Donna Whiting Guffey, Rhythm Guitar, Alto and Lead Vocal
Donna is the first-born in the family and has been singing and playing this music even before her conscious memory. Her father began teaching her to hear and sing harmony at a very young age. At seven years old, she enrolled in piano lessons but had already been playing the "Theme from Wagon Train" and other popular television theme songs from the time she was five. As a teen, she learned to play the guitar because "I couldn't carry a piano everywhere!" Soon she assumed the task her father had begun, which was teaching the younger girls three-part harmony. Thus, the "Trio" was born.
After graduating from high school in 1965, Donna worked for Southern Bell Telephone Company as a long-distance operator for a few years. Later she worked for Holiday Inn, Inc., as executive secretary and office manager. Donna and husband, Johnny, were married in 1973 and live in the same community (Wildwood) where she was born and raised. Johnny, a chef by profession, loves to cook. (Thank Goodness!!!) Microwave popcorn is a favorite for supper if Donna has to cook! In 1979, Amanda, the light of her life, was born. Raising Amanda became the main priority in her life. The trio occasionally got together, singing at family gatherings and reunions, but it was not "up front" in daily routines.
Donna was always a "bookworm" reading anything she could get her hands on. She discovered at an early age that the past was fascinating. Donna became a "History Buff" and especially loves the European History of the Dark and Middle Ages. She has a futuristic side of her as well and really enjoys reading Science Fiction and Fantasy. "I want to know EVERYTHING!" she says. That's not a realistic goal of course, but the reading of five different sets of encyclopedias in their entirety is a good beginning! She's not sure however, that anything she picked up during the ingestion of those volumes is guaranteed to "stay put!"
Other hobbies include video and computer games in the role-playing genre or maze and puzzle games that tie in with her historical interests. She dubs herself an "arm-chair athlete." "Running and sweating is simply NOT high on my list of Love-to-Do's!" Donna says. She enjoys college football when it's televised. She especially enjoys the University of Tennessee Volunteers. Donna also coached her daughter's Little League softball team several years ago. "That was enough running for me!" she says.
Donna plays a rich-toned Alvarez
jumbo guitar. Her musical goal is to "sing every song Bob Nolan ever wrote!"
(Guess she'll have to live to age 143!)
Whiting Giles, Electric Bass, Tenor and Alto
Lead Vocals only in Life or Death Situations
Janet was born sister number5. She grew up listening to the harmonic voices of her older sisters and just couldn't wait until it was HER turn in the trio. (She kept praying for someone to get married and drop out!) At age 13, her wish came true and she began "Donna's Rigorous Training." The tenor part came naturally to her and she could knock the top out of the church bell tower with her high, sweet notes.
At the age of two years, Janet developed bronchial asthma, which was so severe that it became a life-threatening illness for most of her childhood years. But thanks to her mother's never-ending sacrifices, love and care and her father's special attention, she won a long-fought battle.
In her early teens, Janet began to play basketball in the school athletic program to help build up her asthma scarred lungs. A fierce competitor, her presence struck fear into the hearts of the opposing team (or so her ego says!) She was awarded the Citizenship Award along with many other trophies and awards during her high school basketball career. The most prestigious of these awards was the "Most Outstanding Athlete in Blount County." It was presented to her by the American Legion. After graduation, numerous scholarships were in the offering, but a severe knee injury prevented her from pursuing an athletic career. College was a priority, however, and she obtained an Associated Degree in Psychology. "One of these days I'm goin' back to get the rest of it," she vows.
In 1980 Janet married Robert Giles, a native of Chicago. Their beautiful daughter Tabitha, the star in her mother's eye, was born in 1981. They live about three miles from the home where she was raised in Wildwood. She has been employed with a Fortune 500 Company, Clayton Homes, Inc., for over 15 years, where she serves as supervisor of the Legal Affairs Department.
Janet is the bass-player in the group (although it was not exactly her choice in the matter). It was mentioned one day (by Boss-Donna) that the group needed a bass-player. Before she even knew it, .gullible Janet had "volunteered"! Ignorance is supposed to be Bliss! She says, ".NOT SO!" "How do you tell an 'A' from a 'G.' she complained? And then Donna "explained." She NOW plays bass!
Within the group personalities, she is labeled the "Straight Man." Janet goes quietly (sometimes) doing her job, saying very little (who can get a word in edge-wise anyway with Donna and Rhonda near-by?) But... when she DOES speak, it's really worth listening to. She prides herself in her sense of humor and considers herself the true jokester of the group!
Janet's musical goal is to find "A Cheap, replacement bass-player!" (Any takers out there?)
Whiting, Lead and Harmony Vocal
also known as Sarah Bernhardt (curious? Sarah Who? Look it up)
Numerically, Rhonda is a perfect middle child at number 4. (That speaks for
itself!) Born on July 16, 1954 under the astrological sign of Cancer she
holds true the love of family, good food and money management. These are all
part of her charisma offered in the tradition of a true Moon Child (moods
Jon Scott, Lead Guitar and Harmonica
Jon plays harmonica and lead guitar for “The Sisters”. He generally prefers
to stand back and do his beautiful “stuff” while the girls act up out in
front! But there’s nothing “back-stage” about his playin’! That sweet Gibson
of his just sings when he sets his fingers to the strings! The girls all
laughingly say it’s “his fault” that this act got together…and in a way,
it’s true, since it was his phone call that set them on the path of
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