I was born in Vancouver, BC Canada and moved to SB when I was three. I started playing saxophone in third grade and played in the elementary school orchestra and then the junior high band. At around ten, I decided I liked surfing and playing guitar better. My folks got me some guitar lessons and I started jamming with friends. That turned into playing at parties, a real blast. My first opportunity to play professionally came when my good friend Ralph Pritikin, my guitar mentor, and the best player I knew personally, asked me to become the bass player in his working band Matt's Cat's. I got a bass and listened to tapes for a week and I became a bass player.
Soon after my brother Dave and I, we'd had been singing together since we were kids, started a band. The Blue Review turned into the News which turned into Brando, thanks to Huey. The band lasted for over ten years and played as much as five nights a week. The personnel evolved along with the repertoire, but two of the members stayed together for the entire stint. Rob Fair, the guitar player for King Bee and I hung in there for the duration.
For a number of reasons, I moved to Hawaii in the early nineties and hooked up with an established band called The Ho'oko Street Band. This experienced helped me grow as a bass player and expanded my musical tastes. We played everything from Hawaiian and reggae to country and western. We also did all the rock and roll standards I had done in the past. I lasted eight years in Hawaii and played a couple nights a week and loved it.
Things changed and I came home to SB. I began jamming with friends again, and really having fun. Rob Fair, Joel Jameson and I started getting together on Monday nights to practice but ended up watching Monday Night Football. We invited Billy to join us one night and we knew right away we had a good thing. Rachel came by a couple of weeks later and the band was complete. I also enjoy playing music with the Starlighters, a jazz swing band in town. My brother Dave still calls me now and then to join him for a gig. He's got some great original material. I love to play, as long as I don't have to get up too early the next morning. See you at the gig.