Band Members
 

Ted Kettler

Ted Kettler:  
Lead Vocals, 
Electric and Acoustic Guitar

Ted Kettler:
Lead Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitar

Ted’s Influences:
Singer/songwriters like John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Bryan Adams, Rick Springfield, Greg Allman, James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot. Guitar based bands and musicians like Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Ventures, King's X, Ted Nugent all the way up to hard core bands like Rammstein.

Musical Background:
Ted played in a bunch of hard rock and metal bands from the late 70's through the 80's. He did Lead Guitar and shared Lead Vocals while he was in the Navy and stationed in Guantanamo Bay Cuba and in Keflavik Iceland, it was actually the same band and they did one gig in each location. He had an original power trio called "Crossfire" where it was lead vocals and guitar again. Then another original trio called "Fastcut" where he shared lead vocal duties. In 1988 he started a heavy metal band with his brothers called "Thunderheart" where he was strictly guitar and backing vocals. Like most original bands, they all folded after a few years. After Thunderheart, Ted took some time off to do other things. He did some acoustic stuff here and there and when the brothers would get together they'd play a little and would do some Mellencamp. One thing led to another and before you know it, Ted and Tim started Pipe Dream in 2000 which would later become Human Wheels.

There was a little thing Ted did in 1986 that resulted in a 12" dance single, it didn't start out as a dance single, but when the producer got a hold of it... well... needless to say Ted was a little dissatisfied with the results and quickly killed it. It's still floating around out there somewhere and it has been on eBay from time to time. Ted did get one royalty check for the creation for $5.49.

At the beginning of 2013 Ted went in to the recording Studio and put together what would be his solo effort entitled "Fly", containing 11 songs that will appeal to everyone from country to hard rock. He goes under the name Theodore John, his actual name, on this CD to distinguish himself from the "Human Wheels/Mellencamp" thing. He is planning to go back into the Studio to record his 2nd and 3rd CD's. Ted’s CD is available on iTunes, Amazon and other music download sites. www.itunes.com/theodorejohn.

Ted’s Gear:
Boss GT-10 Guitar Effects Processor, 2004 Fender Mexi-Strat, Ovation Legend LX Acoustic Guitar, Ibanez Silver Series Strat, Schecter PT Fastback B Telecaster, Johnson Dobro, Shure SM-55 Sexy Microphone, Hohner Harmonica's, Red Rose Tea, Snyders Sourdough Pretzels, Storck Fascenario Roadbike, Trek Fuel EX9 Mountain Bike, 2003 Harley Davidson Softail Heritage Classic.

Other Stuff:
Ted is the Host of the Motorcycle Men podcast which can be heard on iTunes. Ted is an avid cyclist and if he isn't playing music somewhere, odds are he's either on his Mountain Bike ripping up the trails or on his Road bike putting in massive miles. One of his other hobbies is one that also involves two wheels; riding his Harley. Throughout the year you can find him participating in many fundraising events like "Rolling Thunder", "The Valor Ride" and other rides in support of our veterans. Ted also spends much time working with Wildlife Rehabilitator's where he will help raise, care for and release injured, abandoned or orphaned wildlife. In his "free" time he and his wife spent time on their farm in upstate New York or traveling to distant lands like Key West where he threatens to move to someday.

 

Tim Kettler

Tim Kettler:  
Lead Guitar, 
Mandolin, 
Backing Vocals

Tim Kettler:
Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Backing Vocals

Tim’s Influences:
Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Ventures, Elvis, Def Leppard and other 80's Rock

Musical Background:
Tim played in a number of bands over the years. A couple of them were with his brother Ted. One band in particular, The Fiasco Brothers Moving Company, which played one gig of 4 songs, got a standing ovation and never played another show. Tim formed Human Wheels with Ted in early 2000 and has remained the main guitar guy since.

Tim’s Gear:
Boss GT-10 Guitar Effects Processor, Paul Reed Smith Guitars, Parker Guitars, Ovation Acoustic Guitars and Mandolin, iPad mini, Slurpy's and KFC.

