Rob Garland (guitar) grew up in England, and played in a diverse array of bands, studing at Canterbury Christchurch University and later, after moving to the U.S. studied jazz improvisation with guitarist Jimmy Bruno.  After being featured in numerous guitar magazines his first instructional book entitled Jazz For The Blues Guitarist was published through Cherry Lane Music in 2007, which led to him working for TrueFire.

Currently Rob lives in Los Angeles where he writes and performs with various musicians including jazz-fusion band PhunkYard and progressive rock band Red Spectrum.

Rob is a guitar instructor for TrueFire. He has a series of online workshops, an interactive classroom and a new course which will be released soon. He also teaches at Green Brooms Music Academy, in Santa Monica, CA.

He is influenced by "everyone from Joni Mitchell to Frank Zappa."

Musicians Rob has performed with include Jimmy Haslip (The Yellowjackets), Joel Taylor (Allan Holdsworth), Mick Stevens (Brand X), Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa) and Gus Thornton (Stevie Ray Vaughan).

 

 

Bob Craft (drums and percussion) was born in Encino California, and started playing drums at the age of 13, influenced by Rush's Neil Peart and Led Zeppelin's John Bonham. As a founding member of the Los Angeles based progressive rock band "Under the Sun" he helped shape the sound and style of the material that would end up on their debut self titled album. In addition to performing on Michael Moje's pop album "In the Mood", Bob joined forces with guitar virtuoso Vince Vrbancic and lent his signature drum sound to Vinces two acclaimed albums "Return to Avalon" and "Age of Contact".

In the Summer of 1999, Bob met Joe August as the two formed the melodic rock band "August" and a partnership began that would lead to numerous gigs and recordings with the two melding their distinctive styles into a powerhouse rhythm section.

Additionally, Bob has recorded on Michael Moje's smooth jazz album "Reflections", and is currently in the studio working on their second album. Most recently Bob returned to his progressive rock roots by performing with Joe, Steve, and vocalist/guitarist John Baker on Mars Hollow's most recent single "So Far Away". The culmination of his vast experience has led to his current gig- creating progressive music with the group Red Spectrum.

 

 

 

Joe August (bass) a Los Angeles native, was born and raised in the Land Of Rock 'N Roll, the spectacular San Fernando Valley. Joe's world was set on fire when he first heard AC/DC's Back In Black, and he was instantly addicted to it's raw power and energy. Joe's "Eureka" moment was with his first dose of Rush's Masterpiece 2112 , followed by Yes' Close To The Edge. This inspiration forever changed Joe and led to the hard work of earning his first Rickenbacker 4001 bass. "The Ric" became a natural extension of Joe, and since been been aggressively pumping out his signature bark and growl!

When Joe first met Bob, they worked closely together with the dynamic and melodic band, August, and recorded their first album together titled "Brainwash Me". Since then, Joe and Bob have continued to play together in Los Angeles' premiere Led Zeppelin tribute band, "Black Dog", and have always been revered as one of LA's tightest and dynamic rhythm teams. Joe has continued to sharpen his chops supporting the instrumental guitar hero, Syba, as well as with the progressive instrumental Hidden Chamber Orchestra.

Joe and Steve's relationship also has a rich history. In 2007 Joe and Steve worked together with a band that would later become Mars Hollow and helped craft parts to songs that would constitute parts of their debut album. In 2012 Steve's invite for Joe August and Bob Craft to come in together as a rhythm team opened a door for a revitalized Mars Hollow, and they proved themselves quickly recording the single "So Far Away"

Joe, Bob, and Steve's connection was powerful and has ultimately led to Red Spectrum's current lineup with Rob.

 

Steve Mauk (keyboards) grew up in a musical household listening to Broadway musicals and classical symphonies. Steve started classical piano lessons at age six and studied with his Grandmother (a published songwriter and professional violinist and pianist).

As a teenager -- having heard albums like Emerson, Lake and Palmer's "Tarkus" and Genesis' "Selling England by the Pound" -- Steve became a rabid fan of progressive rock, seeking out every band he could find from Magma to Van de Graaf Generator. His favorites were ELP and Genesis, with Brain Salad Surgery and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway having the strongest, most lasting musical impact.

Steve formed his first band in high school and worked in numerous prog-rock and Top 40 bands from the late '70s throughout the early '90s. While studying composition and electronic music at UCLA, he played the LA club circuit with new wave bands Aquatint and 99 Temptations, along with pop/rock band Lily White. He also scored numerous short films and composed music for various cable television programs, and at one point worked with Sugarloaf songwriter J.C. Phillips (who wrote the classic '70s FM radio staple "Green Eyed Lady").

Steve returned to his prog-rock roots in the mid-2000s, as a founding member of the acclaimed progressive rock band Mars Hollow, recording two albums with renowned producer Ronan Chris Murphy and former Yes member Billy Sherwood as well as performing in festivals and international concerts. Having the good fortune of reconnecting with Joe in the Summer of 2012, Steve was introduced to Bob, forming the origins of Red Spectrum.