Remembering the
IMPERIALS BAND



The IMPERIALS combo was formed by Boy de Guzman and Bobbit de Guzman on April 1962 in
Quezon City, Philippines. It got the name Imperials from a Crhysler Imperial car which was Boy's car at that time.

The original members were Boy de Guzman (drummer-manager), Obeng Reyes (lead),
Bobbit de Guzman (second lead), Matt Maturan (rhythm) and Jun de Guzman (bass).

In 1968 Boy de Guzman formed a new Imperials composed of young musicians like
Jun Caberte (lead), Bobby Laigo (vocals-drummer), Andy Caberte (keyboards),
Monching Chan (rhythm), Jun de Guzman (bass) and Boy Posadas (lead singer).

After the band toured Japan in 1969-1970, new personnel came on board such as
Oscar Asor (keyboards) and Cholo Santiago (lead vocals). Others who played with
the Imperials were Mon Burgos (Jetblacks), Rene Enriquez (Hot-Dogs), Jun Alano (Boy K"),
Toddy Y (Clubman), Ed Agdera (Birth Of The Cools), Francis Mandap (Jetblacks) and Gerry Lagman (vocals).

Other former Imperials members & who are currently living in the United States, Ponch Ruiz (vocals, Ramblers),
Romy Rizaldo (vocals-percussion), Kiko Gatchalian, Jess Dungan (Mind's Interpretation), Nick Mamerto (bass-keyboard duet),
Walter Pennington (Dynasouls/Hi-Jacks), Ike Tolentino (Enterprise). Other living abroad are Boy de Guzman (Virginia USA),
Obeng Reyes (Virginia USA), Bobbit de Guzman (San Francisco, Calif.), Jun de Guzman (Sydney,Australia),
Jun Caberte (currently with Bits N Pieces based in Los Angeles, Calif.), Bobby Laigo (San Francisco Calif.),
Andy CaberTe (San Diego, Calif.), Monching Chan (Canada) and Boy Posadas (Los Angeles Calif.).


Imperials Band USA (circa 1990, above photo taken in LA, Ca.)

(standing from left to right): Andy Caberte (keyboards) from San Diego, CA and
a former member of the Hotdogs; Ike Tolentino (percussions) from San Diego,
CA, a former member of The Enterprise; Jun Caberte (lead guitar/band leader
from Los Angeles, CA, one of the former members of The Imperials in Pinas).

(seating from left to right): Romy Rizaldo (vocals) from Los Angeles, CA,
Ponch Ruiz (vocals) from Los Angeles, CA; Walter Pennington (drums) from San
Diego, CA-an original member of The Dynasonics and Dynasouls.

(kneeling from left to right): Jess Dungan (vocals) from Las Vegas, NV - a former
member of The Mind's Interpretation (used to be known as The Wild Bugs of
Johnny Custodio from Quezon City); and last but not the least Nick Mamerto
(bass) from San Diego, CA-a former member of The Reycards.


This webpage was created on April 7, 2004 by Ben Yanto



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