Tom Cat and the Prowlers, 30 years of Music Experience.

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Come Join Us!

In local Bars and Grills and Clubs in Tucson AZ. Check Facebook for events in your area. Remember WE HAVE FUN! NOT LOUD.....

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Booking an Event?

For booking go to Facebook for more info! or Click the contact button on home page

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Always Something Going On

When Tom Cat and the Prowlers do a show. We pull out all the stops. Lights, Laser lights, and always a good song selection for the event.

Tom Cat is..........

Tom Cat started Guitar at the age of 6, His father who was a singer songwriter gave him a Rossi Electric and A fender Champ Amp. Then promptly left town. The amp broke down a few years later and the guitar got put away.  

In the 4thgrade the school offered music lessons, Violin was the first choice, that lasted about 2 hrs. the next year he followed in his brothers footsteps and tried his hand at trumpet, it was a much better fit, over the next 5 years and 2 schools he won a city wide competition for his trumpet playing, never really loving it and always longing to sing,  

At 16 He picked up Rossi Guitar again, borrowed a  Marshall amp, and destroyed the neighborhood, things were never the same!

At 18 I got serious and took some lessons from a teacher in San Francisco, who had just recently graduated the Berkeley Conservatory of music in Boston. His Name was Lorn Liber. I found out years later that Lorn has taught some of the best Guitarist in the world Steve Vai, Joe Satrioni to name a few and yours truly Tom Cat…

One of the bands I was working with during that period was a group called The Robert Grace Band, I later found out that the guitarist who left prior to me was In fact Joe Satrioni himself. Small world.

All of this was taking place in my home town of Oakland and By extension San Francisco, we played all the clubs and gigs we could.

In the 80s I became serious about recording and engineering.

I met a man Named Thomas Brown who pulled me into the world of Journey and a new band called Merlin. I went on tour with Merlin as a live sound engineer, {sponsored by the William Morris talent agency} the end of the tour landed us in Emeryville California at the Fantasy Recording Studios. I was the assistant engineer to Dr. Richie Moore. The album Flopped.  

Next Thomas Brown got me an audition with the then broken up Journey or at least a couple of them. The band was called the Storm.  Ross Valley Bass, Steve Smith drums, Tim Gorman keys, and yours truly Guitar. It never took off and Journey reformed. It was at this time that I purchase my Schon Guitar proto type, with Neil Schons personal signature on the head stock, from Thomas Brown. $1500.00 I still own the Guitar…

A couple of Kids and a failed marriage landed me in Arizona.

I started Broken Glass Studios in Marana, that’s when I met Big Al.

We have been performing together ever since. Aviation Highway, The Hanging Chads, Double Down.

In 2019 we picked up CW on drums and the Band Tom Cat and the Prowlers was formed

This Powerhouse Trio has been Voted Tucson’s best live cover band in 2019

Now we are ready to perform for You

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Craig “CW”

Born in Iowa, raised in Tucson Arizona, CW studied percussion, starting in elementary school. He progressed rapidly securing first chair drummer in Jr. High School band. He went on to participate in the high school music program studying music theory and playing drums and percussion in the concert, marching, and jazz/pep bands. He also played percussion in the high school orchestra.

CW was granted a scholarship to the local community college at the age of 16 (while still in high school), where he helped develop the community college jazz ensemble and big bands in the performing arts department. CW also played in garage rock bands around Tucson in the 70’s, and played in the house jazz band at Gentle Bens in Tucson, across from the University of Arizona in the mid ‘70’s.

The bulk of CW’s music career was spent based out of Salt Lake City where he played in various popular rock and country bands. He has shared the stage with bands as opening act for Ratt, Nazareth, LA Guns, Sammy Kershasw, Brody Buster, Pablo Cruise. He has 100’s hours of experience in the recording studio where he was featured in many original compositions; he also worked as a studio musician at a local recording studio in Tucson.

CW spent 4 years on the road during the early ‘80’s with a top 40 rock/country band working in clubs and bars across the southern and western US.

CW’s strong sense of meter and attention to dynamics helps create a groove that is un-mistakenly the backbone of every band he is blessed to perform with. 

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Hello

Welcome


 

Big Al Baber (Bass)

Born San Diego, CA

I started out on guitar in the 7th grade. My influence's were George Benson and Steve Howe of YES. I had developed real bad habits, until my two guitar teachers straighten me out. My first teacher Brian Price made me see the light. My second teacher Dan Halabuck gave me soul and feeling to my music. While I was in the Crossroads band in North Carolina, I was asked to play some bass for a blues band. I liked it, It made me feel tight to the beat. Playing in trios I learned to play" Phat" keep the groove. I was very popular and played with a lot of groups. Working in Communications I have lived in 8 states, on the road. I would go to the local music stores and always find adds for bass players. That's how I met Tom Cat! We hit it off right away. I still remember the first song. We were waiting on the drummer to set up, Tom Cat says; play something. I hit TUSH ( ZZ TOP ) we lock right in even with out the time keeper. Well 16 years later we still are rocking. We have the same writing styles and work hard to get the sound right. Our working relationship is easy. Tom Cat is all about the sound and arrangements. I handle the business. This works great not to much on one person.

Tom Cat and the Prowlers is real. We are solidly booked on our local scene and now ready to share with the world.........Bring it on...….

Tom cat dose ( All along the watchtower

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About Us

Rockabilly's Said;

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THESE GUYS PLAY CLASSIC ROCK, AND THEY JAM BUT NOT TO LOUD,VERY PROFESSIONAL BAND WITH A GREAT SOUND.

Rock is our life........

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Runner up in the 96.1 KLPX Battle of the Bands

Close the deal

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Call Big Al for booking 520-260-1980

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