Eco Rhythm Machine

Representing

ERM

Band History

The nucleus of ERM's band first came together to play a one off gig at a company party over 10 years ago. Now, the band has reformed to take to the road again. Re-invigorated by the youthful enthusiasm of its new members, we have decided to take some time off from keeping construction sustainable, and to join in the fun at Construction Rocks. The band comprises an eclectic mix of styles and instruments including driving funk baselines, searing lead guitar and electric violin. The band has picked the finest environmental songs they could find for the big night.

Band Members

Jack Smith | Lead Vocals

After having a keen interest in singing, Jack first joined a band at university where he studies Audio Engineering. He got the opportunity to practise, record, mix and master his band's work. Having a passion for 90's rock music, he tries to emulate this stylistically and always enjoys a good challenge.

Laura Gatdula | Violin / Backing Vocals

Laura first picked up the violin aged 4 and was classically trained to Grade 8 by age 17. She quit orchestral concert halls for the pubs and clubs of London and Paris, hitting the stage in a range of rock, folk and country bands. Highlights have been sharing the bill with Hot Chip and the Levellers.

Andre Pires | Guitar

Grabbing the electric guitar when was around 9 years old and blowing up his parents' house months later with a huge Marshall guitar amplifier. Andre founded his passion putting a band together, recording albums and touring countries playing what the world needs (Old school Rock and Roll). He just has to find the closest Marshall amp.

Steve Purnell | Bass

Steve is a Transport Planner and bass player. His heroes are Jaco Pastorius and James Jamerson. If he could come close to either of those he'd be a happy man If there are more than 4 band members please provide their details in a separate word document.

Sarah Sanders Hewett | Backing Vocals

Sarah has been known to sing. Occasionally in tune. She models herself on Gunther from the movie "Sing".

Michael Tomiak | Drums

Michael has formal qualifications and the Piano and Percussion. The Guildhall School for Music, based up at the lovely Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, in Suffolk allowed him to learn the drums whilst viewing the activities on the River Stour. Probably the reason he continued with the lessons. Growing up in Suffolk, he became swept away by the fun, happy, energetic, and optimistic lifestyle that pop-punk music seemed to bring to the table. This lead to the creation of a band, an EP, and many shows based in Suffolk and the East Anglian Region. Michael developed a taste for more space-themed punk music with time, and he likes to be influenced by the great emptiness of space and the feelings that that great unknowing evokes. Therefore Michael sites the following bands as influencers that got him up and out and into music: Busted, Blink182, Lit, A, Angels and Airwaves, 30 Seconds to Mars.

Mike Fraser | Guitar

Mike has played guitar in various bands over the years, including a 15 piece soul band in Oxfordshire. He loves a good groove, and will be hoping to get your feet tapping. He might even try a bit of a solo.

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Force Majeure

representing

Mace | Stanhope | Elliott Wood

Band History

A band that started off as The Macenaries in 2014, and has developed and blossomed over the years to become…….

Force Majeure

This “beautiful journey” has only been possible through the usual acrimonious spats, fallings out, moving to other companies, sackings, musical differences, clothing differences, age differences, disagreement on what differences actually exist, disagreement on the use of the words “beautiful journey”, and finally, occasional rehearsals.

The years have not only made the band stronger, but also older, greyer, and wrinklier…

……like all great rock bands should be.

Let’s Rock!

Band Members

Steve Bird | Vocals

Charismatic singer and front man. Known to occasionally keep his shirt on.

Alex Rothman | Lead Guitar

Known to occasionally stop soloing

Adrian Rogers | Rhythm Guitar

Known to (very) occasionally stop “noodling” during rehearsals.

Mick McKagan | Bass Guitar

Known for filling a regularly “vacant” slot in the band lineup.

Gary Taylor | Drums

Known for getting to sit down whilst the rest have to stand up.

