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The E-Ticket Band: Bio

Cliff White - Keyboards

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Cliff started playing the Hammond Organ when his dad, a salesman at Sherman & Clay brought one home for the family and Cliff began to take lessons.  He soon discovered his passion for rock and roll, and found that the classic combination of Hammond and Leslie speaker along with his natural talent made him very much in demand.

His influences are diverse which enables him to adapt to many musical styles.  Yes, he loves rock and roll, but he also plays a mean version of "Alley Cat"!

Glenn Bolich - Bass

Glen_2Cropped_resized.jpgOne of the original founding members of the band, Glenn began playing bass in his early teens.  He was inspired by the "British Invasion" of the sixties with bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Herman's Hermits, along with many other bands of the time.

He's a vintage gear aficionado and its not unusual for Glenn to show up at rehearsal with a strange and unusual bass or amplifier.

His solid sound provides a stable foundation for the band.

Cliff Fields (C2) - Lead Guitar

C2_3.jpgCliff has spent much of his adult life playing music. Having been in numerous bands, he’s also played with noteworthy artists such as Neil Young, Lindsey Buckingham and Alice Cooper.

 

Typically a soft-spoken guy, Cliff comes alive on stage as an energetic performer with expressive vocals and exciting lead guitar work.  Cliff says “The many talents of the The E-Ticket Band players is what gives the band a unique and POWERFUL sound”.

Ken McLaren - Drums

Ken2.jpgKen McLaren started playing drums in the 5th grade, and was influenced by the early British Invasion music, inspired by drummers like Keith Moon, Ian Paice, and even jazz great Buddy Rich. He formed his first band The Raven, and performed for many of the older 7th & 8th grade dances & parties. In college, he helped form the progressive rock band, Blue Wind that included guitarist Jeff Trott, who went on to co-write with Sheryl Crow. In the 1980’s Ken joined the San Francisco band, Nobody Famous who played many of the key SF and Bay Area night clubs including The Stone, Mabuhay Gardens, Chi-Chi Club, and Keystone. Ken also performed with opening acts for Walter Eagan, Pamela Rose, and Marty Balin. In the 1990’s he joined rock band Slap Jack, as the house band for the Loading Zone; and in early 2000’s played with Along for the Ride, performing at many Bay Area venues.   

He has two different drums kits which are used depending on the size of the venue – whether it’s the compact Roland electronic drum set for small clubs, or the full Ludwig Blue Sparkle 1966 vintage set for large stage concerts, he holds down the bottom end to keep E-Ticket rolling.

Ciro Giammona - Guitar

CiroCropped.jpgCiro started playing the guitar at the age of 14 when a friend showed him that Creedence Clearwater's "Born on the Bayou" could be played almost entirely using one chord.  Since then, playing the guitar has influenced his life in unanticipated ways including the initiation of countless friendships, career advancement and the introduction to his lovely wife of almost 30 years.

His favorite music is from the golden years of rock and roll, but he loves every song that E-Ticket plays.  One thing he particularly enjoys about E-Ticket in addition to playing great music is that the band is based on friendship and fun and that shows when they play.

Franklin Davis - Trumpet and Trombone

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Franklin Beau Davis (Trumpet, Trombone, Flugelhorn, Arranger) is well versed in a multitude of musical styles, with over 30 years of freelance trumpeting, teaching, arranging and bandleading experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. A native San Franciscan, Franklin graduated from Lowell High and San Francisco State University, and now lives with his wife Tammy in Belmont. He has performed with the San Francisco Opera, Berkeley Symphony, Symphony Parnassus, Royal Society Jazz Orchestra, San Francisco Starlight Orchestra, Devil Mountain Jazz Band, Brass Horizon, Kickback, various Musical Theater groups around the Bay Area, Golden Gate Park, Oakland and Hayward Municipal Bands, and Cesar's Latin All-Stars, to name a few. And he leads his own groups: The Brassworks Quintet and Band, Gabriel's Trumpets, The Musical Toy Soldiers and The Memorial Brass.

 

Franklin’s groups have played regularly for vintage dance events such as the Dickens Christmas Fair, Civil War Ball and Ye Gaskells Victorian Balls; for high-profile events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance; for concerts, parties, conventions, civic events and charitable functions; and for weddings and receptions year round.  Now, in the E-Ticket Band, he demonstrates another aspect of his powerful brass sound.

Mark Heckman - Saxophones

Mark_resized.jpgMark Heckman (saxophones & woodwinds) is a graduate of South San Francisco High School where he played in the award-winning Blue Knights Big Band.  He went on to perform at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in their prizewinning Concert & Jazz Band programs.  While attending UNR, Mark worked as a professional musician in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area.  He has performed with such notable jazz legends as Stan Kenton, Don Ellis, Louie Bellson, Joe Morello, Frank Rosolino, Tom Scott, and Gary Burton.  Mark also performed with opening acts for Chicago, Cold Blood, and the Turtles in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Following a 30-year hiatus from music to pursue a career in Mechanical Engineering, Mark returned to arranging and performing Big Band Jazz, R&B, and Classic Rock & Roll.  Mark has performed with or is currently a member of the UC Berkeley Alumni Jazz Big Band, The Joe Ferrari Big Band, The Bob Enos Big Band, and several Bay Area R&B Bands, including Bing and the Bingtones, Coast, and West Bay Rhythm.