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The Pistons Band

The Pistons

The Pistons are a Christchurch based band available for Pubs, Clubs, Small Cafes / Bars, Private Functions and Weddings (great for themed functions).
For bookings contact Sandy 027 4344470


The core of The Pistons music is Rockabilly and Alt Country, although with the help of Sandy Inglis multi instrumentalism their Pub repertoire extends to Rock’n Roll, Irish and Americana. The Pistons formed over 5 years ago, originally as a three piece featuring Upright Bass, Guitar and rudimentary drums, but then progressed to include Pedal Steel. Over this time The Pistons have been well received at Christchurch Venues such as The Miller Bar, Woolston Club, New Brighton Rockabilly Car Show, and Country Pub's such as The Plough, The Famous Grouse and The Sheffield. For the last three years the line up of members has been Sandy Inglis on Vocals, Pedal Steel, Mando, Guitar, Fiddle and Harmonica: Arch Kuiper on Guitar and Vocals: Richard Peters on Electric Bass and Vocals: David Salmon Drums and Vocals:
Sandy , Richard and Arch have a long history in playing music ranging from Blues, Jazz, Rock’n Roll to Covers on the Christchurch dance, club and Pub scene. David received his musical education in the South Island but gained his experience drumming on the Auckland originals scene for 12years with Bands such as Stolen and Outside In, before moving south and joining The Pistons. The Pistons have the added strength of Richards experience and expertise in Choral singing, allowing confident vocal delivery.

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The Live Recording done at Greendale has now been produced and can be checked out on our 'Demo Songs' page.
CD's are available.

the gigs are starting to gather momentum. We recently played at a Retro/Rockabilly Mid-Winter Xmas dinner at the Pierside Bar New Brighton. We were hoping to be introducing a Double Bass to our arsenal (as Richard becomes familiar with it) but technical issues did not allow it.

Due to the Covid Level 2 restrictions current gigs have been cancelled. Once the restrictions have been lifted we will update the Website accordingly.



Gig Guide


Friday 18th September - Woolston Sports Bar 669 Ferry Road 7pm - 10pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
Saturday 19th September - Richmond Club 7 - 11pm (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
Saturday 26th September - Richmond Club 7 - 11pm
Friday 16th October - Woolston Sports Bar 669 Ferry Road 7pm - 10pm
Saturday 17th October - Richmond Club 7 - 11pm
Saturday 14th November(Show W/E) - NZMCA Combined Rally West Melton Domain (Members only)
Friday 20th November - Woolston Sports Bar 669 Ferry Road 7pm - 10pm
Saturday 21st November - Richmond Club 7 - 11pm
Saturday 19th December - Richmond Club 7 - 11pm


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Domestic/Commercial HVAC Controls and IT Development


"It's 'feel good' music.
It feels good when you play it,
It feels good when you sing it,
and it feels good when you listen to it"
(Carl Perkins)


A piston is a component of reciprocating engines, reciprocating pumps, gas compressors and pneumatic cylinders, among other similar mechanisms. (wikipedia)

It is also a cool dude who plays in a realy hot band!!!


Ameripolitan is a genre of contemporary original music encompassing four prominent subcategories: Western swing, honky-tonk, rockabilly and outlaw. Championed by Austin-based singer Dale Watson, the ameripolitan genre was established for contemporary artists upholding traditional roots-influenced musical formats to distinguish themselves from the formats produced by the mainstream country pop music industry