Meet Greg Schindel: TRAIN SINGER®
Born in Oakland, California, April 1, 1946. Greg attended boarding school in Exeter, New Hampshire and graduated from Exeter High School in 1964. He was educated at Cal State, Long Beach and ultimately earned a BA in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University in 1989. Throughout the late '60s and '70s he pursued a career as a Top 40's musician and original songwriter in Southern Califomia.
Greg was employed by the Willits Unified School District as a Visual and Performing Arts Specialist for the elementary schools in 1987. He now serves as Music Director at Sherwood School and substitute teacher for the district, where his enthusiasm imparts a love of music to students at all levels. Most recently, he has been performing at educational assemblies at elementary schools and museums in Northern California.
He leads the music at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Willits each week with his guitar, as he has since 1988. He has been called "the heart of the congregation" and his music has been equally moving for both weddings and funerals.
Since 1989 he has appeared on California Western Railroad's Skunk Train, as TRAIN SINGER®. Over the years he has built a broad based collection of popular and traditional train songs which he performs on guitar, harmonica and whistles to the delight of passengers on the sylvan excursion ride.
TRAIN SINGER® has produced three CDs with Laughing Coyote Studio, which reflect the history and music of the railroad. It is music that “resonates with the soul of anyone who has ever loved a train.” Included with traditional, classics are original train songs written by Greg, that are unique to California Western Railroad’s excursion ride through the beautiful North Coast Redwoods. Through it all are his enthusiastic finger-picking guitar style, harmonicas, whistles, and inimitable throat whistle.
His daughter Heidi lends contrast with her clear "bell-like" soprano on several duets. His son Malakai adds vocals, flute and penny whistles on the second CD New Tracks.
TRAIN SINGER’S latest CD of all original train songs, “Anniversary Special” is a celebration of his fifteenth anniversary as TRAIN SINGER®. Greg has interwoven this collection of his train songs with the exciting sounds of authentic steam locomotives including whistles, bells, the hiss of steam and the clickity-clack of the tracks. Malakai adds his dynamic flute style to this CD also.
Greg and Malakai continue to please crowds at fairs and festivals, performing both train songs and their own original style of music. (See “Off the Tracks”)
Upcoming projects include plans to produce and release CD's containing all of TRAIN SINGER® favorite and most requested songs.
Greg has appeared on television and radio, at festivals and rallies, at civic events, weddings and parties. His infectious grin and upbeat style of music always has folks singing along and enjoying themselves. To arrange a personal appearance or to obtain CDs, please contact: