About Zac & the Zeros

There is nobody called Zac in the band. The name ‘Zac & The Zeros’ came from the 60’s themed TV program called Heartbeat. John was watching an episode and in the village hall they had a band playing called ‘Zac and the Zeros’. A close friend of John’s directed many episodes of Heartbeat, so after a telephone conversation he was told that they could use the name as the TV band were just session musicians put together for the show!

The band members are:

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Zac And The Zeros was formed by John about 5 years ago. He started playing the guitar at the young age of 9 and by the time he was 13 he had put together his first band “The Tempests”. Later the name was changed to The Dakotas and then The Self styled Pundits, Shortly afterwards John joined The Blues Syndicate.  The bands mainly played in village halls, clubs and at private parties but also performed at a few weddings.  In the mid 90’s John formed a rock band called “Below The Belt” but left after 6 years when he lived abroad for a while. Then a few years later after seeing a band of expats playing 60’s music on a Greek island he got the bug to start playing again and eventually put together ‘Zac And The Zeros’.

John says this is the best band I have played in; we all love performing and get a big kick out of seeing everyone dancing to our music. I don’t sing (they won’t let me) but I love our vocal arrangements, the harmonies are outstanding.

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Dave started playing classical guitar at the age of 7 and carried on until he was 15. During that period he played at school concerts and festivals but kept his ears open to everything being played, including  his dads 50’s/60’s rock and roll, 80’s rock and anything that came on the radio of interest.  At the age of 15 Dave bought a bass guitar and was soon jammed along to classic rock. Dave started playing in any band that’d have him to gain experience and learn new styles with an array of people. By the age of 22 Dave was playing in venues up and down the country and in Europe, often sleeping on floors and eating junk food. As the tours became better paid life got better and soon Dave was staying and eating in hotels. Dave was a founder member of Zac and the Zeros and with a growing interest in Rockabilly and jazz he acquired his first double bass at the age of 27.

Zac and the Zeros - Simon Live Party Band, Wedding Band, Function Band, Corporate Events, 50's and 60's Rock and Roll, Hampshire, South Coast, Bournemouth Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester. Poole, Zach and the Zeros, Lymington.Simon Roper – Lead Vocals and Tambourine

Both of Simons parents were musical, his mother playing the piano and his father had a great voice in his youth. Simon has always enjoyed music from all walks of life and grew up in the 60’s and 70’s listening to The Beatles, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

Simon didn’t start singing outside of the bathroom until he was in his 30’s when he joined the pop choir ‘En Masse’. They ended up performed all over the South of England. Simon then went on to form a vocal harmony group and performed at a few local venues.

Simon joined ‘Zac and the Zeros’ in 2010 and now thoroughly enjoys his role singing and fronting the band with Nell.

Zac and the Zeros -RachelRachel – Lead Female Vocalist

Rachel is the lead female vocalist in Zac & The Zeros.
She has a vast and varied performing experience in pop, jazz, musical theatre, rock, soul, funk and classical music. She runs a vocal coaching company ‘Vocalsville’ and also provides singing tuition at The Coda Music Centre.

Rachel began her professional singing career as a singer on the local club circuit which led to her setting up her own pop and rock covers band leading to work around the UK and the Middle East, a highlight of which was performing at a Sony Music Executives’ open air conference in Dubai.
She then embarked upon a period of study on jazz techniques and performance and subsequently arranged, produced and released her debut jazz CD All My Tomorrows under her stage name Rachel More (33 Jazz Records).

Recent performance experiences include Dean Street Jazz Club, Ronnie Scotts, Live on the Park, the National Theatre, Radio 4’s Loose Ends, ITV’s Meridian Tonight and headlining at the Jazz Divas Festival, Isle of Wight with her jazz quartet.

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Greg Pepper – Drummer, Percussionist and Backing Vocals.

Greg joined his first band at the age of 13 playing guitar and helping out with the backing vocals. He then moved on and throughout the sixties he played with several bands. Eventually Greg became lead vocalist whilst still playing guitar. In the 70’s he decided to take up the drums, but continued playing his guitar and singing. Later in the 90’s as his ability on the drums improved, Greg began to play drums in a couple of bands. In 2,000 Greg decided to do a full time drums and live performance course at Drumtech in London. He learnt to read music and eventually became a full time drummer and percussionist with several outfits. Now Greg is a full time drum teacher working for Hampshire County Council and the Coda Music Trust. John asked Greg to join Zac and the Zeros in 2010; he has played with band ever since.

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Martin, the most recent member of the band, attended the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford and has an NVQ3 in Guitar Performance. He started playing guitar at age 12, copying Eric Clapton solos off the Bluesbreakers album and joined his first rock band in 1969 when Led Zeppelin I was released. Martin’s first real pro work came with London-based Yasas, an originals band with aspirations, styled on Brinsley Schwarz, from 1971. Yasas auditioned with Stranglers and Bay City Rollers management, and made some recordings, but never made it with the originals; instead the band toured in Germany and Belgium working for GAA, Frankfurt, as a covers band on NATO club circuits. For US forces clubs, the band had two call lists: one Soul & Funk, the other Country & Rock and thus escaped death. Yasas supported various artists working European or Global circuits and tours during the 70’s such as Denise La Salle, Vanity Fare etc. Since 1985 Martin has played guitar and sung backing vocals with various local covers rock and variety bands: Grey Roots, Final Demand, Dorsal Fin and now the very talented Zac and the Zeros, easily the finest band he has ever worked with,