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2003 Reunion Rehearsal



on Jim Wood's TV Show


Journey's End Ranch
William D. Elliott, Attorney and Counselor

The band from Sherman, Texas called The Five Coachmen 1963-1966. They were composed of (left to right) Bob Starnes (bass, vocals), Wayne Rickman (lead guitar, vocals), Bill Elliott (drums), Mark Wright (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Steve Chase (keyboard).

In 2006, The Five Coachmen reunited to play for the Sherman High School class of 1966 40th reunion. As part of the preparation for that performance, a film was made reviewing the history of the band, with interviews of the members.

Filmed History of The Five Coachmen

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During this period of the British Invasion, The Coachmen performed extensively throughout North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. Their song list was composed of the leading songs of the day, but leaned toward R & B, as interpreted by the British groups.

The Coachmen were the primary rock n’ roll band in the Sherman area during this period.

Among the venues for The Coachmen during their era were high school proms and dances in Sherman, TX, Gainesville, TX, Bonham, TX, Greenville, TX, and Durant, OK, VFW & Knights of Columbus halls all over, local conventions, courthouse lawns, etc. The Coachmen played extensively in the German communities west of Sherman, TX in Muenster, Texas.

One appearance stands out particularly. The Coachmen was the first rock n' roll band to perform for a Sherman High School student assembly, which produce excitement and controversy at the time. Some of the teachers were offended that a rock n’ roll band would be the entertainment at a student assembly, when the students could have been listening to the school principal. The students on the other hand greatly enjoyed the assembly.

The Coachman were the house band for the Sherman TV station equivalent of American Bandstand televised on Saturday afternoon hosted by Jim Wood, local DJ. The bottom photo on the left was taken at one of the sessions, with Jim Wood featured on the first row in the center.

Interestingly, small towns recruited their live music from a larger town in the area. Sherman, being 30,000 persons, was where smaller towns in the North Texas area went to get their music. The Coachmen were the dominant band at the time and typically played in Sherman and outlying areas. Not that many in smaller towns had the resources to get a Dallas band, unless it was particular special.

The military draft and college took their toll. The Five Coachmen disbanded in 1966.

October 2011 Performance (45th Sherman High School Class of 1966 Reunion)

At the Sherman High School Class of 1966 45th Class Reunion in October 2011 at the Loose Wheel in Sherman, Texas, the rock n' roll band playing for the reunion are all Sherman High Graduates and lifelong friends and music partners. Larry Crews, Mark Wright, Dennis Duffel and Bill Elliott are 1966 SHS graduates and Philip Crews is a 1968 SHS graduate. Larry Crews, Mark Wright and Bill Elliott attended Fairview Elementary School, Dillingham Junior High and Sherman High together and in the same class. They started playing in the early 1960s, before the British Invasion in 1964, and have continued playing together for almost 50 years.

Part of the band comes from The Five Coachmen. Another part of the band comes from The Five Knights.

A video was made of the band playing. Play Video Part 1 | Part 2