Left to Right Back -
|Steve Allen, John Parratt, Dave Haslam|
|Ted Watton, Allan Riley, Barrie Booth|
The band formed in 1996 making its first public
appearance at the Shadsworth Neighbourhood Centre, Blackburn.
They have become popular entertainers at venues in Lancashire and
Merseyside, playing at; Weddings, Flower shows, Steam rallies and
Jazz clubs. They have also ventured south to the Newbury Show and
North to Silloth and Dundee. Although at best indoors with
amplification the band does not shy away from outdoor "unplugged"
work in Carnivals and Processions.
ALLAN RILEY (banjo/guitar)
Allan was first attracted to Traditional Jazz in the early 60's through record collecting and visits to Blackburn Jazz Club. Having never owned a musical instrument a friend took him along to a rehearsal of the Darwen and Hoddleston Silver Prize Band and he came away with the loan of a cornet. This provided the opportunity to learn an instrument and he soon became "hooked" on the fun of banding and the camaraderie of band people. He extended his interest to guitar and eventually banjo having played in many outfits ranging from duos to big-band. A chance meeting with two accomplished instrumentalists John Percival (trumpet) and Alf Wentworth (clarinet) led to the formation of the Roof Raisers
TED WATTON (Reeds)
Ted has very broad tastes in music ranging from Brass Band and Chamber Music to Big Band Swing and all
shades of Jazz. His original inspiration to take up an instrument came ,curiously, from hearing Sunrise
Serenade, the B-side of a Glenn Miller hit and he soon became a regular visitor to the famous Bodega Club
in central Manchester in the 1950’s where he heard many top Bands of that era. Ted took up the saxophone
and became a well-known figure on the semi-pro Dance Band scene in the North West during the 60’s through
to the 80’s.
JOHN PARRATT (Drums)
Originally from Bournemouth he moved to London and
spent his youth as a freelance drummer working at venues such as
Ronnie Scotts and the Hammersmith Odeon, whilst finding time to
support Chelsea Football Club.
His favourite drummer is Dave Weckl.
DAVE HASLAM (Brass Bass)
As a young man David had initially held an ambition to play the Trombone. He waited until he had completed his studies before joining The Eagley Brass Band in Bolton where it was found he was more suited to playing the E-flat tuba. Eventually he moved to The Walkden Band, Manchester and for many years performed at a high level in the demanding world of Brass Band competitions. During this period he was also a long term member of the popular Brasshoppers, a Bavarian ten-piece Group made up of soloists drawn from the Brass Band movement.
David also found time to put his singing talents to use as a member of Choirs and Operatic Societies in the Bolton area.
STEVE ALLEN (Electric Bass)
As a child Steve was always
singing around the house and still does, but now more formally with
The Combined Choirs of Bolton School. He took up the Cornet at age
eleven and in the Brass Band "hot-house" of Bolton attained the
Principal Cornet position in the local Borough Band at the age of
thirteen. Eventually becoming disenchanted with the intense
competitive Brass Band scene he broadened his interests to include
classic (Mahler) Rock, Swing, Big Band and Jazz, Maynard Ferguson
and John Faddles becoming his favourites. By this time, having took
up Bass Guitar, he was running his own Rock Group and toured the
country appearing at prestigious venues. On retiring from this
hectic scene he dusted off his brass-playing skills and in 1991
joined John Percival's " Touch of Brass"10-piece Group. When this
ensemble evolved into the Roof-Raisers Steve pursued other interests
but met up with John again playing in the horn section of a Blues
Band . On learning that the string bass position in the Roof-Raisers
had just become vacant he did not hesitate in joining the band with
his considerable vocal and instrumental skills.
BARRIE BOOTH (Trombone)
Barrie began playing Cornet with a Stalybridge Brass Band at the age of 13. He eventually changed to trombone and played with several brass bands in the North-West and also, when his work location took him, in the south of England.
His talent and versatility on his chosen instrument has secured him places in Symphony Orchestras, Wind Bands and Big Bands. Now permanently based in the North-West he currently plays mainly Traditional Jazz but is still often in demand to appear with Mainstream and Modern Jazz groups.
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