Meet the Band

West End Party Band started after researching the current market and discovering that there was a gap for something completely new and unique. The plan was to gather the best of the best and put together a band that will give the clients an experience they will never forget. All of the band members have appeared in West End musicals and UK tours for many years, so they really are at the top of their game. With this team, you are certain to get the best musicianship along with top performances to go with it. West End Party Band gives you more than just a band, you get a full on show! The interactive performances guarantee to have the audience up on their feet, singing and dancing all night long.

Dayle Hodge
CEO & Co-Founder
When I was getting married, one of the first things I did was look into different bands for my wedding. Having spent my lifetime in the world of show business, and knowing that there were going to be many performer friends attending, I needed to find something that would exceed all expectations and make the day memorable. I discovered that the market was inundated with standard bands simply playing for themselves rather than creating the best possible experience for their clients. With my knowledge and expertise of performing and producing in the theatre industry, I felt I could put something out there that could really take events to the next level and give the client the ultimate event experience.

I met Ed when I began touring the UK with the musical Jersey Boys. We instantly hit it off and found that we had a great working relationship as well as mutual artistic opinions. I mentioned this idea to Ed and he was just as keen as me. Using the highest calibre of West End musicians and singers was the way forward, to guarantee the highest quality and professionalism that his industry needs. So I hope you enjoy our collection of London's finest musicians, singers and everything else that West End Party Band has to offer.

Ed Bussey
Co-Founder & Music Supervisor
Whilst touring the UK with the musical Jersey Boys, I met Dayle. Finding that we had a strong working relationship and similar creative ambitions, we decided to form a party band which prides itself on delivering bespoke musical entertainment of the highest quality, using only the best singers and musicians, for your special occasion.

I am currently deputy Music Director for Motown The Musical in London's West End, frequently conducting the show and playing keyboards. Later in the year I'll be Music Director for Jesus Christ Superstar at The Barbican Centre, London. I am musical supervisor for the annual Fingask Follies Fingask Castle, in Perthshire, Scotland. I was on-set Music Director for the Warner Bros. feature film Pan, released in 2015. In 2013 I composed and performed the soundtrack for the British Film Institute's restoration of the 1925 classic, The Phantom of the Opera. I am currently working on the early stages of Hat Trick Productions' musical adaption of Richard Mason's acclaimed 2012 novel, History of a Pleasure Seeker.

As Orchestrator and Arranger, I have worked for the What's On Stage Awards and I provide all arrangements/orchestrations for the annual Around The World concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, 2013 - present. I create the arrangements and orchestrations for the West End Party Band

Singers
Dayle Hodge
Singer
For the last 5 years Dayle has been part of the worldwide hit musical Jersey Boys, where he played the lead role of Frankie Valli. He appeared in the show both in the West End, as part of the final London cast and on both the first and second UK tours. Before this he spent 2 years in the worlds favourite musical Les Miserables in London's West End. He has also been seen singing on board the worlds finest luxury cruise ships. He is known for his showmanship and on stage charisma, and is a great personality both on and off stage.

Favourite Band: Queen
Favourite Song: Mr Bojangles
Interesting Fact: I can make my right ear squeak. I feel this could be a new instrumental addition to the band

Kara-Ami McCreanor
Singer
Kara-Ami graduated from Performance Preparation Academy in 2014. Since then her credits include Diva in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, The Legend of Notre Dame, and working with Sir Tim Rice on his brand new show An Evening with Sir Tim Rice. She is also a lead vocalist on the video game Guitar Hero. Kara has been in numerous bands including touring band The Soul Divas - and is now thrilled to be part of the West End Party Band.

Favourite Singer: Aretha Franklin
Favourite Song: Bohemian Rhapsody
Interesting Fact: I used to be a footballer and I played with David Beckham

Nate Simpson
Singer
Most recently Nate has been performing in London’s West End version of Motown the Musical, taking on the roles of Berry Gordy and Marvin Gaye. Before this he appeared in a 30 day UK crooners tour as Nat King Cole. Nate has been seen performing for Royalty, on board a number one cruise line as well as on live British television. He competed to represent the United Kingdom for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 and in 2016 was on ITV’s X Factor, where was mentored by Nicole Scherzinger.

Simpson has performed alongside the likes of internationally acclaimed jazz artist Julie Dexter, as well as Wretch 32, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Feeling, Jaguar Skills, BeKnight, Lianne le Havas , Jamie Cullum and more. His debut single from his EP Steady gained national airplay on the Huw Stephens show on BBC radio 1.

Favourite Artist: Donny Hathaway
Favourite Song: If This World Were Mine by Luther Vandross

Siobhan Athwal
Singer
Siobhan is a Recording Artist with extensive experience in the West End and Screen working with Max Martin, Xenomania, Gurinder Chadha and David Baddiel. Her most notable collaboration was with the Spice Girls and Jennifer Saunders in the West End Musical Viva Forever! Siobhan gained critical acclaim through her role as Emily Brontë in the Best Musical Awards nominated; WASTED

Favourite Artist: I grew up listening to Motown, RnB, Garage and Pop. I’m a big fan of the Old Skool Vibes.
Interesting Fact: I began my career as a Classical Trained Singer

Rhythm Section
Ed Bussey
Musical Director, Keyboardist & Vocals
As well as being co-founder and music supervisor for West End Party Band, Ed is currently a Music Director for Motown The Musical in London's West End, frequently conducting the show and playing keyboards. Later in the year he will be Music Director for Jesus Christ Superstar at The Barbican Centre, London.

