MARC GONZALES

Sugarloaf's Emrad Amps play another part on the website.  Marc Gonzales recently contacted me in regards to the amps.  He started telling me a bit about his history in music and it turns out he was in a band with Bob Webber (formerly of Sugarloaf) for several years called Windfall.  Also a member of this band for some time was Dick Whetstone, who was in Fingers with Peter Johnson that also pertains to this website.  Marc's story in music is the latest to be added to the Related Artists page.  The story starts out with him telling me about his Emrad Amp:

The cabinet I have is very basic, a box with a 15" JBL speaker that Bob Webber used in concerts.  I imagine he may have had a wall of these speakers.  It has no stenciling on the back, it used to have the Sugarloaf emblem on the front but it fell off leaving a couple of small holes in the fabric on front.  Webber sold it to me in the early 80s.  I joined a band with him in 1979 or 1980, and at the time I had a larger speaker set up.  Since we only played weddings and corporate functions I needed a smaller cabinet.  The band was called Windfall and we were together until sometime in the early nineties.  I forget when we finally disbanded.  Originally the band was a three piece; Bob, myself on bass and Dick Whetstone on drums.  


(Marc is using the Emrad speaker box in these photos of Windfall)

(Marc, Dick and Bob)

Over the years we went through a few other musicians, sometimes four piece but mostly three piece.  I use the cabinet to this day, in fact I used it on a gig last week.  Other than my knowing it's origin there is really nothing else to identify it, so not sure if you would want to post a picture.  It was really great to play with Bob all those years, we always had a great relationship.  

The person who sent me the link to your site is Dave Kintzele (more about him later). We went to high school together and he was the person who originally introduced me to Bob Webber, who was his guitar teacher in the seventies.  

Windfall was not my first band.  That band was in the mid sixties.  I met a number of the North Denver musicians in the mid sixties including Randy Walrath, Eddie Gallegos, and Jerry Corbetta.  Later on I played with Charlie Vigil who had been with the Bluetones with Dave Raines.  They won a Battle of the Bands and got the chance to open up for the Rolling Stones at the Coliseum. 

In 1971, I joined the Brass Monkey: http://brassmonkeydenver.webs.com/ We took over as the house band at the Coach & Two replacing Chocolate Hair who had just signed their record contract.  The Coach was at 1750 W. Mississippi.  It was owned by Nate Feld who was Barry Fey's uncle.  Since Chocolate Hair was his house band I think Barry's influence helped them land their recording deal.  For more information and photos from Marc on the Brass Monkey, click the link at the bottom of the page. 

 

After Brass Monkey, I formed an original band with George Brangoccio, Jim Robischon, Mike Duncan and Job Vigil (Charlie Vigil's cousin) called Cheeks.  George and Jim are now in the Eohippus band which plays around town currently.    


(L to R top row George Brangoccio (Drums) and Jim Robischon (Guitar), bottom row Mike Duncan (Lead Guitar), Marc (Bass), Job Vigil (Keyboards)


(Bottom: Marc, George, Center: Job, Top: Mike, Jim)

After Cheeks I was looking for another opportunity and joined a group called East Broadway Rundown that was managed by Ron Battles of AAA agency.  Larry Baird was the leader and musical arranger and wrote most of the music. We went into my basement and rehearsed for a number of months learning Larry's songs.  Larry's background very much centered around complicated arrangements.  I believe he won a national competition in college for band arranging so our material was pretty much written out note for note, and very complex. 


(L to R, Marc--fretless bass, Forest Means--trumpet, Red McCloskey--drums, Kevin Fallon--guitar, Chris Lege--trombone, and Larry Baird--keyboards)

After a couple of months we put together about 15 originals and started gigging.  Our management placed us in dance clubs and venues that really didn't appreciate unknown originals, so it didn't take long for us to play primarily Top 40.  We did that well but it was not really the direction we all wanted to go.  Within months Red McCloskey and I left to go on the road with the Tom Slick 50's Revue, a 12 piece '50s revival band, and The East Broadway Rundown broke up.

Larry Baird was later hired by Barry Fey to arrange and conduct the Denver Symphony for the Moody Blues concert at Red Rocks.  At that time the Moody Blues did not have their original score, and Larry being a master arranger got that gig to score the music and was then hired by the Moody Blues to go on tour with them.  He may still be doing that.  http://petevriesenga.com/2009/02/larry-baird/

Being on the road playing full time with Tom Slick burned me out which landed me with Bob Webber.  After Windfall was formed I would often call on Larry to fill in as a fourth member on gigs requiring 4 musicians.  Windfall was very modular, and there was a stable of musicians that we would call on as the situation required.

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