The Pelican Peace Band

2004 - Band

Members: Dan Nissly, Kent Huss, Steve Dykmann, Jim Preifert, Tim Tyler, Randy Zirbel, And Danny Silvester


Originating in the late 1960’s, Pelican Peace Band was the brainchild of Steve Dykmann, Kent Huss and Danny Silvester. Their goal was to play their original music as a power trio. Kent and Steve were the songwriters with Steve singing lead vocals. In October of 1972, they were living in rural Indianola, IA.

Not long after, Danny Silverster departed to join the military and Kent Huss left to pursue his guitar and songwriting studies. Randy Zirbel then joined the band on bass guitar and Danny Nissly became the drummer. This line-up of Steve Dykmann, Randy Zirbel, and Danny Nissly would work together until early 1975.

With the music venues changing, the featured places to play were rock clubs. Such places as: Genuine Johns, the Plowboy, Daily Planet, Farquahr’s, The Bank, and the C.O.D. Steam Laundry~ just to name a few. It was on this rock club circuit that the Pelicans honed their skills as musicians and ultimately established themselves as serious artists. Soon they became a well-known rock and roll act across a nine-state area.

As a result of their touring and multi-state exposure, the band was given the opportunity to play with Santana and R.E.O Speedwagon at the Surf Ballroom, opened for Bachman-Turner Overdrive in Omaha, NE and were the opening act for the Iowa Jam on the bill with ZZ Top, Boz Scaggs, and Blue Oyster Cult.

Following a tour of Colorado cities, many in the Denver area, Steve decided to go on sabbatical. The band was reinvented with Kent Huss rejoining the band along with James Priefert both playing guitar and singing vocals. The band added a lead vocalist from Des Moines by the name of Tim Tyler. Kent, Jim and Randy continued to compose the music.

The evolution of the band continued for several years as Steve, Randy, Danny and Jim later became the group Sky Dancer. This reincarnation of the band became as well known as Pelican Peace Band. They continued to tour together until the late ‘70s.

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