From left to right; Craig Schmidt, John Dujka, Duane Wavra, Harris Kubos Sr, Terry Barnett, Doug Boggs, John Amelang
Harris Kubos Sr. – Fiddle and Vocals
Have been playing fiddle since 1971. Formed several different bands w/my brothers thru 70’s and 80’s. Performed w/Johnny Bush a short time in 80’s. Been blessed to perform w/Grand Ole Opry entertainers on our show and Texas traditional country artists for the past 13 years. Thank God for granting me the ability to make music and sing. Band leader, MC and booking contact for the Opry.
Gary Brock – Bass and Vocals
Gary Brock was born and raised in Robinson, Illinois. After graduating high school, he worked in the Chicago area as a teacher while playing music 5 nights per week with a group called Western Echoes. He moved to Nashville in 1990, working with several Opry stars and was band leader for Joanne Cash Yates, the sister of Johnny Cash. In 2009, he moved to Texas, where he plays for several different groups in the Houston area. He has been in the Bluebonnet Opry Band for a little over a year.
John Amelang – Sound
John Amelang has been playing music all of his life and has been performing and working professionally as an engineer, teacher and performer for over 15 years. Tena Rae Helm, Beau Hinze, David Gibbs, Jennifer Grassman, Thread Atlas, The Sideshow Tragedy, and a singing group from Texas A&M are among the many various artists and groups he has worked with. He attended San Jacinto College for audio production and was mentored for several years by Dan Workman in Houston. In addition to playing and performing he enjoys running live sound for events such as the Brenham Opry, or private functions, and also operates a recording studio in downtown Brenham (located at 104 S. St. Charles St.) where he teaches private lessons in guitar, drums, and electric bass. More information about the studio can be found at www.sirensoundproductions.com.
Wayne Turner – Guitar and Vocals
Doug Boggs - Drums and Vocals
I was born in Columbia, Missouri. I started playing drums with my Dad's band, "The Tune Masters", at 10 years old. I played my first "Grand Ole Opry" spot with Jumping Bill Carlisle at the age of 16, while on summer break from school. Moved to Nashville right out of High School. Played for Waylon Jennings, in his night club, "The Ramblin' Man Club". Played the Grand Ole Opry with several of the Opry stars from 1973, till 1978, and got to know many of them personally.
In 1978 moved to Louisiana and became a staff musician in Floyd Swallow Recording Studio. In 1979, I moved to Texas, met a Tennessee girl in Houston,and got married. (Still together) In 1980 I went to work with Gene Watson, touring all over the world. I played drums and sang back-up on 5 of his albums, and working package shows with some of the biggest names in Country Music. (Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, just to name a few)
In 1993 I left Watson, opened a night club called, The Step-In Club, and formed my own band, "The Cowboy Jazz Band" In 1999 I sold the night club. But I still perform shows with a great bunch of guys that make up The Cowboy Jazz Band. In 2016 I recorded an album/CD called "One For The Road", that I am very proud of. In November of 2014, I was honored to be asked to be a member of The Flag City Opry, in Edna, TX., and The Bluebonnet Opry, in Brenham, TX. We have a lot of fun, take our job, and responsibilities very serious, to make the artist we back sound as good as we can. Plus I get to play with a great bunch of very talented musicians/friends. I have played County Music all my life, and I come from 4 generations of musicians. It is truly, a family tradition.
Craig Schmidt – Steel Guitar and Vocals
Craig Schmidt was born & raised In Cypress, TX Northwest of Houston. He started playing bass guitar in 1969 at age 13 with the Outlawed Four around the Cypress and Tomball area. In 1972 he started playing bass with the Outcast band in the Cypress, Tomball and west Houston area. In 1974 Craig moved to Speaks, TX, near Hallettsville, to farm and ranch. In 1976 he joined the Spurs of Country Music and began playing steel guitar around the greater Victoria area. In 1979 He joined the Bush Riders Band and played steel guitar around the Gonzales, TX area.
In 1983 he joined the Whiskey River Band from Victoria, and played the Gulf Coast area, Houston to Corpus Christi. In 1987 Craig retired from playing in dance bands to spend time with his wife and family. In 1997 Buddy Boehm from Halletsville, brought Craig out of retirement to play steel guitar for his new band The Country Knights. In 2003 Craig Started Playing Steel for the Bluebonnet Opry show in Brenham.
John Dujka – Piano and Vocals
John Dujka has been keyboardist and vocalist with the Bluebonnet Opry Band since its inception and adds a Czech flavor to each show with a good polka or waltz. He is a versatile musician, playing keyboards, organ, accordion, trumpet, trombone and tuba. Hailing from East Bernard, just southwest of Houston, John received his Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Mr. Dujka joined the faculty of Blinn College in Brenham in 1990 where he teaches piano, class piano, and music theory. When not in the classroom or concert hall, John keeps a busy schedule of teaching, recording, and performing as one half of the Dujka Brothers along with his brother Mark. Mr. Dujka also produces “Saturday Morning Dance Time”, a weekly polka/waltz variety show which airs on KULP 1390 in El Campo from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Most importantly, John considers his family to be his greatest blessing; his son William, and daughters Kalyn and Nadia.