Keyboards ~ Vocals
Song Nazi. Stage clown. Stage hog – Jim Questa goes by many surnames. But words you seldom hear include “complacent” or “satisfied”. He constantly struggles to improve his sounds and his performance with a desire to bring everyone else along for the ride.
When Jim was five his parents received a call from the neighbors across the street: “Do you know your kid can play the piano?” This was certainly a surprise as his family didn’t have a piano, but there he was picking out songs he heard the teacher playing in his kindergarten’s “music time” segment. His parents nurtured his gift, and by the time Jim entered high school he was performing at events all across Greater Cincinnati regularly, had appeared on all of the local television stations, and even appeared as a special guest for Disney’s “New Mickey Mouse Club” TV show, syndicated internationally. He also competed in local and regional organ competitions winning numerous awards.
Jim played drums and percussion for Roger Bacon High School in marching band, stage band, concert band, and pep band, becoming section leader his senior year. He won numerous individual awards at OMEA contests and was highlighted occasionally playing piano or organ.
Jim started playing music in groups just after high school, first with Animation, then AM/FM. Shortly after that Jim was invited to join Mara in 1984, which launched him into the world of classic rock, progressive rock, and progressive metal. Mara released it’s first recording – Breaking The Silence – during Jim’s time with the band. Mara played all over the Greater Cincinnati area and opened for various artists such as Andy Summers (The Police), Ace Frehley (KISS), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, 3 (featuring Kieth Emerson and Carl Palmer), Marillion, and Shooting Star.
While writing material for Poetry & Motion (Mara’s second release), Jim was offered and accepted a position with singer / songwriter and Northern Kentucky Music Hall Of Fame inductee Danny Morgan. With this move he became a full time musician, playing 5-6 nights a week in Cincinnati throughout the summer, then throughout Central and Southwest Florida in the fall, winter and spring of 1990/91.
When returning to Cincinnati family responsibilities forced Jim to leave Danny Morgan’s band. He was contacted by Richard Sciutto and Jim Oldfield for their cover project Bad Habit. Jim would perform with them for 19 years before being called into service with DV8.
Jim has also recently been recruited by the remaining members of StarCastle, a well known progressive rock band popular in the 70’s through early 2000’s. He will be writing and recording a new album with them throughout 2018.
Musical Influences: Jordan Rudess, Kieth Emerson, Tony Banks, Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downs, John Lord, Don Grolnick,
Most notable musical moment: Performing an all original set with Mara opening for Joan Jett and John Kay & Steppenwolf outdoors in front of 20,000+ people – first time in front of a large crowd.
Jim’s favorite quote: “If you’re not living on the edge, your taking up too much room….”