‘Clementine’ performing at Jesse James Days
June 13. 2007 6:00AM
Seven years ago, Jannel Rap and her sister, Tammy Smith, who lives in Garretson with her husband, Steve and their children, lost their sister Gina Bos, who disappeared from Lincoln, Neb., on Oct. 17, 2000.
According to Rap, Gina left a pub in Lincoln, Neb., where she was playing guitar. Gina’s car was found with the guitar inside, but there was no Gina. The families’ desperate search for Gina hit a dead end with the national news media, so Rap created ‘GINA for Missing Persons,’ a non-profit group that utilizes entertainment to gain attention for missing people.
On Saturday, June 23, during the Jesse James Days activities in Garretson, her band ‘Clementine’ will perform in concert at the Garretson Gym. The show is set for 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door and $7 in advance at Jesse James Days and Alliance Communications.
“I’m excited that they are playing for a worthy cause,” said Smith. “Not all of the band members knew Gina personally, but they are willing to give their time to help all families who are missing loved ones.”
Rap said in a phone interview on Friday that she wouldn’t forget what Garretson has done for the band and hopes to come back to the area during the Squeaky Wheel Tour.
Kris Frerk, a member of the Garretson Commercial Club that helped organize the event, said this is a huge opportunity for Garretson.
“It is so neat to have a relationship with a band that does national tours and we are going to have the opportunity to hear them live here in Garretson,” said Frerk.
This is the second year for the Squeaky Wheel Tour that runs 19 days from Oct. 17 (Gina’s disappearance date) to Nov. 4 (Gina’s birthday.) It includes 300 events in 12 countries, all 50 states utilizing the talents of 100s of artists and profiling more than 300 missing people, said Rap. “Last year, 10 people profiled during the Squeaky Wheel Tour were recovered,” she said.
This year, Clementine is traveling all 19 days around the United States and is web casting each possible event, as well as filming the reality of travel, meeting the press, radio interviews, profiling the missing, meeting the missing, and meeting the families of the missing, said Rap.
“Our band actually got together because of the Squeaky Wheel Tour,” she said. “We were all artists working on separate projects. Since Gina brought us together through the Squeaky Wheel Tour, it is only fitting that we continue marching on with the same mission that inspired us from the beginning.”
Rap plays guitar and is a vocalist. Jeffrey Wayne, from Phoenix is on drums; Dana Woods, from Whittier, Calif., is a vocalist and plays bass; Gary Floyd, from Dallas, is a vocalist and plays piano; Joe Lamanno, from southern California, plays bass guitar; and Robert Parlee, also from southern California, is lead guitarist.
Each of the band members has been performing since they were children.
“We have all had this instinct that our music had to make a difference in the world,” said Rap. “We have been looking since we were children for that mission. I never imagined that my sister’s disappearance would unite and ignite us in a way to create that difference. This band is truly on a united mission to gain more attention for the missing in whatever way we can so that the Squeaky Wheel Tour screams loud enough to be heard all over the world and one home at a time.”
Rap is also grateful to Garretson for giving ‘Clementine’ a place to perform.
“When people are found in the fall you will know that your town had a very big hand in getting us started,” she said. “Our goal is to have a packed house so we can let as many people know about this as possible.”
Clementine will perform at Jesse James Days on Saturday, June 23 in the Garretson school gym. Members of the band are Jeffrey Wayne, Gary Lynn Floyd, Jannel Rap and Dana Woods.