The Back Nine Bandits are four seasoned musicians, dedicated to providing dance-able variety music to retirement communities and golf clubs in the Valley of the Sun.


The Back Nines Bandits offer a wide variety of musical styles, such as rock, country, blues, jazz and rhythm & blues, so there's always something for everyone.  They pride themselves on the ability to cater to the crowd, whatever the venue or occasion, with their extensive song list.  New material is being added frequently.  


Each member of the Back Nine Bandits has a long history in the music business.


Rick Axelrad (Drums, Vocals), the back beat of the group on drums, had been playing since a teenager in Texas.  He performed in in his own band and sitting in with numerous name bands in the 70s, After taking a break, Rick is back at it with the Back Nine Bandits adding his rock-steady beats and the occasional vocal.

Gary Bonadio ( Guitar, Vocals ) Originally from Connecticut has been playing music since he was 10. He played steadily throughout his earlier years but was drawn towards the Recording and Production side of music later in life. Gary is comfortable singing everything from Country to Smooth Jazz.

Mike  Darnell (Doc) (Bass, Guitar, Vocals) originally from Grand Junction Colorado where he started playing trumpet in grade school and when the Beatles hit the US when 14 years old began playing in bands from rock to blues, dixieland, jazz and country.  

Dave Jones (Guitar, Vocals), who hails from central Ohio, has a strong background in blues, gospel, rock and country and plays many different styles of music in various bands in the Midwest and the Phoenix area. He knows how to "fill the holes" with his tasteful guitar licks.  His voice is equally gifted with his spot-on harmonies and powerful lead vocals.


Whatever your music needs might be, consider the Back Nine Bandits for your venue or event. 

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