In 1994, Bernie became the drummer for Spike and the Bulldogs, a popular regional band that plays rock and roll music from the 1955 through 1966 era, mainly to sold-out audiences in the tri-state area of Northeast Indiana, Northwest Ohio and Southwest Michigan. The band is Whatz Up magazine’s nine-time Whammy award winner for Best Oldies Performers.  Over the years, Bernie and the band have performed with such artists as the Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, Herman's Hermits, and Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five.  The band has also been a featured performer on 16 cruises throughout the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera.