His mother had an old spanish guitar in the attic, and at age 12 Dave started making noises on it with a thimble. When he turned 14 he was given a 'Canora' electric guitar and a purple 'Beltone' amp.
His first jamming experience was with DAVID TYSON (now a producer), whose family had an organ in the living room. At age 16 he studied classical guitar with LIONA BOYD, until she left for Europe to learn from JULIAN BREAM.
Throughout high school he played in a band called ORGANIZED CONFUSION (later known as TUMBLEWEED) which featured
ROB GUSEVS on keyboards
(went on to play with LISA DEL BELLO , THE ARROWS,and KEVIN BREIT)
AL HOURSTON on bass
PAUL NIXON on drums (DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND).
ROB "THE WART" ORROM had no fixed address and crashed in our rehearsal space, so it became known as "The Warthole". The usual housekeeping standards of a young rock band's first communal house applied...........
Mind games? We absolutely TORTURED each other during the many parties- one instance where Rob was messed up on acid and thought he had de-materialized, we pretended he was invisible, and burned him in effigy ! He ran around the room, holding up a mirror, screaming "I'm right here guys, I can see myself, I'M RIGHT HERE!!!"
alpha string band
JIM TOVEY vocals, PAUL NIXON drums, FRED BROOKS keyboards, BILLY BLASTOFF, GREG HEFFERNAN, LARRY the HORN, and JOHN OGLIVEY cello.
"My future brother-in-law Jim had this idea for a show band, we played Jethro Tull, Moody Blues, that type of classical-inspired rock, and we had these coloured suits; pink, blue, and white, a different colour for each set. He met John in the subway, lugging this huge case that turned out to be a cello, and he put a pickup on it with a fifty foot cord. He would go out into the audience & spin it around, he was quite the showman even though he was nearly blind with only 10% vision. John later started a band called OUTTASIGHT - everyone was blind except the drummer, who had to do all the roadie work and contracts."
JIM TOVEY, PAUL NIXON, "SHADY" GEORGE BLAND, and BRIAN SMITH
"I took a trip to England, and while I was gone, Jim lured Paul away from TUMBLEWEED, when I returned I joined too. We didn't have a bass player, so we rented a bass from Long & McQuade and Brian and I took turns. After a while, he became the full-time bassist. These guys later became LIVE JIVE ( with ROB YALE on keys and this 15-year-old guitar whiz who was astounding at jazz, but wanted to rock, so he joined to learn) and much later, HOTT ROXX (a Stones tribute band)."
HAGHILL evolved out of jams in those little rehearsal cubicles while at Humber College in 1971;
"SCOTT NOBLE on keys and STEVE & PHIL from Glasgow, who hipped me to a lot of the underground British stuff, like Caravan and Lindisfarne. They had a huge retinue of Scottish Mods, a few real tough girrrls who sometimes beat the crap out of guys who said the wrong thing- it was hilarious, watching them swing their huge purses around in the parking lot after a gig, swearing with a thick accent ".
John Kenny - bass, Paul Nixon - drums (not visible), Justin Paige - vocals, trumpet, keyboards, Dave Cooper, guitar, Dave Schindler - trumpet and keyboards, Dave Norris-Elye - alto sax and flute, Ian Kojima (THE GREAT WHITE CANE) - baritone and alto sax (these guys continued to work together as a horn section, playing for acts like THE STAMPEDERS)
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with GARNETT FORD, LEON STEVENSON (The EXTRAS), DONNY PAULTON (LIGHTHOUSE), and GARY BAUMGARTNER