the real starting point for the group.
To celebrate its 45th anniversary, Wildflower will be playing at the Swig Nightclub in Warrington, Bucks County from 6 to 10 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. Also on the evening’s agenda will be The Trammps, the Grammy-winning group known for its song, Disco Inferno.
In its early years, Wildflower performed at high school and firehouse dances, promos and private parties. “The first couple of years were a ‘feel-around time’ for the band,” recalled band leader Carmen Tornambe, “We were still getting to know our audience. We wanted to feel and understand the reception we were getting. And, at the same time, we were searching for venues that were appropriate for our music.”
That music could best be described as “feel good dancing music from the 70s and (later the) 80s,” including funk, R&B, current pop and disco. “We want the song to sound the way it’s supposed to sound so that listeners can recognize the songs. When that happens, they feel it and you can feel it. It gets them in a happy mood and moving around,” explained Tornambe, who grew up in the East End of Norristown and graduated from Bishop Kenrick High School.
“When we took our songs to nightclubs and music venues in Margate, Somers Point, Wildwood, other points all over the Jersey shore and many states on the East coast, we got huge crowds,” said Bill DiMino, one of the original band members who also grew up in Norristown, “and they went nuts over our music. That’s when we got noticed,” said DiMino. “In the years from 1976 through 1979, we really got hot.”
By 1979, however, personal demands—-the need for better paying jobs, marriage, schools— all made it difficult for band members to stay together. They decided to go their separate ways. Others took their places and the band continued to perform.
In the intervening years, recalls DiMino, “we always kept in touch through the phone and Emails. We often spoke about the good old days and we thought ‘why don’t get together again and include the newer members?’” In 2010, the original members combined forces with the newer members and the re-constituted Wildflower made its 2nd debut.
Since then, Wildflower has blossomed into a well-known group among area bands. They have continued to play at local venues, such as Screwballs and Peppers in King of Prussia and the Creekside Inn in Limerick.
By 1979 personal demands made it difficult for band members to stay together.
Then a sophomore at the former Bishop Kenrick High School, Alan McCouch came up with the band’s name while walking in a field near the school.