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5/18/2010 5:24:00 PM
1970s rock band Mantis plans Winslow reunion
Group will regroup for three days in September
Courtesy photo
Mantis in 1970, front to back left to right  Craig Ogdon, Jim Bomkamp, Becky Graybeal, Mike Tyler, Mark Boyle and Ronnie Doud.
Courtesy photo
Mantis in 1970, front to back left to right Craig Ogdon, Jim Bomkamp, Becky Graybeal, Mike Tyler, Mark Boyle and Ronnie Doud.
Staff report
The Observer

WINSLOW, Ariz. - (Editor's note: The following is a press release from Jim Bromkamp of Mantis on Facebook alerting all to the group's upcoming reunion and concerts. Mantis is a 1970s Winslow rock band. The group plans to reunite in Winslow on Sept. 22-25.)

"If you lived in Winslow, Holbrook, or the surrounding area in the early 1970s, you probably heard about or saw a Winslow rock band called Mantis. We played together for about three years and played for basically every school dance that was held in Winslow and concerts we sponsored and held all around the northern Arizona region. We played about three times weekly. I am just being honest when I say that we had a pretty big following in those days.

"Well, since those days all of us in the band ( Mark Boyle, Jim Bromkamp, Becky Graybeal, Ron Doud, Mike Taylor, Craig Ogdon, and Steve Zukowski ) have continued our music. Facebook and Winslow Corner Standers Group has enabled all of us in the band to reunite and catch with each other. It turns out that we live in these states today: Arizona, Oregon, New Mexico, Colorado, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

"We, however, made a decision a few months back to do a couple of 40-year reunion concerts in 2010. We are going to play all songs from early '70s, most of which we used to play back in the day, and some songs we should have played.

"We will play for a charity concert at the Winslow Elks Club on the evening of Sept. 22. Likewise we will play for an hour and a half at Winslow's yearly Standin' On The Corner celebration on Sept. 25. We may also play at PT's ( a club in Winslow) on Sept. 24.

"We would love to have you come out and join us. We are planning completely professional performances in every sense of the word, but we also want to have lots of fun and catch up with the many friends we haven't seen in eons. We are also planning to remake the band's picture taken back then and it will be hilarious to see the change. I hope to put that picture in the group photos for the Winslow Corner Standers group after we take it.

"More details will follow in the ensuing days, weeks and months. Plan your vacations, mark your calendars, and don't hesitate to come out and be with us."


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Article comment by: Kraig Ogdon

Hello,n Don't recall any other Bands that went by the name of Mantis, but thats not to say there wasn't any other band using our name....Iam the drummer for Mantis and still am....There is nobody by the name of Alvin who played in this band....Band members are: Mark, Jimmy, Don, Mike, Steve, Becky and myself Kraig.......Ted Miley was our Manager. You might check for the band that you are looking for on the internet....Sorry I couldn't help you more......

Posted: Saturday, July 14, 2012
Article comment by: Irma Garza Flores

Hi Fellas, my name is Irma & I live in Victoria, Texas. I've been looking for a band that went by the name Mantis & played, here in Victoria, back in the 70's at a club cald The Captains Table. I happened to meet the guitar player, at that time, who' name was Alvin. By any chance, would that be U guys?? If not, do ya'll recall Any other bands, that went by that same name, playing at the same time ya'll were together?? I cant remember where that band was from but I know that I saw them perform in the 70's, the guitar player was a tall thin guy named Alvin & they went by the name Mantis. I wud be so very grateful for any & all your help!!! If your NOT them, I really hope U can direct me to them!! Thanks again, Irma Flores



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