In early 2012 Stan Gibson created a Facebook group page entitled Baltimore Bands from the 70s 80s 90s as a social media gathering place for people interested in the topic. Stan's motivations stem from his being an active musician in those decades, and was done solely out of love for the Maryland music scene in that period.
The page rapidly grew in popularity, garnering musicians and fans from the era. Today the page boasts over 5,000 active members. Early in its extremely aggressive growth, Stan realized that he could not handle all of the administrative tasks alone and recruited Kitten Chavis and Linda Wake Garza as page administrators to be co-admins on the page. Kitten and Linda were quite active on the page, and Stan recognized that they had similar enthusiasm and vision for the potential of the page.
The Baltimore Bands page has had the effect of reuniting a large number of musicians in the area who had lost touch with each other over the years. The comradery today between the musicians, especially of those who were in competition with each other back in the day, is remarkable; it evidences the strength of the Maryland musical community. Several musical groups have reunited for performances as a result of Stan's efforts in providing a community watering-hole to gather around.
The page is active in reinforcing that community spirit, and has evolved to a tacit family, where members share in each other's' lives, celebrating birthdays together, mourning losses together, and responding to special needs of other members.
Recognizing the potential in that community spirit, Stan wanted to honor the musical artists from the era, and issued several editions of tee-shirts honoring and commemorating artists and crew members.
It also sparked a vision in Stan. It quickly became apparent that cancer has touched everyone's lives, in one way or another; it followed suit that raising funding for cancer research became the de facto fundraising focus of the Band Page. Stan had the vision of producing a multi-day, multi-cultural event, providing a performance outlet for many more artists to support the cause. The idea for Stanstock was born.
Stanstock came together in the fall of 2013 to raise funds to fight cancer. On October 5th and 6th of 2013 McAvoys of Parkville hosted the first annual Stanstock Concert Festival.
Two days, two stages of continuous music featured a volunteer staff of more than sixty and a musician roster of over 165 musicians who donated their time, sweat and love for this worthy cause. Things went smoothly in what could have been a chaotic get together, completely without a hitch.
So smoothly, in fact, that we want to do it again...and again...and again...
There is not a soul that we've seen who has not been touched by the scourge of cancer in one way or another. The Nicole Van Horn Trust Fund touched the staff so deeply because its focus is on cancer as it relates to children. This year Stanstock has reaffirmed its commitment to the Nicole Van Horn Trust Fund. http://nvhfund.org
But that's not all.
The group also has a big heart for the Wounded Warrior Project, whose vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. Their mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Many of the page members are military veterans. http://woundedwarriorproject.org