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The Teen Rogues
Wisner/Pilger, Nebraska
(1959 - 1962)
Budde, Gary - Guitar (1959 - 1962)
Kudlac, Dale - Saxophone (1959 - 1959)
Kuhlberg, Dick - Drums (1959 - 1959)
Loewe, Ed - Bass (1959 - 1962)
Pokorny, Harry - Drums (1959 - 1962)
Rauss, Merlin - Guitar (1959 - 1962)
In 1958, Gary Budde and Dave Gates, both of Wisner, NE and Doc Rauss of Pilger, NE got together to form a rock band. This band became The Shadows. With Gary on lead, Doc on rhythm/vocals, and Dave on drums, they practiced whenever they could get together. That summer their first job was at The Wisner Stock Show. The stage was a hay wagon parked in the middle of a ball diamond. As soon as the music started, the drums fell over and the microphone started to rock back and forth. Singing was difficult and just keeping ones balance was like walking during an earthquake. However, the band and crowd loved it..and they were ready for anything. Dave left the band later that year for Military Service. Upon being discharged, he played with many different bands through the years. He was living out a teenager’s dream. He played with groups in the U.S. and overseas. Sadly, in late 1998, Dave passed away during a visit with his family at Wayne, NE. Ed Loewe and Dick Kuhlberg, from the Howells, NE area, joined Gary and Doc in mid-1959. With Ed on bass and Dick on drums, they became known as The Teen Rogues. They played at local dances and also contacted Civic Leaders in other areas to obtain sponsorship for teen dances in those communities. Later that year, Dick left the band for Military Service and Harry Pokorny from Howells, NE took over as the group’s drummer. Also, during this time, Dale Kudlac of Pender, NE joined the group, playing the saxophone. Unfortunately, conflicts in scheduling caused Dale to leave the group after a short time. In 1960, Denny Steckler of Hooper, NE took over booking dates for the group. This allowed Gary Budde more time to concentrate on the band. Denny, along with C & M. Enterprises in Sioux City, Iowa (Dick Matousek – owner and manager of The Velaires – Jamie Records) expanded The Teen Rogues performance territory. The band found most weekends booked at school dances, skating rinks and even playing some Sunday afternoon gigs at teen dances at Merritt Beach in Omaha, NE. They were regular performers at the legendary “Kings Ballroom” in Norfolk, NE – playing alongside local groups such as Ron Thompson & The Broughams and Don Sohl & The Roadrunners as well as national touring acts like Buddy Knox & The Rhythm Orchids, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Velaires, Del Shannon, Bill Black’s Combo and The String-A-Longs. The Teen Rogues were honored to participate in The First “Rhythm Festival” in Sioux City, Iowa performing their “Rock-A-Billy” style of music. Although several recordings were done, all that exist today are several 78- RPM and 45- RPM acetates. In 1962, the group disbanded. However, members continued to perform in locals groups such as The Classics, The Kimberlys, and The Larry Marik Quartet. Ed Loewe moved to California and played with the regionally popular “Royal Monarchs”. They were the house band for a while at the famous “Cinnamon Cinder” Club and backed many popular national artists of the day. Several Royal Monarch records are highly collectable today with many collectors seeking vintage “surf” records for their collections. Currently, Gary Budde lives in Norfolk, NE, Doc Rauss in Wayne, NE, Ed Loewe in Fremont, NE, Harry Pokorny in Howells, NE and Dick Kuhlberg in California.