My name is Doug Hill and I am the drummer, lead vocalist, manager, advertising agent, practice facility owner, band trailer provider, secretary, moral support giver, whining listener, medication distributor, and deep fried fish cooker for Midnight Special.
Sam and I formed Midnight Special with another friend (Jeff Fisher) over 20 years ago in Sam's basement. At the time, I had just left my first band in which I was only the drummer but, we didn't have a vocalist and I gave it a shot. Singing and drumming came pretty natural so that became my new job.
Musically, my biggest accomplishment is Midnight Special. Unlike most of my other current band mates, I did not take any formal training, never learned to read music, never worked in any big projects and have only been in a total of two bands, including this one. In lieu of this fact, I place most of Midnight Special's success onto my band mates as it's their professionalism and mastering of their instruments that make our music what it is. Even though my musical resume is short, I am the youngest in the group so that makes me feel pretty good! (Ha Ha...sorry guys!)
Special props to my wife Debbie, and boys Travis and Sean, who put up with band schedules that interfere with family life sometimes. Their support of Midnight Special is a huge contribution. Thank you, I love you!
My name is Sam Quinton. I live in Lansing Michigan with my wife and daughter. I'm a self taught guitar player and have been fighting with the instrument for over 35 years. A lot of the time I do not win.
I have been the lead guitar player with Midnight Special since it was created with Doug Hill and Jeff Fisher over 20 years ago. I never imagined how long the band would be together and how far we would come.
I'm very proud to be able to rock with these talented musicians.
Alex Bielajew, who plays keyboards (Piano, Organ, Clavinet), started his music training with a classical education at age 6, continuing his formal musical education until his mid-teens. He started performing professionally at age 15 with the Montreal bands, the “Generation Gap” (top 40, rock and roll) and then with the “Blue Haze” (contemporary music) and the Bob Stark Trio (contemporary, light jazz). After relocating to Ann Arbor, he started playing with the Midnight Special Band, as well as having brief stints with “Out of the Sun” (Dexter) and “Johnny Lightning and the Waybacks” (Fowlerville).
Alex other music interests include composing in a wide variety of styles, from jazz to fusion, rock and pop. He likes adding a variety of sounds to his band’s musical mix: brass, strings, woodwinds, special effects, and percussion.
I started studying music at age five with private lessons and studied a few instruments through the end of high school. Sometimes at concerts, we would get a meal or snacks. I enjoyed playing music in as a youth.
In the military, I was a bandsman with the Seventh Army Band in Stuttgart Germany. We played a lot of shows and at almost every show, the German people would feed us. I never had a bad meal in Germany. I really enjoyed playing with the Seventh Army band.
After raising children, I joined a 17 piece big band. We played in a lot of very fancy places and in accordance with our contract, if there was food, we got to eat. Many of the meals were very fancy with chocolate fountains, iced shrimp mountains, and buffets by world class chefs. I loved playing with the big band.
Now I play with Midnight Special. Both Doug and Alex are really good cooks and we often have cook outs. Some of the places we play give us discounts on meals. I like playing with Midnight Special.
…one of the new additions to the group. Fred started as our sound guy, then one day we heard him on the guitar… he now shares double duty mixing live sound and playing guitar on several songs (as well as our other newest member, Greg Beck).
Fred was in several bands and projects for many years. One band he played in (Johnny Lightning and the Wayback Machine) was where he met our keyboardist, Alex.
Fred has never met a guitar, amp or pedal he didn’t like!
I am a man of little words written about myself..
So, I have been listening to and playing music since a very young age. My Father and Mother were singers , and my 4 older brothers were involved with music in the 1950’s and early 60’s.
I learned how to play the harmonica and drums at the age of 10, then moved into learning guitar in the 70’s in able to write songs and perform.
I have been playing music, recording,
and mixing live shows for other entertainers from then until the present.
Humbly Yours, Greg Beck