Root 74 was formed in the Fall of 2002, when Wes Hoke recorded a CD of acoustic songs and wanted to begin performing live again. He recruited former bandmate Mike Suhina and the two immediately started putting beats and rhythms to Wesley's acoustic arrangements. Then a lucky classified ad scored Jamie Aston on the bass guitar, a highly recommended jam band veteran from the area. Wesley then contacted keyboardist John Rivero, and old friend of his father's, to put together a power jam band that hit the scene. Since the formation Root 74 has added and subtracted members for a variety of reasons. See the current lineup below.