Mars Hollow is a modern progressive rock band comprised of four Los Angeles-based musicians –
John Baker (guitar/vocals), Jerry Beller (drums/vocals), Kerry Chicoine (bass/vocals) and Steve Mauk
These seasoned musicians have been actively involved in the Los Angeles progressive rock and pop
scenes for well over a decade, playing with such notables as Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard), The Endless Enigma (an Emerson, Lake and Palmer tribute), The Little Girls, Never Wasn’t, Receiver, and The Abe Lincoln Story among others.
Mars Hollow take the foundation of ‘70’s progressive rock – classical-based song structures combined
with melodic pop and rock sensibilities – and update this classic formula for the new millennium.
Seamlessly blending unexpected instrumental passages with traditional progressive, pop and rock
motifs, Mars Hollow strive for songwriting balance sprinkled with the left-turns necessary to keep the
music challenging and moving.
In other words, it’s all about the song.
Signed to 10T Records in early 2010, Mars Hollow have made a major splash in the progressive rock
world with their self-titled debut (produced, mixed and mastered by Ronan Chris Murphy); the band are
currently writing material for their second album (to be produced by Billy Sherwood).
Band Member Bios
John Baker (lead vocals/guitar) grew up in Colorado, and started playing guitar at age seven; one year
later he was leading the Sunday parishioners in song. Always interested in writing and recording, from
age thirteen John led various musical projects through the ups and downs of the pop music journey.
While in his teens, John remodeled his parents’ basement into a recording studio, much to their chagrin
(they were on vacation at the time). John states it “was a beneficial, albeit sneaky way to learn the
recording process.” John’s songwriting eventually led him to a production deal with Los Angeles’ Music
Grinder Studios. John currently runs a successful voice-recording and music studio in Los Angeles.
John’s primary musical influence is jazz-fusion pioneer John McLaughlin; he also admires pop music
icons such as Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell. John has played and sang with Christian Love of the Beach
Boys, The Little Girls, the illustrious Harvey Sid Fisher, Tom Caufield and hit songwriter Kathi Pinto,
among others. John resides in Sherman Oaks, California, enjoying the interactive company of his cats.
Jerry Beller (drums/vocals) was born into a musical family; his father, Alex Beller, was a highly regarded
session player with a resume that reads like a who’s who of musical giants encompassing close to five
decades of popular music. Growing up in Hollywood, California, Jerry rubbed elbows with the likes
of Sonny and Cher and Frank Sinatra. At the tender age of three, Jerry began playing the drums after
seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Jerry’s love of music (and tennis – he was a semi-pro
player and coach) continued to grow as he discovered such bands as Cream, Mountain, and The Jimi
Hendrix Experience. Later, progressive rock bands like Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Gentle Giant and Yes
propelled Jerry to push his skills as a drummer to ever-higher levels.
Jerry has played with many pop and progressive rock bands over the years, enjoying success with acts
such as Multiview and Graven Image, and lending his skills to artists Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard),
Graham Bonnett, and Ian Ashley Hersey. Jerry played alongside bassist/vocalist Kerry Chicoine in Ryo
Okumoto’ Code Red and later went on to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer tribute act Endless Enigma
with Kerry and keyboardist Phillip Wolfe (W.A.S.P., Glass Wolfe). Jerry resides in the San Fernando
Valley with his family and endorses DW Custom Drums, Zilldjian Cymbals, Remo drum heads and Vic
Kerry Chicoine (aka Kerry Kompost) (bass/vocals) has been playing and writing music since early
childhood; his older sisters turned him on to the music of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Beatles, Alice
Cooper, The Fifth Dimension, Todd Rundgren and The Partridge Family. Throughout his not-all-that-
turbulent childhood, Kerry taught himself to play drums, bass, guitar and keyboards. Kerry started
writing and recording his own compositions in the early 1980’s utilizing state-of-the-art Tascam 4-track
technology. Kerry’s goal as a songwriter has been “to write the musical equivalent of an atomic bomb
Kerry’s contemporary musical influences include Mike Keneally, Todd Rundgren, Jason Falkner, Spock’s
Beard, Transatlantic, XTC, and Kevin Gilbert (RIP). Kerry has played various instruments in assorted
rock bands throughout the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s, many of which remain deservedly unknown. Some of his more “popular” bands include retro-power-poppers Receiver, jazz-pop collective Tribeca, and pure pop sensations Ultra Suede.
Kerry has also been a side-man to such musical luminaries as Tony Award winner Stew (The Negro
Problem), Ryo Okumoto (Spock’s Beard), Cloud Eleven, The Abe Lincoln Story, pop-culture icon Robbie
Rist (Brady Bunch’s cousin Oliver, pop musician extraordinare), and a host of LA-centric pop and
progressive musicians: Phillip Wolfe (W.A.S.P.), Kristian Hoffman (Mumps), Probyn Gregory (Scott
Weiland, Brian Wilson), Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson), Steve Gregoropolis (Lavender Diamond), Paul
Litteral (Rolling Stones (Uptown Horns)), Steve Barton (Translator) Brian Mendelsohn (Ren and Stimpy)
and Morley Bartnoff (Dramarama, Burning Sensations), among others.
In his spare time, Kerry enjoys exploring the fringes of various Los Angeles music scenes, backcountry
fly fishing, backpacking, creative writing, architecture, culinary exploration, and hanging out with his
girlfriend and their cats.
Steve Mauk (keyboards/vocals) grew up in a musical household listening to Broadway musicals and
classical symphonies. Steve started classical piano lessons at age six and studied with his Grandmother
(a published songwriter and professional violinist and pianist).
As a teenager — having heard albums like Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Tarkus” and Genesis’ “Selling
England by the Pound” — Steve became a rabid fan of progressive rock, seeking out every band he could
find from Magma to Van de Graaf Generator. His favorites were ELP and Genesis, with Brain Salad
Surgery and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway having the strongest, most lasting musical impact.
Steve formed his first band in high school and worked in numerous prog-rock and Top 40 bands from the late ‘70s throughout the early ‘90s. While studying composition and electronic music at UCLA, he played the LA club circuit with new wave bands Aquatint and 99 Temptations, along with pop/rock band Lily White. He also scored numerous short films and composed music for various cable television programs, and at one point worked with Sugarloaf songwriter J.C. Phillips (who wrote the classic ‘70s FM radio staple “Green Eyed Lady”).
Steve assembled his first synthesizer from a PAIA kit and began to acquire thrift store Farfisias and
Wurlitzers back in the days when such instruments could still be commonly found; he continues his life-
long fascination with exploring new equipment — and sound design — and remains a self-professed gear
Having taken time away from the music business to focus on his family, Steve returned to his prog-rock
roots in the mid-2000s, forming a songwriting collaboration with drummer/vocalist Jerry Beller and
bassist/vocalist Kerry Chicoine which would eventually lead to the formation of Mars Hollow.
Steve resides in Simi Valley, CA (a Los Angeles suburb), and enjoys spending time with his family, as well as bicycling and backpacking.