Bob grew up in western Pennsylvania and he is a self-taught guitarist and composer who began performing professionally within 6 months of picking up a guitar while at the Pennsylvania State University.Bob has spent fifteen years in the Army, Reserve, and National Guard and has been stationed in New Jersey, Indiana, Alabama, and for 4 years in Georgia. His last assignment was as a Reserve photojournalist in Moon Township, PA. Wherever he went, he continued writing songs, many of which were inspired by his personal life experiences including his single parenthood.
When his children were growing up, Bob got involved with singing the national anthem at their sporting events; namely hockey, football, and baseball games. His “hobby” took off, and he was honored with invitations to sing at larger arena-based venues. Bob has performed the anthem for Penn State, minor league baseball at the Altoona Curve and State College Spikes, and then for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers.SGT Bob feels it’s an honor to sing the national anthem and that it is not about the singer. He doesn’t sing it flowery, but rather he’ll sing it the same powerful, straightforward way every time. He also engages and encourages the crowds to sing along with him during his Anthem performances by holding the microphone out so the crowd sings along too. The highlight of this unique anthem partnership with the crowd was the 1st ever Pittsburgh Penguin playoff game anthem in the Consol Energy Center. It has since become a Pen’s tradition for the fans to sing along!Bob has run open mics in the State College area and produced a weekly radio show on State College’s JoeFM called the Songwriter’s Showcase. Currently, he annually manages the acoustic stage at 4th Fest!, the largest all-volunteer fireworks show in the country! (www.4thFest.org)Bob plays local venues regularly in the State College area and is also frequently a top leader in the Indie and Country genres on ReverbNation. He recently pre-released his song “What Smiles are For” – SGT Bob’s first professionally recorded song with Nashville studio musicians!Bob plays a little country, classic rock, and mixes in 70’s and 80’s folk like James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, and Jim Croce. Bob also enjoys playing a mixture of live and recorded DJ music at weddings and other special events. Having written over 85 songs, he released his first full CD in 2015.