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Thank you for coming to this 2014 Rock n Roll Reunion - the Summer of 69 in Wilson, Lewiston and Youngstown, New York.  In Lewiston, at the Gazebo, we did have the largest crowd that I have ever seen.

This website will change this month.  It is a lot of work: it is very attractive to our folllowing but it will be discontinued on July 21.  Photos of all events can be viewed from the photo website which is separate from this.  Please just save the photo site:

The information presented on this site will be discontinued on July 21st.  All high school reunion pictures will be uploaded. Save the photo site.

From my view, the bands are better than ever.  The crowds that come are better than ever.  Everyone that comes has a great time.  You can live forever as I like to say.

God Bless all of you.

Frank Broucek
Lead Guitar, County Orphanage, 1965 - 1969
Summer of 69 Photographer, 2005 - 2014
with the Fagiani Family of Niagara Falls for which I am
forever grateful.

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Our original artwork    by Kathryn Serianni
Museum in 2009
"Five more minutes!"  The Battle of the Bands - 1967 on Main Street, by Jim Brunn, Niagara Falls. Click on the photo for a link to Mr. Brunn's new blog page where he describes his memories of when we all played in the hot sun with so many others that July afternoon.  That is Dick Lucinski of the Loved Ones waving to us when he was 17 !  Now who is that girl?

I am asking Mr. Brunn to write us a column here.  He writes...

Back in 1967 when Main Street was still a vibrant business district, the Main St. Businessmen's Association sponsored a yearly "Battle of the Bands," as part of the North End Festival Days. The event attracted 13 of the local "garage bands" existing in the area. The first year the "stage" was the back of a flat bed trailer parked in front of Ruben's Discount Music Shop. The second year two stages were set up in what was then a vacant lot on the NE corner of Cleveland and Main, next to Ruben's. Gerry Jaffe, of Jaffe Jewelers was the chairman of the event, assisted by Bob Goodman and Ed Riley. I was asked to assist as the Contestant Coordinator because of my experience in the local music scene. Judges were John Pilato, music director of Lew-Port Central School, John McEwan, manager of Denton, Cottier & Daniels music store, and John Love of Rube'ns. The bands consisted primarily of young men between 14 and 20 years old. A large crowd of about 500 turned out for the Saturday June event and The Apaches from Niagara Falls came in first, with The Invaders, second, and The Loved Ones, third, both from Lewiston.

Here are photos from the event of 10 of the participating bands. It is interesting to note that 40 years later, a number of the musicians are back playing in retro-groups, and several have never left the music business. You may recognize many of the names in some of the groups as they are prominent citizens of our area. 

Jim Brunn,  Niagara Falls

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The 45th High School Reunion Year for
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Madonna Class of 69, and Bishop Duffy Class of 1969.
Niagara Falls High School, Class of 69
LaSalle High School, Class of 69
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Mr. James R. Brunn, 1940 - May 13, 2014
Remembering Mr. Brunn by Mike Franzek (Loved Ones), May 14
Please click here for the Niagara Gazette obituary.
I am extremely saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was the manager and mentor for me and my rock and roll band 'The Loved Ones' in high school back in the sixties. He made me a birthday cake in the shape of my drum set for my sixteenth birthday. He wired me money once when I was stranded in Daytona Beach at one time, long long ago, and I couldn't reach any one to rescue me. Jim did without hesitation. He saved me from getting a speeding ticket when I was young and he was at the Falls police radio desk. I told the officer I was a friend of Jim's, Jim vouched for me and I was given a break and no ticket because of him. He was the keeper of the band archives for my band, and other bands such as 'the Apaches' among others. He was a kind and giving soul, one of a kind. He will be remembered and missed. Thank you Jim for all you did. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Phil Settle, 1953 - April 30, 2014
The Summer of 69 Events
July 10, Sunset Grill, Wilson, NY 7 pm - 11 pm
July 11, Gazebo, Lewiston, NY, 6 pm - 10 pm
July 12, Stone Jug, Youngstown, NY, 7 pm - 10 pm

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