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Rockin’ Ron rocks the Peninsula

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Meet the man behind his guitar, Ron Fauvel, another local talent who shares his love of music, local communities and wisdom.

Ron’s interest in music dates back to the mid-sixties when he started playing the guitar and performed with a few local bands around the Forest Hill and Ringwood areas.

“I was always influenced by the Beatles, The Rolling Stones and still to this day love the music from the Sixties,”he said.

“In 1976 I joined Victoria Police and spent 19 years as the Officer-in-Charge of the Hastings CIU.  There I was involved in a diverse range of incidents but made many contacts with the local and business community.  I found that although in the early days Hastings was a lower socio-economic area, there were many good people who cared about the community,” he added.

In 2003, Ron teamed up with other police members from Rosebud and Mornington including the daughter of a member from Hastings and a female school teacher from Boneo Primary School. Together they formed Boneo Road which was known as the Rosebud Police Rock and Roll band.

Ron explained, “Our charter was to play for charities and help raise money.  We did not charge for our services and up until 2013 we did many events raising money for the CFA, SES, Red Cross and local schools.”

They disbanded when throat problems and motherhood cost Boneo Road two of their great female vocalists so in 2013 Ron joined up with Andrew Ellams (a great guitarist) who is a senior constable at Hastings and one of the best vocalists around, Sharon Clarke. They both continued with him for a year or so doing charity work.

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Transition Band L-R Col Weighell, Sharon Clarke and Ron Fauvel

In early 2015, they decided to form a new band called Transition adding bassist Col Weighell, Ian Whamond on drums, Steve (The Whirling Welshman) and John on keyboards.  In February, Peter Koryn replaced drummer Ian Whamond.

They have peformed at the Hastings RSL, Heritage Tavern & Restuarant in Balnarring, at festivals and private functions.  The band members are all skilled and experienced musicians and work great work with each other.

“I play the guitar and enjoy doing new songs and lyrics for the band.  We play a range of music from the sixties up to the present.  We also will support charities and have been involved in anti-bullying campaigns and the Good Friday Appeal Festival,” Ron said.

He officially retired on 8 January 2014 and since then he has been doing Meals on Wheels in Hastings and the Senior Citizens Register at the police station.

Good luck Ron with your forward journey.

Transition will be performing at the Heritage Tavern & Restaurant on 17 April between 3-6pm. Admission is FREE.

Feature picture: Ron Fauvel in Flinders in 1965 with his guitar

Written by: Debra Mar

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