Dr. Evan Todd Yeager
Evan "Doc" Yeager -- Electric Bass
The Early Years
My father served the
My musical training began at age 11 when I took a few weeks of piano.
True to the form of a prepubescent male, I baled on
piano lessons rather quickly. My parents should have pounded me like a
drum for that indiscretion. Not sticking with piano lessons when I was young has
been one of the few regrets I have collected over the years. My family moved to
Also during my junior year in high school, I purchased, most fortunately, a then
generation Leo Fender Music Man Stingray electric bass,
and began taking lessons from Dr. Harold Kafer, the
Music department chair at
I studied bass formally under Dr. Kafer (he never did fully break me of playing with only three fingers on my left hand) and after leaving Cooke County College to finish my bachelor's degree, I picked up tips and techniques mostly via self-study using books from publishers such as Mel Bay and Hal Leonard. My musical tastes are very eclectic and range from rock to classical. The groups and artists that have had the biggest impact stylistically during my most formative years include:
There are some influential bassists who are identified primarily with a band such as Geddy Lee of Rush and Joco Pastorius of Weather Report; therefore they are not noted specifically. I have never set out to consciously copy someone's style or a particular bass part (unless the band I was in was playing it and we had the charts) and have adopted the habit of improvising most of my bass parts on the fly. These artists did not influence me because I spent late hours with raw fingertips trying to master a particular riff, however, over the years I did buy a lot of albums and hum a lot of tunes composed or recorded by the above artists and associated groups.
Music Groups and Bands
The Lord has provided a number of opportunities in which to exercise and use the gift of music He has given me. Dr. Harold Kafer afforded me the opportunity to play in both the Stage Band and Jazz Band while attending
Most of my experience playing with other musicians has been as a member of church praise bands. A partial list includes Church on the Rock, Quitman, Texas; Word of Victory Church, Canton, Texas; Azalea Gardens Church of God, Norfolk, Virginia; First Baptist Church, Commerce, Texas; and First Baptist Church, Trenton, Texas.
Playing music in venues outside church began with the Bois 'd Arc Dixieland Band during the early 2000s. In 2006 I was invited to play for Wing and a Prayer as part of the ministry the King's Kruizers Christian Motorcyclist Association Chapter and was afforded the opportunity to play in a variety of locations throughout Texas. Life changes and out-of-state moves for several key band members brought an end to Wing and a Prayer as a band in 2010.
Wing and a Prayer, June 2009
I was contacted by, Greg Connelly, a long-term member of the near legendary north Texas band, The Blandelles (The Blandelles Facebook Page) and asked to audition in November 2010. Early rock and roll, with its largely innocent lyrics combined with jazz and blues derived "walking" bass parts, has always had a great deal of appeal to me. Additionally, working closely with such a talented and motivated group of musicians would help me grow and mature as a bassist so I welcomed the opportunity. Several interviews and practice sessions indicated the fit - musically, morally, and spiritually seemed to be good, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Blandelles, February 2011
The Blandelles, May 2011
A Blandelles original song by Gary Felmet and James Moats: Rockin' at the Drive-In.
Following is a selection of flyers and promotional material for The Blandelles beginning in 2011:
The 2011 Leonard Picnic
Axe Memorial United Methodist Church Sock Hop
Landon Winery First Annual Halloween Costume Party
Kaufman Heritage Society "Lost in the 50's"
The 2012 Leonard Picnic
I currently play:
For the love of God and Music
My foremost motivation and primary desire is to glorify God with the gift of music He has bestowed on me.
-- Dr. Evan Yeager --
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