The London Tijuana Showband was formed in 1970 by Paul Ringham and Martin Bunce whilst they were both at the Guildhall School of Music.
After Paul Ringham joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1975, the band was on the road with the help of five explosive colleagues - Barry Latchem, Malcolm Warne-Holland, Peter Hill, Mike Chesters and Clive Brown. Now based in Bournemouth, they commanded the top dances and functions around south England, in addition to cutting their own LP and being heard regularly on BBC Radios 1 & 2. These individuals brought class, experience with their own characteristics into the music as well as the live show, and these influences always remained embedded.
Following Paul's move back to the Band's home of London, (to join the BBC Symphony Orchestras in 1980), this lead to an influx of Royal Academy of Music students joining the squad. The band provided the most lethal, live combination of enthusiasm, flair, talent and a youthful, disciplined dedication to entertain.
By 1982, the brakes had to be applied because the band was working on average three times a week and with more and more trips abroad, this clashed with everyone's individual work and ambitions, not to mention leisure time and loved ones at home. Paul joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1983 during the Orchestra's busiest ever period and this led to a gradual slowing down until in 1990 Paul called it a day with the band.
In 1998, under Paul's guidance, Warren picked up the baton and continued where Paul had left off.
Whilst the set and line-up of the band has been greatly updated all the time to keep it current, youthful and fresh, many of the original members have appeared with the band to this very day.
The number of musicians and their CVs is really something to behold - and here is a sample of some of the musicians who have spent a decent period in the band (not just one off deps) -
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars (Return Of The Jedi), Mad Max, Interview With The Vampire, Champions League Theme
BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera
Steve "Smiley" Barnard-
Robbie Williams, Archive, Mock Turtles, Joe Strummer
Singing In The Rain (West End)
Les Miserables (West End)
BBC's The Voice, ITV The X Factor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Protect The Beat, Derek Nash, Justin Hawkins, Gary Moore
London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Went on to become a World famous conductor!
Classic FM, Jazz FM, BBC Proms Composer
Neil Cowley, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan
Andy Hooley, Hamish Dean-
UK Album chart success at No.4 and No.5 in 2011.