‘Bowdle Boys’ perform for the love of music
By Sandy Bond
With a passion for music, friends from the Bowdle area, Rick Boschee, Curt Bollinger, Derrick Walz, Brennen Bollinger and Margie Bobby, continue to make sweet music together as The Bowdle Boys. Their rendition of favorites span the decades, from the ‘40s through today; their repertoire is eclectic with everything from gospel to the greats and everything in between.
Rick sings bass, Derrick, baritone, and Curt, first tenor. Their renditions of “Amazing Grace,” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” soar. Derrick and Curt radiate pure nostalgia in their rendition of “In My Room” from the legendary, Beach Boy album, “Pet Sounds.” There is a positively rich timbre in Rick’s rendition of “Good Night Sweetheart,” and “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” straight out of the 1950s.
Two of the guys, Rick and Derrick, had their roots as vocalists at the South Dakota All State Chorus and Orchestra.
Once a year the best and the brightest vocalists and musicians are nominated by their respective schools to perform together for one memorable night. With the entire process taking only a few days from practice to performance, and with hundreds of student musicians involved from throughout the state, there would be little opportunity for the kids to have even met each other.
Friends with Curt Bollinger and Derrick Walz, who were musically inclined in their own right, they thought it might be fun to form a quartet.
While in high school Curt had been a drummer and vocalist in the Band “APEX.”
A member of the band, “Clearwater,” for several years, Margaret Bobby came to mind as the keyboardist for the group.
They all had been in a few local musicals together including “Fiddler On The Roof,” “Grease,” and “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”
A few calls later, The Bowdle Boys were formed.
Brennen Bollinger, on drums, is the newest member of the group. Several nights a week, toe-tapping music emanates from Curt’s Quality Carpentry Shop.
Although they all relish sharing their talents with others, they aren’t about to “quit their day job.”
Curt and wife Peggy and family own and operate Curt’s Quality Carpentry. Rick and wife Julie and their family are engaged in farming on the family farm with brother Dennis and wife Sharon Boschee in rural Java. Margy and husband Bill live in Bowdle where he is employed by BNSF railroad and Margy has taught piano to many local students and is employed by Beadle Ford. Derrick and wife Karen and their children are engaged with his father Quentin in operating Walz Body and Repair.
The often offer to perform for benefits and they don’t charge a fee-the love of music and the camaraderie is more than enough.