Roxster Bio

Band


Like a fine wine, the band Roxster plays classic arena rock songs that have been perfected by time. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona; the band was founded by guitarist Jack "Jaxxon" Schwarz in 2004. The Roxster sound is the result of the band's determination to perform the music they love the way they know it was meant to be played. The band showcases an incredible blend of vocal and musical virtuosity... a product of the five members' combined years of musical experience. Roxster is faithfully re-creating the glory days of arena rock in the '70s and '80s. If you were there and miss those days…you don't want to miss this show! And if you weren't there, then you are going to want to see what you missed! The band performs all of your favorites - Journey, Van Halen, AC/DC, Queen, Whitesnake and so much more! Roxster is playing throughout Arizona and is leaving a trail of fans in its wake!


Musicians


James - Lead Vocals
A skilled entertainer and the lead vocalist for the band, James has been singing and performing for most of his life. Born in Klamath Falls, Oregon, he started his music career at a very young age, performing the national anthem at spring training games for the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres, and winning numerous vocal awards. By age fifteen James was fronting his first band, Idol Rich. Equally comfortable in a small club, a large concert for thousands, or in a recording studio he sings with the passion and versatility of a true professional. James draws from his love of such diverse vocal influences as Otis Redding, Paul Rodgers, and Steve Perry and can deliver a tender ballad or belt out a driving rocker with equal expertise. In addition to his vocal duties, he also handles occasional keyboard and guitar duties for Roxster.


Jaxxon – Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Vocals
At a very young age Jaxxon emigrated with his family from the Netherlands to the USA. He started his music business career in his teens touring throughout Southern California. His performance experience includes clubs and halls spread up and down the West coast, from Southern CA all the way to Alaska. Aside from his sturdy musicianship, he has been heavily involved in several other facets of the music business, including tour management and instrument manufacturing. Jaxxon wears his guitar-playing influences on his sleeve, with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck all making contributions; however, through the years he has developed a style very much his own, playing with a fluid style, smooth tone, and powerful energy. Additionally Jaxxon possesses a classic raspy rock 'n' roll voice with which he shares the vocal duties for the band.


George - Guitar, Keyboards, and Vocals
Originally from upstate New York, George started his professional playing career in bands in 1974, performing as the principal singer/songwriter with bands from New York, Los Angeles, and Arizona. George has shared the stage with top acts like Boston, Loverboy, Night Ranger, Foghat, Paul Rodgers, Montrose, the Romantics, and so many more. The most recent addition to the Roxster line-up, George is a consummate professional adding his incredible vocal, keyboard and guitar complement to the band.


MarkyB – Bass Guitar, Vocals
Born in Dallas, the home of the Texas blues, Mark brings the groove and drive to the band's rhythm section. He brings with him an extensive background in guitar, including a degree in guitar luthiery. He has honed his bass guitar skills, drawing from guitar influences like Eric Johnson and bass influences like Geddy Lee. Mark also lends his vocal talents and shares in the vocal duties, with his incredible rock tenor voice. Like his fellow bandmates, he has also traveled with several bands throughout the Western US and Canada.


Mike - Drums, Vocals
Laying down the foundation for the band's driving sound, Mike plays with taste and dynamics. He spent his early career playing drums for numerous bands in the Catskill hotel scene, as well as, traveling the East Coast club circuit. A native New Yorker, his influences start with early Motown records, extended to many jazz and rock players like Billy Cobham, Bill Bruford, and Mitch Mitchell and recently to players like Deen Castronova and Joey Kramer. Mike also lends his vocal talents, adding to the textures of harmonies flavoring the band's sound.



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