MEET THE BAND
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 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!
Gina has been immersed in music her entire life. Taught to play the piano at age 3 by her mother, she grew up studying classical music and participated in multiple festivals and contests through the 12th grade, winning awards at every turn. At age 14 she discovered rock music and joined her first rock band. At 17 she began college as a music major, attaining dual degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She took a position as Music Director at a church, where she served for 25 years. She started both adult and youth worship teams and continued to play for services.
In 2003 Gina successfully auditioned and joined the Orange County/William Hall Master Chorale and toured internationally for 5 years, performing at many venues including the Sydney Opera House, the Vatican, and the theatre at the ruins in both Pompeii and Ephesus.
In 2010 she ‘retired’ and promptly joined a classic rock band. Her rock influences being Elton John, Keith Emerson, Dennis DeWitt, and Jon Lord, she has performed a variety of genres over the last 11 years, but rock and metal remain at the top of her list.
Currently, Gina is currently playing with OZZY BLOODY OZZY, Southern CA’s premier Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhodes tribute experience. Since joining them she has played at top notch venues all over CA and toured annually. Gina also plays in RECOVERED, a metal cover band, and a signed and recorded Christian ministry band known as SAVIOR’S ROAD. She also continues to teach piano and mentor youth pursuing careers in music. Gina joined forces with FOREIGNHER in 2020, realizing another of her dreams playing with a female fronted tribute band.
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.
Beating on drums at the age of 10, Chris grew up playing to the complex rhythms of Neil Peart (Rush), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), and Buddy Rich. Intertwined with his influences of the 80's, progressive rock and heavy metal is where he funneled his talents. Over the last 33 years and through his travels with the Marine Corps, he has had the opportunity to play for thousands of people from the east coast to the west coast and also overseas. If it has a rhythm, Chris can be found tapping his hands and feet in efforts to make the masses stand up and rock. Add the influences of Shannon Larkin and Sully Erna (both of Godsmack), Mike Portnoy (formerly of Dream Theater), and the progressive sounds of Carter Beauford (the Dave Matthews Band), he is constantly evolving in his craft. With over 42 years of overall experience (live, studio, tracks, click), Chris will provide you with the perfect rhythm for your music and put on a performance that will leave a lasting impression for years to come! You can currently see Chris playing with THE CHEEZ WHIZ BAND...a costumed, all genre tribute to the 80's