PHS alumni to rock Friday night

Never heard of the rock band 86’D? Most likely not, and you may never hear about them again – but for one night you can be a part of history.

The group, comprised of musically talented Pleasanton High School classmates from 1982 to 1987, will take the stage at Kadobe’s Bar and Grill, (205 E. Hunt St.) this Friday night, September 23.

The friends, three from the Class of 1986 and the honor year at this year’s football homecoming and two more from the Class of 1982 and 1987, have been practicing – several are in different bands – to bring some 80s hard and heavy classic rock.

Here are their bios in true rock star fashion.

John Mayse has continued to follow his passion for music since graduating PHS in ‘87. From his high school days with XCELLERATOR to current project as guitarist/vocalist in SnapHook. John’s current influences are Eddie Van Halen, Zack Wylde, Warren DeMartini, Chris Eichman and George Lynch. John’s sound starts with a Schecter Diamond Series or Gibson Les Paul guitar, running through an Engl Fireball 100 and or Diezel VH4 head ripping through an Orange 4×12 cab. 

Graduating PHS in ’86, Randy Reed went on to earn his B.S in Comm/Mkt and BSN-RN. A decorated ARMY veteran, Randy relocated to Nashville in 1991, drumming for two rock oriented cover bands “Slaves n Angels” and “Screamin’ Naked Grannies” as well as a member of Mudfish Junkins, writing and performing original rock/funk/blues music.

After six years as a radio personality in Nashville, he relocated to Knoxville, hosting morning radio. Since 2001, Randy left radio to pursue a career in pharmaceuticals, medical sales and nursing in Eastern Tennessee. 

Randy is the proud father of his 16-year-old daughter, Cassidy. He is planning on relocating to western US in the near future.

Randy plays Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals & Vic Firth Drumsticks.

Born and raised in South Texas (Pleasanton), Barry Milam started showing his musical talent while playing multiple instruments in the school band. He later started playing the bass in rock and roll bands while attending college. 

Barry is currently playing bass for Zielin, a power trio, Snaphook, an original metal project with his high school classmates, and an acoustical project with friend Rich Zielin.

Influenced by many styles of music, his musical heroes include: Steve Harris, John Entwistle, Geddy Lee, Roger Waters, Billy Sheehan, Mike Mills, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Barry currently plays a Fender Jazz bass.

Native son of Pleasanton, Richard Garcia graduated PHS in ‘82. In 1985-6 he joined up with these crazy kids in XCELLERATOR. As each went separate ways, Richard continued to perform throughout South Texas in bands such as Bad Temper, Zion, IronHorse, Sustain, Rhythm Dominators. Currently you can hear him make a Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul scream with his band “The Texas Tone Rangers”.

After graduating PHS in ’86 JC and wife Robyn (also PHS ’86) relocated to Las Vegas in 1991 with their son, Jonathan. After the birth of their daughter Eryn in ‘94, JC entered the sales field servicing the mining and construction equipment industry around Southern Nevada, Arizona and California. 

During the summer of 2010, a private reunion in Las Vegas occurred with several “Xcellerator” band mates from Pleasanton. Little did anyone know this would be the spark lighting a musical fire, which burns to present day. 

Less than a year later, JC built a new band called “Bluff Control.” Winning a local Battle of the Bands vs a dozen other local established acts, and a reoccurring gig at the host casino. Three years later JC joined the 90’s tribute band “Wicked Garden” as their lead guitarist, performing regularly at notable Vegas stages such as Vamp’d, Hard Rock Café, The Palms Casino and House of Blues. 

Embracing the music scene in Las Vegas, JC has been fortunate to perform along side members of RATT, Quiet Riot, Stryper, (Ron) Keel, Missing Persons, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, members of Joan Jett’s Blackhearts, Sin City Sinners, Count’s 77, Stoney Curtis, and John Zito Band. As the fire is still hot, JC is about to embark on a new project as the front man for an all new tribute to Sammy Hagar called “Three Lock Box”.

JC plays Gibson Les Paul and Explorer guitars, ClearTone strings, JH Audio In Ear Monitors, Blackstar Amplifier & Sennheiser Wireless systems

The band will have opening acts. A DJ will start the evening off at 7:30 p.m. and Baker Livingston (2016 Jourdanton graduate) will have an acoustic show beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The 86’D rockers will take the stage at 10:15 p.m. Classmates will have plenty of time to attend the Eagle homecoming football game, walk on the field at halftime and make it to the free show.

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