More Tishans play ‘Hunters Moon Dance’

Event raises funds for WCHS heritage center

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The original members of local rock-and-roll band. The More-Tishans are shown in this photo taken sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The re-formed group plays from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at The Harvest Moon Dance at the Stillwater Eagles Aerie No. 94. The dance is a Washington County Historical Society fundraiser for the group’s proposed new Heritage Center in Stillwater.

Perhaps its ironic that a local rock band with a rich history that dates back almost 50 years is playing at the Washington County Historical Society’s Hunters Moon Dance Saturday at the Stillwater Eagles Aerie No. 94.

The More Tishans will play at the dance from from 8 to 11 p.m. The event raises funds for development of the proposed Washington County Heritage Center. A $10 donation is requested to help the WCHS reach its goal.

Also available at the event will be copies of Scott Schell’s “Garage Sounds” book about the days of local bands in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

It was 1963 when four Stillwater kids: Hugh Kraemer, Tom Cafferty, Chris Nelson and Roy (Pinky) Herschleb started a group they called “The More-Tishans,” tishans being Latin for music. Of the four members only Herschleb had a music background as a drummer in the Stillwater High School band.

When the group began, they were too young to drive so their first manager, Doc Lee, would bring the group to gigs in his station wagon towing a trailer. Lee was known as a keen competitor in the field of local dances and such. The group soon found itself traveling throughout Minnesota playing at one school dance to another.

In 1965 the group all graduated from Stillwater High School and entered college. It was schoolwork during the week and rock and roll on the weekends. In 1966 a fellow high school classmate, Marc LeBoutillier wrote a song for the group called “(I’ve got) Nowhere to Run” which was recorded on a local label. That song received wide release and radio play and became one of the top songs in this market for the year.

In 1967, Cafferty was drafted and left the group. He was replaced by Dick Schreier, who was active in a Marshall, Minn., group. Later in the year, Herschleb was stricken with a condition that made it difficult and painful to play the drums. He was replaced with Dan Monson.

The More-Tishans were one of the Twin Cities’ top local bands. On Aug. 23, 1968, the group played their last gig before a hometown crowd at the Stillwaer Armory in Stillwater with all six members of the group there. The More-Tishans were inducted into Minnesota’s music hall of fame in 2008.

If there are any questions about the event contact the WCHS at 651-439-5956 or visit www.wchsmn.org.

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