Mark 5 - image courtesy of Michael Jay Clothier
Hal Lotzenhiser, Ned Neltner, Mike (Michael Jay) Clothier, Michael Buono, Les Clinkingbeard and of course "The Coasters"
Cornell Gunther, far right.
The Mark 5
Spokane, Washington
1961  ~ 1965


Bob Acorn ~ Keyboards
Mike Buono ~ Drums
*Les Clinkingbeard ~ Saxophone
*Mike Clothier ~ Organ
*Wayne Freeman ~ Drums
*Hal Lotzenhiser ~ Bass
Steve Nelsen ~ Drums
*Ned Neltner ~ Guitar, Leader

*  Original Members

In Memory of

Wayne Freeman

Wayne Freemen - from the 1962 Rogers High School Annual
Image Courtesy of Michael Jay Clothier

Wayne Freeman, who died at the age of 19, was a rare human being, and definitely one of a kind.  He was a really good Hot Rod Builder.  He had a 34 Ford 5 window coupe, and a 34 Dodge 2 door Sedan.  He loved cars and music and was just beginning a productive life.  We still miss him.

Michael Jay Clothier, January 2007

Side A:  'Its Your Heart' Ned Neltner ~ J-1258-A
Side B:   '48 lbs of Bad Luck' ~ written by Ned Neltner "If it Swings" ANI J-1258-B Frandsen Music - BMI

Ned Neltner and John "Kan Do" Kandarian
The Mark V was Kan-Do's first Band Boy / Roadie gig in about 1964.


John "Kan-Do" Kandarian

Original members of the Mark 5, Spring of 1963, were, Ned Neltner, leader and guitar, Hal Lotzenhiser (Lotzi), bass, Les Clinkingbeard, sax, Michael (Michael Jay) Clothier, organ and Wayne Freeman, drums.  Unfortunately Wayne was killed in a car wreck, about 4 months after the band was formed.  We struggled with other drummers for 3 or 4 months until, in Portland, Oregon, in the Fall of 63, we met Michael Buono.  We were playing after hours jam sessions at the Turquoise Room and Michael would come and set in.  He was working at the time at the 3 Star, just a few blocks down Barbour Blvd from the T-Room.  That band was intact for 3 years.  When Uncle Sam called Ned, we tried to survive but he was the backbone of the Group.  When Ned returned, that's when the Gas Company was formed.

Michael Jay Clothier, January 2007

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Last Update:  19 February 2013
Credits: Don Rogers, Don Larson, Bob Acorn, Michael Jay Clothier, Brian Lord, John Kandarian, Gary Behymer
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