The Hi Rollers are a four piece band comprising of Wayne Allen (drums/ vocals), Rob Carpenter (keyboards/ guitar/ vocals), Des Newton (guitar/ vocals) and Kevin Taylor (bass / vocals). They are among the most experienced musicians available in Christchurch, having between them played thousands of different events, backed countless New Zealand and International artists, and performed on T.V. shows and professional recordings over many years. They play a range of music from pop/rock/MOR hits to dedicated Rock’n’Roll and cabaret, and are suitable for a wide range of functions. All members are based in Christchurch and are:
Wayne Allen has played in many of NZ’s iconic groups including The Secrets, Simple Image and Murray Wood and Harvest. Was the resident drummer on television’s “That’s Country” and had backed and toured with many of NZ’s major artists
Rob Carpenter played with Ch Ch band Revival who had a hit single, as well as many other notable bands. He has backed many major NZ artists an has played support for international acts. He has also been in constant demand as a backing musician from local artists and Television.
Des Newton played in several popular bands before becoming one of Ch Ch’s most successful and enduring solo performers. He has backed many of NZ’s major artists, performed on television, and also writes and records original songs.
Kevin Taylor is a stalwart of the local music scene who has worked with many Kiwi music icons in live shows as well as on television. He also is in demand as a session musician for a wide range of recording artists.