Band of Virgos

Diane Ward performs & tours regularly with the Band of Virgos featuring: Jack Shawde (guitars), Debbie Duke (bass), Bob Taylor (keyboards), & John Yarling (drums). They are a collective of some of the finest & most sought-after musicians from the South Florida area.

Jack Shawde

Jack Shawde is one of the Southeast’s most in-demand performing and recording musicians, and producer. In addition to being a craftsman of the electric guitar, nylon string and steel string acoustic guitar, Jack also plays the mandolin, resonator ‘Dobro’ style guitar, lap steel, dulcimer and banjo.

Debbie Duke

Debbie Duke has been one of South Florida’s premier bass players for many years and is known for a versatile and deep pocket. Her unique style mixes swinging grooves with rich melodic counterpoint and she is equally at home playing with singer-songwriters, jam band funk rockers, blues and bluegrass artists and is a master in all styles of rock.

Bob Taylor

Keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer Bob Taylor has worked successfully across genres and in a broad array of contexts, from backing iconic musicians to writing music for film and TV. Throughout it all, his instinctual creativity has been a key asset. “My approach is organic, I try not to impose myself on what’s happening musically, and, instead, let what’s happening dictate what I play.”

John Yarling

John Yarling (drumset, jazz percussion) is a lecturer in the Department of Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. His flawless musicianship and commitment to his art make him the drummer of choice for many South Florida performers.


New Music!

Diane Ward & the Band of Virgos - SIX coming 9/20/2019.


Diane Ward & the Band of Virgos coming 9/20!

“SIX” is another co-production / creative endeavor with Jack Shawde, and features the Band of Virgos; Jack Shawde, Debbie Duke, Bob Taylor, & John Yarling along with special guests, Nicole Yarling, Matthew Sabatella, Ruti Celli, & Curtis Alva. The new album is superbly mixed by John Merchant (Mika, Celine Dion, Bee Gees, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, & Lenny Kravitz) and mastered by Adam Ayan (Paul McCartney, Carrie Underwood, Katy Perry, Lana del Rey, Gwen Stefani, Father John Misty, Taylor Swift, Shakira, Barbra Streisand, Madonna, the Foo Fighters, the Rolling Stones, Kelly Clarkson, Juan Luis Guerra, Bruce Springsteen, Rush, Rascal Flatts, Pearl Jam, The Animals, and Keith Urban) at Gateway Mastering.