Bassist Rob Moitoza on The Invaders
I began playing rock and roll with local rock guitarist, Ron Story, and drummer, Bob Burgan in a band called The Invaders. I think maybe Bill Nishimura actually started that band and then left early on. He played saxophone. Ron, Bob and I continued on.
I was also studying string bass in the Tamalpais High School orchestra, where I had the good fortune of meeting up with keyboardist, George Duke. Duke was already playing Miles Davis tunes while I was just learning how to play “Walk Don’t Run”!
After the Invaders, Ron Story moved to Phoenix, Az where he started a band called the Travelers. He landed a record deal with ATCO Records and had some success with Arizona radio play. His songs “Spanish Moon” and “Melody of the Moon” both made charts locally.
Not long after ”The Invaders” split up, I met up with a local neighborhood kid, John Cipollina, and we formed the Swingin’ Deacons blues band. We played mostly cover songs by artists such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and other blues masters. We performed at local teen dances at Mill Valley’s Outdoor Art Club, The American Legion, and Brown’s Hall.
John later went on to form the well-known San Francisco rock band Quicksilver Messenger Service and grace the covers of “Guitar Player Magazine” and other industry publications. — Rob Moitozo, robmoitoza.net