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Sixties Mandan band to reunite for concert

Members of the music group Nobody's Children from the late '60s (l-r) Randy Stuhldreher, Pat Meidinger, Mike Knoll, Jim Ciavarella, Lance Heisler and Gary Kopp. Submitted photos

One of Mandan’s premiere rock ‘n roll bands from the late ’60s, Nobody’s Children, will be reuniting once again – more than 40 years later – to perform July 3 during Rodeo Days.

Scheduled for an evening performance, the group, which will be made up of original members from 1966 and others who joined the band in 1968, will present songs the band did from The Sixties, along with other rock tunes from the ’70s and ’80s. The group also reported that they will be mixing in some country and country rock for a wider audience appeal.

Billing themselves as Still Nobody’s Children, the group came up with the idea after playing for most of the members’ 40th class reunion in 2009. Following conversations with Del Wetsch of the Mandan Progress Association and wanting to get back together for another performance in Mandan, the group agreed that Mandan Rodeo Days would be a perfect venue.

Members of the band include Jim Ciavarella, Dickinson, bass guitar and harmonica, Randy Stuhldreher, Rochester, Minn., rhythm and bass guitar, Lance Heisler, Northfield, Minn., on drums, Pat Meidinger, Mandan, rhythm guitar, Gary Kopp, Mandan, keyboards, Adam Baumstarck, Gainesville, Fla., keyboards, Gary Wood, Minneapolis, Minn., drums, and Mike Knoll, Tucson, Ariz., on lead guitar.

Members of the group recently rehearsed in Tucson for the first time in 42 years and formulated a song list for the two-hour Mandan performance. A second rehearsal in early May was held in Northfield.

Taken during a recent rehearsal for their reunion concert (l-r) Jim Ciavarella, Gary Kopp, Pat Meidinger, Adam Baumstarck, Lance Heisler, Randy Stuhldreher, Mike Knoll and Gary Wood.