The Deputies Band members

Rick Cassman


Guitars, Vocals

Songwriter and Producer. Composer for Film and TV Music. Signed to Pete Townshend of The Who in the 70’s with his band Straight Eight. Toured with Queen, Robert Palmer and Slade.

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Richard Lightman



Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Richard is a professional session guitarist and record producer with a career in music spanning over 40 years.

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Mandy Bell


Mandy has provided backing vocals with artistes such as Motown stars Marv Johnson and Kim Weston. Booker Newberry, The Moody Blues, Helen Shapiro, Pulp, Mike and the Mechanics, INXS, Curiosity Killed the Cat as well as more recently, Vaneese Thomas and Eddie Floyd. She has appeared on Later with Jools Holland as well as fulfilling her childhood dream of appearing on Top of the Pops.

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Pete Charlton


Bass Guitar and Vocals

Pete has knocked up a cool 30 years experience as a bass player.

He’s played with Trevor Morrell (Wham)  and  Clune (David Gray) and believes one of the highlights in his career was when he supported The Bay City Rollers!

Lee Cook



Lee played with the legendary Twickenham rock band Saint Jude

Their first album , Diary Of A Soul Fiend produced by Chris Kimsey is still regarded as a rock classic.

He is a regular player on the S W London scene. 

Musical Friends

Depending on circumstances we are often privileged to have guest musicians play with the band. 

These include

Belinda Campbell  -  Vocals

Geoff Swettenham - Drums

David Avigdor - Drums

Les ‘Cozy’ Cole - Drums

Andrew Heart - Bass guitar

Peter French - Vocals

Alan Darby - Guitar

Steve Salvari - keyboards

Honorary Deputies

Geoff Swettenham


Geoff has played in some classic sixties rock bands including the legendary band 'Grapefruit' who were signed to The Beatles label Apple Records in the mid sixties

Andrew Heart


Andrew is a professional gigging sideman and has played with Billy Idol, Generation X and loads more

David Avigdor


David is a class drummer from S W London. He has been playing drums for 43 years (Started at 17) and played in various bands mainly blues rock. Fused ( Rock/Pop covers) The Riftakers (Rock covers with Jon Jagger), Methyl Blue, Laughing Stock, and Big Steam (Tim Staffel+ Paul Steward). He is featured on some of the tracks from our EP ‘Five Live’

About Us

Our Story


The Deputies are a good time rock and roll band formed in 2005 by Rick Cassman and Richard Lightman. Their setlist comprises mostly covers from the sixties, seventies and eighties era as well as their own original songs.

In 2012 they recorded an album with vocalist Brendan Read Jones. Titled 'Difficult To Dust' It is available from all major online stores.

Line Up


Rick Cassman -  vocals/guitar

Richard Lightman -  guitar

Belinda Campbell - vocals/percussion

Pete Charlton - bass guitar/vocals

Lee Cook - drums

Occasional Deputies

Geoff Swettenham - Drums

Les Cole - Drums

David Avigdor - Drums

Andrew Heart - Bass Guitar

Alan Darby - Guitar

First album released in 2012


Our music blends rock, acoustic melodies, country, blues, pop and soul. 

We are influenced and inspired by bands ranging from The Rolling Stones, Little Feat, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, The Band, The Eagles and Free. 

Check out our first album 'Difficult To Dust'