The Band

 
Lead guitarist and vocalist Mykel Martin joined the band in July of 2016 and has been playing country music with a touch of blues/rock ever since. Having started at age 10 (with his youth church band at home in Junction, Texas), he moved to San Angelo to become the guitarist for ASU’s Marching Ram Band. Mykel got his professional start in San Angelo after receiving the San Angelo Blues Society Jeff Strahan Memorial Scholarship in 2014 and began playing frequently with pianist Manny Campos, including opening for blues legend Johnny Rawls. His playing is strongly influenced by that of Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, John Mayer, Henry Garza, and DFW-native Michael Lee. Mykel is majoring in the double bass at Angelo State University and is the principal bassist of the ASU Symphony.
 
David Reyes was born in 1995 and grew up in San Angelo, Texas, listening to Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Aaron Watson, Pat Green, Kenny Chesney and George Strait. The unique sounds of the drums in their music influenced him greatly, to the point where he want be a drummer. At four years old, he sat behind his first drum set taking his first drum lesson. Shortly there after, he started his drumming career in various church music ministries. He then joined the middle school band and began to focus more of his attention towards percussion. Realizing that being a drummer was what he wanted to do, David learned more about music and drumming from Jimmy Shanks and Nathan Garcia, who were two more influences on his drumming style. In 2011, he started at San Angelo Central High School where he played on the state-bound drum line and began playing small gigs on the weekends to gain live music experience. In 2014, he helped form the band where he is a full-time member. David is also a full time student at Angelo State University.
 
Fiddle player Byron Zipp calls Bandera, Texas his home. Numerous one-nighters with musicians like Gary P. Nunn, Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall, Frenchy Burke, Mo and Joe Stanley, among others, honed his style. “I learned a lot playing at Fiesta Texas,” he says. He played with rock bands in the ‘80’s and 90’s and found his way to Bandera in 2000, where he’s played at virtually every venue and with musicians of whom he says, “There are no enemies - they’re all friends.”
Zipp heard music from an early age. “My father had a country and western band. I grew up on stage and backstage. When I was fourteen he and I had our own band with another father and son.”
A broken arm in second grade became an opportunity to teach himself how to play the guitar. Over the years he added fiddle, mandolin, accordion, drums, keyboards - all with no formal training. In the words of Byron Zipp, “I live for the reaction of the audience."
 
Dr. Maurice Gene Kelley is the former Director of Orchestra at Angelo State University and founder of the ASU Symphony and strings program. When not on the road with Case Hardin, he performs with the Big Spring and Midland-Odessa symphonies. Before relocating to Texas he served as a Strings Specialist in Kansas City, Kansas. While in Kansas, he became the leading Double Bass Instructor at the University of Kansas. He has been an Instructional Systems Specialist for the Army's School of Music (ASOM) and served on the faculties of Concordia University and Union College in Nebraska. Over the past twenty five years he has had the opportunity to perform with a variety of jazz ensembles, bands, and fifteen symphony orchestras. He has also performed with jazz and popular artists such as Roger Ingram, Bobby Shew, Frank Mantooth, Si Zentner, John Davidson, Ahmad Alaadeen, Clark Terry, and Frankie Avalon. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a recipient of the prestigious Othmer Graduate Fellowship, a Master of Music from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Missouri State University. Currently he is working toward another graduate degree in curriculum and instruction."
 
Kenny Grohman was born in San Antonio, Texas, and has lived there most of his life. His earliest musical influences were his parents and grandparents, who introduced him to making music. Kenny began playing lead guitar with influences such as: Roy Clark, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Pat Martino, Leon Rhodes, Bob Wills, Joe Walsh, and many others. Some of his steel guitar influences were: Dickey Overbey, Buddy Emmons, Bobby Charlton, Curly Chaulker, and Denny Mathis. Kenny has had a fairly extensive history playing with many different people such as: Frenchie Burke, Clay Blaker, Tracy Byrd, George Strait, The Texas Jamm Band, Aaron Barker, Dean Dillon, Vern Gosdin, Augie Meyers, Emilio, Johnny Bush, Red Stegall, Rocky King, and many others. Kenny Grohman is based out of San Antonio, Texas and resides there when not on the road.
Richie Taylor has played piano, organ, and has been a professional musician for over 25 years. He first became interested in music by going to Ronna Reeves (his first cousin) concerts as a kid. After being apart of opening shows for George Strait, the Judds, Garth Brooks, and other greats from the era, he began life on the road. After his high school graduation, he eventually began work with Texas legends Johnny Bush and Justin Trevino. His influences derive from the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Floyd Cramer, and Bruce Hornsby. Aside from piano, Richie also plays lap steel, Cajun and Tex-Mex style accordion, and blues harmonica.