The Grand Honors Band is a garage band assembled to perform a few songs during the Annual Grand Communications of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, of which Tagaytay City is the Host in the year 2005.
After that, the members deemed it best to do a regular practice as a form of release from everyday work pressures and at the same time, honing their skills in their preferred instruments. After a series of performances, they were recognized during their stint with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Cavite Chapter induction ceremonies. Bookings for Christmas parties were sent to the band, however, Atty. Medina left for his well deserved vacation in the United States. Immediately after his return, the band resumed a regular practice and focused on their gig at the Bellevue Hotel. With a long repertoire for that gig (3 hours for one set), it would be found out that the professional schedule for court hearings, doctor’s rounds, golf routines and bank clients oftentimes will not mix with practice sessions.
VW Butch C. Velazco – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, rhythm
VW Butch, the Band Leader, is a present President of Tagaytay City Rural Bank where he holds regular office. He is also the present President of Association of Rural Bankers. With drummer Olan (Atty. Medina), he originally conceptualized the band as a performing band, realizing that ordinary jams can be converted to good tunes that on his flavor. His favorite instrument is his brand new Fender Stratocaster Anniversary Edition that he got from New York.
Butch handles practice schedules and asset acquisitions. Send queries to Butch at email@example.com
Olan Medina – Drums, Vocals
Olan, or Roland, is a practicing Lawyer and is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in good standing. He is more of a “hard rock” drummer with experience going way back to high school. Distinguishing him from other drummers is his ability to read drum and staff notes and play different guitars and keyboards. That rig we see on the the picture above is his Pearl rig on his own house at the mezzanine. He amazed us with his collection of Sabians and Paiste and other crashes surrounding him out our sight.
Send drum notes to Olan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Billy M. Sumagui – vocals, lead guitar, keyboards
VW Billy is also a practicing lawyer by profession. He was the City Administrator of Mayor Francis Tolentino (now MMDA Chairman) at Tagaytay City. His history in band music goes back to his college days as lead vocals, guitarist of the LuckyaBand, a rock/country band with their own philosophical compositions. He was a musical director for the band as well the various concerts for tenor of Vincentian Hills Seminary and Adamson University.
Dr. Ponch Villaroman – Bass guitar, Vocals,
Bro. Dr. Ponch met an accident at Pampanga in his 400 Steed. Seing his injuries, we don’t know how he survived that one. After countless operations, he’s come back to life on his carbon fiber leg with a Harley Davidson Sticker. This is a real man. Bro. Ponch has a vast collection of Bass Guitars including that one from Paul McArtney.
Sonny Vergara – sound mix and equalization
Manager: Mayor Bambol Tolentino (Tagaytay City)
WB Gilbert Mendoza – vocals, guitars and percussions
Bro. Vincent Caisip – Vocals and Keyboards
Bro. Jonjon Arayata – Drums
Isty Loyola – Drums
George Medina – Lead