Oklahoma's Own....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It all started about 1958 when there was a group of guys that wanted to start a dance band and get gig's at college parties, etc...  I am not totally familiar with that group of guys.  It was kind of started by a guy named Jimmy Trease I believe. It was really originally the Shadow Lake Seven, if I have my history correct. They got a gig in Noel, MO at the dance pavilion (BYOB) along the shores of Shadow Lake, right on the very banks.  They needed a name, and that sounded good.

My name is Kent Washburn and I was the leader of the group from 1962 until they disbanded in 1967. As you can tell I really don't have a lot of information on this very, very beginning.  I will pick it up around 1959 when it became "The Shadow Lake Eight Orchestra" and was one of the hottest, most sought after groups in the area. 

This is their story………

The Shadow Lake