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First published April 2012


Gary Downs Dance Band 1959 to 1962

Played at most of the venues around the Marton-Manawatu areas.  Tutaenui Hall, Victory Hall, Saint Francis Hall, Newbury Hall, Bulls Town Hall, Sanson, Tangiomoana, Feilding and Palmerston Aero clubs, Anglican Church hall Marton, and Rangitikei College Hall school dances.

Band members were Gary Downs - Piano
Ray Judson Lead and Rhythm Guitar,
Barry Slade Bass, and Bill Trask
Nevill Lewis then Maurice Loomy on Drums,
Hugh Fitzsimmons on trumpet.

Enjoyed my 3 years playing around the Marton area, also made a bit of cash and made lots of friends. Attended a lot of parties after the dances also. Never used to get home till about 4am on Sunday mornings. What a hard life.

Missfits 1963 to 1966

Lead Guitar - Ross Green
Rythym Guitar - Dennis Shepherd
Bass - Chris Oliver
Drums - Philip Common and then Maurice Loomy
Singer - Keith Ellery

The Missfits played all the Marton dance halls, Wanganui and Palmerston North halls

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