About Ignite

You deserve the best when booking entertainment for your event and with Ignite you’ll get just that! Tauranga’s busiest working band with regular weekly bookings for all types of events mostly throughout Bay of Plenty, Waikato, Hawkes Bay and all in between. Also available NZ wide.

Ignites 4-piece performance is Dee Ellis lead vocals/keys, Mike Everard guitarist/vocals, Paul Bloxham bass guitarist/vocals and James Bos drums/vocals. A band where all the players can sing to add variety and wow the crowd with their sound. Playing all the right songs so every song is party/dance hit with your guests!

Ignite can also offer an easy listening acoustic duo style performance, or you might require a sexy sultry female solo lounge singer! A versatile group who will tailor their music to your requirements.

We offer different event packages to make it easy for you to choose the right entertainment for your event. You may only require 1 hour of music or entertainment throughout the whole day and evening of your event. We will tailor a package to suit your exact needs also offering different styles of performance throughout the duration of the day/night.

Ignite Band performing.  Formerly branded as “Icefire & IcefireX”

Ignite Band Members

Dee Ellis

Dee Ellis


My background has been largely in musical theatre. I grew up in a family strongly involved in acting, singing, producing & directing and I’ve had many lead roles in shows over the years myself. At an early age for some reason I learnt the organ haha it’s been the topic of many a jokes over the years! I sat most grade exams during this time and at 16 joined a touring band playing keyboards and backing vocals. Soon after Fire & Ice was formed and re-branded as Icefire in 2011 and again in 2016 as Ignite. Singing is my passion I absolutely love what I do and really enjoy singing a wide range of songs and styles by all artists. I’m also kept busy running my own business throughout the Bay as a trainer and specialist with Business Online Solutions.

Mike Everard

Mike Everard


My musical journey began with piano and singing, until discovering the electric guitar at the age of 14 and finding my true passion.  Joined my first band at the age of 17 and have been playing ever since in many covers and original bands both here and in Australia.

My absolute favourite thing is to make great music which people can enjoy, listening to or dancing the night away to.  IGNITE is a band with great songs, great gear, and great musicians who are equally as passionate as I am about producing a quality product with energy and enthusiasm every time.  We enjoy ourselves, you will too!

Paul Bloxham

Paul Bloxham


I have been playing live music throughout New Zealand since I was 17 in both cover and original bands. I’ve toured with and supported some of New Zealands top acts including The Feelers and Opshop. Along with extensive pub, club and private function work, I have significant studio experience and have recorded several albums. I have also been involved in local musical productions. Originally studying classical guitar at the tender age of 13, I eventually found the groove and turned to the bass guitar. Music is my passion and will always make me smile. I’m proud and excited to be involved with the talented Ignite who share my vision, professionalism and drive.

James Bos

James Bos


Its my job to make you tap those toe’s, shake them legs, wave those arms around…I’ve been in the musical machine room for over almost 20 years and there’s no other place i’d rather be. Growing up it wasn’t pots and pans it was knitting needles in hands and it never stopped. Drawing from many influences its taught me to play the right notes and let the silence melt through. From Smokefree Rockquests, Jam nights, Tribute bands, Original works, I am now proud to be on the seat with Award winning group Ignite. Playing a one of a kind Champagne Pearl Masters RetroSpec Kit paired with Sabian HHX Evolution Cymbals, let me be the beat and pulse of your next event!

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