James Gerard Stonebraker is a professional musician and web programmer. He was born in St. Louis, MO on Dec. 4, 1950 to Ralph & Marilyn Stonebraker. He has two brothers, David b.1954 and John b.1965.
He attended grade school at St. Martin of Tours and high school at Mehlville & Lindbergh.
He began playing guitar in 1964 when first inspired by the Beatles. He took his first guitar lessons from Bill Atkinson of Atkinson Music in Lemay MO.
In 1964 along with Bob Bosch and Tom Maloney formed his first band The Nightmares.
Through 1971 he played continuously in the groups: King James and the Royals, The Malibus, The Imperi-els, Vita Post Mortem, Purple Martin and the very irreverent Magna Krunch. In 1969 he began studies in Jazz and Classical guitar with the legendary music teacher Frank Wahl. In early 1970 under Wahl's direction he began studies in Harmony, Counterpoint and Orchestration. At this time he also began seriously composing.
In the early 1970's several of his groups toured and opened for such acts as Alice Cooper, The Who, Ted Nugent and many others.
In 1972 he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and studied the Holy Bible at L.I.F.E. Bible College. He was a member of one of the first successful Christian rock groups THE VOICE.
In 1975 he coauthored "Deluxe Anthology of Rock Guitar" a guitar method for Mel Bay Publications and edited several other music publications and articles. Throughout the 1970's he established himself as a teacher and taught many of St. Louis' top guitarists.
(L) Jim Stonebraker (R) Karlheinz Stockhausen
Kürten, Germany - July 15, 2007
In 1974 he began his correspondence with "The Father of Electronic Music" German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and is an authority on his music. In 1996 he collaborated with Stockhausen-Verlag in the creation of The Karlheinz Stockhausen Home Page.
Jim became a certified RIAA recording engineer in 1978 and has a studio in his home.
PROFESSIONAL ELECTRIC GUITAR OPERATOR FOR 40 YEARS
Since 1980 he has led a number of successful bands and has participated in many experiments in the field of new music and other original projects. In 1983 Jim was one of the first guitarists in the country to use the Roland guitar synthesizer. This instrument enables the guitarist to produce an amazing palette of sounds (strings, winds, brass, sound effects, etc.) He incorporates the newest version of this instrument into his performances, as well as Roland's VGA 7 COSM Guitar system, Line 6's Variax and Pod XT Live. He plays Gibson, Fender, Rickenbacker, Paul Reed Smith, Ovation, Yamaha and Kohno guitars. He also uses Mesa Boogie, Vox, Fender, Line 6, Roland, Peavey and Crate amplifiers.
In June of 2001 he completed a 17 year run as lead guitarist and band leader with the group STONEBRAKER.
Jim is currently playing with STONEY END. For more information, click HERE.
STONEY END: L to R: Gene Parker, vocals & guitar, Pat Molloy, vocals & bass, Jim
Stonebraker, vocals & guitar, Steve Burns, vocals, keyboards, harmonica & percussion, Brian
Wilkerson, vocals & drums.
His musical influences include The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck, Django Reinhardt, George Van Eps, Wes Montgomery, Johnny Smith, Andres Segovia, Charles Mingus, J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, Bartok, Edgard Varese, Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern and Stockhausen.
Jim and the greatest guitarist of all time,
George Van Eps (1978)
Jim's current musical projects include the study of 20th century classical music, and the applications of computers in music.
His favorite artists are Salvador Dali and Michael Fenwick.
Two Rightwingers - New Orleans 1985
His conservative political awakening began with Ronald Reagan's 1976 primary battle for the Republican nomination. "Back in the 60's I was a left wing radical because I was unhappy with the establishment. In the new millennium I have grown more conservative because I am unhappy with what my generation failed to do once they assumed power. They just made government bigger and more powerful and created a permanent underclass. I still think things must be changed in this country, and I'm committed to this goal that's why I'm a Republican activist today."
He has served as president of the Lemay Township Republican Organization from 1996 to 2005. He is a member of Friends of Jefferson Barracks and Gethsemane Lutheran Church (MO Synod). He also is a member of the National Rifle Association and the American Federation of Musicians (AFL-CIO) Local 2-197 in St. Louis and was recently appointed by union president, Vicky Smolik to serve on the Local's price committee.
On April 6, 1999 he was elected by the voters of Lemay to a six year term as Director of the Lemay Fire Protection District in south St. Louis County, Missouri and served from 2001 to 2005 as Chairman of the district.
He also ran unsuccesfully as the Republican candidate for the Missouri House of Representatives in the 96th District in November of 2002.
Stonebraker's interests are now focused on musical composition and performance.
He attended the Stockhausen Courses Kürten in Kürten, Germany at the invitation of the Stockhausen Foundation for Music in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Stonebraker is also working on a 10 CD collection of his works.