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The Gunston Manor Band was started by drummer Tom Sapp, who began by jamming with local musicians with goal of playing the best guitar rock and blues songs.
"Having started The Gunston Manor Band many years ago with a couple of guys from my neighborhood, the focus was on classic rock and rockin' guitar blues," Tom said. As musicians came and went, the music list changed and the format evolved but the goal remained the same.
Tom Sapp grew up playing drums in various bands in London England and continued his musical direction when he moved back to the USA to Northern Virginia in 1977. He's a straight ahead, in the pocket drummer, who lives by the blues and rock beats and use's the whole set. He has been a tour drum tech for many of the best drummers including Steve Gadd (Steely Dan), Alan White (Yes), Neil Peart (Rush) and many more from stage calls. He knows how to get the best out of a kit and truly loves to play.
On Lead Guitar, Brent Light has been a studio recording artist for years, backing up many musicians across the country. He has opened up for many hit bands, such as Collective Soul in Atlanta, Ga. Aside from being a phonominal Blues and Rock Singer and Guitarist, Brent is is an Officer in the Coast Guard.. coming to a venue near you.....
Neil Mallanaphy hails from Fredericksburg ,VA and moonlights as on his smooth sounding bass on the weekends at night. His talents round out the band across the board, as he grew up listening to hairs bands of the 80's and also loving the classic rock sound too. He rounds out the low end of The Gunston Manor Band Neil and is one of the coolist bass Bass Players around.... playing in some of the best hair bands in New Jersey clubs making a name for himself. Today he loves to play, enjoy jamming in his music man cave with his band mates! Check him out at our next gig.....you won't be disappointed.
Bentley Westfield has been around the Piano block once or twice...... from Fairfax Station, Va and he knows just about every Southern Classic Rock song from The Allman Bros.,Skynryd, to The Rolling Stones and Marshall Tucker etc.. Bentley is piano icon in the music industry....having been a professional pianist in many bands over the years past, banging the ivories night after night in the club scene of the 70's and 80's. He always wanted to play in a four piece band.......you got what you wished for! We are lucky!
Individually, we have years of stage, studio and touring experience. We are all experienced, both musically and technically, some of have worked on stage at many of the larger venues in the D.C. area including Verizon center, Jiffy Lube Pavilion and Patriot Center, to touring the venues across the nation. Together, The Gunston Manor Band is more than the sum of its parts. Their individual talents compliment each other quite well. They work hard, while having a lot fun, delivering the best of Awesome Classic Rock and Killer Blues.Together we are THE GUNSTON MANOR BAND.