Scott "Spooky" Mensching started playing drums professionally at the age of 18 with Prog rock, pop, showbands and big bands in the Chicago area. He has appeared on stage with headliners and legends such as Traffic Jam, The Atomic Martinis, Pop star Chi Coltrane, and Jazz legend Joe Venuti.
Always a fan of classic horror, surf, and jazz he had the idea for the Moon-Rays while working with Greg Griffiths Tony DiMichele and Terry Bernett in The Atomic Martini's in Chicago. Most of the bands first album were songs the Martini's had performed live for many years.
Scott was inducted into Who's Who for his contribution to film music in 2010-
Keyboardist Greg Griffiths is a graduate of the American Conservatory of Music and has played with many of Chicago's best musicians.. He met Scott in 1995 in the height of the "Cocktail" craze when they played together in the Atomic Martinis. Greg is responsible for most of the "spooky"backgrounds in the MR's compositions, including his secret weapon "The Worm"
Greg is the only other musician to play on all of the Moon-Rays recordings
There have been many musicians who have contributed to the Moon-Rays recordings over the years, some who's names I unfortunately can't even remember but the core of the Moon-Rays were as followed by album-
Thrills and Chills 1999-
Greg Griffiths- all keys
Terry Bernett- sax
Tony Dimichele- bass (and lead guitar on Experiment in Terror)
Marty Bergerud- Bass on Shot in the Dark
Harry Reinhart- Guitars
Spooky- All percussion including vibes
Patti Miller- background vocals
The Ghouls Go West
lineup same as Thrills except for Marty
Brandon Cochran- Guitars
Paul Luka- Bass guitar
Andy Blanco- sax
Bruce Nelson- vibes
Swingin at the Seance'
Adam Kraus- bass
Vince Clark- vocals
Something Wicked (Rough Draft) 2014
Guitars- Rod McClure, John Knect, Gerry Cote,
Bass- Mike Maratea