Band Member Updates

Gary Lohmann now lives in Neosho, Missouri

After the band decided to go their separate ways, Gary was committed to putting together a new band with other Missouri musicians including his writing partner Chuck Neal. However, when the good news came that a second child was on the way, he decided it was time to get a day job. With Disco replacing Rock n Roll and DJ’s replacing live musicians, the only way to make a decent living playing Rock n Roll was to go back out on the road, which would mean being away for long stretches of time. In 1983, Gary took a job at Memory Lanes Antique Mall, working his way up to manager. During this time he continued to play in popular bar bands in the L.A. area, including The Lohmann Neal Band. In 1996, Gary started his own Antique Mall called “Pieces of the Past” in Torrance, CA. In 1999 Gary successfully settled out of court with his previous boss at Memory Lanes due to his dismissal on constitutional grounds. The settlement gave Gary the finacial freedom to move back East. Instead of going back to Missouri, he went to Nashville to continue his songwriting. After 1 year Gary felt he needed to move back to Missouri after being away for 26 years to help his father and grandmother.

Back in Neosho, Missouri Gary once again started performing, doing solo performances with sequencers, keyboards and of course guitar and vocals. Around this time he also joined the popular local band “Old, Fat and Ugly”. In 2002, Gary decided to go back to school and in December of 2005 he graduated from Crowder College (Kenny and Randy’s alma mater) as a Graduate Nurse. Gary moved to Branson, Mo in 2006 and took his nursing boards in April of that year. Gary is now working as a RN in the Emergency Room at Skaggs Hospital in Branson.

Gary and his wife Bonnie got married in 2004 and now live in Reeds Spring, Mo, on Table Rock Lake, just outside of Branson. Gary and Bonnie have a recording studio in their new home and are currently working on material for other artists as well as planning a CD of their own in the forseeable future.

Kenny Vaughn lives in Buena Park, Ca.

Kenny’s love of drums began at the age of eleven when visiting his cousin Stan Garver one summer in Boardman, Ohio. Stan was already an advanced level drummer and he had a snare drum in his bedroom that Kenny first tapped out on for the first time. It was like a huge light came on inside as he instantly fell in love with the sound and feel of the snare drum. His parents, Hank and Martha supported his excitement and interest and bought him a snare drum immediately. The following Christmas they bought him a red sparkle Apollo drum kit which consisted of a bass drum, 12″ x 13″ rack tom tom, 15″ floor tom, snare drum, hi hat and two cymbals. Kenny spent many hours in his bedroom pounding away on this kit. His early favorite drummers were Sandy Nelson, Earl Palmer, Ed Shaughnessy ( from the Tonight Show ), Louie Belson and Buddy Rich ( he met Ed, Louie and Buddy several years later at the Starwood Club in L.A.! His parents also paid for private lessons by a teacher from Kansas City but Kenny didn’t like the man and soon stopped taking lessons. This was probably one of the biggest mistakes Kenny ever made because that teacher was trying to teach him all of the rudiments and technique that would have improved his ability tremendously. Kenny moved from Neosho, Mo. to McAlister, Okla. and then to Tulsa, Okla. during his senior year. These moves were obviously very difficult on him and one of the few high points was again his parents purchased the blue sparkle Rogers drum kit with two rack toms. It took several weeks to arrive but when it did, everything seemed perfect in his life as he said he would never want anything else in the world if he could only get that set of drums! Kenny added the second bass drum and rack tom soon after joining Sound Company the summer after he graduated from Memorial High School in Tulsa. Other key drummers that were very influential in his style were Ginger Baker, Don Brewer, Leonard Haze, Carmine Appice, Floyd Sneed and Tommy Aldridge. There was another not so famous drummer who played with a band called Lightning and opened for Three Dog Night at Keil Auditorium named Bernie Pershey who also had a major impact on Kenny. In fact, Kenny says it was Don Brewer and Bernie who convinced him he had to quit smoking if he was ever going to play with the power and endurance of those guys! Kenny never considered himself a technically skilled player but always focused on the live performance, his ability to play the double bass kit and overall endurance he developed after he quit smoking. Remember folks, after Iron Butterfly’s Inagadadavida and Cream’s Toad, the long drum solo was in! So naturally Kenny was into the long drum solo. ( plus it gave the rest of the band time to go have a smoke break)

