Meet The Band

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Sound Investment Band 

Paula Richardson – Vocals/Keyboard/Percussion/HaRP/Social Media

Paula studied music at the University of Maryland and has widespread experience performing with various bands both in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast, CA. Now she brings her vocal talents to Sound Investment.  Her lead singing and knack for harmonizing anytime, anywhere are part of what make up the core of Sound Investment’s vocals.  Paula also adds keyboard and solid percussion to the mix.

Rob O’Sullivan – drums/percussioN/Manager

Rob’s enthusiasm for drumming started with Big Band Jazz.  He has played at various jazz festivals including the Monterey and Greeley Jazz Festivals.  Rob has laid down the backbeat with various big bands, jazz combos, rock and fusion groups.   He now lays down the foundation for the sound that makes Sound Investment a Central Coast favorite. Investment family. 

Richard Ramsey – Sax

Richard Ramsay has been on the cutting edge of the Central Coast live music scene since moving to California in 1990 from Arizona. Richard has been featured in various groups throughout the area where he showcases his impressive talents and skills as a lead Saxophonist. He will capture your attention.

David gonzales -bass/vocal/Audio tech

David loves making music. Ever since he was a child he loved to hum a melody and tap on things to make a beat. He was encouraged by my grandfather and his oldest brother to play music and he took their guidance and ran with it. He grew up in a small town in California learning to play in bands with his neighborhood friends. We could go on about all David’s experiences but we prefer to live in the moment of creation of his music and let him display his talent. David now brings strong vocals & solid bass lines to Sound Investment

CLAUDE SWAIN – guitar/Vocals

Claude grew up in Virginia where he was classically trained on the trumpet. After attending Virginia Tech, Claude moved to Texas where he used his music theory and picked up the guitar. It didn’t take long for him to become a talented guitarist and in high demand through out the Dallas club circuit. Continuing to move west, Claude now resides in California and is the heart and soul behind Sound Investment great sound.

Ron Labrie – Keys/Vocals/Musical director

Ron’s from Fairhaven Massachusetts, studied classical piano for 11 years setting a solid foundation for his ongoing musical career. He was an original founder of the popular City Lights Band in the 80’s before coming to California in 1988, where he became musical director at a church in Morro Bay for the next 31-1/2 years. In addition to other projects along the way,  Ron is thrilled to bring his keyboards and vocals to the stage as a member of the Sound Investment family. 

Butch valko – SI Founder and guitar emeritus

Butch began playing professionally at age 14 as a guitar player. In the late 60s and early 70s, his band The Accumulation played at many Los Angeles-area venues including the Hollywood Palladium and the The Whiskey. He then formed an Orange County area favorite, Sundown Express, which worked with many artists such as The Platters & The Drifters. He was also lucky to work briefly with “The Divine Miss M” Bette Midler.

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