Band Members

 

Bob Pattie – Trumpet, vocals.

Bob is an exciting trumpet player who performs with infectious enthusiasm. He is also an expert music teacher and brass band musician, and conducts the Ballarat City Band.

 

Michael McQuaid – Clarinet, saxophone.

Mike is a young man with a prodigious talent on reeds and cornet, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of classic jazz. He is in great demand as a soloist and is lifting the band's music to new heights.

 
 

Rob Moffat – Trombone, vocals.

The newest member of the band, Rob already impresses many with his powerful playing and tasteful vocals.

 
 

David Robison – Banjo.

Dave’s driving style is reminiscent of the great rhythm banjo players. He played with Tom Baker’s San Francisco Jazz Band, one of the finest jazz bands Australia has produced.

 

Bob Franklin – Piano.

Bob plays with a rocking style that really adds punch to the band. With extensive experience in jazz and classical music, Bob adds another dimension to the band repertoire with his expert Ragtime solos.

 

Fred Clark – Tuba, bass.

Fred’s tuba lays the perfect foundation for the band. He has a great understanding of music, being a qualified classical conductor. In addition to his activities with the Creole Bells, Fred is President of the Darebin City Band and a connoisseur of fine Scotch.

 

Sandra Talty – Drums, Vocals.

Definitely not just a pretty face, Sandra is a young singer with the voice that recalls the big band vocalists of the 1920s and 30s. She admits to being as happy behind the drums as a microphone, and her light percussive style has added a new dimension to the band's rhythm.

    The Creole Bells often appear with:
 

Jason Downes – Clarinet, Alto

Jason appears with Creole Bells when we upgrade to a two cornet front line. He is a hot, inventive player and the perfect foil for Michael when they get together on those back-room numbers.