The White Owls formed in 1984 with a goal to play original music and covers that reflected the 12 string sounds of the '80s 'New Wave' (XTC, Bluebells, Smiths) and the British Invasion sound of the 1960's. The initial line-up included Jim Kastner on Rickenbacker 12 and 6 string guitars and background vocals, Kevin Kaufman on a fretless P bass, Peter Trappen on lead vocals and guitar, and George Anderson on drums and percussion. They recorded 10 original songs at New River Studios in Ft. Lauderdale with Jeffrey Wood producing [House Martins, Giant Sand, Waterboys]. Mark Doyle played keyboards on the recording. Tragedy struck when their manager Fred Hennesey (Aerosmith and others) was killed in a car accident. The band then lost it's lead guitarist when Kastner entered a Buddist Monastary to recouperate from exhaustion. (The master recordings were stored somewhere at that point and are lost to this day.) Many people felt that the song "Circles In Her Eyes" could have been a hit.
The band went through many changes after that: Rossano replaced Kastner in '87 and "The White Owls" concentrated their attention on '60s Retro Rock. Trappen left in 1988 and moved to London. He was replaced with the multi-talented Rik Rasmussen. Rossano and Rasmussen knew each other from their time in the local legendary band, "Ricky and The Rocketships". Returning in 1990, Trappen and Kastner formed "the Shivers" with Shan Frogel on bass, and John Sluggett on drums. The White Owls and the Shivers traded members with each other until around '94 when Rossano and Anderson left the Owls to start "The Dillengers" and Kaufman concentrated on his music store "Kaufman Danzaer Instruments". Trappen and Rasmussen reformed the Owls with Bruce Creamer on bass and Al Smith on drums. Jim Kastner left to start a dive shop in the Dutch Antillies eventually finding his way to Belgium where he recorded several songs under the bandname "Watersense". (he died mysteriously while staying in Palm Beach in 1996) Rossano and Anderson re-joined the band 1997 and the White Owls have been playing private parties and Festivals ever since. The current line-up is George Anderson, Rik Rasmussen, Rick Rossano and Peter Trappen.