Major Hoople's Boarding House Band

Ralph Hetke

Photograph of Ralph Hetke.Like many kids from Kitchener Waterloo in the 50’s, Ralph Hetke started his music career playing the accordion at age six. Around age ten, Ralph discovered Rock n’ Roll and added piano and organ to his instrument roster.

After high school, Ralph studied jazz theory and voice and played in a full-time Rock n’ Roll band that was one of Major Hoople’s competitors in the late 60’s.

After a year on the road playing music, he attended university, graduated in Mechanical Engineering, and took up a career in machine design with a minor in acoustics and noise control.

Over a thirty-five year working career, Ralph also managed to get in a lot of playing on the side including: The Peter Noone Show (British invasion group Herman’s Hermits), Major Hoople’s Boarding House (1987 version with Rocky Howell), the Desert Dolphins with Peter Padalino and Rocky Howell, Gravity with Peter Padalino, Mick Dalla-Vee, and various other acts in the southern Ontario area.

He also did a stint in Montreal as the Musical Director for the corporate music group, City Lights.

During this time, Ralph also made various recordings, including: McLachlan Richard’s “Sowing the Seed” album and “The Heywood Family: Three Generations”.

Over the years Ralph has spent a lot of time playing with Major Hoople’s founding members in various settings. It’s very satisfying to be tapped for a supporting role in the return of the original group!