MEET THE BAND

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THERESA GARCIA

Theresa Garcia was born in Tokyo, Japan and currently resides in Chino Hills, CA. She has been singing and playing the piano since the age of six. At the age of 15, she fell in love with rock and roll influenced by groups such as Styx, Foreigner, ELO, Eddie Money, Fleetwood Mac and Heart.  She always said she could “taste” the art of performing live and set that as her goal. She performed as the keyboardist in a local Orange County band called The Shades throughout much of the 80’s as keyboardist and vocalist.  While raising her family, she continued to perform locally for city sponsored events and as a member of the Chino Valley Community Chorus.  In 2013, she re-entered the local band circuit and has played in several cover bands throughout Southern California including opening for the 80’s band Berlin in 2015.  She is currently playing in Shakedown80s as lead vocalist and keyboardist. While observing the success of many tribute bands today, she decided to put her vocal talent to work and created FOREIGN HER which has brought together such talented musicians from all over Southern California. 

SARA MARSH

Sara Marsh is a lifelong musician and educator. She started piano at 5 and guitar at 13 and is influenced by Elton John and Black Sabbath. Sara's first song learned in her first band was "Hot Blooded" and is a huge fan of Mick Jones. She was 12 when Foreigner's 4 album hit the airwaves in SoCal where she grew up surfing and longing to be a juke box hero. Little did she know, her wishes would soon come true! As a founding member of The Iron Maidens, playing lead guitar stage right was a cumulative success in which she contributed multiple talents that saw the tribute band achieve world touring status during her stature. When not on stage, Sara enjoys rocking acoustic or banjo in class while teaching young kiddos with special needs how to be the best they can be!

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JULES WHELPTON

Jules Whelpton, also known as "That Blonde Bassist," has been teaching and playing music professionally for over 11 years.  Her formal education began when she was 7 years old with the Carlsbad Strings Education Association.  Jules continued to play violin throughout high school and in college, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Studies with an emphasis in Violin at Humboldt State University. 

 

During her years in college, Jules became proficient in piano as well as guitar and many other string instruments. Besides classical training, she has performed in many musical theatre performances and music shows around the country, most notably with rocker, Roni Lee.

 

Violin, piano, guitar, ukulele, singing, acting and writing are her many talents. Now, after years of her own music education, Jules works at the Youth Arts Academy, as well as maintaining her career as a session musician, to help and inspire other hardworking, prospective individuals to pursue their dreams too.