JARED / GUITAR
Originally from Indiana, Jared has traveled all over the U.S. and overseas in countries like Japan, Okinawa, Korea, Australia, and many more while serving in the Marine Corps. While traveling with his unit, he would mail his guitar and gear to wherever his unit went to play for USO events and other venues to entertain his fellow Marines along with other branches of service. After finishing his tour of duty, he traveled up and down the east coast playing any and all sorts of music genres in a wide variety of different bands ranging from Heavy Metal, Alt Rock, Classic Rock, R&B, Country, and even Celtic. Along the way, Jared also learned how to play other instruments like piano, bass guitar, drums, fiddle, mandolin, steel guitar, Dobro, and slide guitar. Now living in Walla Walla, WA, Jared has established himself in the Music Community as a respected musician and music instructor for after school programs for teens as well as an instructor for Rock and Roll Camps at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, and Walla Walla. Jared is also a Guitar Luthier who builds and repairs instruments, and is the owner/operator at JP Music Lessons located in Walla Walla giving 25 years of experience in all manner of music production.
MIKE / GUITAR
An alien born on Earth, Mike began musicing in the womb. Not sure of his place or purpose in life, Mike struggles to stay sane on a daily basis by keeping a tune going in his head.
With a Bachelors degree in music he teaches music at West Park Elementary and plays in a variety of styles and on a variety of instruments. He is involved in community music programs, has gigged with classical chamber groups, country and bluegrass, pop and rock, jazz and fusion playing covers and original music.
CLAIM TO FAME - He played in bands that opened for Edgar Winters, The Romantics, and Loverboy.
TABITHA / VOCALS
Tabitha's love for music started with piano lessons from her mom when she was 4 years old. Growing up, she sang in church and in the school choir. Since high school she has sang with a few different bands, performed in musicals and has won singing contests in the northwest including: Walla's "Hometown Idol", Milton Freewater's "Oasis Idol", Spokane's "Gimme the Mike" Contest, and was a finalist at Wildhorse Resort & Casino's X Factor auditions. She even won 1st place during a singing contest on a Norwegian Sky Cruiseship to Alaska. Tabitha spent a year touring the country with Re-Creation USA - "America's Ambassadors to Hospitalized Veterans", performing over 320 song and dance variety shows at VA hospitals nationwide.
Tabitha works full time as a hairstylist at Beehive Cut and Color Bar in Walla Walla, Washington. She feels blessed to be able to do the things she loves and is honored to be the lead singer of Shanks Pony since 2012.
TOPHER / BASS
At the age of thirteen Topher began playing music by ear. Starting with piano, he quickly moved on to drums and then at nineteen picked up bass guitar. Topher has played with hundreds of musicians in a wide variety of settings and genres: jazz, gospel, rock and roll and country. He enjoys all type of music and being a part of a high-energy band. Outside of his contribution to Shanks Pony he writes original music, and is videographer and multi-media producer.
JASON / DRUMS
Jason originally wanted a saxophone for Christmas, but his parents thought their chances of having a grandson would vastly improve if they bought a drum set instead. Inspired by artists such as Danny Carey, John Bonham, and Carter Beuford, Jason brings a musical style that could only be described as “groundbreaking” and “other-worldly” to every performance. Although originally from Portland, OR, Jason has lived and performed up and down the West Coast with many talented musicians. When he’s not busy rocking, you can find him hanging out at the local prison and taking in the area wineries while assuring himself that a “tasting” is an excuse to drink at one in the afternoon.