Established in 1995, Buzz Band has proven itself to be Sydney’s best party band, providing the perfect entertainment solution for the Sydney event market.
Buzz Band is self-managed, so you get the best musicians without associated management costs. Unlike some outfits that pool together freelance musicians on the night, (ala scrupulous Melbourne outfit) Buzz Band is a cohesive unit with a track record of success at hundreds of events with the same Buzz Band line-up. Since the nineties our core members have remained unchanged and solid as a rock.
Buzz Band from the beginning
The local Sydney scene was full of musical opportunity. Most pubs had a band in the corner. All but every registered club had a house band. It was a wonderful time to develop your skills and meet other musicians. This was the time when it was still considered very poor form to perform with a backing track or lip sync. Or heaven forbid.... fake it!
During this time I, Jeff Camilleri found myself performing in a number of bands all at the same time. Playing Latin with a band one night and Blues with another, really helped you develop a strong approach to stylistic playing. I didn't limit myself to just two styles. There were jazz gigs, funk gigs, rock gigs, recording sessions etc. These were amazing times.
One evening, while filling in with the house-band as a backing musician for a club show, I met Cos Russo. Cos struck me as a fish out of water. What was a fabulously gifted player doing in a dingy club like this? I suppose the same thing as me ..... doing a gig. He played that club show as if he was backing Frank Sinatra. He takes this attitude along to every performance I've done with him since. Big gig/small gig ... it's all the same for Cos; he gives 100%.
Around the same time, I finally met with Jerry Vander. I knew of him for some time. You see, there are not too many players that double as recognized singers, so you do hear about other guys that can sing and play. It's a rare find. (I should of mentioned that Cos sings too. That was another thing that impressed me.) So after playing a gig with Jerry we both knew that we would make a good team.
Thankfully I was able to bring the three of us together on a gig at a Sydney University. I can't remember what the occasion was but I do remember that it was a special night. The three of us had instant chemistry and we got on like a house on fire.
So in the ensuing years the three of us played many gigs together. The times that we weren't playing together due to other commitments became less and less.
We expanded the trio to include Tim Oram on sax, James Vertley on guitar and Jo Cap as our female vocalist. After James left to work on his studies, Branko Pezo joined us. This combo remained permanent for many years. The rest is history.