71, Shayn is having his third or fourth
adolescence. He puts his many years of guitar
playing to work in the New Church of Boulder Valley.
where he was music director for many years.
In the beginning it was fun playing Del Shannon
and the Kingston Trio, but then the Beatles came
on the scene, Shayn entered a new realm of
musical experience. His first band was really he
and his cousin Pam playing Beatle songs. The
Stinkbugs, they called themselves.
His next band, The Belfreez, was formed
in 1965. Shayn remembers playing their first gig
at the local Methodist church. What goes around
comes around, they say.
Then, it was on to the Individual
Needs from 1967-1968 playing at
school dances and the YMCA.
Buffalo, NY in the early 70's saw the Quicksand
Band quickly sink into oblivion. Too bad.
In the mid-70's Shayn went undercover as a
country on-air personality at WWOL-Radio in
Buffalo, NY. Jack Gillan was his persona. Listen to this aircheck
from those days...
Many bands later, Men
Without Pants made its debut to
Boulder audiences and wowed with more than just
knobby knees. MWP later took a backseat to the
Then, there were several of years with the
smokin' Front Range
Burners not to mention the popular
dance band, The Mighty Planktones
who sold out a Wednesday summer night at the
Rock 'n Soul Cafe.
Shayn has assembled the Front Range's finest
ensemble of musicians for his retirement
celebration from the University of Colorado in
June, 2015. Bei
Mir Bist Du Schoen are Joe
Grossman, Dan Organ, Trish Pottersmith, Greg
Coffin, and Henrik Boes.
Then came a few more bands such as Caboose
and the Boot Squad.
Shayn's 40 year collaboration continues with
Joe Grossman in Pat
'n Mike & James. Be
Enjoy some original
music from Shayn...