SEEKINGBand to Join, Lead Guitar, Keyboard, Piano.
Born in San Antonio, Texas into a career military family. Lived in many different locations throughout the US and Europe. When my father retired from the AF, we settled in Manchester. I became very interested in music at the age of 5 the first time I heard Elvis singing "Don't be Cruel" in 1955. By the age of 12, I had become addicted to the drums after hearing Gene Krupa play. In 1963, I became hooked on The Beach Boys, followed by The Beatles in 1964 like countless others world wide, and that set the course and direction for the rest of my life.
In the early 70s, I studied acoustic guitar as a side project. Then in the mid 70s, I decided to study the trumpet in order to learn get a deeper understanding of music in general, as well as learning to read music by studying music theory. Drumming however, still is and has always been, my primary instrument by choice.
When performing live or in a studio, my focus is on dynamics and balanced volume levels. No drug use period .... No alcohol during studies, rehearsals, recording, or live performances.
I'v played in many different bands, covering a very wide variety of styles/genres over the years by choice, to gain experience in as many areas as possible, and to broaden skills/abilities. The total gig number I have played over the years, would be in the several thousand range.
In the mid 60s at 15, I auditioned for a won the spot as drummer in one of the hottest NH/VT/ME/MA Top Dance Rock Band of that time. The band was a popular opening act for many major Gold Hit Bands of the day such as The Beach Boys, Tommy James + Shondels, Paul Revere + Raiders, The Outsiders, The Turtles, The Kingsmen, The McCoys, The Seeds, ? Mark + Mysterians, Sam Sham + The Pharoes, Keith, Royal Guardsmen, Barbarians, Guess Who, The Standells, The Knickerbockers, Johnny Rivers, and a number of others. We appeared often on NH Bandstand, a weekly live television show, which was a spin off of Dick Clark's American Bandstand.
We received an offer to go on tour with The Young Rascals as their opening act. In 1976 I was offered a chance to go on a world tour with the The Flamingos, (I only have eyes for you).
My experience covers a wide range band sizes/configurations from 2 to 6 pc cover bands, as well as 7, 8, to13 pc Show/Dance Tribute/Choreographed Bands, including a Vegas Legends Show Band "GoldRush".
Some other bands were ........ Hot Property, NightClass, Pandora, Double Standard, Broadcast, Probable Cause, KingsCross, Love Portrait, The Fantasmics, Rhythm Kings, Joe, Lee and Marcel, Us, Danny and Marcel, Crown, Lee Taylor Band, PM Blues, Us,
Lock, Stock & Barrel ....
Live experience covers the bar, club, lounge, hotel, casino, and concert venues, both FT+PT, as well as weddings, conventions and functions .... local/regional/touring.
During the summer months, played extensively in all 10 of the bars at Salisbury Beach at one time or another in the 70s + 80s. In some of those bars, we performed 7 nights a week plus a 4 hr. Sunday afternoon matinee, for the entire summer each summer. Also played Hampton Beach Bars, The Hampton Casino, Coastal Maine and Coastal Mass and once in The Keys.
Experienced playing with a click and backing tracks, in both live + studio applications. Been performing technical/multifaceted drum solos for many years, during the last break of the night, which does not take away from the bands song/dance time. They are always well received by audiences. The pictures here span from my early years to present day.
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- Member since:
- Oct 08 2012
- Active within 1 week
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- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
bSome of the styles and genres that my experience covers include
Rock/Pop Rock/Funk/R&B/Soul/Blues/Country/ Blues Rock (old + new)/80s Hair Band Hits/Latin Rock/Jazz/Dixieland.
Presently, looking to play Top 80s Hair Band Hits, along with 60s and 70s Dance Hitsbination of 70s + 80s Top Rock/Funk
Rock Dance Hits.
Buddy Rich, Louie Bellson, Steve Smith, Weckl, Gadd,
DW/Zildjians, (fully mic'd + acoustic triggers for Roland VDrum Module), Slingerland/Zildjians, Roland Mesh V-Drum Set, large 5 way multi cab PA, outboard effects rack, 2 amp racks, 1/3 octave + 32 band eq's, snake,16 channel stereo board, 12ch stereo sub-board for durm mic's, 4 - 2 way floor monitors, Bose 802 Speakers, some lighting.