SMOOTH

SMOOTH

Smooth, a Western Australian group that plays a range of musical styles from sophisticated jazz to big band and blues, pop to rock, brings the top of the charts from the most sought after popular styles of music into one exciting blaze of entertainment.

Perth, WA, Australia
Welcome to the Smooth experience!
 
Smooth was created by a group of musicians who share a love of good music and the excitement of performing in front of an audience that also enjoys the music that we play. As a thirteen piece band, Smooth has the ability and the opportunity to play many pieces that are not an option for smaller bands, and makes the most of this to bring a full sound throughout their repertoire.
 
Smooth has played at many functions throughout Perth, Albany, Geraldton, Kalbarri and Kalgoorlie, with their performances being met with enthusiasm wherever they go. Smooth has played at weddings, where their extensive repertoire allows them to play not only at the reception, but during the ceremony as well.
 
Smooth regularly performs at many venues around Perth, including the Harp in Belmont, the Mundijong Tavern and The Lynwood Arms. The band has also played at The Earl of Spencer (Albany), Denmark Tavern, Gilgai Tavern in Kalbarri and at many other country venues. As well as this, Smooth performs at parties, balls and corporate functions around Perth, and was involved last year in a joint production with Armadale City Concert Band. This dinner dance evening was so successful that a repeat performance has been programmed for 2003.  This dinner dance evening was so successful that a repeat performance has been programmed for 2003.
 
Smooth celebrated  the New Year at the Palace Hotel in Kalgoorlie, and  made a return visit (for the third time) to Albany for Australia Day. Thanks to all of you who travelled from Perth to support us!
 
Members
 
Delia Gawthorne      - Lead Female Vocalist
Bryce Easton            -  Lead Guitar, Lead Male Vocalist
Martin Ruck               - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Male Vocalist
Ashley Ruck              - Rhythm Guitar
Paul Easton              -  Trombone, Lead Male Vocalist
Andrew Hukin           - Trumpet
Sarah Bednarek       - Alto Sax
Catherina Bremner  - Tenor Sax
Michael Robinson    - Principal Percussionist
Julie Easton              - Percussionist, Backing Vocalist
Peta-Marie Doggett  -  Backing Vocalist, Guitarist
Alan Bertram              - Keyboards
Peter Massey             - Bass Guitar    
Playlist
 
Smooth has an extensive playlist, presently with over eighty songs. The playlist is a mix of popular jazz, blues, rock, soul and contemporary numbers. Smooth is constantly changing and expanding this playlist, to greater portray the different eras displayed by our repertoire. The links are to live recording samples from some gigs. Enjoy!
  • Fever
  • Chameleon
  • It Hurts so Bad
  • Tequila
  • You’re Sixteen
  • When The Saints Go Marching In
  • Caravan
  • Zoot Suit Riot
  • American Pie
  • Living Next Door To Alice
  • Stand By Me
  • Who Will Save Your Soul
  • Looking For An Echo
  • Runaway
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Not Pretty Enough
  • Give Me One Reason
  • The Tide is High
  • Deeper Water
  • The Rose
  • Africa
  • That’ll Be The Day
  • Everybody Needs Somebody
  • Chain of Fools
  • Not That Kind of Girl
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • Smooth
  • I’m a Believer
  • Run to Paradise
  • Let’s Twist Again
  • You May Be Right
  • I’m Gonna Love You Too
  • Man I Feel Like a Woman
  • Mustang Sally
  • Total Eclipse of The Heart
  • Say That You Love Me
  • Echo Beach
  • Love Fool
  • Blue Moon
  • That Thing You Do
  • Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
  • Stop It I Like It
  • Venus
  • Nut Bush City Limits
  • Johnny B. Goode
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Wild Thing
  • In The Midnight Hour
  • Wipeout
  • Sunday Girl
  • Wake Me Up
  • Old Time Rock n Roll
  • Crocodile Rock
  • Grease Medley
  • Knock on Wood
  • Jump in My Car
  • On The Prowl
  • Cover of The Rolling Stone
  • La Bamba/Twist and Shout
  • Hey baby
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • Go Your Own Way
  • Lady Marmalade
  • The Breakup Song
  • Pash
  • Let’s Stick Together
  • Eagle Rock
  • Feeling Alright
  • Treat Her Right
  • River Deep Mountain High
  • Shake Your Tailfeather
  • Leave Your Hat On
  • I Feel Good
  • Weir
  • Mambo Number 5
  • One Way or Another
  • Gimme Some Lovin
  • Am I Ever Gonna SeeYourFace Again
  • I Love Rock n Roll
  • Heartbreaker
  • Mascara
  • You Shook Me All Night Long
  • Take A Long Line
  • The Boys are Back In Town
  • Goodnight Sweetheart
  • Birthday
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun
  • Time Warp
  • I Will Survive
  • I Hope You Dance
  • You're Just Too Good To Be True
  • Summer Nights
  • Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee
  • Hopelessly Devoted To You
  • Greased Lightnin’
  • Sandy
  • You’re The One That I Want
  • We Go Together
 