In 1975 Kenny’s favorite car that he had since he was sixteen, a 1967 light blue Mustang was rear ended and totaled at the end of the 91 Freeway in Los Angeles. Jerry McConnell was with Kenny that night and they were very fortunate no one was hurt. There was a small financial settlement with the insurance company and he bought his last kit which was the silver Tama drums. That was the kit he had when the Trapped Live album was recorded at the El Toro Marine Base. In the early 1970’s he felt most comfortable using the old but reliable Ludwig Speed King pedals on the bass drums. He also developed a micro switch set up with lights mounted inside each kick drum and the lights would come on every time he used his pedals. Additionally, a Navy Seal buddy of his helped develop light stick holders on his drum sticks that in those days became a cool special effect as Kenny would hit the sticks on the rim of the drums and BINGO! he had green lights on his sticks that became a cool effect during the drum solo. He likes to think this was the early cave man version of what the Blue Man Group uses today in their shows!

Kenny has been working at Northrop Grumman for the past 25 years and is happily married to his wife Virginia. It was Virginia’s G.E.T.U.P. youth group at the First Congregational Church of Buena Park that inspired Kenny to create the Biograpy Project which then led to the development of this web site.

Randy Butler lives in Southwest Missouri

Randy is a natural talent. Period! He can play bass guitar, keyboard instruments and he will claim to some he knows how to play drums. His voice is easy to distinguish, he loves to use harmony parts wherever it makes sense and he has always had excellent song writing skills. Some of his earliest influences in music came from local groups who played at the CRC in Neosho like St. John and The Apostles, Lavendar Hill Mob and The Bluethings. He remembers going to the Ranch in Galena to watch a band called Kansas play before they made it big. Other key influences on his musical tastes were Jethro Tull and Three Dog Night. Randy also is naturally talented in golf and pick up basketball which he still enjoys playing both sports even today. Throughout the career of Sound Company/ Mizzouri Foxx it was Randy’s drive for perfection that kept the groups tight sound on the leading edge. Randy loved to work closely with Kenny as they always believed the bass and drums to be the backbone of the group so they constantly drove to be “TIGHT” at every live performance!

Rick Hair lives in Utah

Rick felt that after an incredible time living “The Life” of a Rock’n’Roller, it was time to experience the complete opposite. The quiet suburban life – 2 kids, 9 to 5 job, little league baseball, girl scouts, boy scouts, PTA etc. Still not quiet enough! Trying to raise a family in Southern California, with all of it’s craziness, he decided to re-locate to a small resort town in Utah, and start his own business. With it’s success, and his son being groomed to take it over, Rick and Traci (married in 2006) are looking forward to lots of leisure and travel. Jamaica in 2008 and Australia/New Zealand in 2009.

Rick’s earliest exposure to music was his mother’s record collection. A treasure of Elvis, The Four Seasons, etc. Then came the Beatles and the British Invasion and he knew immediately what he wanted to do. A shopping trip to Joplin Piano to buy a Farfisa portable organ and sign up for lessons. In a short time, the lessons got in the way of a 14 year olds summer fun, and were discontinued. Jon Lord, of Deep Purple and Jimmy Greenspoon, of Three Dog Night were definite influences due to their hard driving keyboard sounds.

“The Life” — We will always remember the highs, performing with “superstar” groups, such as Fleetwood Mac, Styx, Van Halen, just to name a few, or sold out shows at El Toro, Gator Gardens, or numerous High Schools and Colleges. But just as memorable were the other times in “The Life”. Driving to Dallas in an ice storm on New Years Day, Chuck Stillman was on that trip with us. Our first Hollywood party with Glen Buxton, of Alice Cooper, and Iggy Pop, the original punk rocker ( remember the two weird chicks, wow!). Drinking with David Lee Roth, of Van Halen, at the Handlebar Saloon in Pasadena. Flying helium trash bags over Ventura Boulevard with Richie Podlor and Bill Cooper, on a break from our recording session, Richie was the producer for all of the Three Dog Night albums. The Fourth of July barbecue with Peaches and Herb. Christmas caroling with a host of talented musicians and record company execs at the record companies Christmas party. Bowling at 2am with Winchells donuts. The weekly card games. Late night Burritos at El Tarrasco after many hours of rehearsal. All of the 3:00 stage calls, there is nothing more exciting than set-up time in an empty hall just hours before a show. There were so many great and exciting times. Doing what you love to do, and doing it with your four best friends for so many years is the greatest experience a person can have. They say you can never go back, but we had that opportunity on June 30th, 2001. Six years later I still get “goose bumps” remembering that night.

