Norm Bland was was educated at Christchurch West High School where he displayed considerable musical aptitude, and took the leading role in school operas.
He joined Neville Wilkin's Viscounts Show Band in 1963 and didn't look back from there.
His first residency was in 1965 at The "Copper Cat" in Christchurch with the new Rhythm 'n Bland outfit.
In 1967 he took up a new residency at The "Plazza Lounge" with Village Gate This lasted until 1972, and Norm eventually retired in 1976 to focus on his business activites. 2005 saw Norm getting involved in Peter Sowden's brainchild band About Time, and Norm remains musically active with this group up until this time.
He has also recently very successfully reinvented Rhythm 'n Bland as a One Man Rock 'n Roll Show featuring the sounds of the 50s, 60s and 70s.