I continued playing at the College of Southern Idaho until work got in the way of the performances. I did not touch my drum set again for numerous years while Kathy and I started our careers and family. Eventually, I started playing in the Treasure Valley Community College Intermediate and Wind Symphony Bands. In 2012 Andy had the opportunity to audition with a local rockabilly band named Billy and the Barn Kats. The Barn Kats are known for their covers of the rockabilly era. The band plays a lot of well-known covers from sun records, but also many lesser-known artists and hits.
We play at community events all of the western Treasure Valley. They have played at the Payette County Fair, Fruitland Family Fun Days, Weiser Court Street Cruisers, Malheur County Fair, Brewstock, Nyssa Thunderegg Days, FRCC Alive After 5, Old Fort Boise Days, Cascade Lake 4H Camp Fundraiser, Zeitgeist Half Marathon Race, and the Ontario Elks Lodge.
I have passed on my love of music to my kids. My son plays guitar, trombone, piano, and bass. He has played for the worship teams at church, band at New Plymouth High School, Treasure Valley Honor Band, and has recently started playing with a Jazz Band at the Northwest Nazarene University. My daughter Ashlyn plays flute and piano. She has played with the teen worship team at church, Treasure Valley Honor Band, and with the New Plymouth High School Band.
Music has always been an important part of my life and is something that I always find time to do. In my next blog, look for more about my Rockabilly band.
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