Members: Phyllis Becker, Lead vocal (keyboard) Dennis Becker, Lead Vocals, (harp) Bryan
Johnston, Guitar, Pam Brozek, Bass Guitar, and Ron Warren, Drums.
The Starkweather Bay Blues Band was formed in 2014 by Phyllis and Dennis Becker. Ron
Warren and Pam Brozek joined shortly after. Bryan Johnston joined the band in 2015. The band
is a true blues band with music that keeps people dancing and keeping the blues alive. Doing
original songs and covering great blues artist like B.B. King, Freddy King, Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Jonny Lane, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeshi to name a few. The band is in the process
of doing their first album.
Starkweather Bay Blues Band has performed at many of the blues festivals throughout the state:
Waupaca Chain of Lakes Blues Festival, Waukesha Blues Festival, Stonebank Blues Festival,
State Fair and many clubs and venues from Janesville to Appleton and beyond.
Dennis never dreamed he would be in a band and sing and play harp.
Dennis stated singing at one of Phyllis karaoke shows and with encouragement began to
want to do more. Dennis worked on cars all his life and had a successful business for many
years. Recently retired he now spends many days crafting his harp playing skills. Dennis's
voice is pure blues, with a mix of Buddy Guys, Albert King and Joe Cocker he owns the
songs that he sing and sings them with feeling. Dennis has given time and devotion to
“Starkweather Bay Blues Band” from taking care of the equipment to hauling it from show
to show. This doesn't stop him from giving 100% at each show. His deep raspy voice gives
every blues song that he sings a special flavor.
Has led the band since the beginning and has been singing and performing
since she was 10 years old. Performing a wide variety of music her whole life, she has
performed in Germany, won awards in New England for up and coming country artist in
1980's. Phyllis has been in several musicals overseas and stateside, also directing shows.
Phyllis kids that she never started singing the blues until she got married to Dennis and
hasn't stopped since. Phyllis says she is "blessed to have the talented musicians that are in
her band and the band is more like a family than just a band.” It took awhile but the right
blend of musicians has finally come together and the band hopes to keep performing not
only in Wisconsin but throughout the midwest and other parts of the country. Each
musician in the band has given their all, with many nights of rehearsals and time on the
road. Phyllis can't say enough about her band members and their devotion to the music.
Phyllis is an active member in the community,
Out on the prairie at 6 years old Pam took her first guitar lesson, through out
Pam's one room school and college time she was immersed in music of all kinds. Influenced
by Bonnie Raitt-Sweet Forgiveness and Phebe Snow and Carole King. Following the
invention of the car Pam was about to tour churches with the Revelation Band originally
from Fall River and later moving to Beaver Dam. Pam enjoy the music that causes people
to dance freely in the.. wind.Pam has become a very accomplished blues bass guitar player.
Pam starting playing the blues and has been with Starkweather Bay Blues Band for several
years and she is looking forward to many more!
Bryan was born in Chicago 1970. He Grew up listening to60s and 70s
rock...Jimi Hendrix, Clapton, Robin Trower, Allman Bros etc. Bryan discovered Blues
early on via Blues Bros movie...Stevie Ray Vaughan in the 80s...Chicago blues club scene in
his 20's. Bryan's biggest guitar influences are Stevie Ray Vaughan,
Buddy Guy, Albert King, Albert Collins, Roy Buchanan, Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townsend, Carlos Santana. Bryan
got his first guitar at 12 yrs old. He finally got serious about learning and playing blues in
his 30s after moving to WI in 2002. Bryan aspire to help keep blues music alive. He love
that his band isn't a typical FM radio top 40/classic rock cover band. Bryan like to put his
own spin on the blues covers and works on making all of the songs evolve over time. Bryan
says “ it feels more natural to him to keep exploring, musically, any song he learn to play.”
Bryan feel very fortunate to be able to do what he does in the band. Bryan hopes to keep
evolving as a musician and Starkweather Bay Blues Band is the perfect platform for that!
Starkweather Bay Blues Band is the first band he has ever been in. Bryan says “It's been
an awesome experience playing with and meeting so many other great musicians the past 3
The first band Ron was in he was about 8. He played for Elks Christmas
party, got payed in sandwiches ! Ron then got into The “Glass band” and played a seven
state area for “Van Zeeland” teen talent of America for about seven years with his
guardian in able to play in bars ! Ron took a short time off and was picked up by “Easy
Action” band and back on the the road ! Ron then met the love of his life “Nina” settled
down to raise two beautiful daughters and the security of a stable job. Ron was always a
blues follower, but the turning point was in Iola Wisconsin seeing two of his hero’s together
“Paul Butterfield” and “Buddy Rich” band together on the same stage at the same time. As
the kids grew older Ron begin to get the itch and would go to various jams like Ron
Graweins blues jam in Watertown and Mark Ehlenfeldts in Beaver Dam playing congas
and percussion. Ron met Phyllis at one of these jams and became a startup member.
Numerous personal changes until this lineup that has jelled ! Ron has been happy playing
festivals and new places since , and looking forward to more opportunities.