Rodney and Roger Shenk - identical twins with a rich musical background. At the age of four, they began their musical adventure singing in front of church with their parents, Milton and Betty (Good) Shenk. Undeniably influenced by the a cappella singing of their Mennonite upbringing, the twins cut their permanent teeth on bluegrass and southern gospel as a part of the Shenk Family Gospel Quartet!
Around 1982/83 the twins began writing “new-wavish” Christian rock music and performing with nothing more than a bass guitar, an electric guitar and two-part vocals. They called themselves Mirror Image.
In 1984, Mirror Image was greatly improved by the addition of fellow-Mennonite rocker Myron Miller and his drummer Donboy Kirkley (the two had been in a Sarasota band called Artisan, doing note-for-note Rush covers). The new quartet played mainly at skating rinks and churches. The band temporarily split in 1985 when Roger moved to Oregon to get married and Myron moved to California to attend Guitar Institute of Technology.
In 1987 the four rejoined to form The Sharks. The band quickly became their full-time jobs, making a living out of alternative-techno-dance-pop-college-rock in the clubs of Central Florida. The Sharks released one CD in 1990, prophetically titled :) Never, Never, Never, Never, Ever, Ever, Ever, Ever.
In 1992 Roger moved back to Oregon. Rodney, Myron and Donboy continued the band, changing the name to 606. 606 released two CDs, 1994’s Awash In Controversy (a reference to the full-page feature in the Sarasota Herald Tribune, exploring the tension between the band’s Mennonite heritage and playing in bars) and 1996’s I Can (of which track 7, I’ve Got Something won Runner Up in the Dance Category of the 1999 John Lennon Song Writing Contest.
Over the years the band has had the privilege of supporting some great bands, including Howard Jones, Jon Secada, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Cause & Effect, Stevie B., Foghat, Firehouse, Gene Loves Jezebel...
Other notables include (in chronological order): • Headlining St. Pete Pier’s 1991 New Year’s Eve party (100,000 people in attendance) • Featured band for USF’s Bull Blast at The Sun Dome • Several Bennigan’s St. Patrick’s Day big tent parties (setting an all-time attendance record at the Sarasota store) • Headlining at Hard Rock in Orlando • Pleasure Island in Disney World (twice on the main stage and twice in the Beach Club) • Headlined for various out-of-state college concerts & fraternity parties • Brought to Kentucky just to play the birthday party of the largest alcohol distributor in the state of Kentucky • Brought back to Kentucky to play the Phoenix Hill Tavern during The Kentucky Derby • Playing for the Tampa Bay Bucs Kick-Off Party at the Tampa Stadium • 4-year house band at Harpo’s of Ybor City, regularly playing before a house-estimated 10,000 people each weekend.
606 still performs regularly in the Sarasota, FL area. Check the schedule at www.band606.com.