It is truly regretful that there are not more pictures and/or videos, especially of the live performances. Where were the cameras for the Bulldog concert, our first big show. It was at the Shrine Auditorium, a 10,000 seat hall in Springfield, MO. (we opened with a song called Blueberry Trail).

Hopefully, through this web site, Mizzouri Foxx can share some of these memories with the young and not so young fans of 70’s rock music and an incredible time in the music world and in all of our lives. It is hoped, that through this site old friendships can be renewed and new ones can begin.

Thanks to all who were a part of this incredible ride! Especially Randy, Kenny, Gary, Jerry, and Chuck. God bless you all!

Jerry McConnell lives in Las Vegas, NV

Jerry McConnell was the key reason the band enjoyed a thirteen year career in music. As those who have travelled down the rock band pathway know, you NEED a guy to keep things together not only from a business perspective but from the “Big Brother” perspective as well. To say Jerry was the road manager for Mizzouri Foxx is an understatement. He basically did everything except play and write the music. He did all of the band business transactions, he was the primary interface with the people who hired the band, he did everything the roadies did, he ran the lights and sound as needed but most importantly he was the fifth and deciding vote on all band decisions. Ask anyone in a band how well things are going when you only have four votes and time after time you get two votes going one way and two votes going the other. The guys in this band will tell you that it is impossible to measure the value Jerry brought to the group and their success. He loved the life, the music and the people in the world of rock and roll so this web site and everything it represents is virtually a tribute to Jerry’s dedication and hard work!

For those who know and remember him from the good old days, you know exactly what we mean when we say this about him!! He has found a great new world of happiness in Las Vegas as it offers him so much of the excitement he enjoyed and worked so hard for during the Mizzouri Foxx years!

54 thoughts on “Band Member Updates”

  1. Glad to hear each and everyone of you from MF are doing well and are all in good health. Time sure does fly doesn’t it. Seems like only yesterday I was sitting there at the Gator Club listening to you . I’ll never forget those days especially since those days gave me a joy in my life that I’ve cherished for almost thirty years now and to think that joy has also given back by making me a Nana and Rick a grandpa to three beautiful little girls.
    Maybe one day I will get to share this site with Amy and her girls but for now just knowing its here and knowing I have something to show them sooner or later of you all is a gift all in its self. Thanks Kenny. Keep on rocking all of you and may all the dreams you worked for and are working for now come true.



  2. Well hello there Dawn! Nice to see you found this web site and have shared what so many others have via this amazing power of the internet. As you will recall, our group had a special quality about it that only those who were there with us would remember. I’m just glad that I was able to capture a glimpse of what those great times were like with the Biography Project and Mizzouri Nights CD. Hope you are happy and well too!

  3. Well I can not believe that I came across you boys again! This is me Josie and the pussycats. Debbie remember her Rick alias Connie Chung and the other Debbie. You better not all have forgetten me since you use to eat at my parents all that good mexican food that my mom would cook especially for you all. Can you believe we are now their age. Who can forget on my wedding day, Gary, we went to the club at the Amphibious base in Coronado the whole wedding party. I would laugh at the fools when they would do that and here I was! Well that marriage didn’t last…..I wonder why? My goodness the pictures brought back so many memories and good times. Gary a nurse and you couldn’t take pain. Rick in suburbia.
    I am sending this to the girls they will get a kick out of this web site and to know that you all are still around. I would really love to keep in touch with you all my email is Not really into facebook or myspace that is too much information for all even writing this is too much. I have your album and memories, still with me. Take care guys and hope to hear from you.
    Always Josie

  4. Wow! Josie it is so cool that you found our web site as it continues to find more people who remember the good old days! And yes those wonderful meals at your mom’s were definitely unforgettable!! A couple of years ago my wife Virginia and I went to Coronado and I pointed out your home to her as some really good memories went through the back of my mind. I do hope you pass our web site along to others so they to can take a few moments to reflect. I will let the guys know you found us because I don’t know how often they check out the blogs.
    Sorry about your marriage too.
    Take care!

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