Slightly Sedated 

If you want to know more about the members of Slightly Sedated, here's the story.  Three of us have been together since early in 2005, when John and Steve found Mark after a long search, and after playing for a while with Rita (who thought of the "Slightly Sedated" name).  Peter joined the power trio in 2017 converting the band to a Gang of Four (not to be confused with the Cultural Revolution).   Anyway, here's a little background on each of us (and a few action pics).  If you have any questions, or you think we left something out, please feel free to email us at and we'll try to answer (or maybe we'll just ignore you).
Click on the name or the picture below to jump to each bio.


            John                                            Steve                                              Mark                                       Peter

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John: Guitar, Lead Vocals, Harmony and Harmonica (maybe)
Musical Background:  Rock, punk, metal, jam band, the Dead.

Guitar influences: Peter Frampton, Duane Allman, Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Steve Vai, Eddie Van Halen, Frank Zappa, Bill Nelson (Be Bop Delux)
Band influences: Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Queen, Humble Pie, Be Bop Delux, Van Halen,
Favorite (or most memorable) concerts: This is a tough one: Grateful Dead at the Civic Center circa 1980s, Queen, David Lee Roth w/Steve Vai, Frank Zappa at The Tower Theater, Bruce Springsteen, Wendy O Williams and the Plasmatics,
John's gear:

Day Job: Elementary School Teacher 7th and 8th grade
Other interests: Music, hockey


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Steve: Bass, Lead Vocals, Harmony and Valve Trombone (maybe)
Musical Background:  Rock, Blues, Jazz, Comedy

Bass influences: Charles Mingus, Stanley Clarke, Ron Carter, Jaco Pastorius, Les Claypool
Band influences: Frank Zappa, Little Feat, Allman Brothers, Ween, Bromberg, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Don Ellis Orchestra
Comedic Influences: Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Steve Allen, Soupy Sales, Jonathan Winters, SCTV
Favorite (or most memorable) concerts: I don't get out much, so my favorite concerts are any one that Slightly Sedated has ever played.
Steve's gear:

Day Job: Retired
     formerly - Director of Lockheed Martin Corporation's Engineering Process Improvement Center
Other interests: Family, Music,
Tennis, Model Trains (HO modeling Tirol and Bavaria), Ice Hockey


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Mark: Drums, Percussion, Lead Vocals, Vibraslap (& duct tape)
Musical Background:  Started playing drums at 8 years old. Studied jazz and rock. Played in school concert and marching bands.

Drum influences: Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Danny Seraphine, Charlie Watts, Chad Smith. You have to love Ringo.
Band influences: Buddy Rich Big Band, Early Chicago, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Favorite (or most memorable) concerts: First concert Chicago. I saw Buddy Rich twice, he was amazing. Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Grateful Dead at Englishtown and BB King.
Mark's gear:

Day Job: Medical Device Sales
Other interests: My kids, golf, occasional skiing and fishing.


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Peter: keyboards, guitar, vocals, dad jokes
Musical background: Rock, jam bands, classical, blues, jazz.  10 years of classical piano; picked up the guitar in high school.

Guitar influences: Steve Howe, Eric Clapton, Frank Zappa, Trey Anastasio, Vince Gill, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Neil Young
Keyboard influences: Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Elton John, George Duke
Band Influences: Yes, Mr. Blotto, Grateful Dead, Phish, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, Frank Zappa, Allman Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Beatles, Pink Floyd, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Talking Heads, Steely Dan, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite concerts: Yes in 1976, Genesis (80s), Pat Metheny Group, Tedeschi Trucks Band
Peter's Gear:
Guitars: PRS Angelus SE acoustic, Carvin electric
Keyboards: Korg Kross, Yamaha P115 Electric Piano
Amps: Behringer 90-Watt Ultratone K900FX PA/keyboard amp, Blackstar HT5
Day job: Statistical Programmer
Other interests: music, photography, video, metal detecting, tennis, biking 

Peter   Peter

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