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The Broken Spoke Band was formed in the spring of 2012 when 3 guys got together to jam at the home of Vern and Barb Descombaz in Battle
Creek, Nebraska. The three were Vern Descombaz and Mark Buckingham from Norfolk, Nebraska, and Clark Kinnison from Pierce, Nebraska.
Vern asked the other two if they might like to play for a dance if he could arrange one. They agreed, and that’s when the fun
began…… they eventually found a bass player and drummer and began playing for area dances. Vern, who is responsible for
the band’s formation and name, was soon diagnosed with cancer but kept playing and, along with wife Barbara, maintained a
positive and triumphant attitude. However, he finally succumbed to the disease on November 18, 2014. Although the band has changed
since that very sad time, Buckingham and Kinnison have carried on The Broken Spoke Band in honor of their dear friend. Vern
had many, many dear friends and a smile as wide as all Nebraska!! We love you Vern and we think about you every day.
Mark Buckingham, from Norfolk, Nebraska, provides lead & harmony vocals, banjo, lead & rhythm guitar, lap steel, dobro,
harmonica and pennywhistle for The Broken Spoke Band.
Mark started piano lessons at the age of 8. He learned his first guitar chords at 12 and played in his first gig
with his dad (a Honky Tonk Piano player) at 14, playing guitar. Mark was in the bluegrass band BluegrassFire and
has toured with the group, “This Side of Sunday”, an Americana gospel group based in Council Bluffs, IA. He is
very adept on many instruments, and he’s even been know to tickle the ivories every once in a while.
Clark Kinnison from Pierce, NE provides lead & harmony vocals, rhythm guitar for The Broken Spoke Band.
Clark grew up in Edgar, Nebraska, a town of population 730. in South-central Nebraska. He got his first guitar on Christmas
Day at age 8. He took lessons a couple years, then taught himself from there. He joined his first band, David Jensen &
The Fugitives, at age 14. Since then he’s played in a few other bands including the Blue River Band and BlueGrassFire but
comments, “I'm REALLY enjoying playing with Broken Spoke. It's playing 'back to basic country dance music’ with great
friends that just want to have fun playing music”. He says, “to me, this is what making music is really all about,
having a lot of friends with great friends”
Sandy Miller from Elyria, Nebraska provides lead & harmony vocals, bass guitar, and writes songs for The
Broken Spoke Band. Sandy grew up on a ranch in the sandhills North of Dunning, Nebraska. Sandy’s mother played
piano and would take her and her three sisters anywhere she could around the area to sing. As a junior in high
school, she became part of a band with her Mom, uncle and aunt. This is when she began learning a playing the
bass guitar. Sandy is a great songwriter penning several songs. She won the Songwriter’s Contest at the 2015
Country Music Festival in Wahoo, NE with “I Better Change My Ways (Before My Ways Start Changin’ Me)”. She has
recorded 2 CD’s; the first entitled “Cowboy Boots and Bathing Suits”, the second “When My Time Comes (Will I Know
Who I Am), a song written for her mother who suffered dementia before passing in Dec. of 2014.
Kiley Barwick from Orleans, Nebraska provides lead & harmony vocals, and drums for The Broken Spoke Band.
Kiley grew up on a farm and ranch near Alma, NE. At age 3, her great-grandmother began taking her to sing gospel
songs at the local nursing home in Alma. Kiley says this, and a small, but indelible, lesson on the piano from
her grandmother is what is responsible for her love for music. She began playing a drum set during 7th grade and
the following summer started playing local drum sessions where she got her first taste of playing classic country
music. By age 13 she joined her first band LMNtree, playing classic rock’n roll and country. A few years later
she got involved in her church band, A Little Bit of Heaven, and recorded drums on their first CD “Let The Glory
Roll”. Kiley has always loved classic country music but it was taken to a new level when she began playing for
dances with a country band called 120-EZ. This has inspired her to begin learning to play the guitar also.
Besides playing with Broken Spoke, she still plays dates with the 120-EZ band and enjoys playing in jam sessions.
When not playing music she works the cattle on her dad’s farm in the summer and on weekends when not attending
classes at Doan College in Crete, NE where she is taking pre-vet classes.
Mike Behnk (pronounce "Bank") from Greeley, Nebraska provides The Broken Spoke Band with lead vocals & amp; rhythm guitar.
Mike was born in Plainview, Nebraska and raised in Greeley. Music has always been a big part of his life. He says he
owes his love for music to his mother who always encouraged him to sing and taught him to dance. He learned to whistle
at age 5. He says, “I remember sitting on the kitchen table singing along to the country music of the day playing on the
radio”. He grew up being a big fan of Bud VanFleet and Bill Legate. However, there was a period in his life when he neither
played nor sang in public but at the coaxing of his good friend, Mike O’Neel, 17-years ago he started again and came back in a
big way. Mike has recorded 2 CD’s and has appeared on the show Midwest Country on RFD-TV. Once you hear Mike sing you can
understand why he does it!! We say he has a 45-caliber voice and we think you will agree.
Blaine Garrelts from Brady, Nebraska provides steel and 6-string electric lead guitars for The Broken Spoke Band.
Blaine grew up on a ranch near Brady, Nebraska. He learned the ukulele at the tender age of 3. His father, who
played accordion and fiddle for dances in the area, entered 4-year old Blaine in a local contest sponsored by KRVN
radio. Blaine won the contest and in so doing performed at the movie theatre in Cozad, NE and his performance was
broadcast over KRVN. He went on to learn to play piano, guitar, mandolin and steel guitar. He’s performed professionally
for more than 25 years while living in Salt Lake City, UT and Ft. Collins, CO. He has opened for many famous acts including
Diamond Rio, Desert Rose Band and the Bellamy Brothers. He totally abandoned music at one point in his life. His guitars
never saw the light of day for 9 years after he purchased the family farm from his parents. After many months of pressure
from a friend continually pestering him to attend a monthly jam session, he finally gave in. It was then he realized
how much he missed playing music, and the rest, as they say, is history……
Today, The Broken Spoke Band, a Classic Country band, is one of the top Country Music Dance Bands
in Northeast Nebraska, with fans that follow them from Norfolk to Clarkson to Springview, Nebraska! If you're a Country Music fan who
loves to dance, don't miss The Broken Spoke Band!
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