Don Carney, Lead Guitar: Don was the lead guitarist in the original Tekes band which played throughout the Detroit area from 1964 through 1967 (the original Tekes band reformed in 2007 after a 40 year lay off and adopted the name the AnTekes). Don began to play the guitar at the age of 11 when a neighbor gave him an old white Stella acoustic. Lessons followed for several years and he learned to play Walk Don’t Run. Don credits his attendance at the first Beatles concert in Detroit with sealing the deal on his focus to be a lead guitar player. Don purchased his first electric guitar in a Detroit pawn shop soon thereafter. After meeting fellow band member and guitarist Jeff Hurlbert the first year in high school, Don and Jeff then joined with Don’s friends and Royal Oak neighbors Mike (bass) and Pat Diggles (drums) to form the original band known as the Tekes. Another high school classmate of Don and Jeff , Jim McGuire, joined the band a year later on keyboards and vocals. The Tekes won a battle of the bands at MSU in 1967 which turned out to be the band ‘s last stand before breaking up (the first place prize of recording studio time was never used). Don is now the lead guitarist for the AnTekes.
Jeff Hurlburt, Vocals and Guitar: Jeff Hurlbert started playing an acoustic guitar when he was 5. From those early years, he joined fellow University of Detroit High School classmates Don Carney and Jim McGuire with a band entitled, The Tekes in 1964. Playing rhythm guitar and singing vocals, Jeff and the band played at many high school, college, and dance venues throughout the mid ’60s. As band members went off to various colleges, Jeff switched to a Martin 12 string guitar until the band reunited 40 years later in 2007. Jeff plays both a Fender Stratocaster and a Rickenbacher 12 string guitars, and performs vocals with the renamed AnTekes.
Pete Zatezalo, Drums & Vocal:Peter began his music career when he was five years old and started playing the accordion. Then at the age of seven, he started to play the drums. When Peter was in the seventh grade, his very first live paying job as a drummer was at the Anderson Jr. High School Friday night teen club sock hop. During a tour of duty in the United States Air Force, Peter played with several different bands including the George Gore Trio in Hollywood, Florida and a soul band in Miami, Florida known as the Gordon Gaskin Trio. While stationed in Alaska, Peter played with the top Country Western band, Rick Edwards & The Bee Liners. There he backed up celebrities such as guitarist and Country Hall of Famer Merle Travis, guitarist and western movie star Eddie Dean, singer Jerry Naylor from Buddy Holly & The Crickets, and Cal Smith (known as Mr. Country Bumpkin). Peter has played in many wedding bands, the Berkley High School concert band, and the fifteen piece jazz band known as The Blue Notes. Peter was a member of a Holiday Inn tour throughout the United States with Chuck Snitchler for several years playing classic rock and old standards. In 1972 Peter joined a group called the Phase Three Band. Phase Three often was joined by an Elvis impersonator ( Danny Van or Kim Leonard) so Peter is familiar with all of the old Elvis songs. Phase Three also backed up the R & B vocal group The Royal Jokers for many shows. Phase Three played together for twenty two years. Peter has also played with Wally Gibson, Ronnie Anderson, Shelly Quale, a Top Forty group called the The New Day, and The Happy Medium with Steven Ray. Peter does an occasional bit with the Southfield Jazz Orchestra and also sometimes fills in with a seventeen piece jazz band known as The Downbeats. Peter has been playing with The AnTekes band now for the past four years. Peter says that music is in his blood and he can’t get enough. You never know when Peter will take off into an amazing drum solo and rock the house.
Dan McCarthy: Daniel McCarthy fell in love with the piano when he was just three years old. His grandmother played the piano and Dan would always ask her to play for him. When Dan turned 7, his grandmother gave him her piano and he began to take lessons. When Dan turned 11, he began to study jazz piano under piano master Nick Bariluk. Under Nick’s tutelage, Dan worked his fingers to the bone and studied music theory, sight reading, and he further honed his skill with perfect pitch.
