Did you know that Surrey Coun. Bruce Hayne plays a mean Joe Cocker tune on the ivories? Now you do.
You may not expect someone so straitlaced, clean-cut and professional to be a weekend rocker, but that's exactly what Hayne is as keyboardist for All About Jack, a rock 'n' roll cover sextet. They play a wide range of classic rock, including Cheap Trick and Genesis, but also modern rock like Matchbox Twenty and The Killers.
"We like to play music that's a little more complicated than what you might find in a threechord bar band," said Hayne. "When we come out and do Elton John 'Funeral for a Friend' and 'Love Lies Bleeding' to open a set, they go 'Wow!'" Hayne got his musical start like most people with piano lessons in Grade 1. He later started garage bands with his friends as teenagers, and they made it pretty far in the music industry.
"Eventually, I went on the road with a couple of bands and played full-time, toured all over Eastern Canada," he said. "Then I realized that that wasn't going to pay all the bills."
Hayne returned home, went back to college and got what some might call a "real job," but his
musical spirit was not defeated as he continued to perform music part-time.
"I worked for a company called Roland - they make electronic keyboards, PA systems, guitar effects pedals, PA gear," he said. "I kept my hand in music all through that part of my career, and when I started my own business, I got together with a couple of the guys from Roland and started playing in a band again."
For the last 13 years, Hayne has tickled the ivories for All About Jack while working full-time. Likewise, Rick Chapman, marketing co-ordinator of special projects for the City of Surrey, has performed live as a drummer and currently pounds the skins for the Pat Chessell Band when he's not doing city stuff.
News of their musical abilities tends to catch people off-guard, more often than not.
"I think people are surprised a little bit, especially when I'm playing at the pub and City of Surrey employees come in and see me behind the drum kit," said Chapman. "You get to let loose a little bit more in the pub."
"(The reaction is) usually one of surprise - 'You play in a band, really?'" added Hayne. "Then they come here us and they go, 'Hey, you guys are pretty good!'" Hayne and Chapman aren't the only prominent locals with an off-hours musical side - even some employees of the Now are musicians. Sales rep Dal Hothi can out-sing the likes of Donny Osmond, ad designer Colin Hartridge drums for Sparkling Apple, and editors Beau Simpson and Tom Zillich perform together in the band Jane's Blonde.
So after all these years, why do they still perform music on the side? "It's definitely not the money," Chapman said. "The money has been the same for the past 20 years, and that's not a lot."
Hayne said he uses live performance as a way to unwind. "It's just so much different than what we do on a day-to-day basis. You really need that creative outlet, something that is totally different and allows you to be creative and have fun. A lot of guys have their beer-league hockey every week or their bowling night - we have our band nights."
Next week: Kicking out the jams at local bars
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