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Band Profiles

Steve Summers – guitar and vocals

Steve started playing guitar at age 12 and was Influenced by great artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Albert King,

BB King, George Benson and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He started to perform in Bands and talent shows at age 15, later touring the South Island with own Blues Band and since then has toured Australia and Switzerland as a session guitarist and vocalist. Steve won the title of Top Auckland Blues Guitarist, winning a mew $2000 guitar in a Competition held at Java Jive in 1998, sponsored by Southern Comfort and Cadenza Guitars. Steve taught guitar professionally from 1994 to 2012 teaching in prominent Auckland High Schools. Steve loves to play music and is passionate about creating the coolest music ever with a team of people.

Greer Wilcox – Bass, BV’s and vocals

Greer took piano lessons at age 11 and at age 12 taught himself the ukulele, then an acoustic guitar. His mother bought him his first electric guitar and amplifier at age 13 and he formed a school Band playing mainly Shadows songs. By age 17 Greer was playing Rolling Stones and Beatles songs at School and at private Functions. At 19 he decided to teach himself Bass guitar after being impressed by the walking bass style of Chas Chandler ‘The Animals’ bassist. He joined a new Band called ‘Me & Them’ at 19 and the Band gigged around Auckland but also toured to other North Island towns. Greer was approached by ‘The Spectre’ Blues Band (who were jointly sharing a gig with them at The Delmonico club in Northcote and was asked to join them. As Greer really liked Blues music, he decided to leave ‘Me & Them’ and join ‘The Spectre’. From then on, Greer has remained 90% of the time in a variety of Blues Bands. At one time he decided to take up Hammond organ and enjoyed that instrument in a couple of Bands ‘Aladdin’ and ‘Stuart & The Belmonts’. In the meantime, he had set up a Printing Business, which he ran from home. When this Business enterprise suddenly got busy, Greer decided to give up performing in Bands for a time and concentrate on the growing the Business. This actually lasted 25 years! Greer continued to play his guitars, Bass and Hammond organ at home - but only for his own enjoyment. Upon turning 50, Greer held a party and invited a few of his old Musician friends. This party got him thinking about the possibility of one again performing. As his preferred instrument was still Bass, he brushed off the instrument’s cobwebs and not long after formed a new Blues/Soul Band with Singer/harp player Richard Stringer and ex ‘Spectre’ member John Ellis. They named this Band ‘Blue Collar Band’. The Band became popular quickly and gigged regularly in and out of Auckland. After only 2 years Richard left, relocating to Queenstown. Greer was left with the Band (and the name) and was once again performing mostly in a 3-piece lineup – actually, for 12 years, since 2000. He finally wound it up in 2011 for a break, and with a few new Musicians formed ‘Kingsnake’ a Blues Band which lasted only a year. Greer has now reformed Blue Collar Band with new talented, Blues enthusiast members, performing less frequently, at suitable gigs and venues and Jazz & Blues Festivals where Blues Music is both loved and appreciated.

Steve Rose – Lead Vocals, harp and guitar

At age 20, Steve was a late starter on the harp, and began playing in Bands by age 22, He then added vocals and commenced playing in several covers Bands including ‘Hazy Daze’, ‘Hokio’, ‘Sly Groovers’, ‘Back Beat Boogie’, and ‘The Boogie Men’ (mainly on both harp and vocals).  Steve still keeps up his Mojo by also performing in numerous duos, part time Bands, and solo projects - including song writing, musical composition, community entertainment, festivals, film, Television, Multi-media work, and music teaching. Steve always has on going projects including Rock, Blues and hosting open-mic nights. In the 1990's Steve attended a musical boot camp of sorts (for 8 months), won the Java Jive harmonica competitions (twice) and enjoyed a sniff of fame in a Radio Hauraki boy-band comedy act that sprouted wings and briefly flew in the 2000's cover Bands, which were discarded for originals Bands. However, the circle has come round again with Steve performing nowadays in several acts : function band, ‘Dcoda’, ‘Blue Collar Band’ and  ‘Kneecrawlers’ the Titirangi RSA open mic night host band.

Paul Crowther – Drums/Percussion & Sound

Originally from Dunedin, Paul has played in numerous Bands, many now recognised in NZ as iconic. Paul was the original Drummer in SplitEnz, now regarded as one of the countries biggest named Bands who really helped to put NZ Music on the Worldwide recognition charts. Paul is well known in the Music Industry both in NZ and abroad having developed and produced the ‘Hotcake’ distortion effects box for guitars which he exports around the globe.

Robbie Tan – Keyboards (Piano,  synth & Hammond organ)

A  native of Singapore and a minister of the gospel who still has not ‘repented  of his love for playing the blues. Robbie is a self taught musician got his first taste of playing keyboards professionally at 16 as a lounge musician and later as a session musician before joining a top local band of the 80’s in Singapore with a recording contract with EMI. While pastoring a church in Auckland, Robbie finds time to train younger musos and play for gigs from jazz to covers but admits that he loves blues the best. His keyboard heroes and influences are Jimmy Smith, Billy Preston and Jon Lord.