Sunday, June 30, 2024 | West Union Event Center, West Union, Iowa


Dear Folks,

On behalf of the Wichita Band, I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped make our 45th Anniversary a huge success on June 30.

We were so blessed to have so many friends, neighbors, musicians, and relatives celebrate this day with us. We hope you will enjoy the many videos and photos that captured the day’s events which will be posted on this webpage.

—Lefty Schrage


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All videos and photos courtesy of the Iowa Lady

Kristi Alber Rupprecht became the first female vocalist to join Wichita when it was organized in 1979. Here she is being backed by the Wichita Band singing “Could I Have This Dance.”

Kristi Rupprecht singing “Crazy.”

Kristi Rupprecht singing “Grandpa.”

Julie (Schutte) Knobbe was the second female vocalist to join the Wichita band and is heard here singing a Pointer Sisters song, “Fire”. Julie had to travel from her home in the Mpls area to be at the Wichita 45th Anniversary celebration.

Julie Knobbe singing “Out Of Your Shoes” to a full dance floor.

This is a good view of the crowd enjoying the music and dancing while Bree sings “Country Roads.”

Bree singing “Crazy”

Linda Sue singing “Someday Soon.”

This is a 50:50 drawing followed by Bree singing “Wagon Wheel.”

Linda Sue on keyboard and vocals, singing “I Feel Lucky.”

Linda Sue Baker, the fourth female vocalist to join Wichita, and also a former northeast Iowa resident, traveled from Arizona to join the festivities at Wichita’s 45th Anniversary celebration. Here she is performing “Looking For Love.”

Linda Sue singing a Blake Shelton song, “Goodbye Time.”

Super short clip of Lefty greeting dancers.

Sounds of Nashville Band performing “Close Up The Honky Tonks.”

This scene is a 50:50 drawing.

Here’s a clip of Julie Knobbe singing “I’m Not Lisa.”

Monica Roderick had the winning number!

Sounds of Nashville Band performing “Heartaches By The Number.”

Sounds of Nashville Band performing “Charlie’s Shoes.”

Breelyn Elsbernd Sauer was the third female vocalist to join the Wichita Band and can be heard here singing “When You Say Nothing At All.”

A clip of Julie Knobbe singing “When Will I Be Loved.”

This is a humorous episode where lead guitar player, Rick Drewelow, shared a joke with the crowd that Wichita played on Julie regarding a “muffler belt.”

Here we find Bree singing a Martina McBride song, “Wrong Again.”

Here Linda Sue sings “Broken Wing,” a huge hit for Martina McBride.


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All videos and photos courtesy of the Iowa Lady

All videos and photos courtesy of the Iowa Lady


2 thoughts on “Wichita”

    1. Gwen Shepherd

      Happy 45th, Lefty and all members of Wichita past and present!! Loved ❤️ your concert!!

      Gwen Shepherd
      The Iowa Lady 📷

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