Chuck Wood, Don Swandlund, Janet Storey, Ray Wood, Dave Johnson, Norm McVeigh
Rhythm Rockets
Bremerton, Washington
1954 - 1959
1999 - Present


Jim Abbott ~ Guitar, Vocals
Al Batt ~ Piano
Diane Beegle ~ Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Beegle ~ Saxophone*
Denny Hipp ~ Saxophone
Tony Howard ~ Saxophone
Chuck Huff ~ Saxophone
Dave Johnson ~ Drums
Gene Keene ~ Guitar, Vocals
Sueanne Kitts ~ Keyboards, Vocals
Norm McVeigh ~ Fiddle, Guitar, Bass*
Rich Schooley ~ Drums
Janet Story ~ Vocals
Keith Shoemaker ~ Saxophone
Donnie Swanlund ~ Steel Guitar
Danny Ward ~ Saxophone
Art Welle ~ Piano
Chuck Wood ~ Drums, Rhythm & Steel Guitar*
Heather Wood ~ Guitar, Vocals*
Ray Wood ~ Lead Guitar, Vocals*
Mickie Wright ~ Drums

*  Current Members

In Memory of

Donnie Swanlund
Denny Hipp
Sueanne Kitts
Janet Story
Al Batt

Norm, Mike, Heather, Chuck and Ray

Norm, Heather, Ray and Mike

Ray and Mike

Norm, Heather, Ray and Mike

Norm McVeigh, Heather Wood, Ray Wood, Chuck Wood, Mike Beegle

Rhythm Rockets - Photo courtesy of Mike Beegle

Rhythm Rockets Biography - Courtesy of Mike Beegle

Rhythm Rockets and we started it in 1954. The members were Ray Wood, lead guitar; Chuck Wood, rhythm steel guitar; Norm McVeigh, fiddle; Mickie Wright, drums; Sue Anne Kitts, piano; and Donnie Swanland, steel guitar. The band disbanded in 1959 and reformed again in 1999 with Ray Wood, Chuck Wood, Heather Wood and Norm McVeigh

Chuck Wood, March 2003

Editors' Note:  It is believed that the Rhythm Rockets may have been the first Rock and Roll band in the Pacific Northewest.

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Last Update:  3 October 2007
Credits: Chuck Wood, Mike Beegle, Norm McVeigh, Meagan Swanlund

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