THE FIVE MILERS

 
 



Tom W. Jones plays the 5 string banjo, 6 and 12 string guitars, and sings vocals with the 5 Milers. Tom is one of the founding members of the 5 Milers and has been playing and singing folk music since 1963. He is a 1966 graduate of Neenah High School. He and his wife, Pat, both graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus. Tom had a 34 year career in sales with 3M and retired in 2007.  Pat taught French before embarking on a 23 year career with AT&T. 

They reside in Venice, Florida, and besides singing they like to golf and ski.







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.







Nancy (Corr) Burleson and her husband Joe live in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas with their Pembroke Welsh Corgi "Corky". Nancy retired from Weyerhaeuser Company in 2007.  She played string bass in the Neenah High orchestra, but learned to fiddle with a bluegrass band after moving to Arkansas.  Nancy currently plays bass with a community orchestra 'The Village Strings.'  An enthusiastic genealogist, she has recently learned that Elvis was a distant cousin, and she can count John and Priscilla Alden, Charlemagne, and Duncan (King of Scotland, murdered by MacBeth) among her family's grandparents!











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