Other Stuff:
Tim enjoys riding his motorcycle and is the co-host of the Motorcycle Men podcast that can be heard on iTunes.  He also plans to take some long distance rides with his brothers. He spends a lot of time with his family in Cranford, NJ.
 

Joel Caplan

Joel Caplan:                
Bass Guitar

Joel Caplan:
Bass Guitar

Joel's Influences:
Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, BTO, Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, The Blues Brothers, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, and many more. Joel’s favorite bass players are Verdine White (“totally dig his stage energy”), Victor Wooten, Louis Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Michael Anthony, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Sir Paul McCartney, Stanley Clarke, and his son- Lee Caplan.
 
Musical Background:
Joel began playing guitar at the ripe age of 12, and two years later started a band. There were many aspiring guitarists but nobody had a bass. Taking one for the team, he got a ‘68 Tele Bass (“thank you grandma”) and hasn't put it down since.
Joel went on to write the music and play guitar and bass for a high energy early rap project called "The Unique Crew," which was aired on several New York area radio stations including Hot 97 FM. He has also written and performed his own commercial for B-C/HANKOOK TIRE which was heard by millions on New York radio station Q104.3. Joel has been an annual attendee at the Anaheim NAMM show along with some of rock’s most influential musicians. Most notably Def Leppard’s Phil Collen, Lita Ford, Guns N’ Roses' Duff McKagan, Billy Sheehan, Randy Bachman, and Seymour Duncan (“yes the guy who made the pickups”). Joel also had the honor of jamming with Earth, Wind & Fires’ Verdine White.
Joel has played in numerous club and party bands and has performed at many prestigious venues throughout the eastern United States. Even with his busy schedule Joel finds the time to also play with the very talented Closet Carpenters (a tribute to the Carpenters) and fill in for Fresh Air Band (playing hits from the 60's, 70's, and 80's).

Joel joined Human Wheels in 2009.
 
Joel’s Gear:
F Bass, Warrior, and Fender 5 string basses. Mesa 2x12 cabinet. All rack mounted- Sansamp preamp, Crown XLS 802 power source, and Samson AG300 wireless guitar system. 

Dan Donovan

Dan Donovan:                                                      
Drums and Percussion

Dan Donovan:
Drums and Percussion

Dan Donovan has been living, breathing, and playing drums since he was 6 years old when his father first opened his eyes to both Buddy Rich and The Bayonne Bridgemen drum and bugle corps.  Instantly obsessed with the instrument, he started out on his own on his brother’s drum set and when he was old enough, started taking lessons in school.  A standout in the Cranford school system’s music program, Dan excelled in every ensemble he could find time to be in.  In high school he held down the drum stool for the then legendary CHS Jazz Band, the CHS Dixieland Band, and was section leader of the CHS Marching Band’s award-winning drumline.

After graduation Dan began working with The Cranford High School Marching Band where he taught percussion, marching, visuals, and also assisted in show design and arranging.  In his 17 years instructing at CHS they won High Drums at multiple USSBA/USBands competitions and consistently placed at the USBands NJ State Championships.  In 2013, Dan moved on to work with The Haddon Heights High School Marching Band and helped lead them to achieve the rare trifecta of winning The TOB South Jersey Championship, The USBands NJ State Championship, and The USBands National Championship.

Dan has also been in many bands over the years including "Doubting Thomas", "Honey Pot", "Peanut Butter Ghost", and his own “Chooch The Mighty Train”.  Dan has filled in for many bands including "The Booglerizers", "Atmosferics", "Pickpockets and Loose Women", "The Proof," and "Los Gringos".  Currently Dan fills in with several bands which include "The Billy The Kid Band", “Crazy In The Sunlight”, and "Enjoy!"  He has also played percussion many times alongside his brother Lou in the band "Enjoy!" and worked with "Enjoy!" members Chris Soltis and Brendan Brophy on both of their solo albums.  Chris Soltis' "Manifest Destination" was produced in early 2014 after a few years in the making, and Brendan Brophy's "Local Honey" was released in the summer of 2014.  Dan is also part of the "Brendan Brophy Band", who released their debut album in April of 2017.  Dan has played many shows as a guest with "Rainbow Full Of Sound", and currently performs with "Human Wheels", playing the hits of John Mellencamp, and "Cosmic Jerry Band", an incredibly talented up-and-coming tribute to the musical legacy of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead, and beyond.  Dan has shared the stage with members of Jerry Garcia Band, Dark Star Orchestra, Ratdog, Hot Tuna, Stella Blues Band, Live Dead, and The John Kadlecik Band, among many others. 

