Nik Szymanek (Drums & Percussion)
Well, since the good old Dragonfly days I've been in a selection of bands. Probably the most enjoyable was a progressive rock trio called Trilogy with Paul Dennis on guitar, keyboards and vocals, and Mark Bloxsidge on bass, keyboards and vocals. Heavily influenced by Rush, one of my long-time favourite bands, we played around the country in a variety of venues for about 5 years. Our most successful outing was a British tour with fellow prog-rockers Pallas and Solstice.
The next major group I played in was the Phil Hilborne Band, a rock covers band featuring one of the UK's leading guitarists Phil Hilborne, and Andy Frost on bass. I played with them for an intense two years of gigging at pubs, clubs, trade shows etc around the UK.
Later in the 90's I ended up playing in a band "Sabotage" with both Steve Heath and Mark Bloxsidge, featuring cover material from some of the best of British rock bands of the 70's. I still play drums recreationally but don't have any major projects planned. I'm hoping to get together with the other Dragonfly and Trilogy members with the possibility of re-recording some of the older material (and, perhaps, something new) and maybe even a few gigs. Watch this space!
Other interests include astronomy and astronomical photography www.ccdland.com
Influences: Neil Peart (Rush), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)
Favourite Bands: Symphony X, Dream Theater, Rush
Favourite Drummers: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neil Peart (Rush), Jason Rullo (Symphony X).
Favourite Albums: Quite a few! "Fountains of Light" and Starcastle (Starcastle), "Hemispheres" (Rush), "Close to the Edge" (Yes), "Divine Wings of Tragedy" & "V" (Symphony X), "Images & Words" (Dream Theater), "In the Region of the Summer Stars" (The Enid).
Favourite Tracks: "Chagall Duet" Jon Anderson, "River of Life" PFM, "Fallen" & "Egypt" (Symphony X), "Under a Glass Moon" & "The Test that Stumped Them All" (Dream Theater).