Ricky is the Director and the busiest teacher. Currently teaching drums, guitar and keyboards, Ricky during the day is likely to be teaching music at either Lytton high, St Mary's, Rere, Ngatapa, Waerenga O' Kuri or Makauri schools. Ricky also teaches the Gisborne Home School students and students from Matapuna Training Centre at the Band School. Ricky started The Band School in Wellington before relocating to Gisborne late 2012 (initially to his reluctance) so his kids could grow up in amazing Tairawhiti.
Musical highlights include:
Playing with Grammy Award winner, Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, the first lady of Rockabilly, Wanda Jackson
Recording over 20 albums, soundtracks for the BBC, Nationally promoted adverts, recorded for the New Zealand Royal Ballet Tutu's on Tour with the Beatles and recorded on the Motion Picture soundtrack for Separation City.
Ricky's Band The Boomshack Band has played over 100 shows, including Cooly's Rocks On Festival in Tweed Heads, Australia, and Peter Jacksons 'The Hobbit' Wrap party. It's the 'go to' band for authentic Rock n Roll in NZ
Ricky has taught drums to an All Black (Alama Ieremia) and several TV stars including Jason Fa'afoi and Shavaughn Ruakere.
Has Played with Ladyhawke, Warren Maxwell, Sam Scott (Phoenix Foundation), Liam Finn, The Accelerants, James Milne (Lawrence Arabia), Eva Prowse, Barnaby Weir (Black Seeds), Paul Crowther (Split Enz), Jason Kerrison (Opshop), David Long (The Muttonbirds and Peter Jackson movies), Jason Fa-afoi (What Now? and Good Laika), Robin Hinkley, Connan Mockasin, Age Pryor (Fly My Pretties), Lisa Tomlins (Neil Finn), NZ Blues legend Darren Watson, Ben Fulton, guitar pedal making legend (Red Witch Pedals) and regularly plays in several bands with his best mate Matthew Armitage, who resides in Byron Bay.
(Bachelor of Music, Post-Grad Composition, Auckland University)
Band co-ordinator and tutor / Guitar / Composition and theory / Holiday Programmes
Simon is new to The Band School in 2017 and is a great asset for the school. Simon is co-ordinator of the Bands as well as a tutor with bands, guitar / composition / vocals. Simon loves the 'why' behind song-writing and composition, so you're likely to not only play chords and melodies, but understand how they're formed under him. Strengths include Contemporary music, Recording and Song Writing.
Locally born and raised, but spent most of the last 10 years abroad, including playing and selling double basses in Australia and Japan. Now back for good, Bruce is taking on Bass guitar and guitar. Like Ricky, Bruce went to the New Zealand Jazz school to study.
Welcome onboard Bruce!