Maggie Hawkins is a Spike and the Bulldogs alumnus who will add a new dimension of vocals and wind instruments to the Bulldogs. She joined the Bulldogs in 1992 and left in 1999 to start a family with her husband Rod.
She comes from a highly musical family and played her first professional gigs with her mother Rita Girard. Maggie went on to play red-hot saxophone with many popular Fort Wayne bands including The Belairs, Jump Start and Waterproof Elves.
Maggie ran The Music House in Decatur In for many years.She's stayed musically active in her church praise band and giving private music lessons. On top of that, Maggie is a highly skilled and trained professional piano tuner.
Now that Maggie’s daughter Emma has turned 16 and cousin Jim is retiring, the timing is perfect for a 2016 reunion with the Bulldogs!
Wayne started playing in garage bands while attending Garrett High school. After graduation he played with the band Gypsy Witch and did road dates The F.B.C. band in the early 70's. After coming back to the Fort Wayne area Wayne played with the local Silver Dollar Band as well as other various local acts in the 1980's.
After marrying his wife Dianna and having three sons Wayne took several years off to concentrate on raising a family. Now in his sixties, he's proud to be making music with some of the most talented musicians in the state of Indiana. Wayne will be rockin' with The Bulldogs and bringing his best for the fans every time they play.
Kenny has been teaching guitar, mandolin, ukulele and lap steel for more than 25 years. He toured extensively both nationally and internationally with his rockabilly band, the Blue Moon Boys, getting the chance to open for such guitar legends as Bo Diddley, James Burton, Dick Dale, Link Wray, Brian Setzer, and many others.
Kenny also played lead guitar with Indiana rock legends Carl Storie (The Faith Band) and Chris Shaffer (The Why Store) with their solo projects. He is a BMI affiliated songwriter whose songs have been recorded by rockabilly greats Ronnie Dawson , Hillbilly Casino, and singer songwriters Chris Shaffer,Jeff McDonald and Mark Thatcher. Kenny has played on recording sessions with Billy Lee Riley, Larry Donn, James House, Danny Flowers, Dave Roe, Donnie Herron, Brent Mason and many others. Last winter he was chosen to play lead guitar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Wanda Jackson at a concert in Denver Colorado.
Currently, Kenny teaches at Sweetwater Academy and occasionally does session work at Sweetwater Studios and coaches at Sweetwater's Rock Camp, which is aimed at kids between the ages of 12 and 18. Kenny recently unleashed a group of 11 to 15 year olds called "Beatle 63 Lab Band", playing only songs the Beatles recorded in 1963. He is also working with an educational children's music ukulele duo called "The Atomic Sharks".
Kenny says "I've known Wayne for over 30 years and Bernie and Phil over twenty. I've always been a fan of the band and am honored to play in a band with such a rich history. The music of the 50's and 60's has always been my favorite and I enjoy the opportunity to take it to the stage with the Bulldogs".
Keyboardist for the Bulldogs for the past 8 years. Bob started on sax at age 11, moving to accordion and then to organ/piano at 13. Bob started his 1st rock band "The Upsets" in 1964 continuing thru high school.
From 1971 thru 1980 Bob toured the USA and Canada with his well known band "Story" playing 50"s and 60"s; along the way meeting the musicians of "Styx, REO, America, ZZ Top, Chubby Checker and many others.
1981 thru 2004 Bob rock 'n rolled with Story until joining the "Bulldogs". Bob expands his passion for music by being a member of the worship team at his church for the past 18 years.
Happily married for 43 years with 2 great kids and 5 grandchildren, Bob has passed his passion for music on to his children. Both keyboard players!
How gratifying it is to see the "Bulldog" fans enjoy the music as much as the "Bulldogs" enjoy playing it. After 50 years of having the enjoyment of music in his life, Bob says what a privilege it is to gig with these talented musicians "The Bulldogs".
Bernie began taking drum lessons at the age of eleven and by the age of twelve was playing Country & Western gigs with his Grandfather. During his formative years, Bernie participated in concert, symphonic, marching and jazz band in Junior and High School. Gaining an extensive music education by working with band directors and instructors that were connected to the Ohio State University music and marching band program.
At the age of seventeen he started playing with area club acts Storm Wind, Stone Heart and Atomic Daze in Columbus, Ohio. While living in Columbus, Bernie worked at Columbus Pro Percussion. This led to a once in a lifetime opportunity to work at the Percussion Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This gave him the opportunity to provide tour and technical support to many of the music industries top name artist and touring acts.
After relocating to Fort Wayne, Bernie was a founding member of the successful regional band 'Not My Kids" and played with them from 1986 to 1991. He also played with the Band "Threat "and played for the" Night Shift" television show band. In 1994 Bernie briefly played with Kenny Taylor in what would become the "Blue Moon Boys". In 1996 Bernie became the drummer for Spike and the Bulldogs just shortly after Wayne joined the band making them both the new dogs on the block. It has been a great pleasure playing with such talented and gifted group of musicians, Bob, Wayne and Jim and sound techs Phil and Chris over the years making them all seem more like family. It is great to be sharing the stage with Kenny Taylor again after all these years.
Bernie is the owner of Stone Custom Drum Company located in Fort Wayne that successfully produces a professional line of custom and exotic drums that are sold worldwide.