The RPM Band was co-founded in 1979 by Steve Block and Bill Pickering. Soon thereafter John Silva, Bob Moya and finally Mark Hanson joined up to form the nucleus of RPM. Steve Cardinale on sound, Dave Severson on lights and Chris Stearns managing the stage rounded out the band.
RPM's first band truck circa 1981
In 1981 The RPM Band was signed by California Talent Associates, the premier Talent Agency in Northern California. With guidance from CTA, RPM worked 250+ shows over the next 3 years. During that time, the band played nightclubs including Smokey Mountain Saloon, Fargo's, Essex Junction, Keystone Palo Alto, 1st Draft Choice in Lake Tahoe, Joshua's, Berkeley Community Theater and many other venues in Northern California and Nevada.
During its peak, the band had a large following at local performances with well over 2000 people on its mailing list. No e-mail blasts back then, you physically mailed flyers to your fan base!
At the end of 1983, the band stopped performing on a regular basis and marriage, kids, jobs and everyday life took over. The band remained close friends over the years and would occasionally reunite to perform at charity benefits for institutions such as Stanford Children's Hospital.
In 2013, RPM's members decided it was time to play again on a regular basis. Starting with charity performances, RPM re-united for a 2014 summer schedule and since then has performed a full schedule of play dates in through the beginning of 2020, playing at local night clubs such as Charley's LG, Jack Rose Libation House and Number One Broadway, and outdoor venues such as San Pedro Square Market, McGrail Vineyards and Santana Row.
As Covid-19 Safety Protocols allow, entertainment venues are opening and we are currently being scheduled for performances in the 2nd half of 2021! Check our 2021 Upcoming Shows page for a list of where and when we will be performing.
We would like to thank all of you who have stayed in contact with us, especially this past year during these difficult times. We look forward to seeing you soon!