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Timothy Gaines


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Greg Tortell & Joe Ramsey Timothy Hagelganz




Arcadia High has not one, but two, well known bass playing rock stars among our alumni. Tim Hagelganz is more commonly known as Timothy Gaines, the bass player of the popular 80’s Christian metal band, Stryper. Tim is a member of the AHS Class of 1981.


Tim was born December 15, 1962 in Portland, Oregon and when he was 5 his family moved to Arcadia. Many of you may recall his Dad, the Rev. James Hagelganz as the pastor of Arcadia Presbyterian Church for many years. His family is very musical, hence Tim began playing numerous instruments at a very young age, including piano, clarinet and guitar. He took up the electric bass at the age of 14.


Tim played in several bands throughout and after AHS including White Lace, Afton Kid and Stormer. He joined up with Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet and Oz Fox in 1983 to form Roxx Regime. Soon thereafter, the name was changed to Stryper, which stands for Salvation Through Redemption Yielding Peace Encouragement and Righteousness.


In 1984 they recorded “Yellow and Black Attack”, a 6 track EP. That was followed in 1985 by their first full-blown album, “Soldiers Under Command.” This album not only cracked the Billboard charts, but also created such a buzz that their first effort was re-released with two added tracks.


In 1986, Stryper enjoyed platinum selling success with the release of “To Hell With The Devil.” The album yielded the hit singles “Honestly” and “Calling On You”, both of which received heavy video rotation play on MTV. During this period, the band became known not only for their infectious music, but also for throwing mini Bibles to the audience during live concerts.


In the late 80’s and on into the early 90’s, more stripped down and raw acts such as Metallica, Guns and Roses and Nirvana ate away at the bands success and fan base leading to Stryper’s break up in 1992. Tim and Oz formed another group, Sin Dizzy and released a rock opera entitled “He’s Not Dead”, dealing with the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.


The past few years have been busy ones for Tim. Stryper reunited in the early 2000’s for the annual Stryper Expo. A greatest hits package was released in 2003 and a tour is planned for 2004.


On the personal front, in the late 90’s Tim began producing and playing bass for songwriter Irene Kelly. In 2002, Tim and Irene were married.


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