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Posted By Mr. Hand on December 29th, 2015

“Closing time, every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…” Well friends, it has come time for us to turn out the lights. It has been an extraordinary 20 year run for this band. We are so thankful for the opportunities to perform at some incredible events and meet so many great people along [...]


Remembering our friend Claudia

Posted By Bret on September 23rd, 2009

One of the great things about being in this band is that we get to meet so many wonderful people. One of those people was Claudia Trujillo.

claudia and the gang

Claudia used to come out to nearly all our shows in Sioux City at Rhonda’s Speakeasy, Icky Nickel, The Patio, etc. She would even drive over to Norfolk or West Point and other places just to hear us play some music. But the best thing about seeing Claudia at a show was that meant we got the chance to talk about what was going on. She’d teach Conrad new things to say in Spanish and we’d talk about all kinds of music and our favorite concerts.

We learned of her love for Walt Disney, Brian Wilson, The Beatles, Queens of the Stone Age, and art. We eventually discovered that she had a pretty good singing voice. So we would have her join us on stage to sing Pat Benatar’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

Here’s an mp3 of her singing with us. Mr. Hand with Claudia singing Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

claudia singing

Over the years we shared many good laughs.

Today we learned that Claudia died due to a medical complication. She was only 29. It doesn’t seem real or fair. Our hearts go out to her family and friends.

Rest in Peace Claudia. It won’t be the same without you.

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3 Responses to “Remembering our friend Claudia”


On Behalf of Claudia’s Family we wanna thank you for the wonderful tribute you posted on your page. She was a wonderful person and she will be missed. We know she love you guys because she always used to practice that song before she went to see you guys perform. Next time you perform in Sioux City we will make sure to come to one of your shows. Thank you for letting my sister perform with your band.

Robert Trujillo


Thanks Robert. Claudia was such a unique soul and a dear friend. You and your family have our condolences.


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