It had been four years since the 5 Man Trio last performed, but the band showed that they can still pack the house, as was the case at their reunion concert last Saturday evening in Hutchinson. The band members formed in the early 2000s when three professors at Cowley County Community College, including Gary Gackstatter, […]

It had been four years since the 5 Man Trio last performed, but the band showed that they can still pack the house, as was the case at their reunion concert last Saturday evening in Hutchinson.
The band members formed in the early 2000s when three professors at Cowley County Community College, including Gary Gackstatter, Dave Bostwick, and Chris Mayer, put instruments together to form the band. The trio soon released their first CD, 'You Do the Math,' in August 2003.
The band released its second, and final, CD in April 2005, 'Roam with the Buffalo.' The trio split apart a few years later when job offers took Dave and Gary in different directions: Dave to Baldwin City (although he now lives and teaches at UA in Fayetteville, AR) and Gary to St. Louis. Chris remains in Wichita, although he doesn't teach at Cowley any longer.
Even though the 5 Man Trio is more or less a non-band these days, their sound lives on through these irregular reunions at Metropolitan Coffee, where the offer is always open for them to play. Those of us who are fans, always appreciate the opportunity to hear the group perform its magic.
Most fans probably know the words to about every song on the trio's two CDs, as well as the lyrics to other songs, from Gary's earlier solo career, that the group resurrected at the concert, like the 'The Wienie Song,' which begins, 'I'm a wiener on a carousel Hello, darlin', take me out of here / I've been riding in circle for year, after year, after year.' The trio also performed one of Dave's original compositions, 'Lovesick English Teacher Blues,' which he recorded solo CD post-5 Man Trio.
The original songs the group performed (including a few cover songs) were sad, funny, happy, humorous, philosophical, bluesy, folksy, and rocksy (don't know if that last one's a word). Anyway, eclectic is a good description, and that's what makes the 5 Man Trio such a great listen, as there's something for everyone here.
As was the case with most of their concerts, the night ended with the group's signature goodbye song, the instrumental 'Thingus Groovus.'
The 5 Man Trio pulled it off yet again, even with only three hours of practice prior to the concert and a drought of four years since the last reunion.
A big thank you goes out to Myra, Jim, and Zach Kitson, owners and manager (Zach) of the Metropolitan Coffee. It was good to hear Zach play his sax again with the band. Your hospitality and generosity in opening your place to the 5 Man Trio once more was appreciated, and the fact that it was on the night you celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Metropolitan was a bonus.