Peter Beckett's Player


Peter Beckett's PLAYER


Peter Beckett~Rob Math~Buster Akrey~Mark Winley~Burleigh Drummond

PETER BECKETT-Lead Vocals, Guitar

Peter was born in Liverpool, England. As a youth he would sneak into The Cavern lunchtime sessions to listen to the local bands. One day a band called The Beatles performed and Peter was hooked. He got a cheap guitar and taught himself to play, and by the time he was 16 he was touring Britain and Europe with his first band.

After some success with the British progressive band Paladin, he was invited to come to the United States to form a group called Skyband. That band was short-lived, but during a Hollywood party he met J.C. Crowley. They began writing songs together. A short time later they were joined by Ronn Moss and John Friesen …and Player was born.

In January 1978, the band had an international number one hit with their first single: "Baby Come Back" which was co-written and sung by Beckett. The self- titled album went platinum and the band toured extensively. These classic outings included Boz Scagg's Silk Degrees Tour, Eric Clapton's Slowhand Tour, Heart's Dog & Butterfly Tour and Kenny Loggin's FootlooseTour, playing always to sold out arena audiences. Four albums followed rendering four more top forty singles, including "This Time I'm In It For Love" which reached number ten on Billboard's top 100 chart. Peter Beckett has written hit songs for many artists including: Heart, Olivia Newton-John, Kenny Rodgers, The Temptations, Poco, Janet Jackson, The Commodores, Cliff Richards, Survivor, Grace Slick, and more recently Vanessa Hudgens of "High School Musical" fame.

Between the years 1989-1997, Peter was a featured member of The Little River Band and has written several singles for them.
He has also garnered many movie credits as artist, producer and/or writer. These include: The Karate Kid, Two of a Kind, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Major League, St Elmo's Fire (Grammy Nomination), Frankie and Johnny, Rock Star, Terminator 3, Basic, Beyond Borders, Life or Something Like It, Dirty Dancing 2 and Transformers to name a few. Peter started performing again with his band Player in 2003, always featuring an all star line-up, which has included at various times members of The Cars, REO Speed Wagon, Foreigner and Little River Band. Peter is also a featured guest performer with The Yacht Rock Revue performing all over the U.S.

Peter and Ronn recently toured with Christopher Cross, Gary Wright, Al Stewart and many other artists throughout the US and Canada. Recently Peter has performed with his band Player at the House of Blues, the Canyon Club, The Rams Head on Stage and on national TV as the featured band for the Nurses’ Ball on General Hospital.

A new Player CD “Too Many Reasons” was released on Frontiers Records in 2013. It was written and produced by Peter.


ROB MATH-Lead Guitar/Vocals

Rob is quickly building a reputation as one of the hottest up and coming guitarist today. Recently you may have seen Rob hosting Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day” dishing up some serious “lickage” or stunning audiences at NAMM performing with Dream Theater keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess while promoting Ampkit and Ampkit Link for Agile Partners and Peavey.
A graduate of Berklee College of Music, he was originally discovered by Canadian rock producer and songwriter, Dave Tyson. (Best known for co-writing and producing Alannah Myles #1 hit “Black Velvet” and for his work with Hall and Oates) He continued to earn recognition from some of the industry’s top producers like Howard Benson (Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, Creed) and Vincent Herbert (Lady GaGa) and has since played on albums by platinum selling artists such as SEAL, NELLY, and TONI BRAXTON and recorded for many others including JoJo, Macy Gray and The Pussy Cat Dolls. With his unique blend of melodic soulful playing, Chicken Pickin’, Bluesy bebop inspired lines and fretboard pyrotechnics, even guitar greats such as Paul Gilbert, Johnny Hiland, Carlos Cavazo and Warren De Martini have taken notice and Publisher Greg Di Benedetto (Guitar World, Guitar One, Magazines) has proclaimed “Rob Math is amazing” Rob is also a member of the LA based hard rock metal band Soul Sign founded by Bjorn Englen (Yngwie Malmsteen, Quiet Riot) on bass, and featuring Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf) on vocals.

Well known too, as a former clinician and demonstrator for Marshall and Vox amplification, Rob has performed to SRO audiences around the globe in Europe, Asia, and throughout the USA. Rob is currently a member of the 70's band Peter Beckett's PLAYER, best known for their #1 hit "Baby Come Back. 


                                       ROB MATH WEBSITE
BUSTER AKREY-Keyboards/Vocals

Singer / Keyboard Rocker Francis Buster Akrey started his musical journey in Greece, New York. Classical recitals from age 5 soon turned into Rock and Roll stages and Buster’s unique style of live and recorded performances began.

Honored with an MMA Rock Record of the Year Award in 2011 for his solo album “Red”. Buster is considered to be one of the great Singer, Songwriter, Hammond players in the music industry today.

Buster’s long list of credits include: The Power Rangers, Steely Dan, Peggy Lee, Zacka Creek, Burt Bacharach, Danny Gans, Shaka Kahn, Loveland, The Wheels, Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, Power Cuts, Stevie Wonder and Jimi Blyss just to mention a few.

“ My love affair with Hammond Organs began in my early teens.The Connection I feel every time I sit down, reach out and burn a solo down fill’s my soul.“
is an American drummer, percussionist, producer, songwriter and singer. He is a founding member and the only drummer/percussionist for the five-time Grammy Award nominated band Ambrosia. 

After playing in various bands, Drummond signed up with a musicians contact service "for $5" and within a week all three members of what would become the band Ambrosia came by his residence and formed the group "before we ever played a note." Drummond has described Ambrosia compositionally as "Joe Puerta and David Pack were like our Lennon and McCartney and I was kind of the George Harrison!" Drummond recorded on every Ambrosia record from 1970 to the present, and toured internationally with the band throughout its history to date. Burleigh also performs with Peter Beckett's PLAYER as their drummer.


Artist, Writer, Arranger, Performer, Recording Artist-Mark played bass for the late great Johnny Winter.