The Talent

Joel Young
acoustic guitar - vocals
Member Since August 18, 2010

Joel has been playing and performing in many styles and with many instruments since he was in grade school. His interest in music began when he was very young. In 5th grade he began playing the violin. In 8th grade, he switched to voice. After graduating from North Side High School he attended IPFW majoring in music with a focus on voice, piano and guitar. While attending IPFW, Joel played bass in the IPFW vocal jazz ensemble as well as in local rock bands Blah Blah Blah and Rhino. He also played in the local band ButtonHead for several years recording 2 original albums and playing many venues. Later, playing with the band Amarillo, Joel began playing with some new friends which later became The Joel Young Band. Joel is currently teaching himself resonator guitar and mandolin. He hopes to write and record originals in the near future. His influences range from classical music to today’s country to modern rock/alternative. Some of his favorites are: Mozart, Rush, Sammy Hagar, Vivaldi, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Hank Williams, Roger Miller, Van Halen, Green Day, Blink 182, Billy Joel, The Eagles and Florida Georgia Line.

Mitch Dimke
bass - vocals
Member Since March 19, 2011

Mitch started playing music at 7 years old, picking up the acoustic guitar first, soon it spread into electric guitar with the goal of being a rock star! When he was 8 years old he saw a few local bands and the bass caught his eye. Deciding that was the new avenue to try he went and bought one and started learning. Quickly he joined up with a few buddies to the start the Crappy Garage Band. As time went on his goal broadened wanting to learn and play every common stage instrument. So he picked up drums and piano very briefly, but kept coming back to bass. Joining a few more bands including Group 318, Common Ground, Shake and Bake, and Allan and Ashcraft. With his 2 little boys Izekiel and Izaiah wanting to follow in his footsteps he is constantly trying to learn new songs and fun songs for them to sing along with. Currently playing with the JYB he is incorporating backing vocals into his musical abilities.

Jeff Ude
keyboard - harmonica - vocals
Member Since July 06, 2013

Born and raised in Seymour, Indiana, Jeff graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington and became a sportswriter for the Columbus Republic (IN) for 5 years. Jeff is a self taught keyboardist. He came to Ft. Wayne with a road band and ended up staying. He has been on the road full time for 12 years appearing in such popular regional bands as Overlynd Express, River City Band, Gypsy Circus, Close Range and the Roger Marshall Band. In 2004 he was on national TV on Great American Country (GAC) for 8 weeks in video for a song Hidin in the Wide Open (Google it). Jeff has four children, Nikolette, Zach, Kayla and Kirst

Benjamin Bakle
lead guitar - vocals
Member Since January 25, 2014

Ben began studying music at the ripe age of five years old when he began taking piano. He participated in several competitions where he received superior rankings. Though he played well, it was not his passion. He discovered his true passion after watching a group of friends perform Extreme's More Than Words. Having already picked up guitar, this sent his motivation into overdrive. He studied classical guitar for a period of four years and eventually expanded his playing style to include rock, blues, jazz, and... country. He has since been in several different bands including, The Mystery Machine, Stone Symphony, and iNNER iRVING. While playing with JYB, Ben has been able to step out of his comfort zone and experience music in a new way.

Bob Creager
drums - percussion - vocals
Member Since June 18, 2016

Bob Creager was born and raised in Ohio. At the young age of twenty-two he got married and pulled up stakes, settling down in Tucson, Arizona where he started a career, raised a family and hiked the canyons for thirty-eight years. A drummer/percussionist, Creager has been holding the drum chair in working bands since 1968. Since coming out-of-the-garage Creager has performed with bands based out of Arizona, Indiana and Ohio - peaking at 120 events annually. Bob considers himself a ‘cover specialist’ and has played in everything from a Motown band to a power trio. A show band to a top-40 variety band; a Country band to even a church choir. Creager brings a rock-solid foundation and high-energy to the stage and says his influences include Rich Redmond, Ringo Starr and Dino Danelli.