Dan turned pro when he was just 14 years old, having played the piano in several neighborhood restaurants for pocket change. Indeed, during his high school, college and law school years, Dan was playing at numerous restaurants, bars, and even performed with several “dueling piano” bars in Michigan and New Orleans. Dan also served as Musical Director for several years for an outdoor musical theatre company.
In 1989, Dan saw the movie, “Great Balls of Fire,” the loose biopic of the early life and career of Jerry Lee Lewis. From that movie, Dan got turned on to boogie-woogie and rock-n-roll piano, studying and copying all of Jerry Lee’s piano riffs. In 2002, Dan went to a Jerry Lee Lewis fan convention in Memphis Tennessee where he got to meet the great Jerry Lee Lewis. Dan entered a “Jerry Lee Lewis sound-alike” contest and was awarded the 3rd place prize after competing with other performers from the United States and Europe. While in Memphis, Dan toured the infamous “Sun Studios” where Elvis Presley made his mark. Dan even got to play the actual spinet piano that Jerry Lee Lewis played on when he recorded “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”
Most recently, Dan continues to study “classic” boogie woogie piano of the likes of Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Meade Lux Lewis. He also loves to play stride and ragtime and he took first place at the Greenfield Village “piano cutting contest” for the annual “Ragtime Festival.” To this day, Dan is a featured performer at the Ragtime Festival each July.
Dan joined “the AnTekes” a few years ago when he met fellow band mate and friend John Mills at the Oakland County Bar Association Talent Show. Dan and John have been “rockin” together in various musical outings for fellow lawyers and they’ll continue to do so as long as the Good Lord permits!!!!
Jim Cadotte: Jim Cadotte received his Master of Music degree from Oakland University in 2004. Currently, he is teaching instrumental music in Grosse Pointe Public Schools. He has taught in Grosse Pointe for 14 years. In addition to teaching, Jim Cadotte has been playing both electric bass and acoustic bass in various musical groups throughout the Detroit area for the past 30 years. He has played in a wide variety of situations including small jazz ensembles, rock bands, big band jazz groups, chamber ensemble string groups, and dance bands. Recently, he has been playing with the AnTekes,Tom Alport Big Band, After the Fact, Charuba and is actively freelancing.
John Mills, Tenor Sax, Rhythm Guitar and Vocals: John stayed up late one night in 1958 or 1959 listening to his father play Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall Concert album on the family’s Magnavox hi-fi record player. Shortly afterward, he purchased a clarinet and began taking lessons from Herb Couf at Royal Music in Royal Oak, Michigan. After a year or so, he was invited by his uncle/drummer, Bob Franco, to play in a new rock & roll band called The Thunderbolts provided, however, that he switched to tenor saxophone. The Thunderbolts played in and around the Detroit area for about 2 years. Their first big triumph was playing as the opening group for Chuck Berry at the famed Walled Lake Casino. That was followed by winning the annual Detroit YWCA talent contest performing the Isley Brothers’ Twist and Shout in August 1962. The Thunderbolts eventually broke up and John, along with Franco, formed The Group which played many of the rock venues of the day. Along the way, John picked up the guitar and began playing rhythm behind lead player Bob Radofski. The Group broke up when Radofski joined the Navy and left for basic training. John then joined The Contempos and played mostly club engagements until he left for Vietnam in 1968. He began playing again in the mid-‘90s with a jazz group known as The Bare Assets and gigged in the late ‘90s and into the new century with classic rock groups such as Moose & Da Sharks, with whom he backed up artists such as Johnny Preston (Running Bear), Peggy March (I Will Follow Him) and Barbara Lee and the Chiffons (One Fine Day). He was asked to join The AnTekes by his boyhood friend, lead guitarist Don Carney, in 2008 and has been “re-born” performing hits he originally performed in the ‘50s and ‘60s. John’s career proves the old adage that “Old rockers never die, they just keep on keepin’ on…”