The Jungleman

Lonnie Chance

Lonnie Chance holding a guitarLonnie Chance grew up on a farm four mile east and few miles south of a small town in South Dakota. Lonnie played the cornet in high school band. By the time he was a senior he was teaching himself guitar. Learning came easy and he soon started a rock band. As time passed he started writing songs for the group.

Shortly thereafter, his musical youth and ambition were nipped in the bud. A war was ragging and unable to afford college he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. There he was trained as a US Navy Hospital Corpsmen and ended up serving a tour of duty with the Third Marine Division, Ninth Marines, Lima Company. His duties were taking care of the sick and wounded Marines in the dense jungles of Vietnam; and within months, he was decorated with the Combat Action Ribbon, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star with a Combat V for Valor.

Upon his release from the military Lonnie went to college, he studied classical guitar and composition. After receiving a degree in Music and Broadcasting he moved west from Michigan and settled in Phoenix, Arizona. Not long after his arrival he began teaching private guitar lesson, playing local gigs, and writing songs. By the middle of the eighties he was voted the music instructor of the year by his peer musicians in the valley of the sun.

After managing a small recording studio for a local company, Lonnie started building his own recording studio. "I started with a Commodore 64 computer and one Prophet 600 synthesizer and a little Cassette 4 track." Over the years his studio grew with his production and writing skills.

Vietnam veteran, Lonnie Chance, receiving bronze medal