Big Daddy Dupree's
Broke and Hungry Blues Band
Donn May, Rob Johnson, Ronda Jordan, Bernie Wilson, Larry Criswell, Joe Rangel, Gregg Carpenter, Garry Jones, Ben Essick
Donn May- Guitar and Vocals
Donn May started playing the pedal steel at the age of 6 and switched over to electric guitar at the age of 9. By the age of 13, Donn was already playing in a band. Many of his musical influences include: Chuck Berry, Led Zepplin, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix , Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.
Some of the bands that Donn has played with include: Simon Genesis, Midwest, Apostrophe, Boomer Rockwell, Mixed Review, Class Act, Rip Chord and now living the Blues With Big Daddy Dupree's Broke & Hungry Blues Band.
When he is not playing his guitar Donn enjoys spending time with friends, family, fishing and riding his Harley.
Bernie Wilson- Trombone and Vocals
I don’t remember when I started with music, but I feel it has been around me for a long time, since my mother was always involved musically. I started playing trombone in the 6-7th grade and played through junior high and high school, taking up acoustic bass in my jr.- sen. years.
1960-61 I went to Indiana University where I studied trombone with Edwin (Bud) Baker, whose methods and teachings I still use even now. Late 60’s- early 70’s I played with the Shaky Joe Trio, mostly bass and some trombone. Late 70’s I played with a group called Flight mostly trombone and some bass.
Through most of the 90’s I played with the Bobabalooys which included John Larson. From the 90’s to this year, I have had the privilege of playing with John and consider our camaraderie to be a major influence in my musical career. Late 2000’s I have had the pleasure of playing rock with Short Term Memories and The Blues with Big Daddy Dupree.
Throughout my years I have played with several community concert groups (Grace Community Concert Band, Lake Area Concert Band, Grace Wind Ensemble, Elkhart Symphonic Choir) which have allowed me to sustain my chops and have given a certain amount of stability in an otherwise unstable existence. I thank God for whatever talent HE has allowed me and will continue to use it as long as I can.
Rob Johnson- Trumpet
Rob Johnson's three favorite past times growing up in Syracuse, Indiana were playing the trumpet, golfing, and skydiving. With a music major from ISU he is still golfing and playing brass.
Some of the bands he has been a member of besides Big Daddy Dupree's include; The Whistle Pigs Band, Short Term Memories, Kelly Jay Band, and The Brass Menagerie. He has also been known to play for the Amish Acres Round BarnTheatre in Nappanee.
You can hear some of Rob's trumpet talent on several new CDs including Big Daddy Dupree's, The Whistle Pigs Band, Kelly Jay Band, Jilly Jenks CD, and Catman & the All Niters. He always enjoys jamming with his son (trumpet) and daughter (guitar and trumpet) and golfing.
Larry Criswell- Bass Guitar
Larry has been playing in bands around northern Indiana for a very long time. Larry has played bass and guitar with many bands through his musical career and still continues to enjoy playing music of all types. Larry is also in another Band called "Rip Chord" and they play all types of music including Country and Classic Rock. Larry started playing at an early age and was pulled away from music when he went to serve his country in the Army. When he returned he jumped right back into playing music and hasn't missed a beat. Larry is a very proud and dedicated family man and if you ask his kids he is a great father. We are proud and thankful to have Larry in our Blues family.
Gregg Carpenter - Drums and Vocals
Bio Coming >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Ronda Jordan Scarlett - Vocallist
Ronda hails from a very musical family and developed an appreciation for many genres at a very early age. Taking lessons on multiple instruments, she eventually decided playing was not for her, vocals were where her passion was. She says, "I'm fairly certain I was singing in utero." Through school she was a member of the school choir, church choir, and many stage productions.
After graduating, she continued to perform and indulge her passion for song by doing some vocal coaching and found herself hosting Karaoke shows and occasionally guest performing with a variety of bands for eight years. After more than a decade she returned to hosting for the last couple of years. Enter Big Daddy Dupree at one of her shows following a performance of their own and the rest is, as they say, history.
We are very fortunate to have Ronda as a member of our Blues family. Her soulful sound is a gift that needs to be shared with our friends, fans and family.