Sunday, July 24, 2005


There is already a very good history of Javelin at the band's website, so I won't bother going into it here. Instead, I'll just share some of my memories and thoughts...

My first time hooking up with any other musicians was when I met up with Denny Haberkern and Bob Gleisberg at Bob's house. I had only been playing a couple of months at that point and remember being totally humiliated when I didn't even know how to play "Smoke On The Water." After that, I went back to my teacher and made him show me how to learn songs.

My next memory is sitting next to Rob Rando in math class and him asking me if I played and if I would be interested in getting a band together. I don't remember much of the details of getting everyone together. According to the website, we played a birthday party in Rob's basement with Denny, Jeff Thinschmidt and me on guitar and Rob on drums. A short while after that Matt Butler came in on bass, and Javelin was born.

It never occurred to us that we were doing anything out of the ordinary for kids our age. We all just saw it as a natural progression. And the support from our respective parents was outstanding. The driving us around to band practices and gigs, allowing us to play really loud, obnoxious music with our friends. Alot of credit has to be given to them.

I'm also impressed with the amount of gigs we had. We played school dances and holiday functions, parties, a talent show and even on TV! Okay, it was early Sunday morning, but it was something that we did on our own and was damn exciting. Years later, when trying to get another band off the ground, I used Javelin as an example of how to get things done.

Musically, what can I say? We were kids, all trying to discover our own talents. Listening to some of the old music is nostalgic, fun and sometimes painful, particularly when I ventured into lead guitar.

Eventually, as happens with most bands, we all kind of drifted in different directions musically and broke up. Denny and I played together again in Ro Herim with Bob Gleisberg and Steve Olsen, but if memory serves, we only played one show - a party in my back yard that was cut short by a visit from Northfield's finest.

Seeing a void (and lack of 6 string talent on my part), I switched to bass not long after that. And the rest, as they say, is history (which I am sure to recount later so stay tuned!).

I should note that I've had the sincere pleasure of recording with all of these guys again recently. It started with an email from someone with access to I learned that the other members of Javelin were looking for me and were putting a CD together of old recordings along with a new song. So, with the help of modern technology and UPS, we recorded a version of "Get Back" by The Beatles. I won't post a link to it here since it's copyrighted material, but will send it to people I know who ask. We keep threatening to get together again for old times sake and will be sure to post details here should this occur.


Matt the Bass Player said...


Tina Kilby said...

Hi Tom...This is Tina Kilby formerly known as "Tina Howe" you may not remember me..but I'll try to jog your brain.

I actually first met Denny at your house when you were dating Trish (a life cut way too short), back then Denny ALWAYS had that bandana sticking out of his back pocket:) Denny and I dated for a couple of years..I remember designing an album cover for Ro Herim in art class at Mainland.

Anyway...I now have a 21 year old in the Air Force and a 7 year old in 2nd grade.I live in Connecticut and work for (cool website if you get a chance)my email

I was wondering if I could get a copy of the "Get Back" song you all recorded. Wow we all must really be getting old..we seem to be regressing:)

Thanks for being there when I looked up my past. Take Care

Anonymous said...

Nice to remember some stuff "way back when" really funny that you guys "got" together again :)

I didnt realise that Barry Sames also played with you..he actually is making a living doing piano in the South Jersey/Philly area...
nice web site...and Id love to get accesss to that song :)
xo Sandy

Bass Is Life said...

Sandy, check your inbox.


Anonymous said...

So Tom...Hope all is well. We've been trying to buy some recreation land in Maine this week. I see you have a new poster "anonymous". I recognize the name of Barry Sames..but did not remember the connection. Hope all is well with you and the family. I have booked a cool trip for my sister and I for February... a hotel entirely made of ice, it has to be rebuilt every year, in Canada check it out at special was $99 for one night I could not resist. Do you ever here from Denny I would love to share pics of the family and see how and what he is doing.

Take care..and love the kids.


Anonymous said...

I think the gig in your backyard when the police showed up was actually a Javelin show...June 24th or 25th of 1979 (courtesy of Den's "Javelin Journal" details of which can be found on page 2 of the band history at is unless you and your other bands made a habit out of disturbing the neighbors and pissing off Northfield's finest...

Matt the Bass Player

Bass Is Life said...

I think I played in our backyard in bands a total of 3 times, each time resulting in a visit from the men in blue. Do you think maybe it was the music?