The OC Beach Band
rock band

"The OC" Beach Band is comprised of current and former players and singers of the Brian Wilson band and The Beach Boys. They are the music and vocals behind the legends!

Bassist Chris Farmer and drummer Mike Kowalski have played thousands of shows together with the legendary Beach Boys. Although they are renowned for their famous summer concerts (where conga lines move and beach balls fly through the crowd), The Beach Boys have played their fair share of private functions and charity fundraisers as well. Because of this experience, Chris and Mike definitely know how to provide a smooth, "no surprises" evening of music and entertainment at corporate events.

Chris Farmer is the musical director for "The OC" Beach Band. Although he is primarily the bassist for the group, Chris also plays guitar, keyboards, and sings lead and backing vocals. He was the bass player and vocalist for The Beach Boys from 1995 to 2007 and their musical director and vocal arranger from 1999 to 2007. During his time with The Boys and at one time or another, Chris had the pleasure of singing every part in the band's famed vocal stack; bass, lead, middle harmonies, and even the Beach Boys' trademark high falsetto.

In the 80's and 90's, Chris was musical director, bass player and vocalist for groups such as Mike Love and The California Beach Band, Jan & Dean, Good Vibrations, and Rhino recording artists The Belair Bandits. Chris was also the musical director, bassist, and vocalist for Jack Wagner, helping propel his recording of the hit "All I Need" to the number #2 spot on the Billboard charts. He was also the music supervisor, director, bass player, and singer for the "Legends of Do-Wop" and "Cavalcade of Stars" shows, performing with such greats as Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, David Ruffin of The Temptations, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Diamonds, Al Wilson, The Flamingos, and many other giants of 50's and 60's.

Drummer and pianist Mike Kowalski, formerly of The Beach Boys could be called the elder statesman of "The OC" Beach Band. After joining The Beach Boys as their drummer in the late 1960's, he has traveled the world many times over, providing the beat for "America's Band." Mike also performed and/or recorded with legendary blues guitarist Albert Collins, Johnny Otis, jazz saxophonist Charles LLoyd, Big Joe Turner, and John Mayall. In the 1980s, Mike helped create the jumpin' jazz/blues band The Backsters, which was signed to A & M Records, with Herb Alpert as their executive producer. The Backsters' album, "Get on Your Back" featured many top jazz and blues players and their single "Handclappin" was one of the first instrumental music videos ever featured on MTV's rotation.

Scott Bennett and Probyn Gregory have spent the last few years as key members of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson's band, a group Paul McCartney calls, "the best band on the road. Period!"

Both are singer-songwriters, producers, and multi-instrumentalists. In "The OC" Beach Band, Scott sings lead and backing vocals and plays drums, the organ, and the piano, while Probyn handles the guitar, horns, percussion, and vocals.

Scotty and Probyn have played with some of the biggest names in the music industry. At Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit, they performed with The Who, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, and many other top artists. As part of the Brian Wilson band, they followed Stevie Wonder and Macy Gray at the MusicCares salute to Paul Simon. They also backed Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, David Crosby and Vince Gill at the TNT tribute to Brian Wilson at New York City's Radio City Music Hall.

After performing at the Queens Golden Jubilee at Buckingham Palace in London with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Queen, and Sir Paul McCartney, McCartney was so impressed that he asked Brian Wilson and his band to join him at the Adopt-a-Landmine event.
A week later, Scotty and Probyn took the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City with Sting, James Taylor, Don Henley, Roger Waters, John Mellencamp, and Jeff Beck.

Mainstays in the Southern California corporate event scene, Surf City Boys founder Mike Campion and Dan McNamara have been with and have performed with the renowned "OC" band since the 1980s. As part of the house band at Knott's Berry Farm, Mike's guitar and keyboards, and Dan's keyboards and drums never failed to "bring the house down" at the famous theme park, as well as hundreds of private parties, special events, corporate functions, and fairs and festivals across the nation.

Jeff Peters was the front-of-house engineer for The Beach Boys in the 80's and 90's and recently for Brian Wilson. Now he makes sure the music of "The OC" Beach Band is presented in all its timeless glory at every event. Along with many other clients, Jeff records, produces and remixes past Beach Boys shows and "greatest hits" packages for commercial release through Capitol Records to keep the music sounding as legendary as the hits it's based on.

"The OC" Beach Band is:

Chris Farmer - Former Musical Director of The Beach Boys - Bass/vocals
Scott Bennett - Current member of the Brian Wilson band - keys/vocals
Mike Kowalski - Former member of The Beach Boys - Drums
Probyn Gregory - Current member of the Brian Wilson band - Guitar/vocals
Michael Campion - Guitar/vocals
Dan McNamara - Keys/ vocals
Jeff Peters - Current engineer for the Brian Wilson band, former audio engineer for The Beach Boys - Audio

Chris Farmer CD - California Dreamin' - available on itunes
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