Bernie Schallehn - DRUMS

Bernie has been a drummer/percussionist since the age of 12.  From the early 1970s to the present he has performed with countless bands and solo artists. He is a versatile kit drummer and percussionist, proficient in most forms of music. His venues have included nightclubs, private parties and coffeehouses, as well as the concert stage for a U.S. Vice President and performing as the opening act for The Dropkick Murphys.    

 

Schallehn has studied drumkit in workshops with Kenny Aronoff, Kenwood Dennard, Walfredo Reyes, Jr., Jim Chapin, Dom Famularo, and the late Nashville great, Larrie Londin. His hand percussion instructors include Richie Flores, Memo Acevedo, Brian Melick, Kalani, and Candido Camera. Bernie is proficient in congas, bongos, cajon, djembe, darbouka, shaker, bodhran, udu, tambourine, riq and caxixi. 

 

He is an endorser for Rich sticks and DreamEarz in-ear monitors.

 

He received Drum Circle certification from Dr. Barry Bittman and Christine Stevens though the REMO Health Rhythms program

Schallehn is a columnist and contributing writer for Modern Drummer magazine (MIND MATTERS) and was a contributor to Classic Drummer magazine. In addition to his column inModern Drummer, he also writes freelance articles, product reviews, and conducts artist interviews for the publication.

He was commissioned by Modern Drummer magazine to write a book based on his “Mind Matters” column. Sales of MIND MATTERS: OVERCOMING COMMON MENTAL BARRIERS IN DRUMMING (Modern Drummer Publications 2011) continue to be brisk.

Joe Treiber - Bass, Vocals

Joe was born and raised in the St. Louis, Missouri area.  He spent his teen years listening to the music of the 60s and Oldies from the 50s.  He didn’t start playing until the mid-70s while stationed with the USAF in Plattsburgh, NY. Friends got him into playing bass in a Blue Grass Band, and from there he couldn’t stop. Working part time repairing equipment in a music store allowed him to feed his desire for equipment and learn from the musicians who frequented the store.

 

The 80s brought a move to Albany, NY and playing top 40 tunes in female-fronted rock bands.  He played the (then) current hits from Pat Benatar, Blondie, The Pretenders,  and the popular New Wave bands of the time.  The late 80s evolved into a resurgence of Southern Rock from the 70s and he spent time playing tunes by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws and others.

 

Over the years Joe accumulated a wealth of sound gear.  If he wasn’t playing with a group, he was running and mixing sound for another band.  From the late 80s thru the 90s, he supplied sound for Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Punk Rock, Top 40 and Country Western Bands on a regular basis.

 

The new millennia brought the desire to get back into playing and he spent the first decade playing in an acoustic trio, the lighter rock sounds of the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.  Looking to get back to the sounds he grew up with, he was provided with the opportunity to work with a Classic 60s rock band, which lead to playing a little Classic & Alternative Country, which led back to the sounds of the 70s with SAYONARA KID.  

Hal Dolliver - Guitar, Vocals

The son of a U.S. Naval officer, Hal was born on the naval base in Yokosuka Japan, but moved to Rockville, Maryland when he was two. After short stints of playing trombone and drums, Hal bought his first guitar--a cheap Les Paul knock-off--when he was thirteen with money he'd earned as a paperboy. His early musical influences included The Beatles, KISS, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.

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Hal was the co-founder of a Maryland-based progressive metal band Mercury Rising. The band secured a recording contract with New York City-based Dominion records who released their first CD, Upon Deaf Ears.  Mercury Rising was then signed to the European label Noise International who released their 2nd CD, Building Rome. Both CD's were distributed and sold overseas.

 

Eventually, Hal left Mercury rising, furthered his education, entered the 9 to 5 world, and got married. His first of four children was born in 2000. His guitar went into its case and stayed there for many years.

 

Employment brought Hal to Upstate New York in 2003. While his family continued to grow and his life focused on his job, his marriage and his children, he began to feel a void left by the absence of his guitar. Over time, he picked up his instrument and "knocked the rust" off his old skills while he began to acquire new ones. "Woodshedding" on a solo basis was somewhat rewarding, but he missed the camaraderie and experience of playing in a full band.

 

In 2017, Hal answered an advertisement for a start-up project which focused on the music of the 1970s, primarily the artists and bands that had been located in the Southern California area. Many guitarists auditioned for the gig, but to paraphrase a line from a Paul Simon tune, Hal "blew the room away" with his stinging guitar licks. He was quickly snapped up by the existing band members and the group eventually coalesced into the four-piece band known as SAYONARA KID.

 

 Hal uses Kiesel guitars and Line 6 modeling amps exclusively.

Demantra Constantine  Vocals, percussion 

Demantra was born in Trinidad and Tobago. As a child, she was exposed to a rich culture filled with music, singing and dancing. After she moved to the United States, she continued to sing and joined her high school choir.

 

Years later, Demantra became a cantor at the church where she and her husband were married. As a result, she began to get offers to sing for wedding ceremonies and funerals. In addition, she learned to perform the National Anthem and has sung at numerous sporting events, fundraisers, law enforcement functions and political venues. 

 

In October 2018 Demantra accepted the invitation to be the lead singer of Sayonara Kid. Her love and appreciation for the 70s era has given her the opportunity to lend her vocals to the band, creating a resonating sound! All of these opportunities have led her to where she is present day, as a singer and vocalist.

Sayonara Kid Meet the Band pictures by Terry E. Casillo

Live and other pictures of Sayonara Kid by Bonnie Treiber and Lisa Dolliver