Jerry started playing guitar in the late 1960's and has played in various bands since junior high school. He began playing professionally while in high school. It was shortly after graduating that Jerry started giving lessons and he continues teaching to this day. Jerry studied at The Ohio State University as a Music Education Major. He authored a guitar instructional book called "The Jerry Loos Guitar Method" first printed in 1994.
In addition to teaching, Jerry has done session work for decades at local recording studios in Columbus Ohio. A versatile guitarist, Jerry has worked with a wide range of independent artists playing styles such as Gospel, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, and others. Jerry enjoys many styles of music but plays Blues/Rock material in his band "Hurricane Jerry and Stormfront". He has performed in a multitude of settings, from club performances to private engagements, as well as both small and large venues.
Since 2007 Jerry has had the honor of winning the "KING OF THE BLUES" several times for the State of Ohio. This was a national competition sponsored by Guitar Center and Gibson Guitars. As part of this competion Jerry performed in Manhattan, representing Ohio. In July of 2007 Jerry did a few performances with blues legend John Cephas at the Summer NAMM Show in Austin, Texas. At the 2008 January NAMM Show in Anaheim California, John and Jerry perfomed again. He won all five years for Columbus, and Central Ohio, and won the state title for three of the five years the competition took place. Jerry got to perform in Brooklyn and New Orleans representing Ohio.
John Cephas asked Jerry to join him at another NAMM location where they both played a set with Grammy Award winning bluesman Keb Mo. Former guitar student Sean Carney won the International Blues Challenge (IBC) with his band in 2007, and also the "Albert King" best blues guitarist award. Jerry has had Gene "King Saxe" Walker join with him for some performances with his band "Hurricane Jerry & Stormfront". Gene is a legendary musician as well. Gene played in a band with King Curtis in the 1960s, and got to play on the tour with the Beatles in 1965. This included performances at Shea Stadium and the Hollywood Bowl along with many other locations throughout the tour.
Some of the noted musicians Jerry has worked with include: world renown Piedmont Blues artist John Cephas of Cephas and Wiggins. "Foley" (Joe McCreary) who performed with Miles Davis for several years prior to his death. He's also worked with a country musician named Sonny Curtis. Sonny played pedal steel guitar for George Jones as well as Tammy Wynette. Jerry has played with Pete Way (UFO Band). Jerry says "Pete and I became friends over the last 2 years he lived in the United States prior to his returning to live in England."
In December of 2008 Jerry volunteered to help at the Sean Carney "Blues For A Cure" event in Columbus. This is a non-profit organization that raises money to help with Cancer research. The proceeds from the event go to The James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University, as well as the American Cancer Society. The organizers of this event are Sean Carney, and Mark Puskarich. During the event Jerry had two unexpected honors come his way. Legendary bluesman Hubert Sumlin (from Howlin' Wolf & Muddy Waters bands) insisted that Jerry play with him on a song. Shortly thereafter Jerry was totally surprised when Hubert and the others listed above presented him with the Blues For A Cure "Beacon" award. "This was such a humbling, and emotional experience. To receive this honor from a living legend such as Hubert Sumlin, and the other great people associated with this spectacular event. "This was truly a highlight of my career". Jerry also has two articles published in the book titled "Touched by the Blues", from the "Blues For Peace" organization in Israel.