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The Squires Band makes return appearance Sunday

By Jane Lightbourn • Staff writer

For more than 30 years, the Squires have been playing their blend of classic rock, polkas and waltzes at weddings, outdoor events and festivals. They are now making a return appearance in Hastings at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the LeDuc Historic Estate. Their appearance is part of the summer concert series sponsored by the Hastings Concert Association.

The band originally started out as a three- piece band in the 1970s. Bill Ash on guitar, Greg Caza on accordion and Tom Colosimo on drums were the original members. Through the 1980s and into the 1990s the band added several guitarists to switch off with Ash as he became busier with his full time National Guard position. In 1987 Dennis Grove began playing the saxophone. He had been in a band of his own years earlier called “The Boys Three” with his brother Dale and others. In 1993, the band its first concert at a popular German restaurant and bar, the Gasthof. For more than 15 years, the Squires continued to perform at the restaurant.

In 1996, Ash left the band and Dave Pawlik became the full-time guitarist/bass player. He was replaced by Steve Napp in 2000.

From 2001 to 2009 the band enjoyed a steady flow of band appearances from the Gasthof to more wedding dances and community events including local Oktoberfest celebrations. They began neighborhood celebrations, including regular appearances at Tom Kelly’s Neighborhood Night Out party in Maplewood. Kelly is the former manager of the Minnesota Twins.

Napp left the band in 2010. In his place Bob Knight came on board as the latest guitar/bass player and brought a wealth of experience and ability to his role with the band. His talent for playing a strong lead guitar, rhythm guitar, driving bass and strong vocals was a welcome and seamless addition to the band.

The band has continued to add venues, including the Minnesota State Fair, Twin Cities Oktoberfest, the Renaissance Festival and many senior living residences. Most recently, they played at the Little Log House Antique Power Show here in Hastings.

The remainder of the schedule is:

Aug. 24 – Gloryland Gospel Band. The group originated in 1998 and its 15 musicians share gospel and old time music. They began as a gospel band singing for worship services at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie. The Gloryland Gospel Band was formed in 2004 and now sings for people in the south and southwest suburbs. They have two CDs – “I’ll Fly Away” and “I Love to Tell the Story.”

Aug. 31 – Kyle Tennis Jazz Trio. This smaller group is part of the larger Riverside Swing Band and plays mostly jazz music.

The summer concerts are sponsored by the Hastings Concert Association with support from businesses and individuals. Pie and beverages are available for purchase at each concert.