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Guildsmen

Grand Rapids – the band that was formed in 1963-4 by Hank Battjes. We were successful in doing primarily a British Invasion sound with a portfolio of our own songs, sprinkling in covers of Kinks, Them and the less mainstream British pop bands. As we all went off to college out of GR, the group was disbanded in the fall of ’65. However, all of us continued to play with various bands throughout school. All were EGR students and Ken was at South.

Band Members:

  • Hank Battjes (Lead guitar & vocals) (RIP)
  • Larry Ballard (Bass and vocals)
  • Briefly had a 2nd guitar player who left and was replaced by Bill Gross
  • Bill Gross (keyboards and vocals) (Passed July 4, 2006 RIP)
  • Ken Faux (Drums, vocals)

One Response to Guildsmen

  1. Ken Faux says:

    Since people seem to be hitting the name without information on the page, here’s some help. I was the drummer for the band that was formed in 1963-4 by Hank Battjes (lead & vocals), myself and Larry Ballard (bass and vocals). Larry later played with our friends from Chaos. We briefly had a 2nd guitar who left and was replaced by Bill Gross (keyboards and vocals). All were EGR students and I was at South. We were successful in doing primarily a British Invasion sound with a portfolio of our own songs, sprinkling in covers of Kinks, Them and the less mainstream British pop bands.

    As we all went off to college out of GR, the group was disbanded in the fall of ’65. However, all of us continued to play with various bands throughout school. I drummed and fronted for a couple of groups at Alma, Bill on a B3 Hammond with an MSU blues band. Henry continued to write songs and transferred to Sparty-land where he & Bill collaborated on writing. Post college I was drafted and spent 5 years as an infantry LT and Bill & Henry were living in Marin County, CA when I got out in ’73 and joined them.

    We all remained close but unfortunately Hank was felled by cancer and Bill passed July 4, 2006. We’d heard that Larry had a career, including some recording in Nashville but lost track of him.

    We also knew some of the Fredric guys and I still have the album cover but can’t find the record. Dang. On my short list of really fun stuff from back in the day was tending bar at the Old Crow which landed me a short gig with Me & ‘Dem Guys, filling in for the usual drummer. Would be happy to hear from the folks on this site. Don’t have a website but am a lazy blogger (CA central coast wine focus) that I’ll post as the web address.

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