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
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.
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
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
I can enthusiastically recommend "Cimarron" to any prospective employer,
and look forward to a continuing relationship with them here at Cactus
Rob Long, Assistant General Manager