THE FIVE MILERS

 
 



Rob Billings plays 12 string guitar and sings vocals.  He and his wife Lynn (formerly Schmidt) are members of the Neenah High School Class of 1966.  Rob is in the window business and Lynn has had a long career in real estate.  Rob is one of the founding members of the 5 Milers. Rob and Terry both graduated from St. Olaf College. The first guitar he ever brought home was a $6.00 guitar in 1962. Besides singing Rob and Lynn enjoy travel, walking and being involved in  their church Ev Free in Appleton.







Terry Bigalke is another founding member of the 5 Milers, and plays six-string guitar and sings lead vocals.  He is a 1966 graduate of Neenah High School, and is married to his high school sweetheart, Jan Buchta, class of 1967.  Terry and Jan live in Honolulu, Hawaii where Terry directs the education division of the East-West Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to building greater understanding and ties between the people of the United States and those of Asian and Pacific nations.  Jan administers specialized English as a Second Language programs at the University of Hawaii.  They still regularly visit the Fox Valley, where several members of their extended families reside.






Lauren Mai is a retired Learning Disabilities Teacher from the Appleton School District.  His wife Ellen, worked as a secretary in various offices.  They are both involved as volunteers in many non-profit organizations.  Lauren started on the bass viol in high school in l950.  He has performed with symphony orchestras, blue grass, country, jazz and big bands. We were very pleased to have Lauren's excellent bass playing at the Shawano Festival in 07 and we welcome Lauren as the newest 5 Miler.
 




















The Band

Ben Cotton is a 1970 graduate of Neenah High School. His love of music goes back to his first musical in 6th grade. Over the last ten years, he has edited, produced and recorded nine CDs for the 5 Milers and is their Sound Engineer. He became an official 5 Miler 3 years ago and had the privilege of singing with them in FL. For many years he enjoyed being involved in the Appleton MacDowell Male Chorus, Masters Singers and church worship teams. My copilot in life is my wife, Linda Lou and we have been married for over 25 Years.

Mike Rospenda hails from Cicero, Illinois. 

He has played in bands since 1975.

Mike is a bluegrass musician who is comfortable in a variety of musical genres.

While he is a devoted follower of Earl Scruggs, he plays melodic, jazz and other styles of banjo as well as straight ahead bluegrass.

Yes, he plays upside down and left handed.

Dave Wollangk plays 6 and 12 string guitars and sings vocals. He graduated from Neenah High School in 1964 and from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1968. Dave is a retired graphic artist. He enjoys music, travel, arts and crafts along with his wife, JoEllen (Braun) a 1966 NHS graduate. Dave became a happy 5 Miler in 2017.