The Trippers

2016 - Border Band

Band Members:  Mark Henjum, Mark Griffin,
Gordy Haugan, Terry Park, Mike Ward,
Chris Harper

The Trippers were formed in 1966 at Patrick Henry Junior High School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The band included Mark Henjum on lead guitar, Mark Griffin on organ and saxophone, Gordy Haugan on bass, Terry Park on drums and Mike Ward on trumpet and rhythm guitar. Chris Harper joined the band in 1966 as lead singer.

The Trippers performed throughout South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Initially, The Trippers covered rhythm and blues from Motown and other artists and then moved on to The Doors, The Byrds, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and other
psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll.


The band recorded six songs, including “Have You Ever?,” which received play throughout the Midwest and even hit the Billboard Top 100.

The Trippers won the summer-long “Battle of the Bands” in 1967 at the Roof Garden in Arnolds Park, where the band played frequently.

In 1968, The Trippers won a statewide “Battle of The Bands” in Sioux Falls for the honor of performing with Neil Diamond. The Trippers also opened for The Lovin’ Spoonful.

In 2010, The Trippers were inducted into the South Dakota Music Association Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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