The Surfires Profile

aka The Sapphires
Grant Gillanders
21 Oct 2013

In 1963 teenage twin brothers Gerard and John aka Shade Smith formed the high school band The Sapphires with fellow Huntly College fourth formers Ross Hindman and Sjaaki Koolen. They made their first public appearance at a local talent quest in the same year where they won first prize.

Initially the band played just acoustic guitars but desperately wanted to go electric, to play surf music. With the group all still at college the affordability of electric guitars was well beyond their means.

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April 1966
Photo credit: Grant Gillanders Collection
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Early publicity shot
Photo credit: Grant Gillanders Collection
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Shade Smith on the Beat Goes On – Part One
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Shade Smith on the Beat Goes On – Part Two
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Members:

Ross Hindman - bass

Gerard Smith - vocals, guitar

Shade Smith - vocals, guitar

Jacques Koolen - drums, vocals