Ed's previous theatre credits include: the first UK tour of Jersey Boys, Footloose, Oklahoma, The Snowman, he has played on the following UK touring musicals: Beauty and the Beast, Aspects of Love, Singing In The Rain, The Rat Pack: Live from Las Vegas.

Ed enjoys working for all sorts of productions as an audition and rehearsal pianist - most recently for the hit show Hamilton.

Favourite Artist: Queen
Favourite Song: Fat Bottomed Girls
Interesting Fact: My full first name is Edmund. And I love Turkish Delight.

Bryan Smith
Guitarist & Vocals
Bryan is a guitarist who trained at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (Paul McCartney's university) where he received a First Class honours degree in music. He is most often seen playing for musicals, including Jersey Boys, Motown the Musical, One Man Two Guvnors, Joseph, Wicked, Evita, Blood Brothers, School of Rock and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Favourite Band: Punch Brothers
Favourite Song: What's Going On by Marvin Gaye
Interesting Fact: I enjoy running marathons and ultra marathons

Pete Gavin
Bass & Vocals
Throughout his wide-ranging career, Pete Gavin has amassed a reputation for being one of the UK’s most innovative bassists. His creative playing style is an addictive blend of jazz improvisation, rock undertones, and electronic grooves. Since completing his degree in Jazz at Leeds College of Music, he has gone on to work extensively in the UK and abroad, appearing in acclaimed productions such as Somebody to Love - A Tribute To Queen, The Twelve Tenors, and more recently The History of Rock.

Favourite Song: Michael Jackson's 'Darling Dear' on account of it's stunning bass line!
Interesting Fact: I can solve a Rubik's cube in under 60 seconds

Richard Coughlan
Bass & Vocals
Richard is an electric and double bass player mostly working in the West End. He recently finished working on Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre and is currently in rehearsals for Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre. Richard often works as a studio musician and freelances playing for live events.

Favourite Artist: Stevie Wonder
Favourite Song: For Once In My Life
Interesting Fact: I studied Mechanical Engineering at university and still enjoy solving advanced thermodynamics problems at the weekends.

Drums and Percussion
Joe Evans
Drummer
Joe is a drummer currently working in the London's West End. Recent credits include Hamilton and Dreamgirls. Joe works as both a live and studio musician playing with the likes of Anrea Bocelli, Huey Lewis & Ronan Keating.

Favourite Artist: James Taylor
Favourite Song: Mexico

Rob Parsons
Drummer
Rob is a freelance drummer based in Hampshire, who predominantly works in the musical theatre industry and as a private drum teacher. In recent years he has worked on a wide variety of different shows including Wicked, Jersey Boys, Annie, The Wedding Singer, Sunset Boulevard, Evita, Ghost and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Favourite Song: Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
Interesting Fact: I am a keen fitness enthusiast and have completed an Ironman Long Distance Triathlon and the London Marathon

Matt Hodge
Percussionist
Matt has played for a vast array of artists, bands and shows both live and in the studio and has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world doing what he loves - playing music! Over the last 20 + years, Matt has played many genres of music including pop, rock, big band, classical, theatre and folkloric music with such esteemed artists as Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz), Phoebe D'Abo (DJ), The Bachelors, Clem Curtis (The Foundations), CK Gospel Choir, Ray Davies (The Kinks), George Harrison, Tito Jackson, Jive Bunny, Ray Lewis (Drifters), Les Miserables, Rat Pack & Brian May.

Matt has also been lucky enough to play in some of the worlds' most iconic venues including Wembley Arena, Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, Ronnie Scotts, Abbey Road, Alexander Palace, NEC Arena, Sydney Opera House, Munich Olympic Stadium, as well as festivals and gigs all over Europe, Russia, Middle East, Australia, South America, Caribbean & played for audiences ranging in size from 3 to 90,000!!

Favourite Artist: Has to be Prince
Favourite Song: Raspberry Beret

Will Fry
Percussionist
Will has performed in over thirty countries across six continents and is fortunate to have studied in Cuba, The USA, Brazil and Senegal.

Notable artists Will has performed with include Baaba Male, Roy Ayers, Jamiroquai, Duffy, Ola Onabule, Friendly Fires, Nathan Haines, Anthony Joseph, Archie Shepp, Alex Wilson and more.

He has recorded on albums by Human Nature, Utada Hikaru and M Ward, amongst others and worked on several West End shows.

Horn Section
Allie Croker
Saxophonist
Allie wears several hats: musician, actor-musician, actor, and plays clarinet, saxophone, flute and piano. Allie has performed all over Europe on board Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, and has toured the UK. Work in the West End / London includes Bugsy Malone, Dorian Gray, Perfect Pitch and Down & Out in London & Paris. She has also worked at Theatre by the Lake, Watford Palace Theatre, Lichfield Garrick and Shakespeare's Globe. For Imaging Theatre Allie has played on Aladdin and Cinderella at De Montford Hall, and she sings with vocal group Actors Rechoired.

