Who Am I?
First and foremost I am a drummer and I've been playing drums for over thirty years. I've played in various bands with different styles and I can fit into about anything.
Secondly, I also play guitar, piano and the ukulele. For the past five years I have been playing solo gigs playing at Farmers' Markets and retirement homes.
Orillia's Beatles Celebration
I am very proud to be a part of Orillia's Beatles Celebration in 2011, 2012 and 2013 Here are a few videos from the rehearsals...
What type of music?
I play a wide variety of music that includes early rock and roll like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and The Beatles. But I also play more modern songs from Michael Buble, U2, Blue Rodeo, The Barenaked Ladies and every once and a while I do a Lady Gaga tune.
More recently, to change things up I've added some jazz standards that I play on the ukulele from Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Mills Brothers, Dean Martin and other classics from the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's. Perfect material for retirement homes.
I think the key to any performing musician should be to have a wide variety of songs and the ability to learn from an audience. I really enjoy taking requests and learning new songs. I've worked hard to ensure I have a good mix of up tempo songs and slow ballads and I am very proud to have over 600 songs to choose from in my library.
I am new to the Ottawa area and I have joined the Ottawa Community Band as the senior percussionist. Here's a clip from a recent concert playing Sinatra's Chicago.