On the age of 16 I started to play the saxophone with the band The Willows. However not for long, because I had to fulfill my Army Duty and was enlisted with the Belgium Navy. Our ship was often gone for many moths and I had to put myself on non-musical-active. Once this Army Duty was done, I was asked to join the band The Sparrows to play the organ, the saxophone, and do a little backing vocal. This formation exists out of 4 people: myself, Mark Verley (guitar), Guido Verley (bas) en Guy Van Releghem (drums). From the first moment the spirit of the band was superior and the musical level of the group rises to a very high level in the existence of The Sparrows. In a very short time we had weekly concerts in and outside Belgium, included regular places like dancing’s or roadhouses. The calendar of the band was well booked. Things where going so good that we dive into the studio a recorded a first album. A few months later a first version of the “Night of The Sparrows” was put together, with guest performances of Ruth McKenny and Eurovision Singer Stella. Unfortunately was my input in the group for a short period, because a year after I started to play with the band I had a terrible car accident on the way back home from a rehearsal. I had broken my cervical spine and become a paralyzed wheelchair user. As well for myself as for the other members it came on very hard and they had to search for someone to replace me. A few months later I went to a concert of the band and saw how Jacky had take my place. That was indeed very hard to see how my dream was blown away, but live lust go on. I still have good contact with my former members and maybe a reunion can be made. Who knows?

Under need you find 3 articles which where written in a magazine in the period I was with The Sparrows. I describe the history of the band from the time before I joined the group and give an impression of the career of each musician. Unfortunately it is written in the Dutch language and impossible to translate. I apologize for this inconvenience. In name of the four of us, we wish you a pleasant stay in the company of the former Sparrows! Marc, Guido, Guy en Luc


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