Bob Stanton

Bobby Stanton has been playing in world-class bands since he was a teenager. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee, before moving to Boston, Massachusetts, to go to Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with honors and became the first student to receive the prestigious Ovation Award. His musical path has been diverse, including appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and Dave Brubeck’s A Welcome Home Christmas.

Stanton has played with James Taylor, Bo Diddley, Hal Blaine, Sleepy LaBeef, the Temptations, the Drifters, Charlie Daniels, Noel Redding, and many others. He has won songwriting awards from Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), and contributed articles to several international music publications, including Guitar Player magazine.

  • Career Highlights
    • Leader of Bobby Stanton Band
    • Studied with Lenny Breau, and Charlie Banacos
    • Appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and Dave Brubeck’s A Welcome Home Christmas
    • Performances with Minnesota Orchestra, Prairie Home Companion, James Taylor, Anthony Cox, and Noel Redding
    • Solo Guitar recording, b.style

  • Awards
    • Songwriting awards from BMI and ASCAP
  • Education
    • M.M., McNally Smith College of Music
    • B.M., Berklee College of Music

In Their Own Words

"I teach fingerstyle guitar techniques which make the guitar more like a piano, with styles that range from Blues to modern Jazz and everything in between."

"My favorite music quote comes from one of my mentors, John LaPorta – “Words pale next to the experience of music”. So I know that no matter how eloquently I speak on music it can’t replace experiencing music, so I try to give my students that musical experience as often as possible."

"I am a mentor more than a strict disciplinarian. I love my students as if they were my children, and I try to help them to grow in the direction they’ve chosen so that they can fulfill their dreams and contribute back to society."