BY WENDY ELLIOTT
Kings County Advertiser/Register
The Wolfville band with a big heart played a milestone dance at the Old Orchard Inn barn January 22.
A fixture on the local music scene, Men Will Be Boys have been performing at charity dances for over 20 years. The freewill donation Saturday is going to L’Arche – Homefires, but the event is really a farewell for two long-time members.
Guitar and harmonica player Andy Nette, one of the original members, is retiring. Long-time soundman Bob Wrye has also decided to stop hauling equipment.
Keyboard player Jim Chambers, whose barn hosts the weekly rehearsals, can understand how the weekend routine of late night dances, followed by packing up and getting home at 2 a.m., wears a little thin; however, he is one of the band mates determined to keep the band going.
The band formed in 1990 after they happened to hook up at a house party. Men Will Be Boys started playing at elementary school dances as fundraisers.
According to Nette, the musical focus was always ‘70s and ‘80s music.
“Every fourth song is the Beatles,” the Wolfville dentist chuckles. “It’s good stuff.”
Other long-time members include town staff member Gregg Morrison on guitar, Greg Turner and professor David MacKinnon on drums.
Generally, Men Will Be Boys performs once a month during the academic year: for two-thirds of their concerts, the talent has been donated. Over the years, they’ve amassed a collection of rock and roll equipment.
One highlight of the band’s career was playing at two Horton school proms, where they were invited by the students to perform. In 2002, four band members had graduates who boogied on prom night.
Two previous bandmates have been invited to share the spotlight this Saturday: drummer Kevin Woodford and singer Jeff Cantwell. Rod Evans has also been invited.
Edited to add: The band will play February 12 at the Kentville Rotary Club Annual Valentines Dance. Tickets are available from any of the Kentville Rotary Club members or at the Old Orchard Inn prior to the event.