We are very sorry to announce the passing of drummer & founding member
Don Fencl , he started playing the drums when he was 10 years old & also played guitar and keyboard. He has been in several bands over the years that have played a wide variety of music at weddings, anniversaries, & conventions. His favorite music, though, is from the 60s & 70s and he will be greatly missed by RetroActive and our followers.
Bob Johnson sings and plays rhythm guitar and keyboard. In addition to playing guitar,
keyboard, and drums with several bands during the last several decades, Bob was a recording engineer in a major downtown recording studio. He was fortunate enough to work with some of the
best studio musicians in Chicago and several major touring acts such as: Foreigner, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, & The Atlanta Rhythm Section. Bob picked up most of what he knows
about music from these players. He is very happy to be playing with RetroActive!
Tom Spisak sings and plays lead guitar and harmonica.I have been playing guitar for 35 years I studied electric guitar and classical when I was younger. Over the years I have played in many different type bands. The most notable was a hard rock band called Sin City. We toured around the Midwest area doing different kinds of venues for about 5 years. I then worked in a band called Hot Rocks which was a Rolling Stones tribute band. I hand been singing for about 10 years. This band Retroactive has been the most active vocal band I have been in. Having 5 members all singing lead and back up vocals has allowed us to do many band covers most bands can not do.
Mark McCune, aka “McElvis”, bass guitarist and vocalist with “RetroActive”, Mark has performed live, on television, and radio. He hails from Brookfield, Illinois, and was born on November 28, 1953. In the 1960s he was part of the “After Dark” and “Great Wind Controversy” groups with Barb Laz (vocalist) and Don Fencl (drums). Mark is also known for being a central figure in several gospel quartets for thirty years, with a vocal range from 1st tenor to bass. Admired for his singing, his playing attributes include bass, electric, acoustic and steel guitar, along with various other instruments. He continues to have fun entertaining people with many of the same great songs today.
Scott Kappmeyer sings & plays keyboard. Scott's love for rock 'n roll started on a very specific date - February 9, 1964, the night The Beatles first played on the Ed Sullivan Show. Scott played with Bob Johnson in a band called Flashback in the late 1990s and early 2000s and Bob invited Scott to join RetroActive. In addition rock 'n roll music, Scott sings at Flossmoor Community Church and occasionally for weddings and funerals. Scott is honored to join the talented musicians that are RetroActive.
Frank Wyrostek started playing the drums in the 1960s with friends from Kennedy High School in Chicago. After many band formations which took place in High School, he joined a Chicago band known as "Friends". He played drums and added vocals to this group which played many Chicago area venues during the late 60's and early 70's. Top 40 music was indemand at the time and this formed most of his musical interests. He especially likes sounds built on strong rhythm/beat/melody structures. Through the 2000's he has played in various groups both in Wisconsin & Illinois and is the newest member of RetroActive. Considered a "finesse" drummer with an emphasis on dynamics and timing, he enjoys maintaining the "backbeat" for RetroActive.
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