ORBITS

Circa: 1963
Home town: Bulawayo
Members:

  • Mike Mescall – Lead guitar
  • John Leyland – Rhythm guitar
  • Mike Birch – Drums

The Orbits enjoyed possibly their finest hour when they appeared on Reg Salisbury’s youth programme on Rhodesia Television in 1963.  They starred with their rendition of the Shadows’ “South Of The Border”, instead of their first choice, “FBI”, which they didn’t feel they were playing well enough.

In due course, whilst at the Christian Brothers’ College in Bulawayo, Mike Mescall hooked up with Rob Cushman who helped him improve as a player.  Together they played regularly, in Rob Cushman’s band, at venues such as the Hillside Catholic Church’s social clubs on Friday nights in 1964-65.  At one period, after drummer, Mike Birch, had broken his am, Mike Mescall sat in for him on the drums until he could stage a return.