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Rock group. Chicago was founded in 1967. Musicians in the band include Walter Parazaider (woodwinds), Terry Kath (guitarist), Danny Seraphine (drummer), James Pankow (trombone), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), Robert Lamm (keyboards, vocals) and Peter Cetera (vocalist, bassist), Jason Scheff (bass, vocals), Bill Champlin (keyboards, guitar, vocals), Tris Imboden (drums), Keith Howland (guitar).

Walter Parazaider showed musical promise early on. His father, a working musician, encouraged Parazaider's artistic leanings and, by the age of nine, the young boy was well on his way to mastering the clarinet.

He remained devoted to his classical music pursuits throughout his adolescence, but around this time he began diversifying his musical tastes. As Parazaider studied his instrument and primed himself for his dream—a spot in the Chicago Symphony—he discovered "you could make a buck and get some girls" by playing in a rock band. During this time, he befriended guitarist Terry Kath and drummer Danny Seraphine. The trio formed the band Missing Links, and they began performing at local dance halls.

Parazaider enrolled in Chicago's DePaul University in the early 1960s to study education, but quickly switched his major to music. He began toying with the idea of creating a new, unprecedented kind of rock band—one with a central horn section. It wasn't until Kath introduced trumpeter Lee Loughnane to the group that Parazaider's dream band began to take shape. He then contacted fellow DePaul ...

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