Since he started playing guitar at the age of 11, Saunders has come to be passionate about styles of music that push the textural possibilities. A local guitar teacher in the North Hills, Bud Breitenbach, introduced him to the guitar and inspired him. His approach to music is heavily influenced by the intricate melodies and harmonic ideas presented by bebop musicians and the soulful grooves of James Brown and other like-minded acts of the 60’s and 70’s. Prior to the formation of Chase and the Barons, he played in a progressive rock band with Jake Rieger and Jake Stretch. Saunders states that he plays music to advocate harmony and empathy in his community.