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‘PResS PLay’ something just a little different than you may have seen of late. Some of the most talented players you can find, all right here in the Okanagan. So excited to be bringing songs to life from the 60’s, 70’s songs that will bring back memories long forgotten. ‘PResS PLay’ is a must see for any who have lived through the best years of classic songs and writing. So sit back, grab a glass of wine and let them take you there.
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Darby set out with some high school buds at 16 years old to take the stage for the first time. By 18, she was on the road singing in club bands across Western Canada. 1980 she joined the Headpins and headed off across North America and Europe, sharing the stage with bands such as ZZ Top, Whitesnake, Eddie Money, KISS, Brett Michael's, Nazareth, Richie Blackmore, Quiet Riot, Loverboy and many more. 36 years later, in 2016, Darby redefined herself by starting again with the Darby Mills Project (DMP). 5 years in, she's released 2 new cd's, obtained a worldwide distribution deal, produced 4 new videos and collaborated for a wonderfully informative documentary produced for Telus On Demand. Now in her 60's, Darby’s finding a love for those fabulous old songs from childhood and hopes to be singng them for years still to come.
Aaron received his first drum set for Christmas at 8, living in Winfield B.C. His first drumming achievement came from his high school where he received an award for being the first seat drummer of senior stage and concert band from grades 8 through 12. Living in Vancouver through the 80’s and 90’s saw Aaron playing with many notable club bands of the day, including Guy Jones, Steelback, David Raven Band and HB Concept to name a few. Through the later 80’s and on, Aaron's work saw him travelling in Canada with Trooper, Buddy Miles, Neil James Harnet and Jeanette Okeefe among others. He travelled throughout Europe & Asia with The Dave Goodman Band including cities such as Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok. Since the early 2000’s, Aaron has enjoyed family life being back in the Okanagan working with artists like Honeyboy Edwards, Margit Sky Project, and The Gary Cable Project. Live theater has included drumming in Jesus Christ Superstar, Rock of Ages, Always Patsy and Little Shop of Horrors. Aaron is the owner/operator of AA Drumschool and SideTrack studio where he teaches online as well as in-house lessons.
Jon’s professional music career started in Vancouver in the 1980's where he performed in a variety of working cover bands as well as original music projects, including a three year stint in the house band at Gastown's famous Pig & Whistle. In 1992, Jon relocated to the Shuswap Lake area and began work composing music for a live stage production about the life and times of Janis Joplin. Eventually Jon moved to Kamloops and began teaching guitar and bass. He continued his live music career, performing with rock & roll and R&B bands, as well as occasional work with the Kamloops Symphony and numerous professional theatre productions, where he worked in pit bands and sometimes as musical director. Jon continues to be an in-demand guitarist working regularly as an accompanyist for vocalists and as a session musician for a wide variety of recording projects. He also performs with his trio which covers everything from jazz standards to rockabilly and classic soul.
Growing up in Wood Mountain, SK, Dennis started playing music at the age of 4 and at age 18, he hit the road as a touring musician and became a sought after recording artist in his early 20s. As a bass player, Dennis was an original member of Loverboy in the late 70s. In 1986, Dennis joined kd lang & The Reclines and recorded “Angel With A Lariat” in London and made appearances on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, Hee Haw, The Grand Old Opry, Much Music Specials & The Junos as well as touring North America, Europe and Japan. In 1988, Dennis joined The Colin James Band and recorded Colin’s 1st and 2nd platinum albums in Miami, LA and Memphis, touring world-wide. Dennis has played on stage and recorded with the likes of ZZ Top, Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos, Steve Winwood, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, Steve Miller Band, Billy Preston and Toto as well as Canadian artists, One More Girl, Brett Kissel, Aaron Pritchett, Chad Brownlee, Doucette, Boulevard, and The Powder Blues, to name a few. In 1991, Dennis toured with Darby Mills & The Unsung Heroes. Dennis currently lives in Vernon, BC and is a member of The Shawn Lightfoot Band, The Lyin’ Bastards (Wrecking Crew of Western Canada) and Soul FX based in Kelowna.