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...

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What type of music?

In Toronto, I was the drummer for the Liza Williams Band playing jazz standards and various other songs. On occasion, we would switch things up  and I would play the ukulele or the guitar depending on the song. My rock n' roll side of me was part of a band called Dino and the Dogs and his web site can be found here.

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.

Where do I play?

Before I moved to Ottawa, I was the drummer for various bands playing at clubs and bars around the greater Toronto area. I could be found doing solo guitarist gigs at the Farmers' Markets in Markham, Unionville, Newmarket, Uxbridge and Port Perry. I also played at various open stages around town as well as street festivals and a few private parties.
 
 

Musical Influences

My vocal style is influenced by The Beatles (130 songs) , Blue Rodeo (38 songs) , Dean Martin (35 songs) and Elvis Presley (29 songs). I stick to the popular hit songs and standards that people will know.

Check out my song list HERE.
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