TheNowhereMen


TheNowhereMen

TheNowhereMen

Dance, Club, Pop
From: Bowie, MD, United States

Band Members

  • DONNIE HALCOMBE - VOCALIST
  • CHARLIE TAYLOR - VOCALIST
  • TOMMY RODANTE - BASS
  • MIKE PIRKO - GUITAR
  • JIMMY ROBINSON - SAXAPHONE
  • CHRIS HEER - TROMBONE
  • TOMMY WRIGHT - DRUMS
  • RICHARD SEELY - TRUMPET
  • GARY GAULETTE - TRUMPET
  • JOE McCOLLY - TRUMPET
  • BRUCE GARDNER - TRUMPET
  • MIKE VALENTI - DRUMS
  • STEVE VALENTI - GUITAR
  • RICHARD PURVIS - KEYBOARDS
  • JOE ROUNDTREE - GUEST VOCALIST
  • BUTCH BOSWELL - GUEST VOCALIST
  • LARRY KIDWELL - GUEST VOCALIST
  • JOE SAITTA - GUEST VOCALIST

About Band

                                                                THE NOWHERE MEN

THIS SITE IS FOR THE LIVE SONGS/PERFORMANCES OF OUR BAND AND ASSORTED PIC's OF US THRU THE YEARS  OUR MAIN SITE IS NOW UP AND RUNNING FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION   HERE IS THE LINK TO OUR HOME PAGE     http://thenowheremen.webs.com    OUR PICTURES ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

    In the early 1960's The NoWhere Men's Managers were Barry Rick and Steve Mintz out of Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center in Wheaton, Maryland.  They managed to get the group booked at scores of popular local night clubs to include; Fran O'Brians Anthony House, the Bastille Supper Club, The Quonset Hut.  They also played at a variety of local CYO'S and Community Centers as well as local schools to include St. John's De LaSalle, St. Bernards, St. Francis Xaviers, St. Jerome's, Northwestern High School, The Wheaton Community Center, The Wheaton Teen Club, The Greenbelt Armory for Battle of the Bands with The New Breed and The Cherry People. 

     The NoWhere Men continued on as a group through the mid 70's. Singers for the group included Bruce Gardner, Charlie Taylor, Donnie Halcombe, Billy Vabolis and with back-up harmonies provided by Tommy Rodante, Richard Purvis and others.  Steve Valenti was the guitar player and had moved on to become a successful Cardiologist practicing out of John's Hopkins and has a private practice in Columbia, Maryland. He performs regularly now with a group called "Stevie V. and the Heart Attackers" (a band of all Cardiologists).  The horn section was comprised of Joseph McColly (trumpet), Gary Gaulette (trumpet), Chris Heer (trombone), Jimmy Robinson (saxophone) and Richard (Dicky) Seeley (trumpet).  The NoWhere Men displayed two drummers who were Miles Sheets and Tommy Wright with Mike Valenti coming on board in the later years. Chris Heer has a successful insurance business (Heer Insurance) located in Annapolis, Maryland.  Jimmy Robinson has been a successful Recording Engineer in New York for 35 years recording such acts as Roberta Flack, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix to name a few and he traveled and played with Buddy Miles for 3 years.

     After leaving The NoWhere Men Don Halcombe, Charlie Taylor, Tommy Rodante, Mike Pirko, and Tommy Wright formed The Second Coming, where they remained together for a number of years.  Charlie stayed with the group for another 30 years. Tommy Wright moved on to places unknown at this time.  Tommy Rodante continues to play with "The Crayfish Band" out of Bowie, Maryland.  Don Halcombe is performing at local coffee houses playing acoustically, and also plays with his own original rock and blues group "The Kingsley Winter Band" out of Vienna, Virginia.  Richard Purvis is living and working as an Electrician in Charlottesville, Virginia at the University of Virginia.  Dicky Seeley is an IT Manager with Novozymes Biologicals in Salem, Virginia. Mike Valenti is a local DJ and conducts karaoke locally as well as continuing to play drums in a large horn band named "Off The Record" out of Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Joseph McColly continues to play in several bands that offers a large variety of genres. 

     Billy Vabolis passed away June 30th, 2008 of Liver Cancer.  The news of Billy's passing brought together many old friends.  Then in December 2008 it was announced that Charlie Taylor had fallen into a coma.  The news of this affected many people once again.  Charlie remained in a coma from December 24th 2008 until his passing on May 20th, 2009.  During Charlie's hospitalization and hope that he would awake from his coma a wide search for all members of The NoWhere Men began.  Within two short months in February 2009 all but three members; Joseph McColly, Miles Sheetz and Tommy Wright were found.  In April Joseph McColly was located but until this day we have yet to find Miles Sheetz and Tommy Wright.  After many calls and emails and the reality that life is too short, the members agreed that The NoWhere Men would after 40 years get back together for a reunion and to once again perform together.

     As word got out that The NoWhere Men were getting back together it generated a lot of interest and excitement by those that attended their performance while in their youth.  This word of excitement getting back to the members of the band fueled the fire for them to start practicing on their own and to get together once again to rehearse.  Now that said, the loss of two of the finest vocalists in the band were no longer available and replacements were needed.  In the meantime, a plan to hold a benefit dance in October 2009 in Charlie Taylor's honor and to invite all the local bands from back in the day to perform was in the works.  With little time on their side the members put aside their lives to make history once again and they were able to recruit Joe Roundtree, Larry Kidwell formerly of Lawrence & The Arabians, Joe Saitta and Butch Boswell to help with vocals.

     May 16th, 2009 the reunion was held.  You can only imagine the reactions they had when they saw each other after 40 years.  Those present at this time were Tom Rodante, Chris Heer, Richard (Dicky) Seely, Richard Purvis, Steve Valenti, Donnie Halcombe, Jimmy Robinson, Mike Valenti and Joe Roundtree.  Instantly they were right back in their teenage years when they were making music and performing together becoming legends unbeknownst to themselves.  The engery of having all of these boys, now men, in one room was so powerful you could fire up the amps and stagelights for them to perform once again.  The laughter and tears went on for days, not to mention the flood of emails back and forth of plans of getting together to rehearse again.  Their energy now was stronger than ever and The NoWhere Men were now on a mission, call it a mission directed from Billy and Charlie.

     Excitement building and with hours of solo practices, another rehearsal was held in August.  All the members mentioned in attendance for the May rehearsal now included Gary Gaulette.  For hours they rehearsed becoming that much stronger in their musical talents together.  Now the pressure is on with only two months to go before the "Song for Charlie" benefit was to be held.  Joseph McColly a month before the event had informed us that he would be present.  Energy still running higher than ever another rehearsal the weekend of the benefit was held.  This rehearsal started on Friday night and didn't end until 2 hours before the benefit started on Sunday - October 25th, 2009.  However, only a week before the event we did get a call from Mike Pirko that he could no longer withstand the pressure of not being a part of this and booked a flight.  With the news of Joe McColly coming in from Florida and Mike Pirko coming in from New Mexico The NoWhere Men's energy was like a runaway train and the only way to contain this energy was to put them on track and let them play.  They were ready!

     Finally the day of the event, October 25th 2009 at the Upper Marlboro Moose Lodge, came.  The stage was set up, the soundman was in place, lights were directed at the stage and several band members meandered around waiting for their time to shine.  Performers of that day were the DC Magnatones, 3D Band, Fancy Pants, Off The Record, Street Life, Kingsley Winter Band, Second Coming and of course The NoWhere Men.  The hall was packed, standing room only.  Laughter, smiles and chatter filled the room.  The bands began to play.  Their audience were captivated and taken back into time when they were teenagers.

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