Back by popular demand...the Freddie Dean Reunion BandThe Freddie Dean Reunion Band is back by popular demand. The five-member band will perform Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Osakis High School auditorium.
The Freddie Dean Reunion Band is back by popular demand.
The five-member band will perform Thursday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Osakis High School auditorium.
The concert is sponsored by Osakis Women’s Association.
Tickets for the show are $9 in advance or $10 at the door. Tickets are available at the following Osakis locations: Antiques Osakis, Larry’s TV and the Osakis Information Center.
Freddie Dean, a lifetime resident of Osakis, started the first rock and roll band in Douglas County in 1960 – The Palaton’s. The group performed together for seven years before they broke up and Freddie then started a country band.
Freddie Dean and the Country Gentlemen band is what started Freddie’s long-time career in country music.
Joining Freddie Dean for this performance are:
Larry Bjorstrom, bass and vocals, is a long time musician who has played with a number of local bands. He is one of the original members of the band, Rosewood, the Burl and Ives duo, the Freddie Dean Band and now plays with the Full Moon Band. When he’s not playing music, Bjorstrom works at 3M in Alexandria.
Bob Wilken, keyboards, has been a musician with Gig, Wilk and Trisco for many years, traveling coast to coast. He’s played with a number of different bands including the Freddie Dean Band. He currently plays private parties and works at Carlson Music in Alexandria.
Randy Barnes, steel guitar, joined the Freddie Dean Band right after he moved to Alexandria. He played steel guitar and fiddle for Freddie Dean for four years, then played with the band Silverado. He continues to work for the Alexandria school system, teaching special education.
Jim “Thumper” Lunemann, drums, began playing bass guitar with Freddie Dean and later switched to the drums. He has performed with a number of different bands in the area and now plays drums for the Whiplash Band. He also fills in for other groups when in need of a drummer. Lunemann works in agriculture sales throughout the area.