In Search Of...The Remainders!
Local Band is Fan Favorite at Oktoberfest
Dr. Andy Temte is president of Kaplan professional. "Kaplan is an education company. In 1999 we had four employees, now we have a little more than 400 in La Crosse."
At first glance you might form an impression about this business man in the corner office, but you should never judge a book by it's cover.
One floor down from Andy's office, you'll find Kurt Shuldes. "I'm a product manager for the study materials we do here. This is my day job. It pays the bills."
For the past 20 years, Ed Overholdt has been an Ear, Nose and Throat doctor at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse. But away from work Dr. Overholt trades in medical instruments for an instrument of another kind.
And Steve Duff is a third generation heating and air condition technician. "I'm just kind of doing this until I figure out what I want to do in life." And they key, might just be in the keys.
These four men, from all different walks of life, make up the very popular band the Remainders. The fifth member, drummer Mark Kennedy is a true rock-n-roller at heart and a little tough to track down.
They've played some of the biggest venues in the state. "The highlight's of our career have been playing at summerfest in Milwaukee."
"Some of the Oktoberfest gigs. But I do have to say the Freedom Fest is the thing we look the most forward to every year because you get to open for some wonderful national acts. This last year playing with Steve Miller Band and Foreigner. The previous year was REO Speedwagon and 3 Dog Night."
They all came from musical backgrounds. "In choirs, show choir, boy choir." "Music has always been an important part of my life."
But life took most of them in different directions while music took a back seat.
Until, "It was our 25th reunion."
Kurt wanted to get a band together to play, "for one gig."
"Right away I knew I wanted Ed in the band because I knew he played bass."
"We got together with Beth Temte - Andy's older sister. who was in our class.."
Then Steve and Mark came on board. "This was supposed to be a one time show. It was so much fun that we didn't want to let it die out."
Beth Temte wasn't available long term but luckily her little brother was. And in 2003, The Remainders were born.
"I typically tell people the 'Leftovers' were taken, 'Midlife Crisis' was take. And the 'Remainders' was all we had left."
"Everyone needs the right amount of work/life balance. If you have too much life and not enough work - that's bad. If you have too much work and not enough life, that's bad as well."
"This career, doing what I do, pretty much every other day of the week has a moderate amount of stress involved in it. But for those four hours that we're playing, it's real therapy for me."
"It's really fun to be able to finally live this dream."
And it's a dream they won't let go of anytime soon. "I'd love to do this until I get even more grey and less hair."
"I know we've got quite a few good gigs left in us."
"Whenever someone decides they've had enough. I'm in it for the long haul."
"I'd say I've got at least five more years in me. Maybe more. Who knows. It's all about finding that right exit time. I'd love to go out on top."
The band believes in the motto 'Rock with a Purpose.' Every year, they volunteer to play for at least four events or causes that benefit the community. If you want to hear the Remainders for yourself, you can catch them Friday night at the Oktoberfest grounds. They will take the main stage on the south side fest grounds from 8 pm to midnight.
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