerton, WI (Editor’s note: Humming “I was born in a small town…”)

Experience

I started playing drums at age 8. Playing the sax in sixth grade is when I really kicked it in! No stopping me there. I started playing the guitar when I was 13 and had my first band at 17. We didn’t go very far, but we played some great AC/DC!

Other bands played with

Delusions Of Grandeur, The Fabulous Remakes, Angel White and several jam sessions!

Other music-related accomplishments

I like the Mountain Dulcimer, not many people play it. It has a very cool sound, and maybe someday I’ll incorporate it into this project.

What I do when not rehearsing or performing

Well, I’m a dentist! That’s demanding. I like helping out our community of Edgerton. We put on CHILIMANIA which is a cool chili contest and music festival.

Favorite musical groups

Van Halen really got me going…but so did AC/DC…and The Ramones….High energy there! Dream Theater…unreal!

How I first got into playing music

Music is just in me…got that from my parents I guess!

Bands/Artists that have most influenced me

Eddie Van Halen. I feel a connection there! Angus Young from AC/DC, great licks! Once again The Ramones but because I could play every song they did in a minute!

Favorite Mellencamp song memory

At several gigs in the past, R.O.C.K. In The USA always got everyone going!

Favorite songs

5150, Van Halen; Scenes From A Memory; Dream Theater; Blitzkrieg Bop. Ramones; Whole Lotta Rosie, AC/DC; Green Day…it can go on forever…..

Favorite pastimes that aren’t music-related

Motorcycles, computers, cooking, community service. “The Big Lebowski” is a fun movie!

Guilty Pleasure Confession

Pickles! I make my own!

Things that inspire me and keep me going

Just keep a full plate in life…that way you don’t have time to stop!