At its core, Dock Side Drive features a roster of seasoned and established musicians from the Victoria area, all of whom perform regularly both together and with other bands: “The Stomp Club”, “Canus”, “The Midnights”, and “String of Pearls” to name a few.
In addition to individual international and national touring and performing careers, many of these veteran musicians have been seen together on the Dixie, Swing and Jazz festival circuit.
Besides appearing with such musicians as Herb Ellis, Dee Daniels, PJ Perry and Hugh Fraser, Anita has also backed performers such as Johnny Mathis, Englebert Humperdink, The Moody Blues and most recently she performed in the house band for the David Foster Miracle Concert, playing with musicians such as Sarah McLachlan, Kenny G, Josh Groban, Ruben Studdard and the Canadian Tenors.
Heather Burns lives in Victoria and works as a free-lance musician. She holds a Masters in Piano Performance. She enjoys opportunities to teach and perform both locally and abroad. She has also done extensive work as a musician and music director in the theatre world with companies such as the Chemainus Theatre, Victoria Operatic Society, and Kaleidoscope Theatre. Recent productions include My Fair Lady, Forever Plaid, and Evita. Her performing career as a pianist has taken her through Europe, the US, and Canada, but she also loves to be at home with family and friends enjoying the simple pleasures of life; a cup of coffee, a good conversation and the relationships that make life rich and inspire great music.
Joey has written numerous arrangements for such groups as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Victoria Symphony, also arranging some of the music for the Commonwealth Games in 1994. Currently several of his arrangements appear on the Bills, Marc Atkinson Trio and Edie DaPonte’s latest CD.
Currently Joey plays with vocalist Edie DaPonte, the Karel Roessingh Trio, Clark Brendon (The “Flying Saucers”) and the CanUS trad jazz band along with many other groups in town. Joey has been a faculty member at the Victoria Conservatory of Music since 2004 and is currently involved with the new VCM School of Contemporary Music under the direction of Daniel Lapp.
Don was a Drummer/Percussionist who has enjoyed being able to keep himself employed in the music world ever since he won First Place at a drumming competition at the Canadian International Band Festival in 1956. He was a member of the prestigious RCAF band in Toronto where he fine tuned his skills that led him to become the “Pops” drummer with the Winnipeg Symphony and set-drummer with the Manitoba Theatre Centre for 20 years. He has recorded over 50+ record albums with various artists and also taped over 600+ TV shows for CTV/CBC/ITV and the Global Networks.
We miss him dearly and are so grateful for the time we spent as friends and colleagues, the leadership and laughter he brought to every gig and road trip, his exceptional musicianship and for the mark he left on all the music we play! We would not be Dock Side Drive without him.