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 This whole trip started for me in mid 1967 when I took a few lessons on drums at the legendary Loel's Music Store (Cnr Russel / Lonsdale Streets in Melbourne) from the well schooled Peter Hocking.

One highlight was doing a couple of gigs with a very young Jo Camilleri with Dave Flett and Peter Starkey in the King Bees.

From there the journey started.

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This period was spent playing drums in Greek and Latin nightclubs and restaurants around Melbourne and a three month gig in Surfers Paradise. A good grounding for backing singers and dancers on floor shows.


Armadillo - with Dave Flett, Bill Miller.


Joined Captain Matchbox Whoopee band "Irreverant Good Times".


Last Chance Cafe from W.A. - a high energy soul and R&B band.


Mike Rudd's "Instant replay". Visit to the U.S.A. with the band for a factfind tour.


Mike Rudd and the Heaters legendary writers and performers in Australia Music.


Broderick Smith's Big combo - high energy R&B with one of Australias great voices.


Tinsley Waterhouse Band - Howling Blues & Soul.


Shaun and the fiddler.


Boy Meets Girl - a project band with Wayne Stewart.


United Notions - a Sydney North Shore Funk & Soul band.


 Burwood Blues Band with Mike Rudd and Bill Putt.


Maniac Rockers From Hell with Greg Champion


Brent Parlane Band.
* Started live DJ-ing

1989-1991 Kenny Lopez Sex Mambo - an Afro/Latin band - highlight was a ten day tour of Bangkok
1991-1992 Quintet with Mike Rudd, Bill Putt

Captain Matchbox Whooper Band
Australia (LP)
Concert of the Decade Album
Mike Rudd & The Heaters / Sydney Opera House (LP)
A Reefer Derci
part of a compilation of bands that played at the reefer cabaret in Melbourne- with CMWB (LP)
After the Mud ...
Tinsley Waterhouse Band (LP)
Australian Girls
Mike Rudd & The Heaters (Single)
Christopher Columbus
Captain Matchbox Whooper Band (Single)