Barry has travelled extensively on personal travel and as a cruise ship musician throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Panama, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Miami listening and watching latin bands perform. He has always had a keen interest in Latin music and rhythms and the Los Galanes latin band creates a perfect opportunity to try out new latin music with Salsa beats.
Pianist – Vocalist – Entertainer
Jim is originally from Australia and spent many years playing drums in a variety of blues/rock/funk bands. He moved to NZ in 2009 and switched to playing guitar in order to avoid paying the excess baggage fees at the airport 😊
Jim spent 5 years playing soul/funk guitar in Auckland in popular bands 2's a Crowd and The Soul Pit Orchestra before moving to sunny Nelson in 2015 for a new lifestyle choice.
Jim's playing style is very rhythmic as a result of his drumming/percussion background and suits the styles of Soul, Jazz and of course Los Galanes!
Software Engineer and passionate musician, born in Chambery French Alps in 1985, raised in a family counting many musicians and sport saavy people.
As a kid I have always been fascinated by 2 of my older professional musicians cousins, and was spending countless nights attending their concerts litteraly stuck to the stage, not moving away from it for hours with ears wide opened, absorbing every single notes. However a silly, and quite mean musical theory teacher put me off taking on any instrument, practising competition skiing instead, until 2002, turning 17 years old and sitting behind a drumkit for 5 mins, when the band freshly created by high school friends was having a 10mins break.
This was an absolute revelation, after fruitless tries at playing my Dad's guitar. 2003 was the drumming year zero, from 2004 to 2007 I have been playing in a french pop, two reggae bands and a live hip hop band as well as 2 years in the School of Music Jazz big band. This was the turning point towards Jazz music, it gave me the required induction for Jazz and latin music, my first go at The Girl from Ipanema, In the mood, Tekila, Caravan, Summertime, and a whole lot of jazz standards.
I then moved for studying and then working in Scotland in 2007, then stayed there until 2013. It offered varied and enriching and horizon broadening opportunities : I played in overall 5 Edinburgh based bands: 3 african bands including musicians from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Senegal, then 2 local Reggae bands.
In 2013 I moved to Paris for 3 years, only to resume drumming after moving and settling in Nelson NZ, where I started playing with the Nelson Samba band "Nelson Sambassadors" in 2016 and then met Jose Los Galanes band leader through a Nelson French Expat friend of mine (Benoit Gourgues the proud owner of Nelson's infamous Craft Pate!) and then played with then band for the last 5 months.
Played percussion for over 15 years, and has also studied jazz drumming and bass. Played banjo in a Dixie band, entertaining tourists on the Christchurch trams for many years before moving to Nelson.
Raffaele Bandoli was born in Faenza (RA) Italy on 19/05/1971. He completed his musical studies at the Conservatory of Music Fratelli Malerbi in Lugo ( Italy ) under the guidance of Professor Marco Tampieri, a very prominent teacher at national and European level currently holding the chair of trumpet at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory of Cesena.
Graduated in 1991 with a 9/10 score, he participated in the Frentana Music Festival for 2 consecutive years playing in the Frentana Youth Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Donato Renzetti and studying with the trumpeter Maestro Andrea Dell'Ira. He subsequently perfected the study of the trumpet with Giancarlo Parodi from 1992 to 1995.
In 1996 and 1997 he studied trumpet at the Northwestern University of Chicago with Vincent Cichowicz (former trumpet of the CSO), Arnold Jacobs (former Tuba of the CSO) and William Scarlett (former trumpet of the CSO). During his time in Chicago he played in various chamber ensembles at the university and at the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
In 1997 he returned to Italy and began playing regularly with the popular dance orchestra CASTELLINA PASI, winner of 3 RCA gold records, starting a relationship that lasted 4 years until 2001, with this orchestra he recorded several LPs and appeared in several videos music and television broadcasts. This intense musical activity will lead him to travel throughout Italy and part of Europe, starting to experience the world of pop music and jazz. He specializes in this period with the masters Marco Tamburini, Daniele Giardina, Tom Kirkpatrick and Andrea Tofanelli with whom he explores the jazz language and the high register of the instrument.
From 2001 to 2012 he began working with some R&B and funky bands such as T.O.P Love Band and The Scommitments soul music, participating in several concerts and festivals such as the Porretta Soul Festival. During this time he began teaching trumpet at the Music School of Fusignano and at the Malerbi school of Music in Lugo. At the same time he also played in duo with Sergio Mariani and Leonardo Rivola, proposing a jazz repertoire for trumpet and piano.
In 2012 he moved to Nelson (NZ) where he collaborates with the Nelson Symphony Orchestra, which sees him as a soloist in the concert for trumpet and orchestra by JN Hummel in E, performed on 3 May 2014 at the cathedral of Nelson and the Messiah of Handel. Later, in 2017 he will appear again as a soloist with the Nelson Symphony playing the Michael Haydn trumpet concerto in D, the very first and only public execution of that piece in New Zealand.
He started playing in duo with the pianist Daisuke Minamizawa and in several local bands in the jazz scenario of Nelson. He has also played with several bands and local musicians in every edition of the Nelson Jazz festival since 2013.
He also collaborated with the Nelson City Brass Band performing several times as a guest soloist virtuoso pieces like: Carnival of Venice variations, Napoli variation, The debutant and Gran Russia Fantasia.
Mr Bandoli currently teaches trumpet and cornet to his private students and he is enjoying playing with local bands like Los Galanes and Sun City Soul.