True to the 60's rock 'n' roll

Vocals - Terri Mattila
(AKA “Dr. M.”)


Terri grew up on the north shore of Lake Superior surrounded by music, listening to her mother (local wedding singer and former country music recording artist) sing and play guitar. She began playing guitar at the age of 9 and writing songs at the age of 14 and has been writing and performing with various musical groups ever since. Terri enjoys running, dancing, shoes, animals, body art, and reading about microscopic things that can kill us. A self-described nerdy scientist, she makes her living as a college biology professor and HIV/AIDS researcher in St. Paul.



Vocals & Tambourine - Murray Schmidt


Murray is originally from North Branch, Minnesota, made his singing debut on a small town radio station in the 1950s, and grew up in the 1960s when Top 40 Radio was king on WDGY and KDWB. He was never far away from a transistor or car radio that blared out the favorite surf music, Motown and British Invasion hits of the day. His love of music took him to his first career as a deejay and music director on several radio stations in the 70s and 80s.

His greatest pleasure today is bringing back these great sounds for those who grew up with them and those hearing them for the first time. Murray loves giving life to the era’s classic and forgotten songs through the Wax-Tones’ commitment to the authentic sound of AM Rock-n-Roll music.


Keys & Vocals - Brian Allen


Brian grew up in Iowa, attending high school in Monticello, where he sang and played piano and horn. He later attended the University of Michigan, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in music. He has played in several different musical groups since moving to the Twin Cities in 2004, including jazz combos, funk groups, rock bands, and improv comedy theaters. Although by far the youngest member of the Wax Tones, Brian is familiar with 60’s music, having been introduced to it by his parents (although it was the 1980’s at the time). Brian works an action-packed day job, where he sits at a computer reviewing documents for insurance inspections while trying not to fall asleep.


Drums & Vocals - Tim Frederick
(AKA "Captain Frederick")

Tim grew up on the south side of Chicago (the baddest part of town) pounding on his mother’s pots and pans at an early age. He bought his first drum kit at 14 and by 16 was playing with popular garage bands in the Windy City. He enjoys long distance motorcycling, beer, and rock and roll when he's not out flying a Boeing 737 for Sun Country Airlines.




Lead Guitar & Vocals - John Cvek


John grew up in northern Minnesota where his father is a well-known musician. John was attracted to the guitar at an early age and was influenced by guitar greats such as Chet Atkins, Duane Eddy, Scotty Moore, and Chuck Berry. In high school, John played guitar in the Jazz Ensemble where he learned complex chords and rhythms.

John has played in a variety of bands over the years that covered many genres of music including Rock, Jazz, R&B, Country and Blues. John has an associate degree in Computer Digital Electronics and Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Management. He is currently employed by a consulting firm working on various IT projects, Public Safety Radio Systems and Communications Systems. He also is very active family man, and he and his wife enjoy raising their two daughters who are also active in music.




Bass - Stu Nankin



Versatile Twin Cities bassist & audio tech, accomplished rock musician with roots in R&B and Jazz. Originally from Milwaukee, Stu studied at UWM & the Wisconsin Conservatory, also computer based audio at UCLA. He has had a successful career playing many styles with strong understanding of music and talent for arranging & producing.



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