Meet The Band

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Jonny Wilson

Jonny was born in 1984 and began learning the drums at age 11. Since then he has gone on to gain a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from Massey University, studying under two of New Zealand's top drummers, Lance Philip and Roger Sellers.

Jonny's skill has taken him all over New Zealand playing in a multitude of bands and musical genres, including original rock bands and professional jazz bands. In 2008, he played over 120 gigs, travelled and played internationally, and was featured on TV ONE's Good Morning Show with Jonny and the Dreamboats.

As well as being a highly sought-after drummer, Jonny is very skilled in percussion, which led him to be involved in 'Hitchcock Railway', New Zealand's Joe Cocker Tribute Show which was a headline act for many festivals all over New Zealand.

As well as managing and playing in Jonny and the Dreamboats, Jonny teaches and directs Goodtime Drum Academy, one of Wellington's premier drum teaching schools.

Rachel Helms

Born in 1987, singer/songwriter Rachel Helms has had a passion for music from a very early age.

Rachel has received her ATCL (Associate of Trinity College London) in flute, and has achieved grade 6 in both piano and classical singing. Rachel also played the cornet in a community brass band for seven years.

Rachel has fronted a variety of original and covers bands across a wide range of genres. She has performed alongside NZ Idol winner Ben Lummis, Goodnight Nurse, and has performed multiple shows with The Managers and WBC. Some more recent performances include singing alongside Dame Malvina Major and winning Best Open Vocal Solo at Fuse, a nationwide talent quest.

Rachel has also recorded two EPs with local ska band Eight Orange Orchard and recently finished recording her first solo EP titled The Declaration of Dependence.

Rachel is a vibrant and highly talented performer and delivers a polished, professional performance every time.

Simon Watson

The sounds of guitar, drums, piano and the Irish fiddle permeated the home of Simon's childhood. Surrounded by a highly musical family, Simon soon discovered that music was in his blood.

With guitar as his chosen instrument, Simon has been playing in bands and writing songs since the age of thirteen. He has toured the country in many different bands, playing a variety of styles including rock, punk, ska, R'n'B and jazz.

Simon graduated from the New Zealand School of Music (formerly the Conservatorium of Music) in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music. When not playing for Jonny and The Dreamboats, Simon can be found working on original material with his project Ten Cities. Simon also teaches promising young guitarists as Head Tutor and Director of The Rock Institute.

Sam Price

Born in 1986, Sam Price began playing bass at the age of 10. Sam graduated from the New Zealand School of Music in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music, studying under many of the top bass players in New Zealand.

He has played in a diverse variety of musical arrangements including production bands, original rock bands and professional jazz groups.

Sam is also a key vocal member of the Dreamboats who takes the lead on a large portion of the bands repertoire.