About Gary Draffin
Gary Draffin , Bass Player and Vocalist, has always been a variety based Entertainer playing hits from the 1950's to current. Gary worked as a studio musician/ producer &played in and around the Memphis area until the late 70's. Then Gary hit the road performing over most of the country in Kannon .In the mid 80's Gary started The Contenders and worked locally until 1991. In '91 Gary joined one of the Nations top Show Bands, THE MARVELLS . Gary worked with The Marvells all over the US and Canada as well as in Europe , headlining at festivals and assorted other venues . The Marvells worked with many of the biggest stars in the business such as , Jerry Reed, Mitch Ryder, Juice Newton, Hank Williams Jr., The Drifters, The Forrester Sisters, just to name a few. Gary took over as band leader of THE MARVELLS in 1995 continuing on untill 2000 . Gary took a break for two years. and in 2002 along with Wayne Hart reformed THE BOXTOPS. Wayne had been in the Box Tops in the late 60's and early 70's. The Box Tops worked dates in the Memphis area for the next year or so, Then Gary Re-formed The Contenders and they have been working in the casino & cruise ship market for the last several years.