About the S-Bahn band
Singer and accordionist Richard Tyce founded the S-Bahn Band in Vancouver in the early 90’s. With diverse and eclectic repertoire, the S-Bahn rocks Oktoberfests and all kinds of parties. Highlights include “Fall Crawls” where S-Bahn tours the Oktoberfest circuit – including the popular Leavenworth Washington, Mt. Angel Oregon Oktoberfests and the New Braunfels TX Wurstfest. Why the name “S-Bahn”? S-Bahn is the commuter train that connects cities in Germany with their suburbs. S-Bahn connects people – brings them together.
The S-BAHN is:
Richard Tyce – Singer, Accordion & Keyboards Accordionist and singer/tenor Richard Tyce has been performing professionally since the age of 13 in his own bands and with companies like Canadian Opera, Vancouver Opera, London Ontario Symphony, Victoria Opera, and Modern Baroque Opera in London, England. He has performed at festivals like Victoria Accordions by the Sea and Rocky Mountain Accordion Festival, and mounted 3 concerts with the Solstice Symphony Orchestra Vancouver, B.C. This included not only singing and accordion playing, with full 50 piece orchestra, but production, text translation, music and lyric writing. Richard’s nimble accordion playing accompanies his huge vocal range, which makes up his own unique sound. Polkas, waltzes, rock & roll classics, S-Bahn originals, classical, they are all part of Richard’s show, all part of the S-Bahn show. He dares audiences to taste all the flavors that music comes in, all within the course of an evening.
Jim Hopson – Trombone, Tuba, Alphorn, Bass guitar & Vocals Jim Hopson is a rare musician who can adapt effortlessly to any style. He is at home in jazz, classical, pop and world music. He plays the entire low brass family, including the Swiss Alphorn! An in-demand multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger, his versatile performances cross all genres with tours and concert appearances (live & recorded) on four continents. Jim began his musical training at age 3. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance (with distinction) at the University of Victoria, studying with the Canadian trombonist Ian McDougall and was a finalist in the University’s Concerto Competition. He moved to Vancouver in 2007, where he is now a first-call session musician for bands and orchestras. His work has been featured on numerous albums, TV shows, and films with two studio albums to date: ‘West Coast Nights’ (2015) and ‘Generations’. Learn more at https://www.jimhopsonmusic.com
Alex Flock – Guitar & Vocals Alex Flock is an in demand guitarist and session musician based in Vancouver, BC. Award winning (Canadian Guitar competition finalist ’12, ’15), he maintains an active performance schedule both as solo performer and in a variety of bands. His versatility has lead him down many musical paths, including backing up Tony Barton in the Johnny Cash “Ring Of Fire” tribute act, grooving along side the funk outfit “The Electric Monks” and donning lederhosen with the S-Bahn Band every fall for the “Fall Crawl’ throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Playing with S-Bahn is always an adventure as the group traverses an eclectic set list consisting of everything from traditional german music to classic rock and roll sing-alongs. Alex contributes now to S-Bahn originals, which are in the works in the studio. No matter the setting Alex puts gives it his all, leaving a memorial experience for all.
James Bartz – drums, vocals James Bartz has been playing with the S-Bahn since 1996, contributing to the band’s growth in a huge way over the years. James is the featured drummer in the S-Bahn CD “Making Tracks with the S-Bahn”, and no one works harder than James when he belts out his live version of “You Shook Me” – a must hear. When James is not spending time with family or the S-Bahn band, you may find him working on his custom cars, or driving his Miata powered Opel on the winding highways of the Pacific Northwest.