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Masai

Masai – [pronounced, Mass-Eye] – Grand Rapids, Michigan. 1971 – 1975
We rented a Warehouse at: 201 Front Street NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan, [Where The Ford Museum is now], for practice sessions. We were located on the 4th floor. Original members were: Rich Tonning, [Bass], Jeff Crooks, [Lead], Greg Hulst, [Drums], Dave Tonning, [Rhythm Guitar], Kathy MaGuire, [Keyboards], and Danny Broyhill, Mgr.
Dennis Joppe replaced Jeff Crooks, & later, Kathy Maguire left the band. Steve Owczarzak, [From: Orange & Fried Fish], eventually replaced Dennis Joppe on lead guitar. Billy Cates came on as Bass player, to free up Rich for Vocals and Tambourine. Billy was eventually replaced by Jim Round, [from: Mentzer Reed Band & of the Hammered Dulcimer, Round family], and lastly, Jim Sharum [from: ‘Milt & The Milton Men], replaced Greg on the drums.
L.C. Carpenter [Bouncer – Roadie – Friend], and Dan Zeeff, [Roadie, Lights, & Sound], completed the group with their many services, and of course the Local and Holland, Michigan, costal fans, are what kept the band around for the many years we rocked. Masai’s music consisted of origional material, as well as Progressive Rock, Hard Rock, & top 40 cover songs from the 60’s and 70’s.
Most of the musicians in Masai were from our previous band during high school days called, ‘Only The Young’ – Rich Tonning, [Vocals], Greg Hulst, [Drums], Jeff Crooks, [Lead Guitar], and Jim Westveer, [Rhythm Guitar]. [1967/68].
We played mostly at schools/colleges/battle of the bands, & dance hall venues. We played for ‘Ferris State College’ fraternities, in Big Rapids, Michigan, many times. We were continuously called back to repeat our successful gigs there.
 ‘OTY’ band broke up because of the draft and other reasons. After everyone returned home, we were all excited to regroup and refresh the band with some new faces, new music, and a new name, ‘Masai’…
The name ‘Masai’ was chosen by our drummer, Greg, after watching a movie about the famous American Indian,
 Massai (also known as: Massa, Massi, Masai, Wasse or Massey; c.1847-1906, He was a brave Apache warrior, and lone renegade who fought the US Army. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massai.
 ‘Masai’ played school dances at first to get established and eventually we sponsored our own dances at the ‘Holland Civic Center’, where we gained a huge West Michigan following. Many of those fans even came to Grand Rapids and supported us when we started playing the local clubs such as, ‘Putt Putts’, ‘The Shamrock, ‘Brass Monkey’, ‘Thunder Chicken’ , Russo’s, and many more local venues. We eventually joined the union and picked up gigs throughout Michigan and Wisconsin.
Masai Union Form 1970s

Masai Union Form 1970s

Masai Studio 28th Gig
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Masai-Sound-and-Equipment-Roadie-Dan-Zeeff-1971-73

Masai Poster feat. Steve Ow

Masai Poster feat. Steve Ow

Masai play list 1973

Masai play list 1973

Masai Play List

Masai Play List

Masai Gig Documents 1970s
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Masai Gig Documents 1970s (5)
Masai Gig Documents 1970s (4)
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Masai Gig Documents 1970s (2)
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Masai

Masai in basement-original members

Masai in basement-original members

Masai final 5
Masai Band

Masai Band

The Cobra in Hasting MI - Nov 6 & 7 -1968
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Ford Museum site - Warehouse @201 Front St where our band practiced-

Ford Museum site – Warehouse @201 Front St where our band practiced-

Only The Young Card 1967

Only The Young Card 1967

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Only-The-Young-First-Gig-Grandville-Hall-Nov-1967.jpg

 

Northview High School

Northview High School

Ferris College 1967

Ferris College 1967

 

 

 

 

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Northview-High-School-Battle-Of-The-Bands-1967

 

 

 

 

Masai @ The Shamrock Bar 1973-74

Masai @ The Shamrock Bar 1973-74

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Danny Broyhill 1973

Danny Broyhill 1973

Danny Broyhill 12.25.2014

Danny Broyhill 12.25.2014

 

 

 

 

9 Responses to Masai

  1. Danny says:

    Looking to find Jay Round. I found a picture of him and my father-in-law from 1982. It was taken at Silver Dollar City. If you know him and can provide an email. I’ll send him a picture.

    • Danny Broyhill says:

      I know he lives in Punta Gorda, Florida… Post it here if you like. He might be in the phone directory.

  2. Kristine Owczarzak Olsen says:

    I’m happy to see that Masai could be a part of the West Michigan Music Hysterical Society page. Quite an honor! They were one of the best and most popular bands at the time in this area.
    It’s fun to look back at the pictures of the no longer standing Warehouse on Front street, and see some actual photos of rehearsals.
    Those very early pictures of the band with their nehru jackets and neat and tidy hairstyles sure are a contrast to their later days!
    Seeing the music play lists is interesting too. Those were the actual scheduled play line ups, cross offs and all. I remember watching them play all those songs.
    Interesting to see the business end of the group too with the contracts, permits and the advertising play bills.
    And Rich’s art work…wow he was good!
    Seeing the photos of them in action really bring back memories too.
    They did a terrific job entertaining West Michigan.
    They deserve this recognition.

  3. Danny Broyhill says:

    I understand that some people are still having trouble posting comments as of today 01.18.2015. I am able to post for some reason, and if you want your comments posted by me, in your name, then email me your comments and I will try it for you… Thanks
    Danny

  4. Danny Broyhill says:

    It was the best times anyone could have living here in West Michigan… We miss you up here Dan Zeeff. Leave Florida once in a while and come visit us soon… 🙂

  5. Dan Zeeff says:

    Great days [and nights] working with a great band. GR was full of talent in those days and Masai was among the best.

  6. Danny Broyhill says:

    Thanks everyone for all your Facebook comments about this page… Should be able to leave comments here now…

  7. Mona Tompkins says:

    I remember going to the warehouse once or twice to watch practices. Being a friend of Danny’s younger sister, my interaction with Masai was more often than it would have been otherwise. I believe they played at one High School Dance in Sparta and I’m pretty sure I remember one at Cedar Springs. The year would have been 1971 or 72.

    One song that I relate closely to the band is “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. When Masai performed it, it was probably the first time I heard the song. The vocals were strong and I swooned over the lead singer. To this day when I hear the song it still takes me back. I’m glad to have had the experience of seeing the “inside workings” of a local rock band that knew how to rock!

  8. admin says:

    Check out pictures and information just added from Masai!!! (KDR)

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