Formed in January 2012 by Kent Aschenbrenner, Getaway City has performed all over East Central Iowa for countless private parties on up to playing for over 10,000 bicyclists on the 2012 RAGBRAI bike ride. The band has become well known for playing the songs you often hear on the radio but aren't performed live, and their fun and energetic stage presence.
Band members include 6'-9" tall Kent Aschenbrenner, who literally takes his guitar & harmonica playing to "new heights". He is joined by Amanda Haker on keyboard/acoustic guitar/vocals, Dennis Guernsey on bass guitar/vocals, and Larry Zobel on drums/vocals. Together they ensure an unforgettable night of live classic rock from the 50's, 60's, and 70's that will have your hands clapping and your toes tapping from the first note to the very last.
Dennis began playing bass guitar and singing during high school in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area with such bands as the "Devil's Brood", the "91st Street Blueberry Band Review", and the "Trollmen".
During his college days, he was a founding member of "Nick and the Whales"-enjoying the music of the 50's, 60's, and early 70's. Here he acquired the nickname of Lefty, as Nick's right-hand man.
After college, Dennis rested his band chops until joining the band "Misty" in 1989. During his almost twenty years with "Misty", he had the pleasure of meeting and playing with many fine, talented local musicians-including Kent and Amanda of Getaway City. "Misty" also opened for or was the back-up band for such national acts as Dottie West, Bill Anderson, John Conlee, Bobby Bare, Dale Black, and others. Recently Dennis has been playing with the "Channel Cats" of Cedar Falls.
Dennis earned his BA and JD degrees at the University of Iowa. He has his own office and has been practicing law in Waterloo since 1976. He occasionally runs a special deal where for an extra $50 he will guarantee you the maximum sentence allowed by law!
A native of the Mason City area, Larry has been playing drums for over forty years.
He got his start in 1977 when he joined three area country bands. In 1979, Larry joined the Eddie Halvorson band and continued drumming in this band on and off for many years.
In 1986, Larry moved his family to the Dallas, Texas area where he played drums for a local favorite, "The Mountain Creek Band" for two years.
Returning home to the Cedar Valley in 1991, Larry joined the "Geez Louis" band followed by the "Marty Long Band". He then helped form the band "Fusion" in 2009 which was an area favorite through 2011.
Larry is retired from John Deere after a thirty-five year career there. He continues to play drums for his church and enjoys spending time with his wife, family, grandkids, and riding his Victory motorcycle.
Known by most of his friends as "Big Bird", Kent has been playing and singing in bands for the past 25 years. He first started playing drums in the William Penn Jazz & Dixieland bands. After his friends sold their guitars and bought drums, Kent decided to switch to guitar. In June 1992 he was hired by his friend and mentor, Vern Kolpek of the country-rock band "Misty" on guitar and vocals.
Kent has also had the opportunity to share the stage with many other well-known local bands and musicians, including Roger Miller, Michael Cutsforth, steel guitarist Lefty Schrage, Bob Guthart, Jeff Isaacs, the Davidson brothers, Barry Witlash, and many others . Kent is very thankful to have had the chance to get to know and learn from them.
Kent loves music in most all forms. His two greatest influences are John Fogerty and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In his spare time, Kent can usually be found in the studio, tinkering in his shop, or riding his Harley Davidson.
Kent farms fulltime on the farm that was homesteaded by his great, great grandparents in 1883. He celebrated twenty years of marriage to his sweetheart Lisa in September 2014.