Band

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LO­CAL­NEWS -

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.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF WILD­FLOWER

By 1979 per­sonal de­mands made it dif­fi­cult for band mem­bers to stay to­gether.

PICASA

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.

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