The Girls

The Hot Flashes are five St. Louis-area women who play great songs from the '50s-'80s. They formed in late 2003, with the common goal of playing the music they love.

  • Sherre    Sherre (guitar & vocals)

    Sherre started playing guitar at age 12, when she was inspired by Bob Dylan and the folk movement of the '60s. She became a professional musician at age 15, playing in the coffee houses of the famed Gaslight Square. She went on to be a member of numerous local rock groups into the early '80s. Sherre's hobby is music history and she used it everyday for 25 years in her business, The Disc-Connection, a CD store that specialized in classic rock. She now works as a financial aid administrator at a private college.

  • Mary    Mary (bass & vocals)

    Mary has been involved in music since the age of 11, when she first played with her father's band. She plays bass, piano, organ, guitar and drums and from age 12-17 she was the drummer for "The Teen Queens", probably St. Louis' first all-girl rock band! As a teenager, she studied drums with Bob Kuban and also played gigs with her father's big band and jazz trio. During the day, Mary works as an ophthalmic technician.

  • Carol    Carol (sax & trumpet)

    Carol started playing piano in grade school, switched to trumpet in junior high and added saxophone in high school, during which time she was a member of the all-girl rock group "The Teen Queens". She studied music at the St. Louis Institute of Music and SIU-Edwardsville, where she took lessons from Susan Slaughter of the St. Louis Symphony. Carol now works as a Physician Office Tech.

  • Margaret    Margaret (keyboards)

    Margaret started playing piano and oboe in grade school. She went on to become a music education major in college. Margaret has played with the Northwinds Concert Band for twenty years. She is a retired elementary music teacher.

  • Julie    Julie (drums & vocals)

    Julie started playing drums at age 9 when the band director suggested girls shouldn't play the drums; it was a challenge she couldn't refuse! She then played in every band, orchestra, jazz band and marching band that was offered in grade school and high school, including the Indiana All-State Orchestra. The summer before college, she played in the Imperial Guard Drum and Bugle Corps. Julie has kept up with her drumming hobby by playing in several groups in the St. Louis area. By day, she works as a product development director.