When Bob Stanton was 8 years old, he received his first snare drum. Although he loved playing the drum, it was upon hearing “Wipe Out” that he was hooked. Bob started playing in school bands immediately, making his mark beginning in third grade and continuing playing with the concert, marching, and jazz bands throughout his time in Cranford High School in New Jersey, as well as regional bands.
Upon graduation, Bob enjoyed success with the new wave act “The Crazies,” playing throughout the northeast while concentrating in New York City and northern New Jersey. “The Crazies” were regulars at popular venues such as CBGB’s, Hurrahs, Hitsville, and The Dirt Club. At that time, Bob was a student of Steve Tarkanish, a studio drummer for “The Village People” and “Spiral Staircase.” After “The Crazies,” Bob went on to record with “The View.” another popular new wave NY band.
Bob has played with numerous cover acts, including “Spectrum,” “The Assassins,” “The Lenny Joseph Trio,” “Elvis Impersonator: Ronny Lee Steele,” “The Chosen Few,” “The Shed Band,” “Secret Weapon,” “House Call,” and the very popular “Party Shark.” During this time, Bob continued to improve his technique and repertoire by studying with Russ Moy, Jim Chapin and Joe Bergamini. He continues to be the first call drummer for many other cover bands and original artists, including Italian singer Maristella.
After “Party Shark” separated, Bob and longtime Party Shark guitarist Eric Dahl began “Acoustic Horizon.” This unique duo features Eric on acoustic guitar and Bob playing a wide variety of percussion instruments in a traditional drum set arrangement. Bob and Eric recently ventured into country music with their band, “Concrete Country.” They have had great success with several recordings, including their single “American Boy,” a tribute to our young men in the military.
Bob has found great personal satisfaction and fulfillment while being part of a popular praise band, playing weekly to over 300 parishioners. He has also begun recording original Christian songs with D. J. Galley.
Bob began giving lessons locally about ten years ago, establishing his own successful drum studio. He has taught over 100 students, many who have gone on to find success in the music business.
Bob is very honored to be part of the Soultone family and is looking forward to using a variety of Soultone cymbals in his live performances and recordings