Parton began playing guitar at age 10, after having had a successful
career as a film maker (that explains the kid in the Superman
outfit brandishing an 8mm movie camera, filming at the base of
Stelco tower back in 1981). Guitar studies saw him following two
paths: rock and classical. For the rock shows, Steve toured Canada
and parts of the US, and played guitar with the Vancouver Island
Symphony Orchestra (featuring his celtic-rock band, The Bremen
Town Musicians). For the classical gigs, Steve performed at Bill
Gates' birthday party in 1997 and at Beethoven's house in Vienna,
Austria in 2003, and played guitar with the Vancouver Island Symphony
Orchestra (solo classical guitar).
One of the
afore-mentioned Canadian tours was done on a budget, so the band
hitch-hiked the whole tour. The band was only made up of two acoustic
guitarists though, so drivers didn't have to worry about accommodating
drums and sound systems, etc. Said tour went from Montreal to
Winnipeg in 1994, culminating in a concert opening for Leo Kottke.
of note include a European tour. Actually, it was just Italy.
Venice, really. Well, it was in the Piazza San Marco Square in
Venice, and Steve was in fact busking - no agents, no promoters,
and no money. The problem was that Steve entertained the passers-by
with a tiny Martin Backpacker guitar, which looked more like a
baseball bat than a musical instrument. Instead of dropping Euros,
the "fans" kept interrupting the show with questions: "what the
heck is that?" "can I try it", etc.
All these facts can be verified in a conversation with Steve.
Steve is the
Director of Avalon
His website is www.partonmusic.com
Kiss' musical education began at age eight as a vocalist in his
school choir. By age 13, he started playing bass guitar, and by
age 15, Tom began studying Tuba and trombone – and so began
his foray into low-pitched instruments.
Tom was very
much in demand as a session bass guitarist when he lived in Vancouver.
He has played and recorded for many bands on the West Coast as
well as here in Hamilton.
Tom has a
great deal of orchestral and ensemble experience. He played with
the Hamilton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra for seven years (including
a performance at Carnegie Hall), with the Ottawa Youth Symphony
(performing with The Winnipeg Ballet and at the Banff Music Festival),
as well as the National Youth Orchestra for a time.
has been playing piano since he was 8 years old. Growing up in the
small town of Erin, Ontario, he played in musicals and ensembles
while in high school. Moving to Hamilton in 2004, Steve graduated,
with honours, from the Applied Music Program at Mohawk College,
studying jazz piano with Adrean Farrugia. Steve successfully completed
his A.R.C.T. in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of
Music, also achieving honours status, in the summer of 2005 under
the instruction of Irene McLellan, F.R.C.M.T. He is currently enrolled
at McMaster University to further his music studies. Recently he
was musical director, pianist, and synthesizer player for Hammer
Entertainment’s 2009 production of “The Lucky Stiff”,
for which the music was well received. Steve has performed at various
venues in southern Ontario, from hip-hop, to jazz, to country, and
now, rock and roll with the Relics.
is one of the most respected drummers in the Hamilton, Ontario area.
He is a graduate of Performance Music from both Mohawk College and
the University of Toronto. His recent performing/recordings credits
including The Hamilton Philharmonic, Theatre Ancaster, The Second
City (Toronto), and rock bands The Relics and Trinity Road. David
also teaches private lessons to over 40 students, and in his spare
time writes arrangements for area drum corps and marching bands.