'Cimarron' celebrates 20th anniversary
Friday, September 22, 2000
The Billings Gazette

Cimarron Band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this weekend with a customer appreciation party throughout the weekend, at Dinty's Bar in Worden. Cimarron will be performing from 9 p.m. to 1.30 a.m. Saturday and again from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Cimarron was founded in September, 1980, by current band leader Andy Wilson on guitar and his partner at the time, Kent Brocklebank on keyboards. After Brocklebank moved to other venues, Cimarron became a four piece bandincluding Wilson on guitar, Linda McKenzie on guitar and Mike Kenny on drums.
Wilsons wife, Laura, eventually joined the band on keyboards along with Doug Knoche on bass guitar and Paul Johnson on drums. They played many night spots, including Eagle's Nest in those days, then more changes followed in 1985, when Mike Wilson on bass guitar sighed on along with Scott Wycherly on drums. For a time, the late Duane Nichols joined as the band's drumme.
Members of the band have played the Opryland circuit and the casino circuit in northern Nevada, and clubs in eastern Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming. In 1990, Laura's brother Ron Garritson began to play with the band on guitar and bass.   

Certificate of  Appreciation

 awarded to

in appreciation of time and talent donated to

DECEMBER 15, 1985
signed by Tom Dixon and Theresa Binon

Cactus Pete's    August 17th, 1987

To Whom It May Concern.

Over the past eight months, I have had the pleasure of booking the Cimarron Band on several occasions at the Horseshu Casino and Jack Pot. 

Andy and Laura have been consistently reliable in meeting their commitments and have been an asset to the Casino during all of their bookings.

Unlike many entertainers, they are truly entertainers, not just "Back ground noise," for the Casino.  They have proven to be extremely talented and versatile, and able to interact effectively with a variety of crowds and age groups.  They have been particularly effective in the Horseshu's intimate lounge and have helped us to hold our evening crowds longer.

I can enthusiastically recommend "Cimarron" to any prospective employer, and look forward to a continuing relationship with them here at Cactus Pete's, Inc. 

Rob Long, Assistant General Manager


Mental Health Center

To the members of Cimarron..
On behalf of the Governing Board and Staff of the Mental Health Center,
we would like to thank you for your generous participation in the benefit "Living on the Land"  that was held at the Drifter's.

The money that was raised from this benefit was used for the Rural Stress Workshop "How to make the good life better."  This workshop featured a physiatrist and psychologist who addressed rural problems and how to cope with the resulting stress.  There also was a humorist who provided laughter therapy, and a lunch was served.  The event was a great success, and all who attended
received a lot of valuable information.

Again, a heart felt thanks for your participation and the benefit that allowed us to sponsor this Rural Stress Workshop.  Your help was greatly appreciated. 

Sincerely, John G.  Nesbo, Executive Director
and  Cindy A. Landers, Developement Officer