RICH CLARE vocals, trombone
Where to begin! I was told by my parents that I began singing very soon after I began talking. I know that by age 4 my parents would
make me sing at their parties because I knew all the beer jingles of the time period.
My band career began at the age of 14 in a group called Tommy Hoover and the Pyramids (Tom later played with the Magnificent Men).
That lasted a few months and then I helped form a group called the Unknowns. I performed with this group until the middle of my
sophomore year in college. For the last year and a half of the Unknowns Jim Colestock, whom I met my freshman year in college, was
our drummer. Jim enlisted in the Navy and that ended the Unknowns. I then joined an established group called The Formations and
played with them for two years until the group disbanded. I was contacted by a 10-piece soul group called The Soul Brothers and
became their lead singer in 1967. Soon after, this group was signed by a local record label called Soulville Records and they changed
our name to The Soulville Allstars. We had two releases on the label, the second of which was a two sided "hit" "I'm Gonna Get to
You/Won't You Please Be My Girl." I co-wrote both songs that actually charted and have become cult hits in England and Europe.
These songs are on several compilation CD's and the 45's are selling on eBay for around $250 and have recently been reissued. When
the Allstars evolved musically in the late 60's to include songs by Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Sly, and the Sons of Champlin, we
changed our name to Life. Around this time Jim Colestock was discharged from the Navy and we hired him as our drummer; and once
again, we were playing music together. I was a Biology teacher at Lower Dauphin High School from 1968-1972 but I aspired to become a
full-time entertainer. In early 1971 I asked Jim if he would consider a career in music. His comment was "You had to ask?" So, we set
out to form what would become Rich Clare Pentagon ( we were called Polygon for a brief instant). We began playing in June 1971 and
went on the road in 1972 after 60 straight weeks playing at The Driftwood on Paxton Street in Harrisburg, PA. During the 20 years we
traveled, we became a mainstay in the Atlantic City Casinos, played Las Vegas, Reno, L.A., Puerto Rico, etc., and appeared on several
major TV shows including a Showtime special entitled Steve Allen Aboard The QE II ... the only live television special filmed on a cruise
ship at sea. After 20 years of touring, we elected to leave the road, have our 20th reunion at Hershey Park, and pretty much call it quits.
The size of the crowd that came to help us celebrate our 20th was so overwhelming that the park officials asked Jim and I if we could at
least put a show together for them each summer. Instead, we figured that if that many people still wanted to see us perform, why not put
a band together locally. So here we are all these years later ... still going strong. I feel so privileged to be able to work with all the
members of our current band and crew. This is collectively a truly amazing group of professionals who always give 100% at every
performance. The greatest thing about this bunch of guys is that I am proud to consider them not just friends, but family. This is the one
ride I never want to end.
JIM COLESTOCK Vocals, Trumpet, Things You Bang
GARY WEBER Vocals, Keyboard
MIKE BOARMAN Vocals, Bass Guitar
AL COOK Vocals, Lead Guitar
JOE MOHN Vocals, Drums
I was born on August 3,1944, and have always been the oldest in the band. I became interested in the drums when I was 12, and took
drum lessons for five years from Pat Acri, one of the best drummers and teachers I have known. I really liked Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa
and Luis Bellson when I was learning. And I actually saw Krupa play at Hershey in 1958. I saw Buddy many years later, but that's
another story. I learned to play drum corps style and spent two seasons with the Hershey Choclatiers, and one with the West Shoreman
in Mechanicsburg, PA. At the same time, I was working very hard to play the drumset, but there weren't many opportunities to play my
craft. That all changed when I went to Shippensburg. I met a guy who was as wacky as I am that needed a drummer. The guy, of course
was Rich Clare, and it all went downhill from there. We first worked together with some other guys from our TKE pledge class to entertain
at parties. Later I played in Rich's band, The Unknowns. But nobody knew who we were. When I got out of the Navy, Rich asked me to
play in the band Life, playing a lot of Blood Sweat and Tears, and Chicago. By the time I graduated from college, Rich and I had formed
Polygon, and were playing locally at The Driftwood on Paxton Street. Nobody could remember 'Polygon', so we changed it back to 'The
Unknowns' (just kidding) ... to Pentagon, because there were five of us at the time. Twenty years later we woke up in Iowa, went home,
got real jobs, and that's where we are today. While we were travelling, I married RIch's sister-in-law, Allyson in 1973 and had a son,
Tristin, in 1984. I am still married and live in New Cumberland, PA. My real job since 1992, is teaching Spanish at Harrisburg High
School. (Now retired). My favorite color is purple, (blame it on Diego Garcia), and I drive an old Volvo.
I am a self taught musician. I started playing guitar and bass at the age of 11. I was 11 when I played for my first audience (it did not go
well but I did get to talk to a girl).
At age 15 I was hired by the gospel band "The Gabriels", With The Gabriel's I performed hundreds of shows with many notable country
and gospel bands such as The Couriers, The Cathedrals, The Jacob's Brothers and The Blackwood Brothers. I learned a great deal
about "the business" from this experience. I look back fondly on that time as The Gabriel's were "30 somethings" and became "Role
Models" that taught me quite a bit about life and the rigors of the music business.
At the age of 17, I played on my first album "The Gabriel's, I Go To The Rock". At 18 years of age, I experienced my first set back when
The Gabriel's disbanded. It was hard not seeing the guys and watching the bus and all the gear get sold. I would have missed the money
but I was not paid very much. I had to cut my hair and get a job.
After The Gabriel's I played on several gospel and rock albums as a session 'musician'. I worked at Baldwin Studios and Susquehanna
Sound along with several smaller studios. I also did a brief stint with The Harvest Band. I was invited to "sit in" during a live performance
for one of the artists whose album I had played on, Roger Cooper (A PTL Club TV regular), and I played at Agape Farm for 28,000
people. That was a big memory because I played the show by reading charts I placed on the floor. On weekends I would stretch my
artistic side by producing and performing Laser shows for venues such as the Harrisburg Kipona and Dutch Wonderland.
