ILWACO — Like the headless horseman’s annual ride through Chinook, it wouldn’t be Halloween on the Peninsula without a performance by Count Walters and his Zombie Band.
For years, retired music teacher Bob Walters has been putting on concerts each Halloween for local school children. The Zombie Band is made up of Walter’s sons Lucas on guitar, Evan on drums and Burton on bass. The quartet played an amped up show for the students of Hilltop Middle School last Friday, that included popular Halloween themed pop songs (“The Monster Mash”), as well as many Walters originals that the students — who have likely seen the show each year since Kindergarten — shouting along with chorus, waving their hands in the air.
“You know, about seven years ago, old Count Walters was thinking about retiring,” Walters said during a break between songs. “But my Zombie Band just wouldn’t let me!”