Terry Kratky has had a full spectrum of musical experience. At age 13 he was bit by the music bug and earned his first pay for performing on saxophone at the Longwood Theatre in Lemay,MO. Starting while he was in high school he has earned his way playing in Jazz, Rhythm and Blues , Theatrical Pit , Marching, Rock and roll, polka, and stage bands. He studied at Southeast Missouri Stage on a music scholarship and played with the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. He has played concerts in Europe while with the 29th U.S. Army Band, performed on Television in Germany, written and recorded music for RIFI records of Milano Italy and won first place in a all Europe talent contest by playing alto and tenor saxophone at the same time. Terry has also written and recorded singles, albums, and CDs in Nashville, Detroit, and St. Louis. The Facts O' Life show band has been and still is his lifelong passion and "Kickin' out the jams" his greatest joy!
Fred Kratky- Percussionist
One of the original members of the "Facts O' Life" and Terry's brother. The name Facts O' Life stems from using the first letter of the original members names to create FACT. Fred was the "F" in fact. They wanted to make their lives from music, therefore, Facts O' Life. Fred played on the road with the "Fact's" in the 70's spending a great deal of time in Chicago, Miami Beach, and New Orleans. Fred performed for years with a popular band the "Now and Then" after leaving the road.
Mike Junge: Guitar, trumpet, vocals.
Mike has been playing the guitar since the age of 8.He has worked with many of the fine groups in the St Louis area, including the popular band Westwood. Also starring next to Mike in Westwood was Gary Wood (see below) and Jan Westwood (something extra) He has been in the music business since high school. Mike has worked at Nottleman music co. for over 30 years, promoting music education and providing service to students and professionals in the St. Louis Area. His smooth voice and distinct guitar style add flavor the Facts O' Life unique sound.
Rob Terry: Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Flute, Saxophone, Guitar, Keyboards, etc. etc.
Rob is one of the most accomplished musicians in the St. Louis area. His talents on so many different instruments puts him in high demand for Municipal Orchestras and Religious musical performances. Rob has worked with many area groups and was the leader of a mega popular group known as: DANCER. His unique singing style and multitalented ability on so many different instruments makes him a major contributer to the unique Facts sound.
Gary Wood: Bass, Flute, Vocals.
Gary plays a variety of bass guitars including acoustic, upright, (Dog House) and electric. His flute and vocal on Jethro Tull's "Locomotive Breath" is a fan favorite as he walks on tables and dances thru the crowd. Seeing Gary doing this one song is worth the price of admission. Gary has performed with the great Maynard Ferguson band on the road. Gary has been a music teacher and has performed with a litany of area bands including Morgantown and the ever popular Westwood (also featuring Mike Junge and Jan Westwood) Gary's gutsy bass and stylistic vocals bring the Rock to the Facts' Rockin' and Rollin'.
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