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Bob Schroeder Frank "Elwood" Harnishfeger Don Gray

Bob Schroeder

Bob is married to Ria (31 years on August 10, 2021) with three (four) children:  Sydney J. Schroeder, N.D. (29) in Arizona, Cory (27), Lauren (18) and their Cavapooh Belle Bottom.  Bob has worked for Pathology laboratories/Sonic Healthcare for 34 year and started working for Bon Secours Mercy Health as the Director of Outreach Laboratory for their Samaritan Division in May of 2020.  Both Sydney and Lauren will sing with the band when they are out.  Sydney being in Arizona not as much anymore, she received her Medical Degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 2020 and is currently studying for her Master’s Degree.  Lauren Jean has won Ohio Has Talent in 2019, appeared on American Idol receiving a Golden Ticket and made it to the top 90 in 2019-2020 season.  Ria and Bob have fought to keep their son Cory alive all these years.  Cory has a Mitochondrial Disease and most die by the age of 6!  He currently is 27 and is proving them all wrong.

Bob’s musical career started in 1980 at the age of 16, when he was a member of the Blanchard Valley Bluegrass Boys.  That band won Best New Bluegrass Band in America in 1983 and recorded 2 albums in 1982 and 1984.  The latter album is featured with a link to YouTube on this website.  The band consisted of Ed Burwell (Banjo, Fiddle, Lead and Harmony Vocals), Lynn Fox (Mandolin, Vocals), Rudy Okuly (RIP) (Guitar, Vocals), Bob Schroeder (Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals).  This band disbanded on August 3, 1986.

On August 13, 1986 The Buck Tanner Band was formed featuring Garry Stennett (RIP) (Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals), Ed Burwell (Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Lead and Harmony Vocals), Mike Crisp (Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals), Frank Harnishfeger (Keyboards, Saxophone, Lead and Harmony Vocals), Dan “Spanky” Corwin (Drums, Lead and Harmony Vocals and Bob Schroeder (Acoustic Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals.

In September 1990, Exploit was formed featuring John Mobley (Left Handed Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals), Mike Crisp (Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals, Andy Flores (Keyboards, Lead and Harmony Vocals), Mark “Slappa” Utz (Drums, Lead and Harmony Vocals).

Bob Schroeder (Guitar, Bass, Drums, Lead and Harmony Vocals).  In 1993 Exploit released “Pretty Girls on the Dance Floor” which you can listen to on this website.  Featuring original songs and a few covers.

In 1995 Mike Mobley (Left Handed Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals) joined the band and Bob switched to Bass.  In 1996 Ed Burwell joined (Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Lead and Harmony Vocals).

In 1998 the remaining 4 members, Ed, Bob, Mark and Andy released “Summer of ‘98” with 4 songs that you can also listen to on this website. Exploit added Travis Parsons on Drums and Travis Williams on Guitar when Mark and Ed left the band in 2000.  Exploit disbanded in 2002.

Bob also formed a band with Don Gray, Kevin Maiberger and Mark Utz called Flyer in 2004-2008.

Exploit then reformed in 2008 with Ed Burwell, Mark “Slappa” Utz, Frank Harnishfeger and Bob Schroeder.  Ed left in 2011, we added Jim Miller and Bill Goodwin on guitars.  In 2012 Jack Martinez joined the band on Guitar and Lead and Harmony vocals.  Jack passed away in August 2020!  Rest in Peace Jack!!!!

Don Gray joined on Guitar and Vocals in September 2020 and we added David Breaston on drums, lead and Harmony vocals in May 2021.  Exploit still performs with a horn section on occasion which is called Exploit Deluxe which adds Chuck Summers (Sax, Lead and Harmony Vocals), Jack Burwell (Trombone) and Bill Burwell (Trumpet).

Bob’s other musical “notes” include being accepted at Bowling Green State University’s Music Department as a Percussion Major in 1981 and studying under Wendel Jones.  Bob also received the Reed Scholarship from Ohio State University for Vocal Performance.  Bob performed in several operas during his career at Ohio State University.  Bob also received a Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University in Business Administration with specialization in Accounting in 1992.  Performed with the Lima Symphony Orchestra and also directed the Praise and Worship Choir at the Immaculate Conception parish in Celina, Ohio.

Bob’s main job is to Sing Lead and Harmony and play bass and acoustic guitar.

Frank "Elwood" Harnishfeger

I was born and raised in Lima, OH.  I went to South Jr. High School and Lima Senior High School where I was the Pep Band Director.  I started playing piano when I was 5.  Mom bought an organ and piano for the house and I used to sit down and pick out songs.  I started playing piano for our church at about 11 years old.  We went to a Pentecostal church and that is how I learned to play “Rock & Roll”.  I did not take music lessons, so I always thank GOD for teaching me how to play.

