Gus-Bob Van Stee

Welcome to my house! Come on in.

One night when I was about seven years old, I stayed up late watching an old black and white movie about a classical piano player. His long white hair flew about wildly as he attacked this grand piano in a glass room, with a full moon and clouds sweeping by. It moved me. The next morning I went to our old upright piano and pretended I was him. Although my brush cut didnít fly about wildly and the music was pure chaos, my fingers accidentally fell across a C Major triad. It stopped me in my tracks. I remember thinking, "I donít know what that is, but I know itís real." That day I discovered all twelve major chords. The next morning I discovered all twelve minors ... and I was off to the races.

I've been a professional musician since I graduated as part of the "Late Great Class of '68!" from Union High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since then I have played piano with rock bands until my fingers would bleed because there were no electric keyboards in those days ... just old uprights with a microphone stuffed in the top, to now having a home studio in which I can record a whole symphony orchestra of sounds and more. Not only that, with the push of a button I can see the written music, edit it and print it out ... something I actually daydreamed about one early morning in my Music Theory class, as I struggled to manually take down "four part music dictation" back in my college days.

We have all come a long way, but as in life, with music there is no end... only new pages. Take your time touring the pages of my "house." You are welcome here.

Robert "Gus" Van Stee 1950 - 2021. Gus passed away April 12, 2021. He will be greatly missed.