"Creating And Performing All Music To The Best Of My Ability And Encouraging Others To Do The Same"
Whether is Jamming, practicing, performing, teaching recording or producing; Georges has been creating some kind
of music for most of his life.
He started on piano at the age of six and then added drums at 9. "I didn't want to practice but my Mom made me. She told me that I would thank one day...AND I DID, MANY TIMES,"--GB
"I started my first band when I was 13. We only knew two songs for our first gig--"Walk Don't Run" & the "Outer Limits" theme song. We knew them really well by the end of the night 'cause we played those two songs the entire gig.
By the time I turned 16 my Dad had been driving us all over the state every week-end for the past two years. And in 1966 we performed twice on KGW-TV's (Portland) state-wide "Battle of the Bands" and won second place. It was a big deal."--GB
Georges has performed throughout the United States & Canada with variious artists including: Mason Williams, The Platters, Sal Marquez (Tonight Show Band), Byron Berline, Todd Haaby & Sola Via, Lawrence Leighton Smith, Glen Campbell, The Fowler Bros. (Frankj Zappa), Diamond Jackson, Keith Sykes (Jimmy Buffet) and legendary R&B pianist and composer of "Hey Bartender", Floyd Dixon.
As the original drummer for "Mason Williams & The Santa Fe Recital" he toured extensively; playing concerts at many of the nation's top venues like Red Rock & Wolf Trap & recording "Fresh Fish", the group's only album.
"Mason was still very well known, had a huge following and decided that he wanted to put a band together. We had been friends, I had played with him before in LA and he asked me to come to Santa Fe to play. So, we all moved to Santa Fe for a couple of months to learn & rehearse the music for the first tour. I was on the road at the time, backing "The Platters" and got to Santa Fe just in time to start rehearsals. And what a wonderful, cool, totally unique and eclectic time that was!
I was a rocker---the band's instrumentation included banjo, fiddle, mandolin & cello---all acoustic and traditional. And the music was just as unique--"Classical Gas" follow by "Ragtime Annie" & "Them Poems". Whoa--but it really worked.
I learned to play brushes fast--and quickly, too! And, that gig taught me how to play brushes...any tempo...and super quiet on about 90% of the set. Later, when we were doing gigs with George Shearing, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the orchestras (Denver, Oklahoma City, Eugene, Sacrament, Hamilton-Toronto) it was a necessity!"--GB
CREATING PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG MUSICIANS
Bouhey is know throughout the region as a band leader, an ace side-man (drums or keyboards) and as a compassionate music educator. He majored in Music Percussion Performance at the University of Oregon, University of Utah & North Texas State University (Jazz Performance & Composition). And, he is the founder of The BEND School Of Music Performance where he teaches private drums, piano, composition, "bandsmanship" and Jazz theory lessons.
Additionally, Georges coaches and directs the "BEND Student Jazz & Funk Ensemble"--otherwise known as "Combo". "Combo" is an opportunity for talented student musicians to study, learn and perform Jazz with Georges at his gigs at the Oxford Hotel, Riverhouse On The Deschutes, private events and at the Music Education Workshops that he facilitates.
In 2012, together with producer Marshall Glickman, The Oxford and Bend Broadband Georges started the very popular "Music Education Series" of Jazz Workshops at The Oxford Hotel. He as now hosted and facilitated well over 50 of these and other workshops and camps.
Over the course of the past seven workshop season Georges has worked with some of the world's top performing Jazz artiststs. Some of which are Mel Brown, Peter Erskine, T.S. Monk, Karrin Allyson, Tom Scott, Les McCAnn, Josh Nelson, Jeremy Pelt, Dianne Shuur, Arturo O'Farrell, Joey DeFrancesco, Randy Brecker, Bernard Purdie, Paul Taylor, Lee Ritenour & The Brubeck Brothers.