I am married to Diane.  We have been together since April 26, 1986.  We have 4 children: Chad – 37, Jeremy – 33, Melissa – 28 & Hannah – 20.  Our dog’s name is Ari Sarsilari Harnishfeger.

I have been playing locally since 1979.  I have been wearing my hat and glasses since that time.  A local Lima musician named me “Elwood” the first time he saw me, and the name has stuck since then.  Some of the bands I have played with are:

The Rods – Buck Tanner – The Hipsters – The Starving Stars – Jo Momma’s Band – Hired Hand Band – Flyer – Exploit – The Naturals – B3

I have opened for Waylon Jennings.  I played with: Leslie Gore, The Shirelles and The Dixie Cups.  I have also rented my keyboards to: Mitch Rider and The Detroit Wheels, Ray Stevens and Ray Charles.
There are many great musicians in the Limaland area, and I have been blessed to play with many of them.  I hope you will enjoy the latest band I am playing with!

Don Gray

Don Gray is the bands lead guitarist and provides additional vocals to Exploit. Having spent six years in Nashville Tennessee, Don has toured with various national artist and included studio work in Nashville as well. Previous Ohio bands are Buck Tanner Band, Little Rock, Flyer and Nashville Crush. Being one of the original Nashville cats, he brings his talent with acoustic and electric guitars to the stage and in the studio. Being a vintage guitar aficionado, he is usually found sporting a vintage Fender Telecaster for that definitive Nashville sound. The quintessential Sharp Dressed Man, Don is always in step with the occasion helping to provide the back drop for a night of fun and dancing! Don't forget to step up and introduce yourself or just to say hello!

 

The Blanchard Valley Bluegrass Boys History

The Blanchard Valley Bluegrass Boys formed in May of 1980 featuring:
Ed Burwell on Banjo, Fiddle and Lead and Harmony Vocals
Bob Schroeder on Upright Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals
Mark “Rudy” Okuly, Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocals
Lynn Fox on Mandolin, Harmony Vocals

In September 1983 they won “Best New Bluegrass Band in America” which was a contest held in
downtown Louisville Kentucky, sponsored by Kentucky Fried Chicken. They audition by submitting a 20-minute tape
and received notification that they were 1 of 6 bands competing for the title. There were over 50 submitted bands.
When they won the title they received a Trophy, $3,000.00 and a recording contract which 2 of the songs on this album
were a part of: “Southbound Express” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling”
the judges for the contest were John Cowan of the famed Newgrass Revival and Dan Crary a famous Bluegrass Guitarist and several others.
Sam Bush from the Newgrass Revival produced the recording of the 2 songs mentioned above that were recorded at Studio 19 in Nashville.
BVBB also competed in the International Bluegrass Championships in Nashville placing 6th in 84, 5th in 85, 10th in 86.
They opened for many big time Bluegrass Artist, also Charlie Daniels Band, Oak ridge Boys, Allison Krause (1998 reunion).
I hope you enjoy this blast from the past from a band that I was very proud to be a part of when I was a teenager and beyond.
Unfortunately the band dispersed in August of 1986 playing their last gig at the Lima Square Fair!
Also for those who may not be aware, Rudy Okuly passed away several years ago! RIP Rudy Rudy Rudy!!!!

Songs:
Southbound Express (Ed Burwell, Bob Schroeder), Ed Lead Vocals, Bob Baritone, Rudy Low Baritone
Chasing A Memory (Ed Burwell), Ed Lead Vocals, Bob Baritone, Rudy Low Baritone, Lynn Tenor
Pike Run (Ed Burwell), Instrumental
Peaceful Easy Feeling (J. Tempchin), Bob Lead Vocals, Ed Tenor, Rudy Baritone, Lynn High Baritone
Jordon (traditional), Bob Lead Vocals, Ed Tenor, Lynn High Baritone, Rudy Bass
Bugle Call Rag (Instrumental)
I Just Think I’ll Go Away (Stanley), Bob Lead Vocal, Ed Tenor, Lynn High Baritone
Lonesome Tonight (Ed Burwell), Ed Lead Vocals, Bob Baritone, Rudy Low Baritone
Life of Misery (Ed Burwell), Ed Lead Vocals, Rudy Baritone, Lynn Tenor
I Don’t Care (Bob Schroeder), Bob Lead Vocals, Ed Tenor, Rudy Baritone

Listen here!