Dennis Artman, Jay Violette, Bill Artman, Bob Acorn ( Not pictured-  Bob Tschilar, Drums)
The Continentals
Colville, Washington
1963 - 1965


Original Members

Bob Acorn ~ Drums, Keyboards
Bill Artman ~ Guitar, Vocals, Leader
Dennis Artman ~ Saxophone, Vocals
Jay Violette ~ Rhythm Guitar, Bass Guitar

Other  Members

Margi Pringle ~ Vocals
Bob Pringle ~ Guitar
Bob Tshilar ~ Drums

Bill Artman
d:  29 March 2012

Funeral will be on April 14th, 2012
Arrangements by Danakis Funeral Home, Colville, WA

The Continentals, put together by Bill Artman and Jay Violette, was, I believe, the first rock band to be formed north of Spokane.  We were inspired by three bands: The Wailers, The Rockers and The Mark 5.

Ned Neltner (Mark 5) and Tom Stewart (The Rockers), helped Bill Artman out on the guitar and helped us break into the Spokane music scene.  We played for high school and college dances, and "frat" parties throughout the Inland Northwest. The band broke up in Sept. of '65 when Jay was drafted into the Army and went to Viet Nam,  Dennis went to College in Oregon,  and Bob Tshilar went back to is home town of Phoenix Az.  The band re-formed within one month as "The In Crowd".

Bob Acorn, September 2002

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Last Update: 6 April 2015
Credits:  Bob Acorn, Dennis Artman

Band # 976