U3A Band Members



Ian Mair – Guitar, vocals and musical director
From Dumbarton, Scotland – Studied music from 1959 and passed several Royal Schools of Music exams in both piano and musical theory. Played guitar and bass guitar in a number of bands in the 60’s with residencies at Glasgow University Students Union and a major nightclub on Loch Lomond. A career with BT and family demands ended any active involvement in music, until retiring to Javea with his wife Angela in 2001. Began playing again in 2006 and joined U3A in January 2014.

Peter Beker – Bass GuitarFrom Germany – started playing in 2005 after moving to Spain. Played percussion (congas and bongos) with “Poco Loco” a local steel band, and also plays bass guitar, guitar and keyboard with other bands. Joined U3A as bass guitarist in 2011. Also one of the founder members of the band.

Jonathan Botterell – Vocals

From Welwyn Garden City Hertfordshire Graphic Artist, Artist and Poet.
Sang in a college Band “Screaming Plasmas”. Moved to Spain in 2008 and became part of music scene in Denia. Joined U3A in 2013. My life here is blessed with love.

Bob Cooper Rythm Guitar

Born in London. Had a guitar when I was about 14 and managed to learn about 2 1/2 chords but then discovered girls and put the guitar in a cupboard for about 40 years. In 1983 at the tender age of 33  I founded my own Estate Agency in Eastcote Middx., sold it in 2004 and retired. As I then had more time I took up the guitar again more seriously . I moved to Spain in 2006 and joined U3A in 2016. As well as playing guitar I also indulge my other passion which is anything to do with fast cars. After all you only live once!

Walter Samuel – Sound Engineer
Studio recording engineer for over 30 years. Has worked with Van Morrison,Christy Moore. Tina Turner, Jennifer Rush, U2 and many others.