Between all of his different bands, Dan has performed thousands of times and at many iconic venues including B.B. King Blues Club in Times Square NYC, Penn’s Peak, Havana New Hope, The Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, The Strand Theater, Tropicana Casino & Resort, The Saint, Freedom Fest State Fair, and PNC Bank Arts Center.

Dan credits his sense of feel, dynamics, and timing to his jazz training and early instruction by Mr. Thomas Siccola and Mr. Gerson Horowitz.  His discipline he credits to his many years of mentoring under those teachers as well as his work alongside his brother Rich with the CHS Marching Band.  Dan’s musical tastes are as diverse as can be, ranging from disco to metal, but if he had his choice he’d rather be at a Grateful Dead show with his beautiful wife than anywhere else in the world.     

Dan joined Human Wheels in 2011.      

Dan’s Gear:  Tama drums, Zildjian and Sabian cymbals, LP percussion, Vater drumsticks.

 

 

 

 

Gladys Bryant

Gladys Bryant:                                                     
Backing Vocals,
Guitar,
Percussion

Gladys Bryant:
Backing Vocals, Guitar, Percussion

Gladys’s Influences:
Early rock- Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis. The Beatles and every other British Invasion group you can think of. Motown and 60’s soul– the girl groups, Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. Blues- B.B. King, Freddie King, Johnny Winter and White Trash to Bonnie Raitt, and 60’s and 70’s pop and rock.

Musical Background:
Gladys studied classical guitar as a teenager, and received a BA in music (concentration in voice) from Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. She sang in many club and party bands including the popular Jersey group “The Party Dolls”. In the past two years she has enjoyed singing and playing guitar in a duo called “Girls Gone Acoustic” with another “Party Doll” alumni. Gladys volunteers her vocal talents to the wonderful non-profit group, Holiday Express. This group is comprised of about 50 professional musicians from NJ who volunteer their talents to provide holiday music for those in need during the holiday season. Being a part of this group has provided Gladys with the pleasure of giving back to her community as well as the opportunity of singing in front of some of the largest audiences of her career. Some of these performances include a special concert in honor of the families and students at Columbine High School in Colorado with 10,000 people in attendance, a fund raising performance for 5,000 people at the Meadowlands arena in New Jersey, and some national TV air time at the annual Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting ceremony. She has shared the stage with some incredible performers including Rob Thomas, Daryl Hall, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Monahan (of Train), Jason Mraz, Steven Page and Jim Kreegan (of Barenaked Ladies), Johnny Maestro, Darlene Love, Southside Johnny, and Jon Bon Jovi. Gladys also had the pleasure of doing a Christmas promo this past December for one of her favorite TV shows, CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”, and the NBC sitcom “My Name Is Earl” used her recording of Santa Baby (a track from the Holiday Express CD “Live at Columbine”) for one of their Christmas shows.

Gladys joined Human Wheels in 2012.

Gladys’s Gear:
Epiphone Mastercraft Acoustic Guitar, Somebody Else's Conga's

Dennis Nanton

Dennis Nanton:                                                       
Keyboards

Dennis Nanton:
Keyboards

Dennis’s Influences:
Earth Wind & Fire, R&B, and GOOD Rock and Roll… (as he says, “you know there is bad”).

Musical Background:
Dennis has been playing keyboards for over 35 years.  He’s performed in hundreds of clubs in Jersey, as well as in the Poconos, the Catskills, Fort Lauderdale, and Las Vegas. He’s been around!

Dennis joined Human Wheels in 2012.

Dennis’s Gear:
Korg TR Keyboard, Yamaha MX-61 Keyboard, Vortex Keytar