The 180 Band is a group of dedicated musicians from the Charlottesville Virginia area; performing in Central Virginia and surrounding states since 1992. 180’s musical influences include Elvis Presley, The Temptations, Van Morrison, The Eagles, The Beatles, Santana, Lynard Skynard, Pat Benetar, Rod Steward, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton and many many more.
Having both female and male lead singers gives 180 the opportunity to play a wider range of material. Our vocals combined with a dynamic rhythm section, electric and acoustic guitars, electric cello and keyboards, creates a powerful musical combination. It gives 180 the diversity to play many different styles to enhance any event including Weddings, Barmitzvas, Special Parties and Birthdays. 180 is your favorite dance band of choice. Band History—->
Chuck Johnston started playing drums in seventh grade, practicing his rudiments on a piece of 2X4 supported by two folding chairs. He took lessons from a neighbor in exchange for mowing his lawn, and bought his first used drum set in eight grade.
Chuck played in marching band, rock bands and a soul band in high school and college, and then in a unit band in the Navy. Since then he has played on and off for many years, until finally being able to join up with "180." Chuck is excited about the opportunity to play with such an excellent group of musicians (not to mention great guys!).
Originally from New Jersey, Ken was introduced to music at an early age of 7. He started taking accordion lessons and played in the music school band. At 13 years old he made the transition from accordion to organ and piano. He was in various bands throughout his high school years. After attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ken became proficient in multiple keyboards, performing in various music projects including some recording studio work and touring cross country.
As time went on Ken met his wife, Maureen, and decided to settle down moving on to his next passion with computers as a software engineer. He continued his musical interests serving as a church pianist/organist for various churches in area.
In 1994, Ken with his wife, Maureen and their two children, Crystal and Craig relocated to Charlottesville. Ken continued to utilize his keyboard skills in the local church and played in a variety of musical events in the Central Virginia area.
Ken is thrilled to have met and now be a part of the fine musicians that make up the 180 Band.
Kevin has been playing guitar since his early 20's, influenced by the great rock bands of the 70's. Kevin played in a number of small pickup bands with friends until he joined up with the original formation of 180 (formerly known as Metanoia). His wife, Susy, an alumnus and original member, played violin with the band for a number of years. That's probably why he is allowed to keep playing in the band despite having an active family with kids in swimming, travel soccer games and more! Even so, Kevin also plays in the popular Full Moon Saloon band.
You can catch Kevin on facebook.
Robert was our first sound engineer and kick butt rodie! He makes sure we always have enough power for the gigs. He carts and sets up our equipment everywhere we play. After the initial setup he'll get our sound check going and monitor us though the show. He has to put up with a vocal group of performers wanting to hear "more me!" most of the time.
Jim Smith joined the band during the summer of 2005. Jim started out as a guitar player back in grade school. After some inspiration from his next-door neighbor and his piano-playing son, Jim decided to learn the bass in 1999 and has hasn't looked back since. Jim has been happily married for more than 20 years, and his wife somehow manages to understand why he needs each new amplifier, guitar, speaker, etc. When 180 plays their first Grateful Dead song, you can thank (or blame!) Jim.
You can catch Jim on facebook. Also, check out the great work Jim has been doing with bringing clean drinking water and jobs to those in need. Catch up on this important work called "Pure Madi" on facebook.
Mike, a self-taught musician, has been playing guitar since the tender age of 12. He was turned on to the instrument one year at summer camp when, in the evenings, one of the male counselors sat around the campfire playing tunes. Mike couldn't help but notice that the female campers (and counselors) were drawn to this guy like a magnet! Thus, one was acquired shortly after his return home (a guitar, not a girl).
Thanks to a grandmother in Florida (Granny Ruth) who owned her own record shop and kept him supplied with a fresh stack of hot wax 45's every other month or so, Mike was exposed to a variety of musical influences ranging from Elvis to Led Zeppelin [yes, Mike is older than Yoda!]
The journey toward Metanoia began quietly and humbly when Mike and Frank Squillace played a couple of songs for a church talent show after which the two looked at each other and said "ya know, we oughta do this more often!" The seed was planted. Years later....ladies and gentlemen...Metanoia! Mike happily resides in Afton with his most devoted fan, groupie, publicist, critic, and oft-times roadie, Liz (did I mention wife?) and their two daughters, Lauren and Julia. Mike also plays in the the popular Full Moon Saloon band.
You can catch Mike on facebook.
Frank was the founder of 180 (formerly known as Metanoia) in 1998 and continues to be overwhelmed at the response of the community. "People are looking for good, clean, classic rock and roll to enjoy with their families - I think we're filling a niche!” Frank is happily married to his wife Jane and is the father of Leia and Joe and stepfather of four who enjoys spending time with all of them, friends, baseball, and music. He has played the cello for 40 years and considers himself, "the finest rock n' roll cello player north of the James!”