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Forge Lane

representing

Wardell Armstrong LLP

Band History

Coming soon…

Band Members

Keith Mitchell | Guitar

Sue Roberts | Vocals

Adam Burnham | Guitar / Vocals

Bryn Griffiths | Drums

Glen Shah | Bass

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Grosvenor

Representing

Grosvenor

Band History

The band members have performed for different Grosvenor events, but this particular group of people hasn’t performed together yet as one group – this will be our debut.

Band Members

Karen Patey | Vocal

After years of singing in school choruses, Karen’s first solo singing debut was in her Year 6 play where she played Anna in The King and I. A family friend then asked her to sing at her wedding and from then on Karen became the guest ‘wedding singer’ at numerous weddings (and funerals!). Today, Karen enjoys singing at various charity events and parties and still dreams about packing it all in and becoming a cabaret singer when she hits the lottery jackpot.

Dorrie O’Brien | Vocal

Dorrie has always had a love for music and singing, ever since a young age. Her journey really began when her parents heard her singing in her room, practicing for a performance during an Activity Week in the school summer holidays and surprised her with singing lessons. She was then in a band, gigging around her home town of Nottingham and in many school productions, so the love of music continued to grow. Dorrie joined Grosvenor almost 6 years ago and has been involved in quite a few events throughout her years, such as Summer In The Square and Christmas performances and this has really helped keep up her love of singing!

Tom Lewis | Guitar

Raised on a diet of Springsteen, Clapton, The Quo and Dire Straits, it was only a matter of time before Tom started playing the guitar. When he first heard Money for Nothing, he knew that was it - he retired the air guitar and for his 16th birthday received his first real guitar; a bright red Fender Stratocaster.

After a year of lessons, he formed a band with his brother and a few friends and hit the local circuit. He didn’t have quite the same success or longevity as the Rolling Stones, but his local club was Wembley Stadium and for a brief time they were self-proclaimed rock gods.

Coming down from the dizzy heights of fame and success in my teens, I now enjoy playing in my spare time and write the odd song whenever inspiration takes me.

Gary Dixon | Drums

Gary has played bass and drums in a few different bands since his 20s.  In his early 20s, he was in a band called Cooperbrown.  Although they remained unsigned, they used to play gigs at pubs and small venues in London and the Home Counties, and they recorded some EPs and albums which he is sure he has somewhere in his loft!

He also enjoys playing piano and is currently studying for his Grade 8 piano exam which he hopes to take next year.  With two small children, time to practice is somewhat hard to come by.

Alex Robinson | Bass

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Kier

Representing

Kier

Band History

Coming Soon…

Band Members

Coming Soon…..

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Not to scale

Representing

WSP

Band History

Not to Scale formed in 2016 in the WSP Birmingham office, then we were four rusty musicians who wanted an opportunity to rock out! (Now we’re four slightly less rusty musicians with the opportunity to rock out). Inspired by the capitals penchant for both charity and live music we performed our first gig in May 2017, to raise money for the midlands based charity Network Four, providing services to vulnerable people in the local area. Since then, we have played a number of gigs around Birmingham as a four and five piece band and started writing our own material. Construction Rocks in London will be an amazing opportunity for us to perform at the event that inspired us all to get together in the first place, as well as to finally play our original “Highway Blues” for an audience that will appreciate the lyrics. For Construction Rocks this year, we are honoured to be joined by some talented musicians from other offices in WSP, who have represented WSP at Construction Rocks in previous years and will take our songs to a whole new level!

Band Members

Becca Fagan | Lead Singer

From a background that consists of musical theatre and singing to the radio, Becca has taken up the lead vocals for the band. Becca has a way of making cover songs her own and providing lyrical input to our original songs, often reminding other members of the band that she needs some space to breathe in those lyrics!

Elaine Roberts | Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals

Structural engineer by day, bassist by night, Elaine defies all the gender stereotypes!Elaine loves anything upbeat, especially funk, soul and gospel music, and is particularly excited about the addition of a brass section to the band for Construction Rocks.

Elaine started the band in 2016 as a new graduate, following a suggestion from her line manager-to-be (turned lead guitarist of Not to Scale!) in her interview.

