Head East Band members
Greg Manahan, Darren Walker, Glen Bridger, Eddy Jones, & Roger Boyd
 

Alumni Photos & Bios # 1


  • Larry Boyd
  • Larry Boyd

    Larry Boyd grew up in Carlyle, Illinois about an hour east of St. Louis, Missouri. He took piano lessons as a youth and later played trombone in the school band. His early training in music led him to explore other instruments and soon he had taught himself to play guitar, bass, flute, and saxophone.

    Larry played in several bands in the Carlyle area with his older brother Roger prior to forming the TimeAtions in the mid-60s with Steve Huston. The band would change its name to Head East in 1969 at the suggestion of the band's roadie Baxter Forrest Twilight. Larry remained with Head East as their bass player until 1974 when he left to spend more time with his wife and child and to finish his teaching degree.

    Larry would soon return to the band as their stage manager and later on their road manager handling the logistics of touring; sound and light companies, tour buses, hotels, and handling the money for the tour. He also co-wrote "Call To Arms And Legs" with Steve Huston which was included on the band's 3rd studio album Gettin' Lucky.

    After leaving Head East in the early 80s, Larry held a variety of positions to include teaching in junior high and high school, working for the Illinois State Board of Education for 10 years, and consulting on Federal Education Grants. He has also worked as a morning DJ for a classic rock station in Metro St. Louis and has played in a couple of local Illinois bands over the years. Larry occasionally appears with Head East, sitting in for a song or two on bass. Larry currently resides in Illinois where he is enjoying semi-retirement.

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  • Steve Huston
  • Steve Huston

    Steve Huston grew up on a cattle ranch in Southern Illinois about 65 miles east of St. Louis. The closest town was 3 miles away (Irvington - pop 800) and since nobody anywhere else had ever heard of it, when he was away from home in say, New York or California and people asked where he was from he just said "St. Louis." After all, he grew up with St. Louis radio and TV and remains a diehard Cardinals fan.

    After Steve and Roger Boyd formed the TimeAtions, many times the band would set up their equipment in the back yard at Steve's parent's house for practice. The cows would gather along the fence to watch and the driveway would soon be filled with neighbor's cars from miles around. The band became Head East in 1969.

    After leaving Head East 14 years later, Steve went back to school and earned 2 masters degrees, one from Goddard College in Vermont and one from the University of London. Steve retired as an Associate Professor at the Art Institute of Houston after 21 years of service but still continues to perform with Head East a few times each year.

    Steve is a prolific writer whose songs remain fan favorites to this day. Among many other songs that appear on Head East albums, Steve composed Jefftown Creek, City of Gold, and co-authored Gettin' Lucky with Mike Somerville. His most recent accomplishment is a book entitled Head East: A Labor of Love that is being released and made available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble Booksellers in the Fall of 2018.

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  • John Schlitt
  • John Schlitt

    John Schlitt grew up in Mt. Pulaski in Central Illinois. John is the original lead vocalist of Head East, joining in 1969 shortly before the band changed their name from theTimeations to Head East. Performing with Head East and keeping up his studies at The University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana proved to be a difficult task, and within a few months John had left Head East to concentrate on his studies. John would go on to earn a degree in Engineering and returned to Head East full time in 1973.

    John is a dynamic lead singer who wrote some of Head East's most popular songs including "One Against The Other" and "Get Up And Enjoy Yourself ". John departed Head East in the spring of 1980 and fronted his own band Johnny for a few months before taking a hiatus from the music business. Over the next few years John worked in both Illinois and Utah as an engineer, during which time he overcame the substance abuse problems that had effected his musical career.

    John joined the christian rock group Petra in 1986 and was their lead vocalist for two decades. He still performs as a solo act and with other contemporary christian artists to include occasional reunions with Petra. John has made a few special guest appearances with Head East including the Iowa Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame induction concert in 2011, the Rockin' The Symphony concert at Carbondale, Illinois in 2015, and the Carlyle Lake 50th Anniversary Celebration concert in 2017. He has released several solo CDs and has recorded with other Christian artists. He is the recipient of several Dove and Grammy Awards. For more information visit John's Official site.

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