In 1990 I entered a local bass playing competition. Out of hundreds of entries my solo was chosen along with several others for a "live
competition" which was held at The Country Side Inn. There were some prominent national musicians judging the event, I was very
pleased to have been selected as the winner with a grand prize of a Fender Jazz Bass that sits as a dusty relic of days gone by in my
home to this day. This win put me on the radar of Rich Clare, as Pentagon was gearing down from it's national tour circuit. I auditioned
for Pentagon at the invitation of Rich Clare and was asked to join the band. That was in 1991. Pentagon was a great fit for me. They
played for great audiences, at great venues and challenged me both musically and vocally. Pentagon has always been anchored by Rich
and Jim. They are great guys, as everyone knows. The current line up of artists and crew are simply the best I have ever worked with. It
is a pleasure to perform with every one of them. Pentagon is more than a band to me. These guys (and their beautiful spouses) are an
extension of family. I am lucky to be one of them.
In 2003 I played on the Savage Bliss album. In 2008/2009 I played and sang back up vocal on the Hybrid Ice album at After 7 Studios. In
2009 I played bass, back up vocal and lead vocal on the studio released Pentagon album. I am the third longest standing member of
Pentagon (after Rich and Jim). I enjoy the seniority that this has earned. Pentagon is my main musical outlet. I enjoy being the least
talented member of this band. I have grown as an instrumentalist, vocalist, performer and as a person, thanks to the depth of talent and
humanity that I have the honor to hang out with and share the stage with. As long as our wonderful audiences keep showing up, I will be
there! I appreciate the support from everyone. I sincerely think of those who come time and time again to be my friends.
I joined Pentagon in September of 1999 with my first engagement on Labor Day on the river front in Harrisburg, PA to 2000 people. This
was not the largest number of folks I had performed for, however for a first gig with a band and all the material that Pentagon performs it
was very intense. I had played in a very successful local band called "Horizon" in the mid 1970's where I was the lead singer. After having
problems keeping keyboard players, the guys in the band coaxed me into becoming the keyboard player and we consolidated in to a four
piece group which was quite successful. In the 80's, the group changed its format to Top 40 dance music and added a female vocalist and
changing the name of the band "Webz". That band became one of the top performing bands in the Harrisburg and West Shore area.
However, personnel changes began to take its toll on the band and in the early 90's the band dissolved. At that point, I put together a duo
with one of our former female lead vocalists called "The Wright Stuff" and had a successful run in the County Club and wedding circuit.
After having three different vocalists (these women tend to have babies!!!) I decided to retire from performing. Several months later Rich
Clare contacted me to see if I was interested in auditioning for Pentagon. I did, and the rest is history. Ironically, I had followed Pentagon
in their early stages in the 70's and always dreamed about being a part of the band. I never dreamed that it would be possible. I was a
music teacher and Department Chairman in the Mechanicsburg Area School District for over 30 years and retired in June of 2006. I am
now a consultant for Yamaha Corporation of America for their "Music in Education" (MIE) keyboard curriculum. Additionally, I am the Tech
Support for this product for the entire United States.
I have been working as a solo act and in bands around the regional music scene for over 50 years beginning at age 15. Coming from a
musical family, with my Father and Uncle, Chuck and Jim Cook, having had a radio program on WWVA, Wheeling, WV radio station every
Saturday for 13 years, and many years before and after; my first memories are of being on stage with my Dad's band at a local show at the
age of 5, singing Big Momma Thornton's Hound Dog, as recorded by (Elvis Presley), and falling asleep listening to my Father's nighttime
kitchen jams and practice sessions with friends Bill Haley & the Comets and many other musicians, from my bedroom at home. My musical
talents were honed in elementary and secondary school choirs, and also during my college years, seeking a B.S. in music education, while
performing in several affiliated and non-affiliated ensembles. I also spent 4 years as a paid soloist at a couple large Harrisburg churches, to
help pay tuition. Following college, I toured the US and Canada in a few bands, both electric and acoustic, most notably as one half of the
regional duo of Cook & Cosey during the late 70's - then as a solo singer/songwriter with Common Ground publishing company, playing and
singing on various songwriter demos. During this period I did not play live in front of an audience. Longing for excitement of the live stage,
and homesick for my family and friends in Pennsylvania, I returned to Lancaster, PA, to start a family near my hometown, and to resume
playing regionally throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. I joined Pentagon in the fall of 2000, and played my first gig in April
of 2001. Through the years I am proud to have shared the stage with a number of top talents: Seals and Crofts, Linda Ronstadt, Stephen
Stills, Peter Seeger, Dolly Parton, the Average White Band, Bill Haley's Comets, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Magnificent Men, Richard
Thompson, Slim Whitman, and George Carlin. Pentagon has been one of the great pleasures of my musical career. Rich and the guys
are truly some of the nicest, genuine artists I could hope to work with That goes for everyone in the band and crew. Over the years we
have truly become a family. i am often told that we look like we are having a great time on stage, and that is simply because we ARE! I
personally look forward to each and every gig. I also would like to thank our many fans and our family and friends for their continued
GUITARS - (Rotating lineup): PRS EG3 Custom 24, PRS Swamp Ash Narrowfield, PRS DGT, PRS 513 Rosewood, PRS McCarty Rosewood,
PRS S2 Studio, Gretsch Nashville II, Fender Custom Shop '56 Stratocaster, DeArmond M75T.
AMPS - Usually a direct Line only - No amplifier, but occasionally Fender Woody Jr. LTD
MIC - Beyer M88TG