The Emeralds Show and Dance Band originated in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The group has entertained internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Trinidad, the United States, and Canada. The Emeralds have recorded 29 albums, including their latest release "Look At Us", resulting in 6 gold, 2 platinum, and 1 double platinum award. In 1997, The Emeralds were inducted into the City of Edmonton's Cultural Hall of Fame. The Emeralds are Internationally Acclaimed Gold & Platinum Recipients and are the band behind the International Hit "The Bird Dance". The Bird Dance is featured in the Paramount Pictures motion picture Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. The Emeralds are:
Allan Broder is the leader/manager and founding member of The Emeralds Show And Dance Band. Since the formation of the band in 1970, the group has surpassed their wildest expectations. The success is attributed to hard work, extensive promotion, recording and touring. The world tour and the release of The Bird Dance (chicken dance) greatly attributed to The Emeralds' success. Allan plays the tenor saxophone and sings harmony in the group in addition to the countless hours of administrative duties required to reach the projected goals.
Wallis is a multi-faceted musician, arranger, producer and educator. Besides being an original member of The Emeralds - playing saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin and trumpet - he has performed with the orchestras of Bob Hope, Mel Torme, Della Reese, Wayne Newton, Eartha Kitt, Mart Kenny and Tommy Banks. He has also performed with The Rebels, The Nomads, and The University of Alberta Symphony and String Ensemble.
In addition to being The Emeralds' arranger/record producer, Wallis has written countless arrangements for recording artists at Damon Soundtrek Studios of which he is a co-owner.
Born in Vegreville, Alberta, Canada, Wallis attended high school in Edmonton. Upon graduation, he attended Westlake College of Modern Music in Los Angeles, California, and subsequently continued his music studies at the University of Alberta. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree, he taught instrumental and choral music at the high school level before embarking on a career as an independent producer, arranger, composer and instrumentalist.
Wallis married his high school sweetheart Henrietta Starko, and together they have three children: Connie, Jane and Dean.
Don has been in the Canadian music industry for 41 years, 30 of which have been with The Emeralds.
Don started his music career in Edmonton under the tutelage of Tom Daran. Before joining The Emeralds, Don played with such well-known groups as: Wes Dakus and the Rebels, The Nomads, Umbra, The Elastic Band, and Frank and Hank Rogers.
In addition to his expansive music career. Don has also enjoyed successful endeavors in other areas. He spent 20 years in the printing industry, which he left to try his hand at selling real estate. As a licensed agent, Don spent five productive years in the industry. Over the last eight years, he has been a sales executive with Crystal Glass. Don also contributes his time to help make the Crystal Kids Charity Golf Tournament a huge success each year.
Don and his wife of 40 years, Judy, raised their daughter and son in Edmonton, and they still remain very involved in their community. The Remeika family has exploded; and now, "the apples of his eye"; are his twin grandsons.
Don was very active in the martial arts community for 15 years. He has his Black Belt and instructed for a number of years. Don likes to stay active, and his interests include fishing, hunting and hockey. But his major love is GOLF!! As a member of the Highlands Golf Club, Don can most often be found on the links as he strives to improve his game and get his next "hole-in-one."
Don's generosity and sincerity account for his extremely large circle of friends in and around the Edmonton area, which no doubt lends credence to Don's favorite saying: "Canada, what a great country!!"
I was born and raised on a farm in Grassland, Alberta. My mother was my musical inspiration and taught me how to play the mandolin at the age of 4. The local farmers and I enjoyed playing old time music which included polkas and waltzes.
In the late 1950's and early 1960's, I played rock instrumentals by well known bands such as The Ventures, The Fireballs, The Shadows and Edmonton's own Bob Clark. In 1966 I moved to Edmonton and completed my high school education at Victoria Composite High School. I played on the Victoria Redmen football team but left sports to pursue a musical career at the age of 18.
I purchased my first guitar, a Fender Telecaster, with the money I earned while working at Wes Cab Lumber during the summer holidays. I have purchased many guitars over the years but continued to play a Fender Telecaster because the sound it produces is difficult to match with any other guitar.
Between 1966 and 1969, while I attended high school, I was the lead guitarist and singer with a Rock'n Roll band called "The Kiss of Death." We played mostly sock-hops and local dances within the City of Edmonton. This was the beginning of my professional career. The Strawberry Ridge, Ridge, Barricade, Nevada, Shades of Green, State Side and Garry Lee and Showdown were part of my repertoire of bands. The styles of music I've played over the years consists of Rock'n Roll, Funk, Country and Western, Contemporary, Ukrainian Folk Music and Country Rock.
In 1980 my cousin and I developed a partnership and started our own group called "Silver Mountain Band." We recorded and released two 45's of which we were very proud. We played in nightclubs throughout Western Canada on a regular basis, made TV appearances, performed at rodeos, provided entertainment at private functions and were well publicized in the local newspapers. Our travels took us on a cross-country eastern tour starting in Edmonton and winding up in New Brunswick.
Having more time to spend with my family became a priority at this stage of my life, so I quit travelling on the road. I enjoyed jamming with musicians who I befriended over the years at some of the local taverns. I've since played for several fundraisers and charities such as Santa's Anonymous, car shows, musician's benefits and for the Alzheimer's patients at the Alberta Hospital.
I felt very fortunate to be chosen when the opportunity arose to join The Emeralds in March of 2001. The musicians in the band are the most talented with whom I have ever had the pleasure of playing. We have a great time on stage while entertaining our fans, new and old, and I hope to continue to have a long and happy working relationship with The Emeralds.
From backroads to brightlights. Rick has travelled the world with his music impressions. Rick's complete show package includes great country and contemporary songs. His rich baritone voice and fantastic piano stylings captivate audiences. With a career that spans 30 years in the entertainment industry. Rick brings with him the professionalism and rapport that can only be achieved through experience
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