Alex Hill | Drums

Alex likes to “rub a bit of funk on it” with a blend of enthusiasm and improvisation much like his engineering. A building Services Engineer by trade Alex has worked at WSP since 2005 starting as a graduate. His style is rock/pop with a blend of soul and funk rubbed in, but enjoyment of the music and connection to audience is always his first thoughts in grooving out the beats.

Alex Lee | Lead Guitar

After watching Michael J Fox rock out in Back to the Future, an impressionable young Alex decided the electric guitar was the instrument for him. After a while without a band, he jumped at the chance to be in Not To Scale. His band mates may have vetoed Chuck Berry but the influence is strongly felt in the first few bars of their song ‘Highway Blues’.

Tom Palfreyman | Synthesizer

Tom meddled with synth and bass guitar in a variety of Indie Pop style bands in the late 80s/early 90s enticingly named The Fractals, Ten Fingered Tom, Naked Apes and Disastermind, gigging original material around London & Cambridge. A railway electrical power engineer with WSP for 24 years, he was last seen strumming an electro-acoustic and singing his self-penned Billy Bragg inspired rant “Yesterday’s News” in conservative Surrey but will be dusting off his 90s synth for this performance.

Steve Denniss | Brass

Director for Digital Railways, Steve’s early music making was as principal solo cornet for the Romford Salvation Army band before he took over as Musical Director. He now mixes it up with Concert Bands across Kent, his own brass quintet, and featuring in the rock horn section. His hobbies include running and flying light aircraft.

Karina Swan | Sax / Vocals / Synth / Keys

Emeka Okorocha | Piano

Jonathan Essam | Trombone

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Stairwidth to Heaven

representing

Butler & Young

Band History

Formed late in 2018 through a mutual appreciation of fine rock music, we want to show the world the edgier side of construction and in particular the building control world through killer beats, grooves and soaring vocals

Band Members

Mark Tambini | Guitars

Born with a guitar in hand, Tambers has rhythm and flair in abundance, earned through a dogged history of life on the road with bands such as: Snake, The Immigranti and JWR.

Graham King | Drums

Known as “The King” (or TK for short), Graham delivers thunderous beats with ferocious precision

Joshua Thomas | Vocals

A seasoned professional in the performing arts industry, JT is a crooner by nature with an enigmatic stage presence guaranteed to captivate any audience

Felicity Allerton | Bass

Fliss is the queen of groove, guiding the band with her pulsating bass licks

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The elusive butterflies of rhythm

Representing

Gleeds

Band History

The band comprises 3 Gleeds’ directors plus an ex-Gleeds, now client, semi-ringer ! Some might say the band are all long standing musicians with a depth of musical experience; some might say they’re a bunch of chancers and wannabie rock stars……..whatever you make of them, Gleeds intend to take this competition through the roof ! …..we will most certainly ROCK construction.

Band Members

Marc Chapman | Guitar / Vocals

3 solo original albums recorded to date, plays in a rock covers band and has been known to dabble with certain 80’s pop stars. Gleeds’ Building Surveying Director in his spare time.

Guy Bonser | Drums

The diva that is the industry’s finest, loudest and most in-demand tub thumping engine room, that occasionally does a little quantity surveying.

James Garner | Bass

Online session star and groove meister with London luminaries ‘Coverz Loverz’…..again, one that graces Gleeds with a little quantity surveying now & again.

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Zero Degrees

Representing

Meridian Home Start

Band History

This is our third outing at Construction Rocks and we love taking part. We are mature musicians who play old fashioned Rock and Roll.

Band Members

Andy Norman | Guitar / Vocals

Andy is an old rocker.

Lisa Toms | Vocals

Lisa is bringing down the average age of the band while belting out classy vocals.

Nick Goldreich | Guitar

Nick is an old rocker.

Terry Finn | Drums

Terry is another old rocker.

George Cronin | Bass

George is yet another old rocker.

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