Brian has been playing music since childhood. He is a multi-instrumentalist, however his first and favorite instrument is the piano. Brian has studied with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Over the years he has studied cello, trombone, guitar and bass but the piano has been his forte. He was the keyboardist for the bands Green Tea and Bad Manners prior to his joining the 519 Band in 2014. He loves all kinds of music but truly found his place with the Blues.
Brian was born in Windsor. His keyboard experience and capable song writing continues to help create the unique and sweet tone that is unique to THE 519 BAND sound.
Rob has had a varied and productive career as a bassist and musician. He started playing music in 1976, inspired by his favourite musician Pete Townsend. Rob styles have included Punk, Rock and Roll, Pop, Country, Soul before discovering the Blues. His multiple band memberships included Stripes, The Hitmen, Messiah, Poppy Omen, Problem Child, Axis Equal, Slippery Pic and Turnpike Lane.
Rob has opened for Air Supply, Kim Mitchell, The Look, The Romantics, Honeymoon Suite, Mitch Ryder, Greg Allman, Black Oak Arkansas and The Kings. He toured England with Stripes, as well as touring Canada and the U.S.. Additionally Rob played bass with Bo Diddley for an evening concert.
Rob joined THE 519 BAND in 2014. His driving, steady bass, music experience, backup vocals and song writing skills continue to propel the 519 band to greater heights.
Dave has been a lifelong musician, playing the tenor and alto saxophone for 50+ years. His style has been influenced by the music of King Curtis, Junior Walker, Wardell Gray and Cannonball Adderley. Dave focuses mainly on Blues, R&B, Rock and Jazz. He has been in numerous bands over his career including the Barking Sharks, a Toronto Blues band which released two CDs. He is still playing saxophone part time with Windsor’s Nil-A-Nova Big Band, the Krazy Kenny Project and the Hospice of Windsor Jamming for Wellness band.
Dave retired and now lives in Essex County with his wife and daughter. He is an avid buff of music history as well as a musician. He joined THE 519 BAND in 2012. His expertise and exquisite brass sound has greatly enhanced the 519’s overall music quality and generally expanded its appeal.
Jamie is one of the two founding members still with the 519 Band. Jamie spent much of his youth listening to the music of the times but was especially impressed with Blues, R&B, Funk and Motown. Always drawn to music, he was encouraged by his brother-in-law to start playing guitar seriously in 2006. Jamie was in a few bands while he honed his skills and his band Elmstead Road opened for the Jeff Healey Band in 2008.
In 2010 Jamie formed THE 519 BAND. There have been a couple of personnel changes, however, Jamie has continued as the front man and heart of THE 519 BAND. He arranges most of the music and directing the sound overall. His vibrant and distinctively heartfelt vocals, along with his adept guitar solos, create a sound that is uniquely 519.
Russ Carter, Born London Ontario Canada. Lived in Windsor where my musical interests got started , moved to Hamilton Ontario at about the age 12. Started playing and at Stewart Memorial Church John Street Hamilton, Formed a group called the Bishops who opened for , Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, John Lee Hooker, and many other artists. The Bishops still hold the Canadian Band Marathon Record from June 4, to June 8, 1964, 81 Hours and 7 Minutes of continuous playing, I played with Tina Turner at Club Alligator, Started a Group-called The Master Hand, we opened for. Parliament Funkadelic, Bob Segar, Mitch Ryder, The Buckinghams, and Many other well known groups from the 70's and 80', Then Came Traffic Jam who was a trio at first doing Holliday Inn's and Howard Johnsons across Canada, Played Youngstown NewYork along with The Mandela.
After moving back to Windsor in 2016 I reconnected with Cousin Jamie Thompson and was invited to play a few songs with THE 519 BAND. Since then I feel like they are my extended family. Thank you to all the members of The 519 Band for making me feel like part of the group.
Ryan Thompson is the newest member of THE 519 BAND. Ryan has been playing the guitar since he was 10 years of age. Since that time he has been a “Blues Child.” When most other young musicians his age were playing rock & roll, Ryan was studying BB King, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Albert King to mention only a few. At the age of 15, Ryan started showing up on Singer/Guitarist Jamie Thompson’s front porch with his guitar in hand, asking Jamie to jam with him. Since joining THE 519 BAND Ryan has been endlessly rehearsing with the band to become an intricate part of the soulful sounds.
John began playing music in 1970. His influences include John Bonham, Keith Moon and Neil Peart. John started playing the drums professionally at the age of 16, performing with such artists as Joseph Antony Cardinal, Jody Raffoul, Jack Genaro, Daniel Victor (Never Ending White Lights), Reflex, Mickey Rat, Dead End Kidz and The Eines. Throughout his career he has had the opportunity to tour Canada and the U.S., showcasing his musical talent. He headlined in Toronto, shared stages with Johnny Winter, I Mother Earth, Alexisonfire and The Kings.
John joined THE 519 BAND in 2016 and brought the backline sound to a new and vastly improved level. His rock steady beat, improvisation and musical experience has aided the 519 Band greatly in improving and expanding its musical quality and continues to enhance its sonic experience.
Gilles is a newer member of the band. He has been playing harmonica or “blues harp” since he was 15 years old. He began his musical career with a focus on country music but is comfortable with many genres of music. He has played with numerous people and enjoys performing on stage with THE 519 BAND since joining the group in 2016. His sharp, crisp yet soulful sound has added new dynamics and harmonies to THE 519 BAND’s musical repertoire. Now retired, he devotes much of his time to his music and THE 519 BAND.
My name is Stephen Thompson. I was born in Windsor Ontario baby of 14 kids. Music is my passion. The 519 band are my favourite band of brothers. I have played almost all over the world mainly with street musicians. In Canada a lot of bands from Ont to Bc. All that matters is The 519 band is a band of brothers all from different mothers.
Kevin has been with the 519 Band since
He has been playing guitar for a number
of years across several different genres.
He is an accomplished guitarist and
holds a solid place as rhythm guitar and
back-up vocalist with THE 519 BAND.
Although Kevin’s highly successful business career precludes him from attending all of our performances, he is still a valuable member of THE 519 BAND. When Kevin’s schedule permits you will find him on stage adding to the distinctive sounds of the group