Smokin' Torpedoes

The Band

Jeff Willey

Harp, Guitar, Vocals

Albany, NY

Founding member of the Orlando based band, the Houseshakers and two time winners of the Central Florida Blues challenge, the Smokin' Torpedoes. Jeff has produced numerous theater showcase events & festivals featuring local, regional & national acts.  With a strong marketing & sales background Jeff offers each client an added incentive for developing business relationships.

Bob Patterson

Guitar & Vocals

Flint, MI

Bob is the workingman's guitar player.  Having acted as a sideman and leader for more than 30 years, he is versed in jazz, blues, gospel, funk, R&B, rock and many other styles. Having performed with artists such as Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Lettermen, the Platters and many others, Bob brings a wealth of experience to the stage.

Pete Portee

Upright & Electric Bass

Jacksonville, IL

Pete hails from Jacksonville, IL and served in the Navy in Vietnam and performed with the Navy Band.  He relocated to Orlando and performed at Disney for 30 years. He has worked with several internationally recognized bands at Disney including: The World Band, the Dixie Deltas, Kids of the Kingdom, and the Mardi Gras Sounds. He has also performed with Kelly Clarkson, Chuck Berry, Lou Rawls, Roberta Flack, and many other stars. 

Dennis Laak


Milwaulkee, WI

Dennis has played professionally his entire career including extensive touring, backing Las Vegas acts and then relocating to Tampa Bay area to work with blues acts such as Polous Ramsey band, Rock Bottom and Dan Electro & the Silvertones.  Since relocating to Orlando, Dennis has been playing with both traditional jazz & blues bands.