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SUPERIOR ALUMNI EXTRA: East Wing rocked UW-Superior in the late '60s

Posted on Jun 8, 2012
Alumnus Mike Malcheski shares photos and memories of his days in a campus band.
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SUPERIOR ALUMNI EXTRA: East Wing rocked UW-Superior in the late 60s

During their days at Wisconsin State University-Superior, Jeb Billet, Jimmy Brandt, Bruce Java, Mike Malcheski, and Richie Zawacki performed in the band East Wing.

"The East Wing was created from four of the guys who lived on the east wing of the new Ross Residence Hall, next to Hawkes Hall," Malcheski said in an e-mail accompanied by several photos of the band in action. "I was the only 'west wing' guy."

The band played events on campus as well as at University of Minnesota-Duluth and the College of St. Scholastica. They also played the Moose Lodge in downtown Superior and performed at other college parties in 1967 and 1968.

But the life of a college musician wasn't all about parties.

"The most memorable event was the time we played at the Diocese Children's Home to kids who had never heard live music before," Mike recalled. "It was heartrending (to be) signing autographs for orphans who thought we were superstars."

After college, the guys moved on to other gigs. Bruce Java, for instance, ended up performing with The Thunderbirds -- not the band, but the U.S. Air Force flight demonstration team.

For his part, Mike is still a working musician. He performs with Mr. Jitters in Green Bay, Wis. He notes that it's his eighth band in more than 49 years as a hobbyist musician.

See more photos of East Wing performing

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