Allie has a first class Drama & Music degree from Brunel University, studying clarinet with Ian Heystead.

Favourite Singer: Ella Fitzgerald
Favourite Song: Star Wars theme tune!
Interesting Fact: I am attempting to keep 16 plants alive and I also juggle (the two are not connected)

Nathan Hawken
Saxophonist
Nathan grew up in Oxfordshire and started his musical career playing in Dance Bands and Big Bands, working with many jazz greats including Norma Winstone, Peter King, Mark Lockhart and Clark Tracey. At 18 he won he place to study at Trinity College of Music in Greenwich and since then has gone on to tour and perform all over the world. Since starting the Jersey Boys UK Tour back in 2014, Nathan has worked on various music theatre productions such as The Commitments, Beautiful, Bat out of Hell, Motown, Showstoppers and he is currently touring with The Rocky Horror Show.

Favourite Band: Tower of Power
Favourite Song: Takin' it to the Streets (Doobie Brothers)
Interesting Fact: I played at the multi million pound wedding of Peter Andre and Katie Price back in 2005

Owain Harries
Trumpeter
Owain studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since graduating he has played lead trumpet on many West End shows including Gypsy, Spamalot, Follies, Fame, Legally Blonde, West Side Story and most recently Motown the Musical.

Favourite Band: Slipknot
Favourite Song: I Believe I Can Fly
Interesting Fact: I have a third nipple!

Zeb Tonkin
Trombonist
Zeb Tonkin was born in Norfolk. He studied at The Royal Academy of Music in London and has since played for artists such as TLC, McFly, Eliza Doolittle and Chronixx. He has also played for celebrities including David Beckham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Daniel Radcliffe. He has played at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, The O2, The Hammersmith Apollo and The Venetian, Macau. He has also played at Glastonbury and multiple other festivals and events around the world. He is a multi-instrumentalist playing Trombone, trumpet, keyboards, percussion and rapping.

Favourite Song: Dear Mr. Man by Prince
Favourite Person: Snoop Dogg
Interesting Fact: I run my own hip hop outfit Rowdy Crowd

Strings
Kat Kleve
Violinist & Vocals
Theatre Includes: Kneehigh's Brief Encounter (West End); Sally Bowles u/s in Cabaret (UK Tour); 21 Chump Street (Courtyard Theatre); The Tempest (Stafford Shakespeare Festival); Crazy For You (Watermill Theatre); Mrs Henderson Presents (West End/Original London Cast/Bath Theatre Royal); Once The Musical (West End/Original London Cast); Van Winkle - A Folk Musical (The Other Palace)l The Likes of Us (Workshop); Waterbabies (Workshop); West End Story (The Hope Mill Theatre); The Elvis Years (UK Tour); One Starts In a Barber's, One Starts In a Bar (One Woman Show/Gladstone Arms).

Other Work Includes: Eastenders (BBC), I Hear You Calling (Hero Girl/Black Label Productions); Benidorm (Tiger Aspects), Skins (E4), Red Hot (Short Film/NUA); Geppetto Laughed (Pendennis Productions), Nikon (Model/Nikon School London); Santander (Commercial/Moxie Productions); Ark Royal (Violinist/Vocalist); The Bristol Ensemble (Soloist/St George's) and A Celebration of Young Performers (Buckingham Palace).

Alongside theatre, Kat also has a passion for writing and creating music and is part of the three piece vocal harmony band MAID. You can follow them on Twitter and Instagram @maidofficialuk

Favourite Artist: Joni Mitchell
Favourite Song: A Case of You
Interesting Fact: I'm half Norwegian

DJ
Oliver Jackson
DJ Slimson
Oli is a DJ and actor with over 20 years experience working in the entertainment industry. He has played at some of the coolest parties in London and beyond. DJing alongside the likes of Justin Wilkes, Thomas Gandey and The Dance Assembly's Muzz Khan. Whether it's a sweaty basement in the East End playing Tech House, or a private party in Eaton Square that loves their Funk & Disco, Oli prides himself on keeping people stuck to the dance floor.

As an actor Oli has extensive TV, Film and West End credits having most recently played Ned Schneebly in the original London cast of School of Rock. On screen, Oli can be seen alongside Vinnie Jones in the 'shock comedy' Redirected. Oli is also a professional voiceover artist, so he's extremely comfortable working on the mic should clients require his skills for presentation as well as DJing.

Some of Oli's previous DJ clients include: Battersea Evolution, The Ivy Club, Freemasons Hall, Finsbury Square, The Groucho, Library Members Club, Roadtrip, Thirty3HZ, Bimblebee Productions, Egg (London) and Zigrid Von Underbelly (Hoxton Square).

Favourite Artist: David Bowie
Favourite Song: Wish I Didn't Miss You by Angie Stone
Interesting Fact:I have webbed toes and have also met the Queen