KAMLOOPS — It’s been 50 years since the 1968 graduating class of Kam High walked across the stage to receive their diplomas; this weekend, the Class of ’68 will be turning back the clock, as one of the most iconic Kamloops bands of their era will putting on one last show on Saturday night as part of the reunion celebrations.
For over fifty years, the Intruders have been synonymous with Rock and Roll in Kamloops. On Saturday night at the Kamloops Curling Club, the legendary Kamloops band will play what they say is definitely their final show.
“A lot of folks don’t believe us, because we’ve done about 10 last shows before,” Intruders frontman and keyboard player Don Allen explained. “This is it.”
It’s a fitting end to an epic run for the band, a run which began back in the ’60’s when these guys were still in high school. Their final show is part of the Kam High Class of 1968 50th High School Reunion.
“Both Doug and I are members of the class of ’68. Eh, Doug?” Allen said, turning to his bass player Doug Perry.
“That’s right,” Perry replied. “’68, the best year. I tell you, the music was amazing, the people, the school. We still have some great friendships, I’m connected to a lot of people to the graduating class.”
Upstairs, preparations are nearly complete for the rest of the reunion celebration for the Class of ’68. Gerry Bond was the valedictorian of that graduating class and been part of the committee helping organize the event.
“We had a great day yesterday,” Bond told CFJC Today. “It’s not often you live in the same town and not see a lot of your friends. This has been a great opportunity to touch base with a lot of them”
Back down in the curling club, The Intruders have wrapped up their final rehearsal before tomorrows show. If the practice sessions are any indication, those in attendance are in for a heck of a good time.
“We’ve got the dancing girls, we’ve got a four-piece horn section. We’ve got out penalty box over here, so if people aren’t partying hard enough - two minutes!” Allen said.
For Bond, it’ll be a trip down memory lane.
“Any time I listened to them, back in the days at the old KAA Hall there, it was a great evening,” Bond remembered. “There won’t be anyone walking home disheartened.”
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