After moving to Northern California in 1984, I decided I would look for an original band instead of seeking a money earning cover band. I answered a classified add for a local Oakland all original rock band called The Change, led by guitarist/keyboardist/singer/songwriter Bruce Demarest. I auditioned and was asked to join.
Bruce had a series of interesting energetic new music for the time. I immensely enjoyed contributing to the songs and band. After several personnel changes, and fine honing of Bruce's music, we evolved into Demarest. We played at local showcase venues in Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco. Eventually, Bruce decided to commit his songs to vinyl. We recorded "Word Gets Around" at Starlight Studios in Richmond, California. I played drums and programmed a Linn Drum machine on the record.
Bruce Demarest and his family left the Bay Area and returned to his wife's home town, Austin, Texas. I am extremely sorry to say Bruce passed away of cancer in 2004. He leaves his loving wife and son, who is a drummer and songwriter.
Rest in Peace Bruce. You are missed!
a message from Gail, Bruce's mom (November 22, 2008)
"This site is in memory of my son, Bruce Demarest; the world lost a very talented songwriter and musician, on this day, four years ago ~ Through his music, as Bruce was his music, his spirit lives on!!"
Click on these link's to view us playing live on You Tube!
Demarest playing Word Gets Around at Uncle Charlies in Corte Madera, CA in 1987
Demarest playing Blue Moon Girl at Uncle Charlies in Corte Madera, CA in 1987
Demarest playing By Summertime at Uncle Charlies in Corte Madera, CA in 1987
Demarest playing Guilty at Uncle Charlies in Corte Madera, CA in 1987
Demarest playing False Front at Uncle Charlies in Corte Madera, CA in 1987
Demarest playing Verbatim at Uncle Charlies in Corte Madera, CA in 1987
Demarest playing On 2 and 4 at Uncle Charlies in Corte Madera, CA in 1987
Click on the links below to hear Bruce's great songs from "Word Gets Around", released in 1987.
Word Gets Around
On 2 and 4 **
False Front **
Walkin' The Beat
The Once in a Blue Moon Girl
All words and music by Bruce Demarest -
Produced by Peter Brown & Bruce Demarest
Recorded at Starlight Studios in Richmond, CA
- The Players -
Bruce Demarest - Vocals, Guitar,
Dan Hertlein - Drums and Linn Drum Programming
Charlie Lamm - Keyboards
Doug Hostetter - Bass
Dana Paterson - Bass **
Peter Brown - Lead Guitar
Mark Baum - Saxes