Ted picked up a bass guitar in 1974 and embarked on a lifelong musical
journey. He began his career in the St. Louis local scene with Shepherd
in 1978, playing throughout the Midwest, including Kiel Opera House,
and recording on the K-SHE radio station compilation album in 1980.
His sense that he had to change his environment in order to advance
his career led Ted to relocate to Los Angeles in 1985. There he studied
advanced bass techniques with former Racer X and Scream bassist and
Musician's Institute Instructor, John Alderete. He also studied under
Dave Spitz of Black Sabbath and Great White. Ted established himself
as a fixture on the hard rock club circuit playing such venues as
The Roxy, The Whiskey, Gazzarri's and The Troubadour with several
bands, including Lixx Array and Anxious. He also did session work
with various artists.
In 1990, he was awarded 2nd place in the "Best Bassist in Los
Angeles" contest sponsored by The Bass Center and hard rock radio
station KNAC. In 1992, he released a solo cassette, which highlighted
his command of the bass. Both events resulted in Ted having been featured
in Bass Player, Guitar for the Practicing Musician, Burrrn (Japan),
Guitar World and Screamer.
When he returned to St. Louis in 1995 he joined Warner/Chappell recording
artist Javier Mendoza (produced by Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep). After
four years of recording and performing with Javier he moved on to
Johnny B and the Lowdown and 5 Long Years, local blues bands playing
Off Broadway, 1860's, Broadway Oyster Bar, etc. Ted joined the reunion
tour of CBS/Sony recording artists Pavlov's Dog, opening for acts
such as Pat Travers, Night Ranger, Rare Earth, etc. In 2000, Ted again
felt the need to travel and joined up with Blind Pig Records artist
Studebaker John & the Hawks for a national tour of the U.S. including
the Jazz & Blues Festival in Juneau, Alaska, Buddy Guy's Legends
in Chicago and other well known venues. Upon returning home, Ted played
with local St. Louis bands, such as Mr. Chesterfield and the Smokers,
Ben Wah Bob, Uncle Albert and The Melissa Neels Band. You can catch
Ted performing live with the local rock band, Just
In Ted's 30+ years of performing, he has appeared on studio recordings
featuring a wide range of artists including: Steve Bailey, B.I.T.
instructor, Ampeg Clinician and studio session player, Frankie Banali
of Quiet Riot and Wasp, Brent Barker, recording artist for Walker
Texas Ranger soundtracks, and others. He has recently released his
own compilation album; Ted May 30 Years of Bass 1974-2004.