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Akin & Territorial Law

Akin & Territorial Law band

John Payne, Ben Contreras, Owen Johnston,
and co-founder Bill Agin



A Little History

Hal Agin – the father of Bill and Dick Agin – was once a member of the famous “Sons of the Pioneers,” originally founded by Roy Rogers. Eventually Hal introduced his two boys to the cowboy sounds that had become a part of the growing American heritage and from that point on the two brothers knew that music and entertaining was their calling.

Billed as “The Agin Brothers,” Bill and Dick have performed with top names in the music industry, including The Charlie Daniels Band, Exile, Buck Owens, and The Ragin’ Cajun - Sammy Kershaw. Eventually new band members came along and thus the group became “The Agin Brothers & Territorial Law”.

Sadly, brother Dick Agin passed away on May 25, 2016, but brother Bill, along with band members John Payne on lead guitar, Owen Johnston on bass, and the Lompoc Pops’ own President, Ben Contreras playing on drums will be entertaining the Pops patrons March 30, 2020 as “Agin & Territorial Law”.


Performer Ben Contreras Jr

Ben Contreras Jr.

Tenor, Ben Contreras, Jr. is of second generation Lompoc vintage and was a professional musician from 1971 to 1979, when he performed with Jerry and Dick Van Dyke in Reno, Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City.

Beginning in 1978, Ben also toured for one and a half years throughout California with Chuck Berry.


Ben plays the drums/trap sets and congas as well as being an seasoned vocalist.

For 20 years running, he entertained with various groups on Lompoc’s Ryon Park stage for the annual Lompoc Valley Flower Festival, playing with several bands: Black Hills Gold, Hard Times, and Storm.

He also performs frequently with local groups The Agin Brothers and Territorial Law at Monty and Pat Roberts Flag is Up Farm in Buellton, Brooks Firestone Vineyards,


and the Alisal Guest Ranch for summer concerts as well as other venues in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Ben can also be heard singing the National Anthem for the Men’s and Women’s UCSB’s Gaucho Basketball home games in the Thunderdome.

Currently president of the Lompoc Pops Orchestra, Mr. Contreras says that music is an inspiration and will always be a part of his life.