The Hitmen

    

   

   
     The Hitmen 
 
 
     Pete Kirkland - Lead vocal
 

Pete Kirkland is an accomplished vocalist and entertainer with over 30 years of experience in the music industry. His career started at age 13 playing the drums on the lounge circuit for various rock bands in Germany and by the time Pete was 16 he was the lead vocalist in a touring Soul Band Revue. His charismatic voice moves the most skeptical audience to its feet and he blesses with a powerful performance, dynamic personality and natural God given talent.

 

 

 
Kile Jackson - Bass and Vocals
Kile was raised near Des Moines, Iowa. He has been playing and singing professionally since the age of 14. He was the front man and lead vocalist for bands around the Midwest where he also sang jingles and TV commercials. He has received several awards for vocal performance. He moved to Seattle in 1991 and was the driving force in The Rangers and The Edsels, two of the Northwest’s most successful bands. The Rangers were voted best Country dance band in 2001 by the Seattle Times and The Edsels are one of the most requested 50’s and 60’s bands at car shows like The Good Guy’s, Mild to Wild and Hot August Nights.
Kile has been honored to open for artists such as Roy Clark, Air Supply, Helen Reddy, Tower of Power, Blood Sweat and Tears, America, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Mavericks, Carly Goodwin, The Drifters and The Platters. Kile was delighted to play on Aury Moores latest CD with Michael Wilton and Tom Pafph of ( Queensryche ) and drummer Alan White of ( YES ). Kile can be heard on Radio commercials and with The Hitmen, The Lenny Epps Revue, The Edsels, The Rangers and with Danny Vernon as a member of The DeVilles around the Northwest
Kile has 37 years in the entertainment business and is a prominent presence in the Northwest Music scene.
 
Wade Reeves - Drums and Vocals
Wade was born in Edmonton Alberta Canada. He has studied the drums and performed live and in the studio for thirty-two years. Wade has a strong background in classical percussion, rudimental drumming, and many years as a performing set drummer. He enjoys playing a wide variety of music from R and B, Rock, Country to Funk and Fusion to straight-ahead Blues. Wade has played with and opened for groups such as the Beach Boys, Richard Marks, The Romantics, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tom Connely, Charlie Daniels, and too many more to list He owns and operates Dragonfly Recordings (a full production 24-track digital recording facility in Renton Washington). Wade has many years’ experience as an audio engineer producing countless Album projects. He has been teaching drums for fifteen years.  His drum instruction is very personal and geared towards the individual needs of his students.
 
 Dave Cashin - Keys and Vocals
Dave Cashin has been entertaining and writing songs since he received his first keyboard in the 7th grade. Early musical influences include Todd Rundgren, George Duke, Beatles, etc. Dave brings his heart and soul into every song he writes and lists Dave Grusin as his favorite composer. Originally from NJ...home is now Redmond, Washington where he performs from LA to Europe. Dave has been honored to work with Keb Mo, Paul Rogers, Dusty Springfield, Percy Sledge, Frankie Lee and John Lee Hooker, Jr. Dave has Opened shows with Tower of Power, BB King, Jimmie Vaughan, Doobie Brothers, John Hiatt, Little Feat, Starship, Firefall and Barenaked Ladies. Voted Best Keyboardist 1994 by the Washington Blues Society. His song "Sweet Dreamer" was on rotation at KISM 92.9 with the Fat James Band. Performed at the 1984 USA Olympics with his original band "Flack". Won the West Coast Regionals YAMAHA/Ticketmaster Showcase in L.A. with the Fat James Band. You can also hear his songwriting on the "Northwest Passage.” compilation CD called "Starstuff" on Olympic Jazz Records. He has put his fingers to work for Capitol, A&M, Motown, Warner Bros Films and as a studio musician/arranger for Chappel Publishing. Upon graduating from the Dick Grove Workshop he wrote and conducted for a 45-piece orchestra. His first solo effort "Serenity" is a collection of "easy listening" piano-based melodies. The CD also has 2 vocal tunes...one a bonus track entitled "Everyday Should be Christmas.
 
 Gary Ballard - Guitar & Vocals Music   
 
Gary is a founding member of the Hitmen . Multi-talented Gary played guitar, dobro, pedal steel, mandolin and banjo. A Seattle guitar instructor as well.