|Glenn M. Taylor, guitar, keyboards, vocals *|
Christopher Bolger, guitar, bass, vocals *
Joe Alexander, guitar, vocals
Bob Cianci, drums, vocals
Ray Longchamp, guitar, mandolin, vocals
Peter Scance, bass, guitar, vocals
Chris Roselle, guitar, harmonica, vocals
|Al Egizi, guitar, vocals|
Russ Crapella, guitar, vocals
Dave Hirschberg, drums, vocals
Joe Coghlan, drums, guitar, vocals
Michael Muro, guitars, vocals
Jeff Guenther, guitar, bass, vocals
Cliff Doenges, guitar, mandolin, percussion
|Keith Theall, bass, vocals|
Ron Weinstein, guitar, bass, harmonica, vocals
Gary Evans, keyboards, harmonica, guitar, vocals
Jerry DeLisio, saxophone(s), flute, vocals
Brian Wiley, bass, vocals
Don Guinta, drums, vocals
Paul 'Swami' Simeone, keyboards, accordion, vocals
Scott Calvert, saxophone(s), woodwinds, vocals
Adam Egizi, bass, ukulele, vocals
Andrei Koribanics, drums, vocals
Mike Garner, bass, vocals
Pete Danese, drums, vocals
Rhonda Grindell, drums, vocals
John Frondelli, drums, vocals
Pepe Hernandez, bass, vocals
* Indicates original Kootz / OMJ band-member; (see history)
Queens, New York was the 'creatively-fertile' 'launch-pad' for a young John Frondelli... Born-into a musical-household in 1959, with a guitar-strumming-Dad, a 'radio-playing'-Mom and a musically-ambitious sibling, Michael... The planets were-indeed, 'aligned' for 'Young-J.R.', when The Beatles burst-onto the scene in 1964... and (as they-did for so many other budding-musicians), forever-changed the trajectory his career-path!
At the age of six, John acquired his first drum-set... albeit a cheap, toy-kit; but it was enough to keep him practicing-religiously, so by the age of ten, he was able to join a local, fledgling rock 'n roll-outfit. Comprised-of a few local-friends from Jackson Heights, they were, in JR's words... "so terrible, that they didn't even come-up with a name for this short-lived band"...
What followed was a variety of early, 'well-rounded' efforts, that included basement-jams, rockin'-power-trios, lots of auditions... and even stints in the Bryant High School (Long Island City) concert and jazz ensembles! This resulted in numerous-appearances at school talent-shows, dances & concerts, as well-as area-carnivals & parties.
By the time he hit his teens, JRF was developing quite an 'ear'... and felt 'less-than satisfied' with the skills of some of his 'six-string band-counterparts'... so he began to branch-out, honing his-own skills on guitar (and later, bass), to add to his budding drum-chops!
Upon high school-graduation in 1977, John attended Queens College for a few semesters as an engineering-major, before devoting himself to music 'full-time'.
In 1978, his brother Michael Frondelli was fast-becoming a 'name' audio-mixer in New York; (he later gained fame as an LA-based engineer, working with such rock-legends as Billy Idol, Brian Wilson, Garbage, Pat Benatar, Oingo Boingo and Crowded House, to name a few!). After paying some 'dues' at several Manhattan rehearsal-rooms, Mike was tenured 'behind the board' at such iconic NYC-studios as Broadway Recording and later, the legendary (Jimi Hendrix-built) Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, where he helped his 'bro-John land a position as a 'gopher', initially... Over his 3-year residency there, John subsequently 'blossomed' into a respected recording-equipment-maintenance-tech.
In 1979, while John continued to gig with assorted bands, he also worked a variety of musically-'related'-gigs; As a 'finisher' at Steinway Pianos, then, in the lab at the Berkey Photographic Equipment Company; and still-later, at a Jackson Heights music-tech-shop, where JR's reputation became MUCH-better than-that of his employer!
That prompted him, at the age of 21, to 'break-away' on his own and start his own 'audio services'-biz, right in his home-town! Three-years later, he embarked on an 8-year stint as a repair-department 'whiz' for the one & only 'Crazy Eddie' consumer-electronics-'empire' (1983-'91); Needless-to-say, "Eddie" finally drove John... 'insane'... (before ultimately driving the chain into 'Chapter-7'!)...
More tech-stints followed: at SONY-consumer-electronics, as well as private repair-shop employment. All the while, into the mid-80s, JRF continued to cycle-through endless-gigs, performing an assortment of club-dates, rock ' roll bars and even 'cruise-ship' tours! All the while, he continued to move-through the ranks as a session drummer in his own right, tracking many studio-dates, for a wide-variety of demo, album and jingle sessions.
By 1986, John was 'anchored' in the 'NY-society-orchestra'-scene, drumming his way to the most 'high-end' country clubs, halls and catering-houses in the tri-state area with the long-running club-date group, 'Cork', typically-logging over 100-dates annually! Through these years, he still 'chased the dream', earning 'drum-auditions' for notable national-touring-acts; Lenny Kravitz and Kool & The Gang!
In the early 90s, J-Fron's long-running residency at New York City's DBM Pro Audio Music Services, commenced! It was here that he met 'Kootz' guitar-man (and fellow audio-tech) Russ Crapella... In 2017 (at Russ-Plus's 'recommendation')... they became 'conjoined'-at... "The Kootz"!
These days, John loves spending time with his VERY-musically-talented son Alex and his wife, Penny... Besides continuing to troubleshoot, repair & modify audio-gear, you can find JR gigging on guitar with the Long Island-based band, 'For The Record'... BUT... You can certainly expect to see MUCH-more of this 'Metronomical-Man' and his tasteful, powerful drumming-style, when he appears with "The Kootz"! Why-not join-us... and check-out JR-Frondelli!