Dave Manning - Drums
Dave Foster - Piano / Keys
David has been playing the keyboards since the age of 7. He began his journey on an old wind up organ in his dads loft . His dad spotted his potential and arranged lessons for him.
He began on the electric organ and eventually changed to the piano doing his classical grades throughout school finishing his grade 8 at the age of 16.
After graduating Leeds college of music with a BA.hons in jazz he found himself in Monaco at the sporting club where he performed for 4 years in the Tony Evans orchestra opening for such acts as Tom Jones Michael Bolton etc .
David has had a very successful life in music having spent four years with Michael Ball , and also performing / touring with Jeff Beck, the Real Thing , the last two tours with the David Gest show involving such artistes as Billy Paul ,Bill Medley, Deniece Williams , Peabo Bryson and numerous other artistes .
David is extremely happy and proud to be involved with Michael King and Bowie star man and long may he continue to be involved with this highly successful show .
Mark Warren - Guitar
Samuel C Lees - Guitar
Samuel C Lees has been a professional guitarist since the age of 16. Over the last 25 years his musical journey has seen him working alongside many artist, absorbing and mastering many styles of music. Browse the web site and you will find original material in the style of rock, rock blues, jazz and… well just about anything that inspired those finger tips to play guitar.
Samuel’s journey started when he packed up his guitar and ran off to Wales to play guitar for Ray Phillips of Budgie. With only one week’s notice to the first tour date; Samuel had a job to get mum and dad on board with this project. ‘The Apprentice’ toured all over the UK with Budgie learning his trade and quickly building a reputation as a guitar player that can get the job done.
Yet, all good things must come to an end and Samuel came home with tales to tell and a desire to form his own band and work on his own projects. Projects like Texas Flood, inspired by the playing style of SRV, or The Washington Lees Experiment, a successful collaboration with Steve Tate, one of the UK’sexperienced session drummers and, of course, the Samuel C Lees Band. Special times that enabled him to tour with artist like Jack Bruce, Robben Ford or open for Joe Bonnamassa, Walter Trout, Robin Trouwer and Yngwie J Malmsteen.
Of course a good guitar player is always learning and Samuel is no exception. Having always been inspired by Django Reinhardt and those amazing gypsy jazz guitar players, over time he forged quite a reputation as a gypsy jazz guitar player himself. Playing and performing with guitarist like Lollo Mayer, Fappy Lafertan, Robin Nolan and young up and coming players that he met on the gypsy jazz circuit. Samuel recorded two gypsy jazz albums ‘All About Time’ and ‘On The Move’. The latter being released on Hot Club Records, one of the most respected gypsy jazz labels.
Samuel loves his guitars and all things relating to them. This enthusiasm had been used in his role as an instrument demonstrator. He has demonstrated for companies like Fender, Gibson, Marshall and many more. Presently, you can find Samuel on You Tube singing the praises of G&L guitars and Roland amps. He has produced (all by himself I might add) amazingly, informative videos to show how you can get the best sound, tone (brew) from the guitar or amp he is showcasing that day. This also showcases his composing skills as Samuel writes and records all of the demo tracks. Not bad eh?
So… this brings us up to date with Samuel’s journey. His latest release ‘All Cleaned Up’ takes him full circle and back to the electric guitar. It reflects his journey as a guitarists and a writer, showcasing this guitarist’s amazing versatility with his instrument. Samuel still loves to play with his friends in his hometown jazz club shredding out gypsy jazz tunes or on the rock circuit with his classic rock band Burn. He also spends time in his studio (his ‘happy place’) laying down new ideas for his solo electric projects. I’ve also heard he teaches budding guitarist at his local high school, but that could be just a nasty rumour.
Zane Daumaz - Bass Guitar
Zane is a Multi-instrumentalist that has worked in many different positions within music industry from Cruise Liners, Production shows, Wedding and Corporate Bands, Big Bands, Solo Guitar, Vocal Duo's,Trio's and touring theatre production shows.
Zane grew up in south East Spain and began playing Bluegrass banjo & Guitar at the age of 13. After moving to England in 1991 he attended the Guild Hall School of music and Drama In London, Which inspired him to take up other instruments.
For several years Zane Toured the world on Luxury cruise liners Playing Bass Guitar in Production shows and Cabaret bands to gain the experience in all musical genres including Rock, Pop, Funk & Latin, and having the opportunity of playing with many Great Musicians from around the world.
Zane also teaches Guitar, Bass guitar, Banjo & Ukulele from beginner to Advanced level At Hertfordshire College of Music and gives private tuition also.
Zane works as a session musician and has been a member of several different musical ventures some of which include:
First Family Productions(Snowhite, Dick Whittington), Jordan Productions (Pantomime).
Sam Bailey(UK Singer), Bach To Bacharach (Touring theatre Production show), Chris Singleton(Five Grand Stereo), Rose Royce(Gwen Dickie), The East Coast Boyz (Beach Boys Tribute) , Big Girls Don't Cry(Franki Valli and the four seasons tribute), the masters of the house (songs from the West End Musicals), UK & European tour with "The all new original tribute to the Blues Brothers" (EJB Entertainment)
Guys and dolls (theatre production).
Silver fleet cruises-London
Holland America Cruise Lines
P & O Cruise Lines