Here you will read about the band mimbers of winger...
Kip Winger -
Kip Winger was born in Denver, Colorado in 1961. My parents were weekend musicians, and when a sitter
was unavailable, my brothers, Paul, Nate, and I, went along, stayed in the dressing room, and listened to their jazz trio.
These are my earliest memories of music. At the age of 5, I was enrolled in a pilot Yamaha music program for preschoolers.
Blessed with supportive parents, we were given music lessons and supplied with instruments. When I was 7 years old, my brothers
and I and a neighborhood friend, Pete Fletcher, started a band, "Blackwood Creek" I grew up listening to pop radio and what
is now considered progressive rock. As a band our favorites were Yes, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep, Rush, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin,
Alice Cooper, C.S.N.Y, and, of course, the Beatles.
When I was 9, we did our first gig at our elementary school and
later a few gigs at different schools. I made about $30 and considered myself "rolling in it." Over the next ten years, we
saw rock, disco, punk, and new wave come and go. I left school after the tenth grade because I felt school was getting in
the way of my education. Around that time, 1976, I became interested in classical music and started studying classical guitar.
At the same time I started appreciating dance. My girl friend at the time wanted to take ballet, and since none of her friends
would do it with her, she convinced me to, and I did. This was a broadening experience for me, considering my eclectic schedule--in
the morning ballet class listening to Tchaikovsky or Mozart, then on to the gig, doing a sound check, and playing Van Halen
and Zepplin all night.
Reb Beach -
Influenced by the monster rockers of the 70's, Reb spent his teen years jamming along with recordings of
Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar and Ronnie Montrose. But it was Steve Morse, then with the Dixie Dregs, that had the biggest influence
on the young Reb. The complexity and the speed of the Dregs was a challenge compared to the blues-based playing of most musicians
of that era. Reb not only loved the Dregs - they were a catalyst that drove his playing into the greatness now so well known
to music fans the world over.
After only a couple of semesters at the Berkeley School of Music, Reb realized that formal musical training
was not for him. Instead, he started recording some of his own stuff on a four-track recorder; a mix of Jazz and Rock called
"Fusion." After winning an Annual Best Guitarist contest with one of his Fusion tapes, Reb took his guitar to New York. Within
one year, he went from eating ramen noodles and smoking resin scraped off the bong to being one of the most sought-after session
players in the music industry; working with such all-time great talents as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Roger Daltrey, Chaka Kahn,
Howard Jones, and Twisted Sister.
It was while living and working in New York that Reb hooked up with his future band mate - bassist and frontman
Kip Winger. Reb and Kip formed the band Winger and the rest is history. The two proved to be great writing partners, producing
platinum records that featured no less than six top-forty singles with music that was commercial yet complex.
Reb found himself with literally tens of thousands of fans and admirers. Suddenly, he was on the cover of
every major guitar publication. Guitar for the Practicing Musician voted him "Best New Guitarist." Guitar World
Magazine voted him "Best New Talent" and asked him to write a column. Beautiful girls begged him for sex.
In short, Reb Beach had arrived.
The now world-famous Reb designed a line of guitars for Ibanez and toured, teaching guitar clinics. He also
produced an instructional video entitled "Cutting Loose" that sold very successfully.
After recording and touring in support of three records with Winger, Reb returned to Pittsburgh to perform
on other artists' records and start collecting material for his solo work under the name The Reb Beach Project......
Paul Taylor -
Rod Morgenstein -
Rod’s professional music career began as a founding member
of the groundbreaking group the Dixie Dregs when, as a student at the University of Miami in Florida, he met Steve Morse,
Andy West and Allen Sloan. The university was a hotbed of musical activity during this period, playing host to brilliant future
talents like Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Danny Gottlieb, T Lavitz and Bruce Hornsby. Playing under the official Studio Music
and Jazz curriculum title of Rock Ensemble II, the Dregs honed their fusionesque chops. It was here that the band recorded
its classic Great Spectacular album now available on CD.
The Dixie Dreg’s music combines rock, jazz, bluegrass, folk and classical
influences into rich, ever-changing tapestry of sound. All the while, Rod’s drumming weaves its way seamlessly and colorfully
through this swirling musical landscape.
Within a year of moving to New York City in 1986 after living in and around Atlanta,
Georgia, for the previous 11 years, Rod met Kip Winger and Reb Beack, namesake and lead guitarist of the as-of-then-non-existent
band Winger. “Kip and Reb had been writing and recording demos and forever being rejected by record labels. I met them
at a point in their lives where they were completely driven to get signed. Nothing could shake their determination. We got
together and jammed, hit it off, and two months later they called to say they got a deal and to see if I’d be interested
in doing the record.”
The rest is history! Their self-titled debut album in 1988 sold over two million
copies worldwide, earning the band a platinum album in the U.S. and gold albums in Japan and Canada. It also led to an American
Music Award nomination for Best New Heavy Metal Band. This album was
followed by In the Heart of the Young and, once again, platinum and gold awards were in the offing, coupled with non-stop