Joe Buda - Guitar and Vocals
JOE BUDA is a unique and talented musician who has played and toured with some of the area's top bands including: The Rumbles, Blue House, Mulberry Lane, and Soul Cousins. He has also worked with national acts such as Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Coasters and The Gentrys. Joe and his brother Jay led the popular local band Allspice for many years. He is versatile in many styles of music and also plays at his church. With a longtime desire to play the music he heard as a kid, he got together with some former youths his own age to form The Brits. Watch out when he straps on his iconic Rickenbacker 12 string and lets loose with his distinctive jangle. In addition to playing guitar, he also plays keyboard and sings.
Dan Gillpatrick - Drums and Vocals
DAN GILLPATRICK started playing drums in 5th grade at Lewis Central Community Schools in Council Bluffs under Yano Colabro, and continued at Ralston under Gerald Chalupa (no he didn't drop the chalupa). In college, he formed his first rock band Furnace and later, joined Trojan Horse. Trojan Horse opened for Wayne Cochran and the CC Riders at the Royal Grove in Lincoln. Later, Dan took time off from music for marriage and family. Johnny Ray Gomez asked Dan to play at Johnny's 50th Reunion show and that rekindled the fire to resume playing music. Soon after he got a call from Joe Buda to be part of a British Invasion band which became The Brits.
Rich Berg - Bass and Vocals
RICH BERG was first inspired to pick up the guitar after seeing The Beatles on the "Ed Sullivan Show." The British Invasion was in full swing and Rich immersed himself in the music and his instrument. He took up the bass guitar by default because the other guys in his first band had more experience on guitar. His early influences came from The Beatles, The Hollies, The Animals, The Rolling Stones and The Spencer Davis Group. Singing came naturally to Rich and he loved singing along with the songs on KOIL radio. During college, Rich advanced through local bands like The Wonders, Thee Misfits and Mecca. He replaced the original bassist for The Rumbles and toured with them for five years. After leaving The Rumbles, Rich got a "real job" and played music part time in local bands, including Murphy's Law, Copperhead, Big Bang and Soul Cousins. When Joe Buda approached him about forming a British Invasion band, he jumped at the opportunity to return to his musical roots.
Bob Ford - Keyboard, Guitar, Harmonica and Sax
BOB FORD, the newest member of The Brits began performing in the Seattle area when he was 14. He moved to Omaha and played with several local bands including The Wonders before joining The Rumbles in 1967. He has opened for groups like The Four Seasons, The Coasters, The Drifters, Looking Glass, Three Dog Night, Pure Prairie League, and many others. Bob sings and plays keyboard, guitar, harmonica and sax. He currently performs with The Brits and The Grease Band and entertains in retirement communities and nursing homes during the day. Bob says it was the music of The Beatles that originally awakened his instrumental and vocal talent. The Brits are a perfect fit for his skills and musical interests.