California native, Jack Schaeffer's natural ability with the clarinet early on lead him to organize his dixieland band, The Gages Rages. Then following he played the baritone sax with Phil Moore's big band touring the country, playing in a spin off German band group where with Jack's intuitive nature and sense of humor added just the right amount of Bavarian oomph-papa to round out the polkas in the classic styling on his clarinet.
In the early 60's Jack on the tenor sax, joined with the popular surf band The Royale Monarchs which were regulars on the television show The Cinnamon Cinder. Producer Gary Usher discovered the musicians and singed Jack's newly reformed group, The Forte'Four to a recording contract at MCA/Universal and released several singles on the Decca Records label. Guitarist Glen Campbell joined as session man on their recording dates. Elvis Presley liked the groups new song The Climb, and used their recording on the soundtrack of the MGM film, Viva Las Vegas.
In the late 1960's Schaeffer showcased on the Las Vegas strip as musical director in Frederick Apcar's production, The Sands Playmate Review, featuring Jack's seven piece band, The Enterprise. I always felt bad for the poor drummer, he recalled,who had to kick that bassdrum, accenting each step those Showgirls made on stage. Ah showbiz, but this was Vegas! and I was now a Show-Kid as they referred to us.