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Biography

The Back Pages Band is five accomplished musicians with decades of experience playing live music venues throughout the Midwest, Rockies, and West Coast. The band strives to keep audiences on the dance floor with a diverse mix of classic rock, blues, and country music. 

Duane Stephens is originally from Hilmar California. He came to Cal Poly in 1979 where he joined a band called Bad Reputation. He sang with many groups over the years including the Skeptics in Davis California and the Lost Boy Trio in San Luis Obispo. In addition to performing with Back Pages Band, Duane has developed a well known reputation as doctor of veterinary medicine and has been a business partner of the Coast Veterinary Clinic in Morro Bay since 1991. 

Ted Pagel hails from Akron. He began playing bass in high school and enjoyed playing professionally in the music-rich culture of the Cleveland in the '70s. He performed with The Brighter Syde, Chosen Few, and Mantisa. Two of the members in the latter were Steve Barbuto and Freddie Salem who continued on playing with Commander Cody and The Outlaws respectively. Ted moved to Boulder playing with Whisper before college brought him to California in 1987. He retired from the telecom industry and cofounded Back Pages Band with Dave Smith in 2015.

Dave Smith began playing drums professionally during high school in 1970 with an eight piece horn group that eventually reformed as a five piece band called Tinear. Based out of Wichita Kansas, they toured regionally between Montana, Illinois and Oklahoma until 1974 when Dave went back to Wichita State University. While there, Dave was in another local group named Axis. After a year living in Missoula Montana. Dave eventually moved to California in 1977 e enjoying a 30 year career with the City of SLO. Dave's interest in music resurfaced in 2015 when he co-founded Back Pages Band with Ted Pagel.

Hal Guio grew up in Southern California jamming rock and blues tunes. At 18 he began playing lead guitar for the Bo Vado Blues band. A few years later he joined Shiloh, a successful dance band that played venues from Salt Lake City to Sitka, Alaska. Then Hal formed The Music Box duo with a talented singer/songwriter and spent the next five years performing across the western United States. Hal moved to the Central Coast to pursue a technical career while playing lead guitar for the band Held for Ransom and an original music band called Wild Anderson.

Robert Weatherford grew up in West L.A. then went to Cal Poly. He was a partner in a successful legal firm in San Luis Obispo until he retired a few years ago. While in college Bob joined a local band called the Pacific Street Blues Band which did very well regionally, performing at venues from The Palladium to Mavericks. They opened for the Osmond’s at one point and recorded at MGM studios. Bob has been a familiar player in the local music community for years. He also performs with local favorite Robi Duganne.

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Joe Dore hails from the Bay area where he moved after graduating from Cal Poly Pomona. He enjoyed a 38 year career in the tech industry working for HP and Agilent Technologies where he grew his technical skills. He was the senior in-house audio/video technician and also ran sound for a popular San Jose band called "Phil 'N The Blanks". After retiring from Agilent Joe moved to San Luis Obispo in 2012. While walking in his neighborhood he heard the Back Pages Band rehearsing and stopped to get acquainted. Joe has been a solid band member ever since. His comprehensive technical knowledge of electronics, audio mixing and videography made him an indispensable resource helping the Back Pages Band progress quickly.
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