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Band Member Biographies

Our band members are among the most experienced, professional and talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Mike Arnett (guitar-vocals) 

January 15, 2018

Mike plays both rhythm and lead guitar. From Austin and starting in high school, his bands were opening acts for concerts in Texas. Mike developed his passion for music hanging out around the Austin scene. His background is with both Texas rock and blues groups as well as gospel. Influences are any thing that sounds good!

Frank Holligan (Bass-Vocals)

February 14, 2018

Like Hotch, Frank also hails from the UK! Frank has been holding down the ‘Sideman’ role across many groups/genres over 20+ years. He calls himself ‘semi-pro’ and has enjoyed playing all over the British Isles, Texas; Maryland/DC and even an impromptu session while on vacation in Barbados! Low-end duties have included top London clubs, TV/Radio, recording sessions, top Dallas and Fort Worth Clubs as well as supporting up and coming artists across multiple genres. Now with Blue Hat he elevates an already capable rhythm section to heights that will infect you with ‘the groove’!

Steve Apollo (keyboards)

March 15, 2018

Born in Chicago, Steve has been playing piano since age 6 and keyboards in bands since age 10. He has played in multiple genres and settings including Rock, Pop, R&B, Funk, Country, Blues, and Jazz. Although classically trained on piano, Steve also plays and programs electric piano, organ, clavinet and synthesized sounds. A resident of Fort Worth since 1984, he has performed all over the DFW Metroplex from small clubs to festivals with the Soulbinders, Tandom2, Wicked Stew, Second Time Around, Passenger and most recently the fabulous Blue Hat. He enjoys great vocal harmonies, great songs and arrangements, tight grooves, and a non-stop party atmosphere which Blue Hat delivers every time they take the stage. 

John (Hotch) Hotchkiss (drums-vocals)

March 15, 2018

Ex Pro musician during the 60's, hails from UK, John started playing drums when he was 11 years old and apart from a 6 year break has gigged regularly with different bands in the UK traveling the length and breadth of England, whilst full time, did stints in France, Germany and Spain and now lays down the beat for BLUE HAT. 

Sarabeth Hooper  (vocals)

March 15, 2018

Sarabeth is not only a talented vocalist who has sung with many top bands from the area, she also plays keys and guitar! She has been singing with bands at corporate events, wedding receptions, clubs, and parties as well as teaching voice. Sarabeth sings a wide variety of styles, from pop to rock to Mowtown and everything in between. Sarabeth brings energy to the party!

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