The five members of the Westbank Opry Band bring years of varied experience to the Opry stage - and, most importantly, they love to have FUN!
All photography by CaddyAV
Originally from Alberta, Lavern has performed in many pro-circuit venues like The Country Music Awards, and shared the big screen and stage with some of the best, including Redd Volkaert, (Merle Haggards guitarist) and Crystal Gayle.
Lavern started the Westbank Country Opry (1995) and performs with many different bands, from Elvis (tribute) Tour bands, The Fugitives, Denim Country, Dale Seaman and Highway 97, to the most recent LP & The 45s where he leads the big band featuring the Royal Revival of Rock & Roll.
You can check out Lavern with Crystal Gayle from 1987 right here
Jack's talent lies in making every tune a two-chord song and he's very smooth at it. He says that he also should be in Nashville, the walk would do him good. Jack "The Ripper" is still rippin'.
Ian has played guitar and steel for many years with many bands and musicians across Canada from coast to coast including the Northern Lights Blues Band
and the Cedar Swamp Band. He has played pedal steel on centre stage at the 2012 Western Steel Guitar show in Caroline Alberta and peforms as part of a popular
duo across BC and Alberta.