All-Star Band Members


Robby Robinson said he and his brother Rex first started working together with the band Patch. “This concert will see a Patch reunion with the talented vocalist Kim (Lively) Stamps, as well as Litchfield native Chuck Wilson, who played percussion and drums and sang for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons for decades. Chuck and I also performed together locally as The Far Cryse, together with Frank Mattioda (now deceased), Paul Motika, Bob Hendrickson and Joe Calandrino. Before we started making music together as the Robinson Brothers, younger brother, Rex, had his own popular band, Seadog, comprised of Rex, Rick Rayburn, Jackie Odam, John Ubben, Pete Laucis and Johnny Coatney (now deceased). People from this area will remember them as the house band at the iconic Benld Coliseum Ballroom.

"Join us for the reunions of those three bands, along with the music of the Robinson Brothers All-Star Band. Closing the concert will be the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons featuring Christopher Kale Jones. Christopher played the role of Frankie Valli in the national touring company of the hit musical Jersey Boys. O what a night! You won’t want to miss this,” he added.

Robinson is a keyboard whiz and Hammond organ artist with a career spanning 50 years. From Liza Minelli to Eddie Harris, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Albert King, The Ventures to the Commodores, The Turtles to Tom Jones, Robby is best known as the music director/keyboardist for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons since 1978. Rex Robinson has over 40 years experience playing the low notes and keeping the foundation for such superstars as Peggy Lee, The  Beach Boys, Liza Minelli and The Four Tops, just to name a few. He played bass and sang bass for Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons for 25 years. 
 
Other all-star band members for the September 23, 2017 event will include:
  • Warren Ham: Vocals, sax, flute and harmonica. Warren is currently on tour with Toto and is a regular member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band.
  • Craig Pilo: Drums. Craig currently plays for Frankie Valli and has toured with Edgar Winter, Jefferson Starship, Maynard Ferguson and Pat Boone.
  • Larry Esparza: Guitar and vocals. Larry has played for the Las Vegas productions of Mama Mia, Hairspray, Spamalot and Jersey Boys, and is currently with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
  • Garrett Schmidt: Trumpet and flugelhorn. Garrett is currently an assistant professor of jazz studies at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIU-E).  He has performed on Broadway and for The Temptations, Johnny Mathis and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
  • Brett Stamps: Trombone. Brett was a professor of music at SIU-E for more than 30 years. He has toured with The Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as performed numerous shows with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
  • Chris Gregg: Saxophone. Chris has played with Kelly Clarkson, Gretchen Wilson and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.
  • Anita Allen: Vocals. A powerful vocalist from Nashville, Tennessee. Her current single, Grateful Daughter, has reached #4 on the Christian charts on iTunes.