Professional Biographies
 
Bryce Easton
Bryce commenced his career in music at the age of 9, studying guitar privately, until he entered secondary school and commenced advanced training in classical guitar. He made his debut as a performer while still in high school, playing both classical and popular music to a wide range of audiences. He continued his studies at the West Australian College of Advanced Education (Edith Cowan University), at the same time as teaching classical guitar to undergraduate music students. After graduating from university, Bryce commenced his career as a full time music teacher with the Western Australian Department of Education, where he remained for 18 years. Bryce has been an active member of a number of different groups, including concert bands, guitar ensembles and popular music groups, and has participated in master classes with a number of world class guitarists such as John Williams and Julian Bream. He is now an administrator with the Western Australian Department of Education, and instigated the formation of Smooth to give like - minded musicians an opportunity to perform in a vibrant and challenging environment.
 
Delia Gawthorne
Delia brings to Smooth a depth of singing that just has to be heard to be believed. Her extensive knowledge of different vocal styles is a perfect foil for the vocals of Martin, Paul and Bryce. Delia has performed in many different venues, and has performed in many countries such as America, Russia, Panama and Scandinavia. She performed in the State production of the Sound of Music and her recent performances have been as an entertainer on cruise ships.
 
Paul Easton
Paul is currently studying music at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, after studying music at Perth Modern Senior High School. Paul has been a member of many different groups nationwide and internationally, including jazz bands, orchestras, wind orchestras, various vocal groups and Smooth. Paul has expanded his skills in Smooth, arranging much of the playlist for the band. Paul runs a sound reinforcement business.
 
Martin Ruck
Martin first played guitar at the age of fourteen, and has continued playing in various bands throughout Western Australia. He has also previously in bands with Bryce, including the band Details. Along with his son Ashley, Martin provides the rhythm guitar section of Smooth.
 
Michael Robinson
Michael learnt to play the Drum kit whilst in the Royal Australian Navy, and for a short time was a percussion teacher at the RAN school of music. After he retired from the navy he joined the WA Education Department and is now teaching percussion techniques to students in the Perth South Metropolitan area. He keeps his performance skills up to par by playing in bands like Smooth and the Armadale City Concert Band. He also runs a small business repairing most percussion instruments.
 
Andrew Hukin
Andrew studied trumpet at Churchlands Senior High School from the age of twelve, and performed with various ensembles through the school. Andrew joined the Forrest music academy after leaving high school, until joining Armadale City Concert Band in the early 90’s and then Smooth. Andrew has contributed to the horn section of Smooth, lending his ‘smooth’ trumpet tone to the Mix.
                                                                                           
Sarah Bednarek
Sarah first studied alto saxophone at the age of thirteen, at Rolystone District High School, then at Kelmscott Senior High School from the age of sixteen. Sarah completes the Smooth horn section with her excellent alto playing. 
Ashley Ruck
Ashley started studying guitar at the age of twelve, under the guidance of Bryce. Ashley joined Smooth with his father, Martin, and give Smooth its powerful rhythm guitar section. Ashley has developed his improvisational skills in Smooth, capturing the essence of the music Smooth plays in his imaginative solos.    
               
Peta-Marie Doggett
Peta-Marie began her musical training at the age of 9 as a vocal student with the Johnny Young Talent School. When she was 11 she started classical guitar lessons, and was accepted as a scholarship student to Perth Modern School where she continued her studies in this instrument. Peta-Marie has performed in many ensembles as a guitarist, and has also been a member of the many choirs that Perth Modern School offer. Peta-Marie is the most recent addition to Smooth as backing vocalist, and uses her many talents to complement the Smooth sound.   
                          
Catherina Bremner
Catherina’s musical experience commenced at the age of seven, when she was a member of various choirs. Catherina picked up the clarinet at the age of eleven, and went on to play the tenor saxophone at age sixteen. Catherina has used Smooth to develop her on stage presence, with her musical skills in sight reading and memorisation improving remarkably.
Professional Biographies continued...
 
Julie Easton
Julie has been a member of various choirs since the age of seven, and started her percussion education when she was accepted into a music scholarship program at Perth Modern School, where Julie was involved in many ensembles. Julie learnt drumming to further her percussion skills, but her drumming has advanced to encompass many styles that more experienced drummers find difficult to achieve. By being a member of Smooth, Julie has gained much practical and professional experience about the live music industry, in which she hopes to develop a career.          
 
Peter Massey
Peter has never been without some sort of musical influence in his life; his musical tastes are many and varied. He has played in many of Western Australia's most popular bands, including a stint in the Newman Showband, and the Australian Big Band. Peter has performed in Jazz and rock bands throughout his career, and is currently with the Armadale City Concert Band as well as Smooth. With his bass, "Big Bertha", Peter is a popular performer with many fans.  
 
Allan Bertram
Allan commenced his musical career with a scholarship to Churchlands Senior High School, where he and his twin brother spent their high school years stunning audiences with their keyboard virtuosity. After leaving school, Allan pursued many interests, and is currently a mathematics teacher with the Western Australian Education Department. Allan is well known by audiences for his keyboard skills, and his corny jokes!
 

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