Gende's Giant is the brainchild of Lockport, Illinois resident Mike Gende. A long-time fan of the group, he was able to try a performance - working with Chicago studio musicians - back in 2006. From the attention attracted from that show, Mike continued playing when possible and finding members who were interested in being part of the band for its own sake. He eventually found Eric Larson on drums (actually related to Schubert), Tom Johnson on Guitar, and Phil Smith on keyboards. Gentle Giant fanatics all. Phil had really been involved since 2006, scoring music for the group, an important role. The group was completed by Spencer Lent on lead vocals and has continued since about 2009 in this configuration. Mike sang lead initially, not being able to find a vocalist. Now, he's much happier playing Ray Schulman on bass/violin/vox. Everyone sings at one time or another and most play other instruments as well. The group is thrilled to be a part of OhioProg and look forward to September 2012.