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You could write a book on the accomplishments of Steve Negus and fellow Saga band members, in fact, several people are doing just that!! So, here is a very compressed version of what the Lord of the Drums, as he is affectionately known to his fans, has done.

His interest started around the age of 10, as he listened to the top 40 songs on a Hamilton radio station (CKOC), carved a set of sticks from quarter round floor trim and banged away on a set of stools to the sound of surf music in his living room. Then came the early sixties, and Steve put his first band together. He was 12. That was the beginning of the Beatles era, and everyone was caught up in the revolution!

When he graduated from high school, Steve moved to Toronto to work for the Bank of Montreal as a management trainee, but what was really on his mind was to play in a band in the big city. Steve put on a suit five days a week, did his banking duties, and then went to an old draught hall in Cabbagetown (the Winchester Hotel) six nights a week, to play in a three piece country band.

Two years later, Steve was bored with the mundane duties of banking, and quit the bank to play music full time. At the local music store, (Long and McQuade’s) there was a bulletin board where musicians would advertise for players needed. Steve took down the three most appealing ads and called them up. He hooked up with a new band just forming, a 50’s rock and roll band called Bananas. This band was to be his first real pro band that became one the top show bands in Toronto in the early seventies.

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  • onlyme-w

    very nice - i wish you the best :-) Greets from Germany

    15 Mar 2008 Reply

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