For over two decades, The Classics have been one of the most popular dance bands in Halifax, entertaining audiences at corporate events, conventions, weddings and private functions. The seven-member band features six vocalists, horns and a dynamic rhythm section. From the soulful sounds of Motown and classic R&B, to the hottest dance hits of the disco era, The Classics perform the timeless dance music of the ’60s and ’70s that gets people on their feet and on the dance floor all night long.
The Classics are: Karleen Dooks, lead vocals; Dave Carrigan, keyboards, vocals; Mike Walsh, trumpet, vocals; Ross MacDougall, saxophone, vocals; Chris MacDonald, guitar, vocals; James Jackson, bass, vocals; George Clarke, drums
I Will Survive • Lady Marmalade • Ain’t Too Proud To Beg • Signed, Sealed, Delivered • We Are Family • Respect • Reach Out (I’ll Be There) • Midnight Train To Georgia • Get Down Tonight • Rescue Me • I Feel Good • Oh Girl • Don’t Leave Me This Way • Sugar Pie (Can’t Help Myself) • Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag • Shout • Boogie Oogie Oogie • Same Old Song • Do You Love Me • Heard It Through The Grapevine • Disco Inferno • My Girl • Soul Man • Cruisin’ • Play That Funky Music • Mustang Sally • Natural Woman • Hot Hot Hot • Pick Up The Pieces • Get Ready • Chain Of Fools • Land Of A Thousand Dances
30 Years of The Classics! Drummer Roger Salloum moved back to Trinidad in 1992 and George Clarke joined the band. George is still keeping the beat for the band 27 years later. Sax player Ross MacDougall took a leave of absence from the band in 1993 and Mitch LeBlanc played sax with the band for the next six years. Ross rejoined the band in 1999 and is still blowing his horn 20 years later. In this 1993 photo, Mike Schofield was going through his “beard phase” and Mike Barkhouse bought a fabulous new hat. Around the time this photo was taken, the band was busy playing conventions and corporate functions, as well as the Thirsty Duck Pub. We still see lots of familiar faces from the Thirsty Duck days at our current gigs.