Clive Briggs

bass guitar

Born in England in 1954 into a very musical family it was no surprise that I (like my 2 sisters) was “thrown” into music lessons at the young age of 8!

When I was 13 years old I went to Public school where my musical career was encouraged, and I took several “Grade examinations” in wind instrument playing (trumpet, trombone and euphonium). When I was 16, I was playing Tuba and deputy conductor of the school Military band.

In 1969 some boys in the school wanted to form a rock band. Having messed around with E- guitar and keyboard in my spare time I was quite interested in this project. Because I was the only one in the group who could read music, I was given the job of Bass guitarist, whether I liked it or not! Our band, the original GROUNDHOGS played regularly at private parties but no rock music, just cover music. Our final performance was in 1972 when we were invited to play at the “Royal Charity Tutankhamun Ball” in London´s East End.

Between 1972 and 1980 I played music in show bands, orchestras, ensembles and anywhere I could, to have fun either with the Bass or the Trombone.

1981 saw my move to Switzerland, after which followed a 12-year music break – no contacts!

For the last 27 years I have been playing music in several different “Musikvereinen” again Bass, Trombone or Tuba, and since 3 years I am proud to be a member of the superbly up-and-coming band “Shellstone”.