Landing a gig playing drums for the Australian Bee Gees has been better than Brian Czach ever could have imagined.
“I’m having a great time and it really has been an enjoyable experience so far,” said Czach, a 1994 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate who will be performing as part of The Australian Bee Gees tonight at 8 at Proctors. “These guys do a fantastic job. They’re the best Bee Gees tribute band in the world, by far.”
The actual Bee Gees, made up of brothers Maurice, Barry and Robin Gibb, sold over 220 million records and were inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. The group retired in 2003 when Maurice died. In the Australian Bee Gees, the three brothers are played by Michael Clift (Barry), David Scott (Robin) and Wayne Hosking (Maurice). David Inamine (bass) and Czach round out the five-man act.
The three main members of the group have been performing around the world as the Gibb brothers since 1996, and Czach, a Charlton native who got his performance degree from the Ithaca School of Music, has been the main tour drummer for the past two years. He spent five weeks in Germany with the group, enjoyed another long gig in the Caribbean, and has been a part of the North American tour for the past two months.
“I was a mere 3- or 4-year-old, but I can remember listening to their music throughout the ’70s and ’80s,” said Czach.
Australian Bee Gees
Where: Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady
When: 8 p.m. tonight
How Much: $50-$20
More info: 346-6204. www.proctors.org
“When I started rehearsal and started learning the show I was pretty familiar with their late stuff. But the early stuff, the ’60s, not so much. That was unfamiliar to me.”
Czach, 38 and the oldest son of Cas and Carol Czach of Charlton, has been living in Las Vegas with his wife and their daughter for seven years.
“I spent two years on cruise ships and six years in New York City after college,” said Czach. “I moved to Vegas because my wife and I wanted to improve the quality of life for our family.
“I’ve been pretty much a freelance drummer, a session percussionist, and I got this gig basically through word of mouth. I didn’t have to audition. There’s some work out here for drummers, especially if you can read music, you’re versatile, you can play any style and you’re OK with that.”
Czach credits Don Bush and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake music teacher Peter Giroux as two major influences in his life.
“Don was a very deeply respected drummer in the area who helped me a lot, and Peter Giroux is still the band leader at Burnt Hills,” said Czach. “They were great, and also just listening to music growing up with my family is a big part of it.
“I take pride in being a jack-of-all-trades,” he said. “I don’t want to pigeonhole myself into any one style or kind of music. I take pride in being versatile, and in being able to play different styles with complete authenticity.”