Daniel Geeting has played in famous venues around the world, “and when I finally got home I decided to become a musician.” Although he wanted to follow in the foot steps of his favorite artist he couldn't find a banjo, “but the local pawn shop had a sax, so I went with that.”
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“Music is my life,” exclaims Richard Bunter. who notes that he must “listen to the radio, like, all the time!”
His first instrument was accordion, “but I couldn’t make it as professional because of the roller skating requirement.” Harmonica was next but and unfortunate accident resulted in his next instrument: saxophone. “It’s the only thing that covers up the sound of the harmonica that I swallowed.”
Richard has been a professional music engraver and copyist. For over 40 years he's been semi-professional sax, clarinet and flute player. He plays in local groups like The Palace Hot Society Orchestra, The Harry Selvin Big Band, and 805 Brass, and has played in many pit orchestras for musicals and operas.
It was a fluke occurrence that led Don Nardone into a career as a extra in low-budget movies. “While shopping for my new uniform at Burger World I just happened to turn a corner and wound up on the set of Warrior Women from Venus. They didn't have the money to edit me out, and when I saw myself on the “Big Screen” (actually it was a 16" black-and-white television on late-night TV), I knew I had to be part of the industry.
Indeed, it was during the shooting of Amazon Prison Number 4 that Don was asked to hold a saxophone for the first time. “it was like the heavens had opened and the choir begin to sing,” he recounts. “To be an extra was great, but to hold the sax and be an extra…”
Unfortunately, low-budget movie production moved to Toronto and Don couldn't afford to move, so he decided to learn to play sax.
As a boy, Patrick Ingram was accused of “talking out of his butt” so much that “it occurred to me that I could play that way too.“ Eventually he decided to play by mouth because that way, “the performance didn't depend on what I had for dinner.“
Patrick plays lead alto, clarinet and flute in The Harry Selvin Big Band and plays in numerous local groups.