The London Showband



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) -


Paul Ringham-

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Star Wars (Return Of The Jedi), Mad Max, Interview With The Vampire, Champions League Theme


Warren RIngham-

BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English National Opera


Steve "Smiley" Barnard-

Robbie Williams, Archive, Mock Turtles, Joe Strummer


Rhys Smith-

Singing In The Rain (West End)


Colin Porteous-

Les Miserables (West End)


Jamie Bruce-

BBC's The Voice, ITV The X Factor


Joe Atkins-

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra


Lance Green-

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra


Jeff Walker-

Mick Jagger


Steve Richardson-

Shirley Bassey


Darby Todd-

Protect The Beat, Derek Nash, Justin Hawkins, Gary Moore


Lee Aaron-

Glenn Aitkin


Eric Crees-

London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House


Peter Hill-

Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra


Martyn Brabbins-

Went on to become a World famous conductor!


Paul Hart-

Classic FM, Jazz FM, BBC Proms Composer


Evan Jenkins-

Neil Cowley, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Chaka Khan


Andy Hooley, Hamish Dean-

UK Album chart success at No.4 and No.5 in 2011.