||Walter Hand began his love for music at the age of ten when he won the
elementary school talent show impersonating Jerry Lee Lewis with Great Balls of Fire. He bought his first Hohner harmonica at thirteen,
and around the same time played saxophone with the school
band. In school Walter learned the technical fundamentals of
music theory, but at home with his harmonica is where he learned to express
himself and really feel the music. In 1970, after two years in the army,
Walter joined the choir at Contra Costa College, while taking voice training and
singing with a barbershop quartet. Still playing his sax,
Walter hooked up with good friend John Doukas, lead singer for the rock group Earthquake. They played local clubs, like Keystone, Long Branch Saloon, and Bimbos, along with local colleges like UC
Berkeley's Sproul Plaza and Contra Costa College.
Walter got a real job as a Merchant Marine from 1975 to 1985 but would still practice his harmonica when at sea. From 1985 to 1990 he pursued his music playing the jazz on tenor sax, performing with the Jazz Band for the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. From 1990 to 1995 Walter went out on his own to play the blues, bringing his vocal and harmonica stylings to the open mics at the many Bay Area blues clubs, singing and playing with such Bay Area notables as Larry James, Stave Gannon, Tommy Castro, Freddie Hughes, Rick Kellogg, Raymond Victor, Lucky Strikes Richard Milam, J. J. Woods and the Blues Commandos, and many other great musicians. In 1995, Walter formed his own band, Walter Hand and The Blue Hand Band, playing many local venues, and hosting the Open Mic at Fantasy's Lounge.
Walter was frontman/lead vocalist for local band Wall of Blues.
While continuing to play with local artists like Freddie Roulette
and the legendary Harvey Mandel, Walter
resurrected The Blue Hand Band in 2004, continuing to the present
local venues and beyond, including benefit concerts for the
United Servicemens Organization (USO) and the annual Homeless
Veterans Benefit in
Sacramento. All the while Walter has been working hard
The Blue Hand Band on the map alongside those other Bad Ass
Blues Men .
MP3s on Music page feature Walter and Paul with past members of The Blue Hand Band.
Walter Hand - Vocals, Sax, Harmonica
Gig Edwards - Guitar, Vocals
Paul Staubus - Keyboards
Bill Thompson - Bass
Rob Egashira - Drums
Tony Archimedes - Keyboards, Sax