The Tornadoes are an American surf rock band formed in 1962 in Redlands, CA. Originally known as "The Vaqueros", the band changed their name to "The Hollywood Tornadoes" to avoid confusion with another English band. With a lineup consisting of Gerald Sanders on bass guitar and lead vocals, Norman Sanders on lead guitar and vocals, Jesse Sanders on rhythm guitar and vocals, Leonard Delaney on drums, and Joel Willenbring on saxophone and backing vocals since 1999, The Tornadoes have been creating their unique sound for over five decades.
Throughout their career, The Tornadoes have captivated audiences with their energetic performances and catchy melodies. Their music is often described as a fusion of surf rock and instrumental rock, influenced by artists such as Dick Dale & His Del-Tones and The Ventures. With hits like "Bustin' Surfboards" and "Shootin' Beavers", The Tornadoes have solidified themselves as one of the pioneers of the surf rock genre.
Although the band has seen some changes in its lineup over the years, including saxophonists George White (1962-1996) and Ernie Tavizon (1996-1999), they continue to deliver their signature sound that fans know and love. With their distinct blend of guitars, saxophone solos, and driving rhythms, The Tornadoes remain an influential force in the world of surf rock.