Both brothers kept their "playing chops" in shape during those years and in 1974 when they were seniors, put a band together and began the journey to rock stardom, sort of. John initiated the project by buying some gear and recruiting a drummer friend who also was an alumnus of Manual's marching band named Ralph Foster who graduated from Manual in 1972. Numerous guitar players were brought in and numerous guitar players were sent out. One in particular fit the groove so to speak and was also a Manual grad (Class of '72). Bobby Wheatley who runs a recording studio out of his home now was the first "real" guitar player in the band. Bobby had a jazz background through private lessons and would help take the band to the next level and prepare it for what was to come. Now we're up to about 1975.
Rehearsal being an important part of any band's career and the fact that it was getting cold outside, the newly formed group needed to find shelter that had electricity and heat so they could practice and start working up some songs for the show! They found it in the basement of their grandmother's house. (more to come).