The Road Crew
Class of ’66 Road Crew info
(Persons who qualify for the Golden Screwdriver award)
“Uncle” Al Goddard was the original Light Tech for the Class. His contributions in the early days helped establish the Class as a first-rate show band and he is the true spirit of the Golden Screwdriver award. Although he is no longer with us, there is a feeling that he is still shining his spotlight in our direction.
Mike Cahill took over the lighting duties A.U.A. (after Uncle Al). His van was never the same after hauling around the equipment and commuting to gigs from his home in Fall River. After he’d had enough, the spotlight was passed to Danny Combatavich. Both Danny and Mike had similar, scary incidents involving a screwdriver and 220 volts. Each survived but coincidentally neither has been heard from since.
Mike Femino was the first Class tech to combine the art of running sound and lights at the same time. He also holds the distinction of being the only person to have joined the Class three times, and often threatend to be the only one to have left the Class three times. He did !
Cregg Mannion took over sound and lights A.M (after Mike) and managed to hold down this position for 7 years. He became the house soundman at Ovations and stayed there until it finally closed its doors. Cregg was frequently accompanied by Phil Goddard, brother of Uncle Al and probably the most deserving of the Golden Screwdriver award due to all the extra work he had put in over the years keeping our equipment in working order.
After Cregg, Tom LeBlanc could be seen tooling around in the Class of ’66 Paddywagon heading to the next gig to set up the stage gear for the evening’s performance. Without Tom, the band wouldn't have been be able to keep up the pace since there were so many “one-nighters” which required equipment to be loaded in, and out on the same night. For a short time after, Bob Howatt took over as roadie, and did great job while Tom took a little R & R, but Roadie Tom finished out our run to the bitter end.
The Class of ’66 would like to thank everyone listed above for the countless hours of dedication, and the blood, sweat, & tears contributed by each of them in order to help keep this bandwagon rolling along.