MEET THE DAWGS
Born and raised in the Flower City, Caryn has been singing since she was little. She had the opportunity to compete in 2 seasons of Rochester's Lovin' Cup Idol competition and then began singing with a number of regional bands. Caryn’s musical influences include Pat Benatar and Aretha Franklin. She is a proud mom to 3 kids, and when she's not rockin’ with The DAWGS, she is working for the Eastman School of Music. "I can't wait to take Rochester by storm and help raise money for amazing Rochester charities!"
Lou first started playing guitar around age 10. With Eddie Van Halen as his guitar hero, he began learning solo techniques and it became obvious, even at that young age, he had incredible talent as he quickly mastered his instrument. He formed a band with his brothers and Uncle and within a few years, Lou started writing songs. He went on to play in a number of other local bands until re-forming with his brothers once again. Lou is one of the original DAWGS, helping to start the band in 2014.
Duane picked up his first sticks when he was around four but didn’t really start practicing on the set until about 12. He took a break from playing to serve our Country in the Air Force but got right back on the kit upon his return. His main influences include 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock, Grunge and Modern Country with drummers such as Alex Van Halen, Dave Grohl and Tommy Lee. His previous experiences includes stints with multiple regional bands and as a member of Mayberry After Midnight. Duane joined the Dawgs in 2019.
A native of Middletown NY, Matt received Music Ed and Piano Performance degrees from SUNY Fredonia and recently retired after 32 years of teaching. Matt has been a member of several well-known regional bands. His musical influences include Billy Joel, Elton John and Roy Bitton. He lives in East Rochester with his wife and their dog Paddy. When not performing with the DAWGS, Matt can be found playing keyboards for High School musicals. He has 3 beautiful daughters, a granddaughter who is the apple of his eye and one on the way! He is excited to be a DAWG!
Steve has been playing bass for many years but really didn’t start focusing on the instrument until he helped to form the DAWGS. He began by playing Punk and New Wave in the early 80’s and moved onto Hard Rock cover bands in the late 80’s before taking a break from playing (for several decades!). His influences include James Jamerson, Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and Mark Terranova. Steve helped to form The DAWGS in 2014.
Once a DAWG, always a DAWG....