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BIOGRAPHIES

 
  BARRY BUSE
At 10 yrs I was signed up to learn how to play lap steel at the Ottawa Conservatory of Music. Four years later I bought my first electric Bass for 14 dollars. Two years later my brother Bill who is four years my senior was sneaking me into bars to play gigs with his band. For the next 15 years or so we played together with good players and friends. Since then I have played with a number of groups from the Ottawa and Valley area. Such as Fine Line, Catch 22, The Priorities, The Hurricanes, The Trevor Finlay Band and The Bluesaholics. I've also been fortunate enough to have been asked to sub in for a number of bands such as Tell Mama, The Fran Band, Tony D Band, Paul Deslaurier Band (Montreal), Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy (Texas) and The Wilno Blues Band. I've been hosting long running Blues Jams in the Ottawa and Valley area since 1995. I'm proud to be a co-founder and music Director of the Mississippi Blues Society. Currently I'm performing with Still Dangerous and hosting Jams in the area. I also teach guitar and bass out of SRC Music in Carleton Place On. The wealth of talent in the Ottawa area is world class
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  PETER BROWN
Peter Brown has a reputation as one of the best keyboard players for pop, jazz and blues in the greater Ottawa area. He has been playing piano and other keyboards professionally for the past 25 years. Peter is a polished and soulful performer in styles ranging from Chicago blues to boogie to bebop to country. He is valued as a member of the many bands he works with for his virtuoso "chops", strong rhythmic drive, exciting solos, and the ability to support and inspire the musicians he plays with. Peter co-founded the MBS in 2001. His recording credits include CDs with Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo, The Boppin' Blues Band, Drew Nelson, and Ottawa singer/songwriter Marcus Maidment. Some of Peter's original songs appear on two of the Boppin' Blues CDs, as well as the latest CD by Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo. His newest CD, "Franklin Street" is just being released.
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  MIKE LUSH
Mike started his musical career hog tied to a piano bench at the tender age of 5. The rule was; one hour of practice before you get to go out and play with your friends. Eight years later, he finished the Royal conservatory grade 7 program and turned his attention to rock and roll. He formed a band called "Knife, fork and spoon" in order to play at local public school graduation dances. At the same time, he was heavily involved with several high school orchestras as a sousaphonist and later as an upright-bass player. After a 20 year break running a hang gliding school, controlling air traffic and raising a family, Mike joined the rock band "straight 5/4" as a rhythm guitarist in 1996. In 2002, Mike picked up his first electric bass guitar and started frequenting the MBS jam in Perth. He is currently playing bass for the bands Still dangerous, Pocket change, Driving wheel and Blurry edges.
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  GARY SANFORD
Gary started drumming early. The son of Country musicians, his father recognized Gary's rhythm abilities while he banged on Dad's guitar case to the point of putting wear marks in it. A cheap set of drums at age 9 was a starter for him and he accompanied his father's large group of musician friends on weekends. His mother is a natural pianist and his father was a very talented guitar player. He played till he was about 11. Life threw many curves and it wasn't until his early 20's that he was able to start playing again. He joined the Air Force and moved west. Winnipeg was a good music scene in the '80's and he built a drum kit from old stuff he picked up at yard sales. He began to jam with many local musicians, did a demo tape with Lisa Serofin and met now local Ottawa musician, Al Tambay. Gary left his military service in '82 and moved to Ottawa. There, he played with many local musicians and bands such as The Initiatives, Marc Piche ( T.S Harpoon and the Blues Wailers), commercial band Starflight and shared a practice space with local heavy metal band Exciter. He left the live music scene when his son, Clayton was born in '86. Once Clayton reached his mid teens, Gary returned to playing again after meeting Barry Buse and the MBS musicians at the Thirsty Moose Pub in Carleton Place. These musicians so inspired him that he bought a drum kit and started the long, frustrating road back to the stage. The Blues was a new genre of music for him and the years of parental responsibility added layers of rust to his talent, but desire, lots of practice, help from fellow players and a chance to play at the MBS Blues Night jams, got him on the right track and he soon was performing as the house drummer for jam nights. Gary volunteered his assistance to the MBS whenever needed and was voted President in 2005. He is currently drumming with local Blues bands, Still Dangerous, Mojo Blues and acts as the house drummer for the Mississippi Blues Society whenever he's requested. Gary's enjoys many types of music, such as, Blues, Funk Fusion, Rock, Progressive Rock and Alternative. He has a large kit for his own practice and enjoyment at home and a stage kit for working gigs. He also occasionally tortures a bass guitar for his own personal pleasure.
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  BILL SERSON
Bill has been drumming for over 45 years. Born and raised in Arnprior he started playing in his local Drum and Bugle Corps at the age of 11 and over the years has continued a long love affair with classical and modern rudimental snare drum and drumset drumming. Bill was the two time Canadian Junior snare drum Champion (1972 & 73) while a member of the Canadian Junior Champion Cadets LaSalle, Ottawa ON and later went on to perform for two seasons with the World Champion (Senior) Empire Statesmen of Rochester NY. In the mid 90's he got together with a number of friends from his Junior drum corps days and formed a rudimental percussion performance group called the Heritage Hands Ottawa Drum Club (www.heritagehandsottawa.ca). The club has opened for and performed on stage with Billy Cobham, Kenny Aronoff and Thomas Lang among others. Along with drumming in the Ottawa based band 'Nobody's Fool', he is the house drummer at the regular MBS Tuesday night jam at the Elmdale Tavern in Ottawa hosted by long time friend Barry Buse.
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