Rob Babson: Rob is the founder/bandleader/front-person& M.C. of the Delta Knights. He is also the bandís lead vocalist, lead guitarist and chief songwriter/arranger. With DK, he's been seen and heard playing blues harp, bass and even ukulele. Rob is always honing his chops and vocal repertoire, ever eager to please his audience. Although swing, rhythm and blues, blues and classic rock are his preferences, Rob never rules out anything if itís good.
Rob has been in show business since elementary school. As a musician, he has performed throughout New England and Tennessee since age 15. Rob was born in Biddeford, but raised in Standish, Maine. He was very involved in Drama at Bonny Eagle High School, which gave him the foundation he needed to be comfortable onstage. He moved to Portland, Maine, in 1996 to be closer to the vibrant music scene here, where he resides to this day. It was in Portland that the band started taking shape. Before forming DKB, Rob fronted and led several successful local groups - specializing in diverse styles of music - including The Corvairs, Cool Shade of Blue, The Wildcats, Double Shot and Minus 500.
With The Delta Knights, Rob performed at local and international competitions, representing Maine in the first-ever International Blues Talent Competition in Memphis, TN, in 1996 in the Delta Knights' debut year. In 2010, he also appeared on WCSH's 207 (Video coming soon), and performed 2 songs with DK.
Rob is involved in musical pursuits outside the Delta Knights as well. He has performed in pit orchestras for Broadway Shows, including Grease, Carnival and Bye Bye Birdie. From 2007-2013, he was involved with Freeport Community Players' Home Time Radio Hour, singing, acting, and playing guitar in the pit. Incidentally, Rob will return to FCP this December, as part of the backing band for "Radio." You can find out about more about FCP at www.fcponline.org. Rob has studied guitar privately with Mike Silvestri, Gary Richardson, and Tony Gabourey. He studied voice with David Goulet and Debbie Scannell. Rob has taught guitar privately, at Fiddlehead Arts Center, and in a group setting at Riverton Elementary School.
When not onstage with the Delta Knights, Rob performs with Singer/Songwriter Ronda Dale from Portland, Maine. They perform as an acoustic duo called R&R. R&R plays the best of Americana, featuring original songs written by Ronda and by Rob and choice covers. In this project, Rob gets to showcase his multi-instrumentalist side, where he sings, plays banjo, bass, acoustic and electric guitars. Visit Ronda's website, www.rondadale.com for more information. You can also visit the Rob Babson Music tab to find out what projects Rob is involved in outside of The Delta Knights.
Rob was also works with Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist John Stivers in a project called Threadbare Agnostic. Visit www.jtstivers.com to find out more.
Rob's Equipment at a glance:
Fender HSS Stratocaster
Fender American Deluxe Reissue Telecaster
SMF Electric Bass
Rivera Quiana Studio
** New** Fender Deluxe Reverb
Fender Rumble Bass Amp
Darren Whitney: Our reed man has played on and off with The Delta Knights since 1999, joining the band full-time in 2009. Darren is highly skilled on Tenor, Alto, Soprano Saxophones and Flute. He's even been heard singing harmonies of late! Since an early age, Darren has been inspired by many styles of music. Growing up and listening to the recordings of many musical greats such as Marvin Gaye, Charlie Parker, Poncho Sanchez and Sting, inspired him to start playing the saxophone. He discovered that the saxophone could be a vehicle to expressing the emotions inspired by these great artists. Because of his diverse taste in music, he participated in every musical situation available to him, from top 40 bands and reggae to jazz and funk.
After high school, Darren had the opportunity to play in the world-renowned college big bands of North Texas State before returning to Maine to receive his BA in English Literature from the University of Southern Maine. In 1997 he had the pleasure of playing on Motor Booty Affairís CD, ďCan You Feel the Love,Ē which received airplay on MTVís hit series Road Rules and Real World. Darren is on a constant mission to create music in any genre with exciting passionate musicians and always trying to deliver performances filled with the exuberance and warmth audiences and concert promoters expect. And he continues to perform with the best bands in the Greater Portland area. He can be seen onstage with Rebecca Kingsley, Dan Merrill, The Time Pilots, and others.
Darren has studied saxophone and music theory with a wellspring of music educators, including Bill Street, Dan Haerle, Scott Reeves, Bob Thompson, Joe Laflamme, Janet Reeves, Alex Johns, James Riggs, George Garzone & and Tim Sessions. Darren also teaches saxophone privately.
Brian is a rock. Brian first became involved in DKB as a sub, finally joining for good in 2012. His groove and time is steady, propelling the band, and dancers, on the dance floor. Whatever style of music or event, Brian is a consummate professional, always bringing his best to every show, whether attended by 13 or 1300.
Brian started playing drums in the High School Band. He studied with Dick Demers early on, and has performed with many bands over the years filling in when he could. Some of the bands and performers are Cherrie Bonny, Malinda Liberty, Denny Breau, Frank Coffin, Rick Graham, Jeff Farnsworth, The Blues Bullies, The Blue Willow Band, and many others. When he played drums with Malinda Liberty, he got the chance to open for many Country Stars, such as Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette and Waylon Jennings. Brian has also done studio work with many local musicians such as Denny Breau, Tim Bishop, and Jim Gallant to name a few. Oh, and he sings, too!
Bassist/Vocalist Justin Maxwell is a fixture in the Portland music scene. He is now in his second full year with The Delta Knights. Highly regarded as a bassist, keyboardist vocalist, sound technician and recording engineer, Justin has performed and recorded both locally and nationally with a who's who of acclaimed artists. Artists such as The Maine Dead Project, Cidny Bullens, The Colwell Brothers, Ronda Dale, Red Light Revue, The Shakes, Girls, Guns and Glory, The Coming Grass and many others have benefited from his unique stage presence, top-notch playing and professionalism.
Other Musicians who frequently play with the Delta Knights:
Scott Morrison: Bass
Bill Hansen: Bass
Duane Edwards: Bass
Mark Napoleone: Keyboards
Andy Chipman: Keyboards/Bass
Ronda Dale: Vocals/Guitar/Percussion
Tina Nadeau-Murphy: Vocals
Kate Campbell-Strauss: Saxophone
Jeff Marsanskis: Trombone
John Foss: Trumpet
Luc Bergeron: Drums