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The Patterns

Grand Rapids – Rock & Soul (Band started 1968) Won the battle of the Bands, Kentwood Auditorium on December 18, 1971. Bassie Cummings, drummer for the Patterns, has amazing stories of the band winning this competition in an all-white environment.  They then went on a tour to southern states and experienced racial rejection that was unexpected for an African American band from West-Michigan.

Band Members:

  • Butch Cook (Lead guitar)
  • Searea Russell Rhythm guitar)
  • Steve Cook (Bass)
  • Jerry Wade (Saxophone)
  • Vickie Upton (Organ)
  • Bassie Cummins (Drummer)
  • Calvin Welch (Congo)
  • Nate Thomas (Lead singer)

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