Leaving The Peter White Band. The Story and Pictures
WAS Headline News in 2002
Leaving the Peter White Band
Photo by Prez Patty
The Peter White Band - Late 2001
Guess getting bored with life is becoming a theme because change is way popular this year.
It was 6 years ago this January that I became a regular in the Peter White Band playing saxes and flute. This week, after much thought, I spoke with Peter and gave up my post as sax player with his band.
This was a very difficult decision since Peter's Band is great and the Peter White Organization has been the most together and professional I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Leaving Peter's Band was hard, but also very exciting. When I joined the band in 1996, my personal life was a disaster. I could not work my own band with all that I had on my plate at that time. Being a sideman for Peter was the perfect choice.
3 1/2 years after my new single world started again (which is really divorced again...not single?), I am more than ready to support the Greg Vail Music Catalog with live performances and a Greg Vail Band.
I'm really excited about this new direction, which is just getting back to where I was in 95-96 as I started my solo career.
So, here we go again; TAKE II. Stay in touch to see how, when and where things start flying...
Photo's of the Peter White Years.
Greg and Peter White in Stockton, CA. Photo by Prez Patty.
Greg Vail first meet Peter White while on the road with Kilauea in 1991. Photo by Prez Patty.
Greg worked in the Peter White Band for 6 years. He also traveled with Peter doing promotional gigs as seen here at Boarders Book Store in 1998 playing as a duo with tracks from Peter's then new CD, Perfect Moment, featuring Greg Vail on Soprano Saxophone. Photo by Brian Runner.
The Peter White Band has seen many great Musicians thru the years. Dave Karasony can be seen on Drums with Peter White and Greg Vail at Lincoln Hills Venue. Photo by Brian Runner.
The only guy that started playing with Peter White before I joined the band was John Menzano. During my years with the band, Peter, John and I were the "regulars." Peter is the boss... and the other sidemen changed along the way, but we were the Three Musketeers.
When a bunch of guys hang out all over the country, some cute little nick names crop up. I started calling John- Johnie and it stuck. Here is a photo of Johnie and I from a show in Los Vegas.
David Sparkman started with Peter 18? months ago. David sings like a bird and has been a great bro since our very first gig together. Photo by Prez Patty.
David soon took the name Sparky in the band. Sparky and Johnie are still tearing it up in 2002 with Peter's Band since my leaving.
It was not until Sparky joined the band that Peter was given his sacred road name (Nick Name). Sparky started lovingly calling Peter- "Uncle Peta" and it stuck. I don't know if anyone addresses Peter White as "Uncle Peta" to his face, but when talking about the boss it's now "Uncle Peta"; Thanks Sparky! Photo by Prez Patty.
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We did have a lot of fun. The 3 of us put in 6 years together and John and I are the 2 long term members; Johnny having a good year of time in before me.