I have been playing guitar for about 46 years, and I have played in several bands local to Washington DC and its suburbs, as far north as Hagerstown, MD, and south to Waldorf, MD. Most recently I played with the Frederick, MD classic rock acts, Steel Rose, from January through September of 2013; and Burn the House, which I formed in the Summer of 2010 and left in July of 2012.
For the past 35 years I also nurtured a successful career in software engineering, most notably & recently with Lockheed Martin Corporation. In fact, I designed, developed, and maintain this and many other websites–just look for the "© Schloss Merle Productions" bug at the bottom of the page and you'll know it's one of mine!
I started playing during high school, and had the distinct honor of collaborating in "garage bands" with some future DC-Baltimore-area notables. In fact, I have a very minor mention in Mark Opsasnick's book about the history of the DC-area music scene, "Capitol Rock."
After high school and during the 70's, I played with the DC-based "Top 40" band, Aspex. Starting out in 1976, Aspex played a mix of rock, disco and R&B, and toured the East Coast, from Florida to Pennsylvania. The repertoire eventually evolved into all rock before we disbanded in late 1979.
In 1980 I became a founding member and songwriter in the all-original progressive rock act, Julian Daze. While this band started out as a progressive rock cover band, covering well-known bands like Yes, Kansas, Genesis, and Rush, we eventually limited the repertoire to only the material written by the band's members. Julian Daze was a short-lived project, with live performances confined most notably to The Stardust Inn in Waldorf, MD, the Wild West Theater in Springfield, VA, and The Coast to Coast Club in Baltimore, MD, before disbanding in 1982.
During the rest of the 80's, the 90's & the early 2000's I concentrated on furthering my software engineering career, occasionally attending an open mic jam or reuniting with my Aspex and Julian Daze band mates for private jam sessions & reunion parties.