Jerry Cole and the High Plains Drifters

Classic Country and Oldies Band




Jerry began his musical career over 33 years ago doing “singles” (just Jerry and his guitar) at clubs in and around Ohio. In 1980 he formed Jerry Cole & The High Plains Drifters with Larry Martin on lead guitar, Rich Mitchell on base, Mike Selecki on steel and Jimmy Harper on drums.  Over the years the band has played throughout Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.  They have opened for many country acts such as Porter Wagner, Jimmy C. Newman, Little Jimmy Dickens and Judy Rudman.


Through the years many people have been a part of the band including the present stand-in members, Al Chupa on lead guitar and bass and Jeff Stanley on steel.  We thank them all for contributing to the band’s success. 

Terry started banging on pots and pans at the age of six.  He got his first drum set at age seven and was in his first band, a rock band called the Chosen Kind, in high school.  He started playing country in 1977 when a drummer got sick and he was recruited from the audience at Mr. B's Lounge in Parma.  For the last 25 years he has played the Cleveland club circuit with the Country Classics, The Southern Nites, and Carwin Country featuring Gail Faught and Bobbie Lee Curtis.  Over the years Terry has shared the stage with country greats - Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and recently with Trailer Choir of Nashville.  He joined Jerry Cole in 1990. 



Ken started playing guitar at age 9 and then started playing fiddle at age 15.  His first band was The Country Music Boy's featuring Alton Kuhn as the lead singer.  He then played with The Country Masters for 15 years and The Fort Huntsburg Band before joining Jerry Cole's band.  He has attended The Mark O'Connor fiddle camp in Nashville and took a few private lessons from Buddy Spicher, a top Nashville session player featured on George Strait's recording Amarillo By Morning.  Ken has played at the Geauga and Ashtabula county fairs, on the Wheeling Jamboree and with James Kilbane of Ireland at the Cleveland Irish Festival.


 John began playing and singing in high school.  He took advantage of every opportunity to meet his buddies in the band room for jam sessions.  John has played in duos, trios and five piece bands, Monterey and Division Street were some of his earlier groups.   He has competed in shows such as “You Can Be A Star”and “True Values Country Showdown” in which he was a finalist and competed in Nashville.


John has shared the stage with The Oakridge Boys, Moe Bandy, Atlanta, Ricky Van Shelton, Patty Loveless and James Kilbane  fron Ireland, just to name a few.  John joined Jerry Cole in 1991.







With the emergence of the Beatles in the mid-60’s, Larry was inspired to play the guitar.   The guitar was much more exciting than the trombone; however, the trombone was still his main instrument while playing in several horn bands in the early 70’s.  He played in a Dixieland quartet at the Bowery in Akron, playing for $11 a night and all the beer and peanuts he could consume.  Larry then moved on to play with Stonehenge, a successful “Chicago” type band, playing the Agora circuit and other clubs in the Cleveland-Geneva area.  Guitar became his main instrument in the Lost Generation, a local 50’s band.  It was through this band that he and Jerry Cole met and Jerry introduced him to serious country music.  With Jerry, Larry has played all over Northeastern Ohio and has opened for several top country acts.

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