|The band was very pleased to hear from George Tomsco (original founder of the Fireballs
with songs like, Sugar Shack, Bottle Of Wine, Bulldog, Torquay and Quite a Party) and his
congratulatory comments with regards to our new group "CSIRock" which can be seen on
Youtube. George's comments aren't taken lightly and adds inspiration for our group.
|The name "CSIRock" originated from the first letters of their style of music, and honored the
original artists for their tremendous musical contributions and talents. Instrumentals by "The
Ventures", "The Shadows", "The Fireballs", "Dick Dale", Local Edmonton artists "Bobby Clark",
"Wes Dakus and The Rebels", are a few examples of what they play. A lot of early guitar players
learned their licks from these early pioneers of the electric guitar and it's csirocks pleasure to
continue on their tradition of great music.
|Their early influences were the instrumental surf bands of
the 60's. The "Surf Rock" era was an exciting time for the
early music scene in Edmonton. CSIRock play these tunes
in their original form as they were played then.
|Surf Rock originated in California and became its own sub-culture. The use of the
whammy bar, tons of reverb and fast staccato picking generated the excitement of the
music that was synonymous with surf and sun. Surf instrumentals peaked in 1963 and
gave way to vocal orientated surf music known as "Hot Rod" surf. These were harmony
filled songs and ballads with a surf theme.
|Then in 1994 the popularity of the sound track from the movie "Pulp
Fiction" revived the surf instrumentals and helped to give rise to the
resurgence of surf bands around the world keeping the original sound alive
and CSIRock is proud to be one of them.
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009
Subject: Re; Festival Place #1 & #2
|Very nice performance !...And well received by the audience !
All that hard work you put into your own personal rehearsal and rehearsal with CSIRock paid off !!!
Wished Larry's lead guitar could have been more elevated above the rhythm section, but still you
fine group ! Tell 'em all 'hi' for me, and congratulations. George.
|Classic Surf Instrumental Rock
|Where Surf Music Started:
|George Tomsco's latest FIREBALLS CD "Rockin' In The Fifties" was completed in April of 2011.
The Fireballs latest CD has two new tracks. The session for the recording of Georges latest instrumental
"VICTORIA" was recorded in Canada by Larry Kopra with Ray LaBrosse (Rhythm Guitar),
Ken Mehrer (Bass Guitar), George Tomsco on (Lead Guitars), then completed at Drew's Holder's
AMP Studio in Amarillo Texas, With Chris Segura on Drums and Maggie Scales on Viola.
|Gary has been a band member
of the early Instrumental band “The Spartans”
from the 1960's. He has played with “River City Groove”,
and other various local bands. He plays a custom built Bernas
bass guitar that he has built and uses an SWR amplifier and gets a
great sound. He played bass for “George Tomsco” from the “Fireballs” and
also has appeared on stage with “Nokie Edwards” from “The Ventures”,
and with the late “Bobby Clark”. He is a truly talented musician.
In 2007 Gary and Larry joined forces and realized
how well they worked together leading
them to form CSIRock.
|Richard and Larry have played together
in the same band called “The Night Before”, early
on in their careers and now have joined forces once again in
“CSIRock”. Rick has been playing drums since the days of the surf era
and has a feel for the instrumentals and also plays other Instruments as well.
He has played drums for the “Shumka Dancers Orchestra”,
“Bobby Curtola”, “Big Miller”, “Chantels”, “Silver Hawk”,
”Good Vibrations”, and other local groups,
and has played with some of the best
|We are stronger in numbers than we are alone
|♫ CSIRock Playlist ♫
|Song List Examples
Brown Eyed Girl
Love Potion Number Nine
Rock 'n' Roll Music
That'll Be The Day
Las Vegas Scene
Theme for Young Lovers
Chief Whoopin ’ Koff
Walk Don’t Run
Spudnik / Surf Rider
"Simon & Simon" Theme
Slaughter On 10 Ave
Man of Mystery
Quite A Party
The Ninth Wave
Rise & Fall of Flingle Bunt
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