Dave Munkhoff took his first guitar lesson on his 12th birthday. By the age of 14 he was playing in bands and teaching guitar at that same music store in upstate New York. At the age of 15, his band released their first recording of original songs, music written by Dave. Soon the band was getting radio air play and doing concerts with various headliners of the day. Such as The Outsiders, The Happenings, The Barkays, Mytch Ryder And The Detroit Wheels.
In the mid 70's, Dave toured the eastern states and Canada with "Wail", a popular hard rock band out of Rochester, New York. Wail was the big thing in upstate New York, opening shows for people like Ronnie Montrose, Melissa Manchester, Black Sheep (Lou Gram), Cheap Trick, and various one hit wonders. From there, he was hired by a major Toronto production company to play in the band Thor. The producers also used him on other projects, where he recorded everything from disco, punk, latin, rock and jazz, often playing all of the bass and guitar parts himself.
During the 1960's (sixties), in the early years of his music
career, Dave Munkhoff learned the art of Rock and Roll by playing the
pop hits of that time. Starting with Dave’s very first band at the age
of 13, The Pipelines, named after the surf instrumental which happened
to be one of the few songs they could play.
Shortly after his 14th birthday, he joined the Night Raiders (Nite-Raiders) which quickly became one of the most popular teen rock groups in the central New York – Finger Lakes area. The Nite-Raiders played all the school dances and teen clubs in that part of the state. The Nite-Raiders played songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Who, Paul Revere and the Raiders and almost anything on the top 40. Even though the guys were under age they had a regular gig at the popular Panko’s bar in Auburn, New York, playing every other Friday night. The band also did shows as the warming up act for such famous 60's bands as The Bar-Kays and the Happenings.
Basically, there were three incarnations of Wale. The first line up (1972-74) featured Mike Marconi on lead guitar, Bob Murray on lead vocals & harmonica, Dave Barnes on drums, Dale Croston on bass and Michael Banzhaff on 2nd guitar & flute. When Michael Banzhaff left in 1974, Dave Munkhoff joined the group, forming the second line up of Wale.
Left to Right: Dale Croston, Mike Marconi, Dave Barnes, Bob Murray and Dave Munkhoff
In 1981, Richard Cortese introduced Dave Munkhoff to Ron Goedert,
formerly of White Witch. The two of them immediately hit it off and
discovered they shared a lot in common. They soon formed the band,
Perfect Angel, with Ken Bish and Chris Cooksey.
Photo left to right: Ken Bish, Dave Munkhoff, Ron Goedert, Chris Cooks.