Top: Bill Barner,Terry Toporke, Charlie Harkus, Jay Thomas
Bottom: Gail Long, Greg (Boots) Buhre, Mark Swamburg, Charlie Foster
Photo Courtesy of Bill Barner

Peaceable Lane
Tacoma, Washington
1971 ~ 1975
2005 ~ Present


Frank K. Ani, Jr. ~ Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Bill Barner ~ Drums, Vocals
Gary Benny ~ Bass
Mickey Benson ~ Drums
Greg "Boots" Buhre ~ Alto Saxophone
Rob Floberg ~ Keyboards
Charlie Foster ~ Trombone, Percussion, Vocals
Tom Harmon ~ Saxophone
Charlie Harkus ~ Keyboards, Vocals
Bobby Hoffman ~ Vocals
Tracy Hooker ~ Trumpet
Ralph Howland ~ Trombone
Larry Landers ~ Drums
James Lawwill ~ Vocals
Bob Lein ~ Trombone
Doug Lewis ~ Bass
Gale Long ~ Vocals, Percussion
Mike Meyerdirk ~ Drums
Chris Menzel ~ Keyboards
Mike Potts ~ Vocals
Jay Scott~ Trumpet
Dennis Sharp ~ Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Dick Summers ~ Keyboards
Jim Stevens ~ Trombone
Mark Swanburg ~ Guitar
Jay Thomas ~ Saxophone, Trumpet, Coronet, Flugel Horn
Rick Thompson ~ Guitar
Terry Toporke ~ Bass, Vocals
Peter Vogal ~ Keyboards

Dan Ruffo ~ Manager
Gary Toporke ~ Sound

In Memory of

Mark Swanburg - 2013

Peaceable Lane in 2007 - Photo Courtesy of Dan Ruffo
Peaceable Lane in 2007 - Photo Courtesy of Dan Ruffo

I'm Dan Ruffo, the Manager of Peaceable Lane for most of it's existence,  Tom Harmon was in the band for a short while playing Sax.

Today's Peaceable Lane has Tom Harmon, Jay Scott, Tracy Hooker, Bobby Hoffman, Rob Floberg, Rick Thompson, Mark Swanberg, Jim Stevens, Terry Toporke, Mike Meyerdirk, and Gary Toporke, and of course me, Dan Ruffo, still manager.

This year we headlined the Taste of Tacoma and the Bite of Seattle.

We reformed after the Puyallip fair in 2005.  I ran into Floberg and we started to talk about putting the band back together.  I made some calls and here we are.

Dan Ruffo, July 2007

Peaceable Lane
Tacoma New Tribune Photo, 16 July 1972

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Last Update:  9 March 2013
Credits: Gary Benny, Darryl Riffero, Mike Kinder, Rob Henricksen, Chris Menzel, Tacoma News Tribune (16 Jul 72), Craig Kelly, Bill Barner, Greg "Boots" Buhre, Frank Ani, Dan Ruffo, James Lawwill

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