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Fri. November 28th 2014
West Vancouver Presbyterian Church West Vancouver BC (All Ages)
North Shore Crisis Services Society Fundraiser Milleraires Big Band

Ian Follis

After leaving Victoria in mid 1958, Ian transferred to the Vancouver local and played on the mainland and in the interior of B.C. until 1967 when he moved to Nanaimo and got involved with the Nanaimo Concert Band, a dixieland group, and several small groups doing hotel and dance gigs. In 1970 it was off to Kelowna where he helped form (and played with), the Okanagan Mission Big Band Society as well as the usual gigging. He then transferred to the Hamilton, Ontario local where he played with various groups in the area until transferring back to the Vancouver local in the late '70's. By the early '80's he had hooked up with the 15th Field Artillery Band, Metropolitan Concert Band, West Vancouver Pops, and Peter Murray's Big Band. By the '90's he was playing with the Milleraires Big Band (for 16 years), and the Sentimental Journey, Stardust, and Paper Moon Orchestras. Since then, while still with the Sentimental Journey Big Band, he added Route 66 and the Roaring 20's Jazz Band as regular committments, and still subs or gigs with other groups.

If asked what career highlights were, they were the first time playing the "Roof" at the Hotel Vancouver as well as at various other premium venues, backing various touring vocal groups and singles back in the '50's, and playing for up to 1,000 dancers at a time in Robson Square when they used to hold big summer dance competition affairs.

Of course, at our age, it is a highlight every time we perform on stage with our many professional associates who make such fine music.

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Milleraires Big Bandrhythm1970-present

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Ron Tuele & The MonarchsDrums1957-1958

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