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Free Concert to Benefit Local Cancer Care Fund

SOUTH HILL, VA– A 50th Reunion Concert featuringThe Invaders, is set for June 3rd at the Centennial Park Amphitheater in South Hill, VA from 6:00PM – 9:00PM.  This is a free admission concert.  Any donations given at the concert will benefit the Hendrick Cancer & Rehab Center of VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital.  The donations will specifically support the Cancer Care Fund that was established for cancer patients in financial need.

The Invaders first played at Buckhorn Elementary School in South Hill, VA in 1966.  The original band included Cliff Ferguson (vocals), Buster Watson (bass), Nicky Santore (lead guitar), Billy Lockhart (drums), and Andy Moody (rhythm guitar).  Wayne Sculthorpe replaced Buster on bass and Wimpy Creedle was added for keyboard and lead vocals.  This lineup played until 1969.  Billy Creedle played bass after Wayne left the group to attend college. The Invaders were managed by Jack Moody and Charlie Santore.

Billy Lockhart, (who proposed the idea of a 50-year reunion and the youngest member of the Invaders) graduated from Park View in '72 and the University of Richmond in '76.  He married Karen Creedle and they have two children and three grandchildren.  Billy worked in banking for several years before he was hired by the Virginia Lottery in 1988.  He has been with the Virginia Lottery ever since (29 years).  He has played in various bands around Richmond, including The Union Pacific Band, Satisfaction, Main Stay, Accelerations, 45 RPM and others.  “Billy and Nicky” also played together in "Sad Sunshine" during high school which was another local band with members from Park View, Central and Brunswick county schools.

Nicky Santore played lead guitar in several Southern Virginia bands including the Invaders, Electra's, Sad Sunshine, Dragon Flight, and Hold the Phone.   A 1971 graduate of Park View High School, Nick also graduated from NC State University.   Nick and his wife of 35 years, Gail Nance, now live in Raleigh, NC where he works as a consulting electrical engineer.

Wayne Sculthorp is a 1969 graduate of Park View and Emery Riddle University, Daytona Beach, Florida.  He is a retired United States Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer.  Wayne continues to work as a private contractor in support of US Navy.  He and his wife, Susan, live in La Crosse.

Wimpy Creedle graduated from Park View High School in 1970.  He has been married to Joan Hayes Creedle for 47 years and resides in Chase City, VA.  Wimpy and Joan have two daughters and four grandchildren.  Wimpy retired from Mecklenburg Electric Coop with 41 years of service and also retired from Virginia Army National Guard.

Andy Moody was 14 years old when he started playing in the band in 1966.  Like many of the other band members, Andy wasn’t old enough to drive and his parents provided transportation to band performances.  The band practiced in the basement of Andy’s home on High Street in South Hill.  Andy played in the band all through his high school years and after graduating from Park View in 1971, went on to complete his college education at Virginia Tech where he majored in Horticulture.  He is now retired from his family business, Wayside Nursery, where he worked for over 40 years.  Andy and his wife Gail have been married for 36 years and have two children. 

The Invaders 50th Reunion Concert is sponsored by the following:  Benchmark Community Bank, Citizens Community Bank and J.A. Barker Construction, Inc. 

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