2010 - Band
Lockwood, a Sioux City based rock and roll band was synonymous with fun, entertaining and energetic music spanning four decades from 1978 through 2001. Lockwood played clubs, corporate events, street dances, weddings and everything in between all over Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota . They were one of the busiest bands in the area sometimes playing two – three nights a week.
One December they played 16 one-night gigs, including one Saturday when they played an afternoon wedding reception then played the popular Biltmore that night. Lockwood was known for their ability to entertain and please any crowd; performing covers from the 1950’s to current in all genres of music. Lockwood prided itself on rock solid musicians and even better vocals including three and four-part harmony....true professionals.
Lockwood made the necessary adjustments through the years including several changes in band members. Late in 1977 Duane Wolff was introduced to Mark and Becky Greenleaf by a mutual friend who knew of their musical backgrounds. After a music session with guitar, piano, and vocals they agreed to move forward and form a band. The next member was to become a constant from start to finish,and that was frontman and lead vocalist Bill Prince. Bill was performing acoustic solo shows in and around Sioux City when he was approached by Becky to see if he was interested in being the frontman in a band. The answer was yes and things really began to take shape.
They focused mostly on solid vocals but as they rehearsed, they realized that something was missing so they placed an ad for a drummer. After several drummers auditioned, David Owings was added to the band. At this point the band still without a name chose the title Lockwood, a name found at random in an Almanac, and it stuck. Gigs were booked, popularity grew, and all of this without a bass player. Finally by the end of 1978, the band added Curt Gothier on bass guitar.
In 1979 Becky Amundson (Greenleaf) left the band, moving to San Diego, CA. Greg French joined the band around this time as lead guitarist. So by 1980 the band included: Bill Prince (lead vocals & guitar), Mark Greenleaf (vocals & guitar), Duane Wolff (vocals & keys), David Owings (vocals & drums), Curt Gothier (bass), Greg French (vocals & lead guitar). In 1981 the band added Jaclyn Vollstedt (formerly Jaclyn Prince) to round out the band’s vocals. By 1985 Mark Greenleaf, Greg French and Duane Wolff had left the band, moving on to other endeavors. Jerry Steffen took over playing the keys while Pat Miller joined the band to take over playing lead guitar.
Lockwood was still playing every weekend and some week nights in venues across the tri-state area. Missy Kuinze sang off and on with the band in 1995-1996. Jackie McManigal(Pearson) joined Lockwood in 1998 to take over female vocal duties and sang with the band until 2001. Other area musicians that helped out and spent a short amount of time with the band over the years include: John Beeck(drums), Gary Gunderson(guitar), and Steve Sather(guitar).
Lockwood made its mark on Iowa Rock ‘N Roll by playing for tens of thousands of fans over the years. They were also regular performers at Rivercade, warming up crowds for well known national acts. The band was also very popular in the small towns within 200 miles of Sioux City and played countless street dances all over main street . For fifteen consecutive years on New Year’s Eve you could find Lockwood at the Marina Inn , So. Sioux City, NE. That New Year’s Eve party became the most popular in the area and drew crowds of 1,500. Lockwood played its last gig in 2001 at Sioux City ’s June Jam on 4th St.
Lockwood reunited on October 30, 2009 to play a benefit at Lewis Bowl Annex in Sioux City . The band rocked the crowd of over 1,200 fans and sounded like they hadn’t missed a beat in their eight year lay-off. The members of Lockwood are honored to be inducted into the Iowa Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame alongside so many other great musicians. Bill Prince passed away on March 13 of this year and the band plays in his memory at the 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Concert.