Ron Miles

Drummer Ron Miles was an original member of both The Reverbs and The Rubber Band

Ron remained with The Rubber Band from its beginnings in 1962 until February 1970, when he left for England to get married

This included the first part of their very successful period with Richard Debenham as manager, during which the band became established as one of Sydney's most popular and successful dance bands.

Ron Miles met fellow students Ray Lynn and Kevin Currie at school at Marist Brothers Parramatta in 1962. Ray and Kevin had been to school together at Patrician Brothers Blacktown, and had been keen to start a band for some time. They needed a drummer.

Ron had played drums in the school cadets, and volunteered to try out with Ray and Kevin, thinking it would be fun. They had a rehearsal together, with Kevin's neighbour Ron Johnson playing rhythm guitar. The combination worked, and a new group, The Reverbs, was born. The band began to get a little work, and clearly had the talent to do more.

With their success, they began to think the name Reverbs sounded a bit corny, so they changed their name to The Rubber Band.


The Rubber Band

The Rubber Band 1 August 1969. Hornsby Old Girls' Ball. Sapphire Room, Australia hotel. L to r Mick Csapo, Ray Lynn, Kevin Currie, Ron Miles, Wayne Holstein.

The Rubber Band

The Rubber Band c. September 1968. L to r Wayne Holstein, Mick Csapo, Ray Lynn, Kevin Currie, Ron Miles. Taken in the ballroom at Richard Debenham's Parent's Strathfield home, where 'it all started,' with the band playing at Richard's 21st.

The Rubber Band

The Rubber Band performing at a social on Sydney's north shore, c. 1967. Musicians l to r: Ron Miles, Mick Csapo, Ray Lynn, Kevin Currie.

Ron Miles left the Rubber Band in February 1970 to go to London and get married. He was replaced as drummer in The Rubber Band by John Long. John was an excellent acquisition for the band, which went on from strength to strength. Nonetheless Ron was much missed by the others in the band. He had been through everything with them from the beginning, and had been a crucial part of the success they had achieved. The band wished him well at a special joint presentation to Ron and Mayliu conducted by manager Richard Debenham on February 6 1970.

Mayliu spent the following year in Europe and the UK, then returned, marrying bass player Kevin Currie in February 1971 and rejoining The Rubber Band which was still at its peak and enjoying considerable success.

Ron Miles did not rejoin the Rubber Band on his return from the UK, though he has continued to play his drums over the years. He has had a very successful career in Education, as a teacher and school Principal.





Ron Miles

Detail from 1968 Rubber Band promotion photo.

Ron Miles

24 February 1968. With The Rubber Band,Paddington Town Hall, Sydney.

Ron Miles

9 October 1969. With The Rubber Band, King George Ball, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney, Queen Mary nurses' room. . .

Ron Miles

. . . and dancing with Mayliu.

Ron Miles

Ron playing with The Reverbs c. 1964

Ron Miles

Detail from Rubber Band studio photo c. 1966.