The Stone Groov Band

The StonegrooV Band was founded by Roger Hamilton in April 2016.

Being the front man for the band Rhythm Express, Roger saw a need to branch out and do more versatile music, including originals.

Since it’s inception, the band has played all over Florida, from corporate gigs, weddings, birthday parties, local restaurants to state fairs.

The band has strong relationships with the Arthur Murray studios, recording artist Mr Shawn Brown, Boomers magazine and local businesses and owners.

The original members of the band are:

  • Roger Hamilton: founder, band leader, business manager.
  • Rex Bruce: sound engineer, musical director.
  • Mr Mark Hall: Expert musical advisor, programming.
  • Chris Sapienza: sound engineer, computer graphics.
  • George Hertzel: producer, computer music science, music consultant.

The band brings a verify of musical styles and influences, high energy funk and relevant dance music for any environment…an adaptable band with genres ranging from funk, soul, classic rock, jazz, reggae and fusion.

Roger Hamilton

Lead vocals, lyrist, bass……..

This front man for stonegrooV arrived into the USA over 35 years from Trinidad…his second tenor voice has allowed him to front bands in Virginia, Atlanta and Tampa Florida…with a vocal range close to Bb4-F5.

Roger brings energy and enthusiasm to the audience.  Gospel being his strongest influence…his indirect mentors are Michael McDonald, Donny Hathaway, James Ingram and Steve Perry.

Rex Bruce

drums, vocals, keyboards…..

Rex started playing drums early at his church.  A Miami boy that grew up in South Georgia.

His music is ecliptic, from r&b, funk, jazz,country, reggae and rock.

Rex is the driver of the band and keep the funk tight.

He has played with some of the top and prolific bands throughout Florida and Georgia

Mark Hall

Bass, vocals, guitar

Born in West Virginia, raised in Philly, Mark was instrumental in playing with the original “Average White Band” (Play that funky music white boy) Playing for over 30 years, Mark keeps the funk alive for StoneGrooV….Mark has also guide his son, who now plays for Nigel Hall and also the great Jon Cleary

Chris Sapienza

guitar, vocals, bass….

Chris brings versatility to stonegrooV, with a rock, country background, he adopted the funk and does it well.

A member of the Kenny Cheney tribute band, he adjust his busy schedule to keep the band relevant.. straight out of Boston Mass, Chris has played with a number of bands along the east coast

Eddie Guion

Keyboard, Guitar, Sax, Drums, Vocals…..

Born and raised in Boston, Mass, Eddie discovered his love of music in the fourth grade. By the time he graduated high school, Eddie was proficient on the Saxaphone.

Eddie continue his musical endeavors while in the army, later adding Keyboards, Drums, Guitar to his repertoire.
After his discharge from the army, Eddie became part of the Austin music scene in Texas.

He studied under several well known musical instructors, including Scott Martin, working hard on perfecting his musical skills. He also opened up for a number of well known acts, including Stanley Clark, Air Supply, the Gap and Edgar Winter. He was also blessed to sat in on a cruise gig with the Temptations, Played also with the likes of Weather Report and Alphonse Mourzon.

Stone GrooV certainly benefits from this wealth of his gifts and talents.

George Hertzel

Substitute keyboards, synthesizers, vocals…..

hailing from Cleveland, Ohio.

George comes with over 35 years of playing and teaching the science of playing keys.

He has consistently opened up for rock legend..Todd Rundgren.

George is known locally and internationally, playing mainly in Germany..he is also a professor of music theory.