Forty - About Us
North Forty Band is more than just a music group. We are a
group of friends that share the joy of playing music as a way
to take a small break from the pressures of day-to-day life.
By day, our band members include entrepreneurs, business
moms, grandparents, traveling salesmen, an accountant,
engineer, internet consultant, etc., who--when not practicing or performing with the
band--lead hectic, fast-paced lives. We started the band with
a core group that literally lived within a half mile radius of
each other in Sandy, Utah (amazing that so much talent can
live in one small neighborhood). The group began in 1998, at
first playing for church functions and friend's weddings.
Requests to play became more frequent, new faces joined in,
and the band literally took on a life of its own.
a group, we are constantly trying new types of music, adding
timeless classics that appeal to all generations, regardless
of whether they were on the charts last week, or 30 years
Mettenet (Lead Vocals). Some people, when they
hit forty go through a "midlife crisis" and
buy a motorcycle or something---I joined a rock band!
My teenagers think I'm weird, but "whatever."
I am the mother of five and the grandmother of two.
I sang in my first band when I was in high school in
Southern California, but since then have been in two
other bands and sing in the church choir. I love
Disco, Motown, R&B, Country, Rock, Top 40; well
you name it, I love to sing it! I love singing
with the North Forty Band, we all love to perform and
we are all good friends--it's great to be over 40 now!
Chapman (Keyboard, Vocals). When I was kid, my
piano teacher told me I'd never be able to play well
because I wasn't getting the hang of reading complex
music. That didn't stop me from building a recording
studio in my house (in Junior High), playing the bass
guitar in a jazz band, playing mandolin in a bluegrass
band, teaching myself the guitar, playing bassoon in
the Provo High School Orchestra, singing in numerous
choirs, putting together a "mission band"
for the Zurich Switzerland Mission, and
"Yes" even playing keyboard professionally
for over 20 years; creating my own version of
"chord theory." I grew up in Utah Valley
playing for such groups as Aystar, Paradox, Arlington
Heights and FreeFall. My
musical influences include: Dan Fogelberg; Crosby,
Stills & Nash; Kenny Loggins; and of course, Billy
Joel and Elton John.
Kocherhans (Bass, Vocals). Bio coming soon.
Bennett (Drums). My father was a drummer who
played for many bands in the Salt Lake area during the
big band era. Following his example, I started playing
when I was 10 and finally got to be good enough to sub
for my Dad occasionally in one of his bands. High
school and college provided a great outlet for playing
in numerous groups including playing with orchestras
at the Lincoln Center in Washington and the Hollywood
Bowl. I have also played with various rock bands,
including Evergreen, over the years as well as many
pit orchestras for musicals. Other than my dad, my
favorite drummer is Buddy Rich, although I enjoy
listening to anyone who plays well. North Forty is a
great band and most importantly, we have fun playing.
Cowan (Lead Guitar). By Day, Director of Sales for a local Technology Company and by Night......Lead Guitar-Man. I started taking guitar lessons when I was about 10 years old from a teacher who wanted to teach me folk music from the 60's and 70's using groups like CSNY, Don Mclean, Paul Simon, Janis Joplin etc.
My desires however, were more inclined to include music by Hendrix, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, CCR, The Beatles and even the Beach Boys etc. Needless to say my lessons stopped and I started playing by ear with my Acoustic guitar plugged into a stereo for amplification.
I picked up a used Magnatone Tornado electric guitar and a Peavey Pacer Amp in 1972 and played it until 1986 when I bought my dream
guitar, a 1962 American Re-issue Fender Strat, which I still love and play in the Band.
I Like any song that is fast and has rhythm and love the oldies that North Forty plays.
Rueckert (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals). Growing up,
I listened mostly to rock bands such as Journey, REO
Speedwagon, Styx, Def Leppard and Rush. However, Iíve
always loved the sound of an acoustic guitar. I
learned to play my first chords in college but really
didnít take it up seriously until 2 years ago which
makes me the rookie of the band! I played the trumpet
in the Elko High School band and recently taught
myself to play the pianoÖ.sorta. Iím a father of 4
and a husband of 1!! My ďpayingĒ job is being a
partner at Presidio Insurance Agency. Playing in North
Forty is definitely a rush in addition to being a safe
fix for a mid life crisis! Rock On!!
Campagna (Sax). I have always enjoyed
listening to music and became an expert at playing ďthe
radioĒ. In sixth grade I had an opportunity to play
a clarinet and started to learn to play a woodwind
In Jr. High I switched to the alto saxophone
and played in the stage band for assemblies.
In High School I changed to tenor sax and
played in the jazz band.
Iím a Civil Engineer by profession. (Yeah I
really can be civil in almost any situation). Iíve
got a wonderful wife and five children.
I grew up listening to the sounds of Chicago,
Elton John, Billy Joel, Grand Funk Railroad, and B. T.
O. My mid
life crisis hasnít happened yetÖ. but that Harley
Sportster is looking better each day.
Hooking up with North Forty has really been a
a great opportunity to play some awesome tunes pretend
that Iím Kenny G, and hang out with people I really
are one of only a small number of bands in the country to use
an innovative new technology from Bose for our
of using large, bulky speakers, we use a series of poles called the Bose Cylindrical (L1) -- shown on
the left. The move to this new sound system has
resulted in a smooth, acoustic sound to
our music. Voices are crisp and easily heard in small
or large venues. The speakers have a full, 180 degree,
spread pattern, meaning that the sound has an
excellent balance and mix, no dead spots or harsh
sounds cause by directional speakers (I'm sure you
know exactly what I'm talking about).
have completely eliminated the need for on-stage
monitors. What this means to you is that we hear
the exact same sound as you do, because the
speakers are literally behind us. If we are too loud,
we hear it too and can correct the problem quickly.
The Bose system allows us great range to control
volume, for example, playing clean and clear background
music at conversational volumes for a wedding reception.
system virtually eliminates annoying feedback
(that squeal that occurs when a microphone gets too close to
the speaker). It still shows up on very rare occasions, but
significantly less than when using a standard P.A. Feedback is one
of those things that can quickly ruin a special event, whether
it happens while the best man is making a toast or right in
the middle of a great dance tune.
concept of the Bose L1, is that the sound is the same, when
right next to the pole, as it sounds when you walk 100 feet
away. Instead of having large (15") speakers, the Bose is
built with a series of very small speakers, placed along the pole. When you are standing close, you only hear a few of the
speakers in play. When you are far away, you hear them all.
O.K., so there is more to the physics of the system than what
is described here. If you are technically inclined, you may want to read
more about the system, click
here to visit the Bose website.
you'll appreciate the decrease in stage clutter.
There are only 4 poles on stage. No bulky speaker stands,
monitors, chords running everywhere. This means that we can
fit in a much tighter space than most bands (hopefully not too
tight, please). The poles are about 6.5' tall and 3.5" in
diameter. Very compact. Quick setups, very little time
required for sound checks means we won't be setting while your
another example of our commitment to excellence in music
performance, adding to the enjoyment of your event. To
see how these "poles" look on stage, click