Jari Eloranta is a native of Finland, who currently lives in Boone, NC. He has played in many different kinds of bands, both in Europe and US. He started playing guitar when he was 15, and has now played for 30 years. He played initially in several hard rock groups, and toured with a group called Whipping Post (https://www.facebook.com/whippingpostband) in the 1990s. He also played in a dance orchestra, a Blues Brothers cover band, and a funk group.

After moving to the US in 2004, he played most recently in group called River Street, a local band in Boone. He has also been guitar instructor for many years, teaching students of different skill levels. Besides being a musician, he is a professor of history at Appalachian State University (http://www.appstate.edu/~elorantaj/). You can reach him at: jeloranta@hotmail.com.