‘Studebaker 7’ will be performing February 26 for music fundraiser

Members of Studebaker 7 are in front from left, Mary Jo Bilot and Shane Drey. In back, Ross Martin, Shealan Bahr, Dan Backhaus, Jeff Abraham and Tom Carr. Submitted photo

By Charlie Warner
Argus News Editor

“We had such a great response last year. I think everyone who attended had a good time. And it seems like a lot better way of raising money than going out and selling pizzas. So we’re going to do it again.”

That was the way Caledonia Area High School Vocal Music Instructor Ross Martin replied when asked about the upcoming fundraising event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Four Seasons Community Center.

The second annual Rock ‘n Roll Extravaganza, featuring the popular ‘60s and ‘70s band “Studebaker 7,” will benefit the vocal and instrumental music programs at ISD #299.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and will include food, beverages, a silent auction, many surprises and lots of fun.

“This is an opportunity for the entire Caledonia area to let their hair down, put on their dancing shoes and have a good time,” Martin said.

Sudebaker 7 is a golden oldies band based out of the La Crosse area. Martin has been a member of the group for many years and talked his bandmates into performing for the fundraiser last year. They had such a good time playing here last February, they’ve agreed to return for an encore performance.

Originally formed in 1973 for a 50s style fraternity party, Studebaker 7 went on to perform for 14 years thereafter. The highlight for the band was performing for three consecutive years at Milwaukee Summerfest.

Studebaker 7 recorded two records in the 1970s with “One Fine Day” reaching Number 2 on the Midwest Top 40 Pop chart. The band broke up in 1987.

After a 15 year hiatus the band reformed in 2002 with six original members, including Martin. Since reuniting, Studebaker 7 has been the opening act for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show and performs all over the Tri-State area.

The seven-piece band consists of three lead vocalists, including Martin, keyboards, bass, drums and guitar.

“Everyone in the band sings and we do a lot of switching around,” Martin explained.

Martin said last year’s event drew between 250 and 300 persons. The money raised last year helped defray the costs of the six-day band and choir trip to Florida last spring. While there isn’t a trip planned for this year, there will be one in the future. A fundraising event like this will help with current music department needs and provide a nest egg for upcoming trips.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased from music students and also at the Caledonia Argus office.

You can contact Charlie Warner at [email protected]