Partridge - Guitar and Vocals - Primary lyricist and arranger,
plays a Parker Fly guitar through a Mesa Boogie/Peavy Classic hybrid.
Influences include, Tommy Bolin, Rory Gallagher, Steve Hillage, Stevie
Ray Vaughn, BB King and John Prine.
Determan - Bass and Vocals - Veteran of many bands, covering
a variety of genres from Rock to Country. Rickenbacker Bass through
an Ampeg amp. Influences from Jim Reeves to contemporary college radio.
If it has been on the radio, Clete can play it with his eyes closed.
McDermott - Keyboard and Vocals - Alesis and Kerzweil keyboards
and Conn Organ with Leslie Speaker. Billy Joel, Black Uhuru, King
Missle, Nick Cave and the Dukes of Hazzard.
Grundmeier - Drums. Ludwig drums and Zildjian cymbals. Veteran
of local and touring bands. Influences include Dream Theatre, Rush,
Kings X, 80’s metal, 70’s prog-rock and Classic Rock.
Kaycee Hoffman -
Sal's latest addition. Kaycee can sing everything from Janis
Joplin to Gretchen Wilson. Her influences are are hard rock
The Salamagundi project
started in 1992 in the basement of a farmhouse, outside of Wall Lake,
IA. Clete came over once a week to work on originals and jam. These
sessions usually went into the early morning hours, because time just
doesn't seem to exist when you're playing music it was not unusual
to play until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. But we always made it to
work the next day.
Feeling cramped in the basement, we dreamed of having an actual recording
studio, where we could indulge in our craft, with other musicians.
Our credo was "If we build it they will come." Todd and
Clete converted a 600 square foot, two-car garage into a wonderful
studio space, and they came!
Over the years we've had many visitors and everyone is encouraged
to join in. Kids, amateurs, and accomplished musicians all stopped
by and helped create the good feelings that evolved into the compilation
of our first CD in 2001. We often remind ourselves how lucky we are
to be able to share and enjoy our talents with each other and those
who join us. We always say that no one has ever had a bad time at
In November, 2003, we finished our 2nd CD, with the help of Kirk Kaufman,
Motel Kirk’s is a wonderful space to create music in and
we had a great time. Our next objective is to finish the NEW studio
in the old Auburn School building and to continue making music and
having fun with our friends. C’mon down and join us sometime!