Minnesota native Chris Chandler first picked up the guitar at the tender age of 10 after hearing Jimmy page on Led Zeppelin’s second album. From that point he was hooked. Chris spent many hours listening to records and learning as much as he could from these “teachers”. He lists Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Eric Johnson as players that have influenced him greatly.
Chris attended Musicians Technical Institute in Minneapolis(now The McNally Smith College of Music located in St. Paul, MN) . There his studies focused on voice and piano. Coincidentally, Chris graduated from there just a few months before SFO member Gabriel began his studies. Small world!
After music school, Chris started playing professionally as a drummer in a short lived Elton John tribute band called Captain Fantastic. Soon afterwards he joined a band called Sonik Envy which is where he met SFO drummer Steve Witzigman. Chris was also a member of Journey tribute band Wheel in the Sky which included current SFO members Steve Witzigman and Tom Dario.
An extremely talented multi instrumentalist, Chris is able to tackle keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, vocals, and probably anything else you could throw at him. Chris is currently handling the lead guitar and vocals for Minneapolis-based Sonik NV. He also is involved in Eagles tribute band Already Gone,handling guitars keyboard and vocals. Chris is very excited to have been asked to come aboard the SFO family and looks forward to playing for all of the wonderful SFO fans out there!
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