Gulf Drive is one of the top rated duos in the Bradenton/Sarasota area. We cover various styles that are guaranteed to meet the needs of your guests, including R & R from the 50s and 60s, Top 40 from the 70s and 80s, Country from yesteryear, Swing and Jazz. All of our music is danceable.
They arrived right on time, were very friendly and ready to help make my father's 95th birthday a success. They played for about 50 people who live at the ALF where my father lives and EVERYONE had a blast. I would certainly use them again and recommend them to anyone!
What to Expect
Gulf Drive is an energetic musical combo, whether it be the solo or duo option. We believe the most important people are in the audience, not on stage. Our goal is to satisfy our audience's need for a rewarding experience. Gulf Drive has a small footprint and can fit the budget that other larger quality bands can't meet. We have years of experience in the music business which you can tap to make your special event a success. We are always on time and are willing to perform special requests.
Originally from Connecticut, Diane Lyons relocated to San Diego, CA in 1987 and began working in the recruiting industry. In the mid 90’s she became a partner of the company she worked for and will be retiring as their CEO in July, 2019. In 2006 one of Diane’s mentors suggested she take a class called “Finding Your Voice” – which not only helped her gain confidence – but surprisingly, she found her voice! Since then Diane has performed in a handful of cabaret shows, had a 2 year gig in a wine bar and sang with a number of San Diego musicians. Diane relocated to Sarasota in August of 2018 and secured a 4 month gig singing at a local restaurant. With retirement right around the corner, Diane is looking forward to singing as often as she can, doing volunteer work and enjoying retirement.
Bill Bowdish grew up on Long Island, New York. He has been playing flute since he was ten years old and saxophone since he was 15. In high school, he was in a small combo and performed at dances. After high school, Bill went to Boston, where he attended engineering school. Engineering jobs were scarce when he graduated. So, he taught math at the junior and senior high levels. This turned out to be his career choice. While teaching, he joined a top 40 show group and remained with them for sixteen years.
The Gulf Drive Musical Combo was formed by Bill Bowdish in 2004 after Bill retired from teaching high school math. Over the years, Gulf Drive has performed at numerous shows on Florida’s west coast. Bill provides vocal, sax and flute parts. All of this is backed by easy listening musical styles spanning six decades.
Bill feels that the most important folks at a show are the people in the audience.
Additional Booking Notes
Gulf Drive's technical requirements are minimal. A 20 amp electrical outlet within a reasonable distance from the performing area is all that is necessary. Gulf Drive provides the sound system, including microphones, mixing board, etc. In the event of an outside show, we request a shaded area as our devices do not perform well in full sun.
Upcoming Booked Events
|December 14, 2019 • 7:00pm - 9:30pm||Christmas Party|
Past Booked Events
|October 08, 2019 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Birthday Party|
We cover various styles that are guaranteed to meet the needs of your guests, including R & R from the 50s and 60s, Top 40 from the 70s and 80s, Country from yesteryear, Swing and Jazz. For a complete searchable/sortable song list, please visit:
|Bill Bowdish (Billy Lewis)||musician, vocalist|
|Diane Lyons||vocalist, percussionist|
Influences & Inspiration
All of the vocalists and musicians of the swing era
All jazz vocalists and musicians
Numerous R & R artists
A 20 amp electrical outlet. In the event of an outside show, we request a shaded area as our devices do not perform well in full sun.