Top:  Claude    -  Middle:  Bill & Ron  -  Bottmom:  George & Nancy
Seattle, Washington
1969 - 1971


Ron Beltz ~ Bass
Bill Bolick ~ Keyboards, Trumpet
Nancy Claire ~ Vocals
Claude Hammond ~ Guitar
George Johnson ~ Drums
Bill Marsh ~ Drums
Mike Nokes ~ Guitar, Harp, Trumpet, Vocals

Ron, Claude, Mike, Bill B., Bill M.

Formed in the 1969 - 1979 time frame, Paleface was a country-blues band that played everything from 1950's vocal blues and R&B to current rock and roll.  Paleface featured vocals by Mike, with everyone else fronting a few tunes and backing up Mike.

Paleface played throughout the South King County and North Pierce County area of Puget Sound, Washington.

I just took a huge trip down memory lane!!!  I am Bill Marsh, the drummer pictured in the bottom photo.   I am still actively playing and teaching.  I am the Master Percussion Teacher at the Ted Brown Music flagship store in Tacoma and play numerous pick-up gigs from jazz to blues to R & B and large stage musicals as well symphony performances in Seattle, Tacoma Vancouver BC and Portland with an occasional trip to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.  I did have a 25 year career as a firefighter/paramedic but went right back to music as soon as I retired… teaching music at Cascade Christian in Puyallup, WA.

I was sorry to learn that Claude Hammond had gone on to that 'Big Blues Band in The Sky'.  Claude was truly one of the best guitar players I have ever known.  I always wondered if he had made the 'big time' (Whatever that means!).  He was the first bandleader I worked with that understood how important the drums were in a band at the time and let me have my own 'head'…allowing me to play extended drums solos (the 15 minute kind) before the days of Ginger Baker (ala-'Toad'-CREAM Wheels of Fire album).  Paleface use to pack the house at the old 750 seat My Place Tavern at SeaTac Airport where we headlined for long periods of time and also at the old Players Tavern another large venue night spot in Tacoma.  THOSE WERE THE DAYS!!!

Bill Marsh, April 2003

In Memory of

Claude Hammond
(7 March 1940 - 2 June 2001)
Claude lost his battle with leukemia on June 2, 2001.
His music will remain in the heart of his family, and all who knew him.

Bill Bolick
(4 December 1944 - 22 August 2007)

Saturday, August 25, 2007 - Moscow Idaho, Pullman Washington Daily News Page Updated at 12:00:00 AM

William C. "Bill" Bolick, 62, of Pullman passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at his Pullman home.

Bill was born Dec. 4, 1944, in Walla Walla, Wash., to Virginia and Jerry Bolick. Bill's family moved to Pullman, shortly thereafter, where they became lifelong residents and active community members.

Bill met his future wife, Mardi Hinshaw, in Spokane, and they married Aug. 5, 1965. Bill was a 1960s rock and roll musician who played with some of the premier northwest bands in Spokane and Seattle. In 1972, Bill and his young family, returned to Pullman, when his beloved son, Jerome, started first grade.

Bill subsequently attended WSU and graduated in 1980 with an education degree in music and an elementary endorsement. During his college years, Bill received two Phi Beta Kappa scholarships and was awarded his degree with highest honors. Bill was privileged to teach music in the Colton School District for 21 years. He often remarked that his proudest achievement was the positive influence he had on local students.

Bill was not comfortable talking about personal recognition but, during his successful career, he received some of the most notable awards in state education including the Christa Cliff Award given by the governor of Washington state for excellence in teaching (1988); the Music Educators of Washington State, Teacher of the Year Award (1992); and the Colton School District, Teacher of the Year Award (1994-1995).

Bill retired from the Colton School District in 2001. His retirement years were filled with his continued love of music through his restoration of vintage drum sets and his Internet interests.

Bill is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mardi; his daughter, Joann Fenton; his older brother, Jim; his younger sister (younger by 1 year, 6 days, 3 hours and 32 minutes), Irene Braillard and her husband, Dan; three grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and Jerry; his beloved son, Jerome and his brother-in-law, Glenn Morrison.

A memorial reception for all of Bill and Mardis' many friends and family will be held Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007; from 4-6 p.m., at the Hawthorne Inn & Suites in Pullman, Wash. Kimball Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Remembrances can be made to the M.S. Society of Washington, in loving memory of Jerome Caroll Bolick.

We wish to dedicate this tribute, to Bill's lifelong Musical inspiration, Bobby "Blue" Bland. Bill - in loving memory August 22, 2007 "The day the music died."

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Last Update: 21 January 2010
Credits:  Ron Beltz, Paula Akers, Bill Marsh, Bill Bolick, Tim G. Marsh
Band # 721