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Alumni Photos & Bios # 4

  • Randy Rickman
  • In Memory of
    Randy Rickman

    Randy Leon Rickman, 50, died in his sleep at his home in Beaumont, California on October 16, 2004.

    Randy grew up in Wichita, Kansas where he developed an early interest in music, and his home was often filled with the sounds of signing and playing guitar with friends.

    Randy played in many local and regional bands over the years but is best known for a short stint with Exile in 1979, who were at the peak of their pop/rock career prior to becoming one of the nation's leading country bands of the 1980s, and for his time with Head East in the early 90s in which he played guitar and shared lead vocal responsibilities.

    After leaving Head East, Randy turned to contemporary Christian music in the mid-'90s. He performed and started Angel Wing Recording Studio and Kingdom Talent to produce and promote local Christian music and artists.

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  • Jeffery Myers (aka J. Jaye Steele)
  • In Memory of
    Jeffrey Myers  (aka J. Jaye Steele)

    Jeffrey Dean Myers, died on 11 February 2014 at the age of 54 after a year long battle with lung cancer.

    Jeff who performed using the stage name J. Jaye Steele, was the lead vocalist for Head East during the mid-80s. After leaving Head East he peformed with several bands and was the lead vocalist for the band Push based in Cape Coral, Florida at the time of his death.

    He was active in his community and volunteered and dedicated years of his life to coaching youth softball, baseball, and football.

    For more information on J. Jaye or to view video of J. Jaye performing with Push visit YouTube or the Push Facebook Page.

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  • Brad Flota
  • In Memory of
    Bradley T. Flota

    Bradley Theron Flota, 66, passed away December 16, 2015 at Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon, Illinois. He was born and raised in Mount Vernon and was a 1966 graduate of Mount Vernon Township High School.

    During the late 60s, Brad was a highly valued member of the TimeAtions, the band that would evolve into Head East after Brad's departure. Brad loved the Beatles and brought several wonderful arrangements, such as "Got to Get You Into My Life" for the TimeAtions to perform. In addition to the Beatles, Brad was also a big fan of John Wayne, and the Saint Louis Cardinals.

    Brad served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972. He was a member of the Mount Vernon Police Department from 1974 until 1998 also serving as the Mount Vernon City School's D.A.R.E Officer from 1990 to 1998.

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