June of 2001 I had served my time
and was ready
retire from teaching. We were ready to try living somewhere else and,
lacking imagination and wealth, we selected Winnipeg.
Shortly after settling, I answered an ad in a website for local
musicians. I went out to a studio near Tuelon where I met Larry, Glenn
and Denton, who were working on starting a Classic Rock group. They had
tons of experience and we seemed to be on the same page as far as
skills and apptitude went.
And coincidences appeared. I have mentioned that Brandon is a small
scene where musician keep bumping in to one another.
Well it turns out that Manitoba is not so big.
Back in my college days, when I was playing with Blind Justice and
Clown, the City Centre Hotel, which still sits on Tenth and Pacific,
opened its doors as a Rock n' Roll bar. It featured bands from
Winnipeg, and one of the first I remember seeing was called the
Puckerton Beach Band. I recall being impressed.
It turns out that Larry and Denton were in that band.
Denton had been a guitar player but he had now switched to bass. Larry
was on drums. Glenn played keyboards. They all had toured western
Canada with bar bands. Denton had worked extensively as a sound tech
and had toured across the US with the post-Cummings Guess Who. He
operated a studio which was a great place to rehearse.
Denton and Larry both sing but they wanted to add a singer / frontman
to make us even more versatile. We found Laury and rehearsed once a
week until our first gig on New Year's Eve in a Winnipeg bar.
For more info, I'll link to the Band Website I set up at the time, but
to make a short story shorter, I took as job in Grenfell Saskatchewan
spring of 2002 and had to leave. For reason that had nothing to do with
me leaving I believe they moved on to other projects and I've lost
touch with them.