Bob Stagner is a professional percussionist, teacher, speaker and a recognized leader in Chattanooga arts advocacy for over 35 years. Bob co-founded the free improvisation duo, the Shaking Ray Levis, and the Shaking Ray Levi Society, an arts education organization that supports emerging artists in performance, art and film. Bob is also the Southeast director of The Rhythmic Arts Project that provides music workshops for people with physical and mental disabilities founded by well-known drummer Eddie Tuduri.

In addition to an intensive local and national performance and speaking schedule, Bob has an active teaching practice and conducts numerous TRAP workshops through such local, regional and national organizations as Signal Centers, Chattanooga and Hamilton County school systems, Orange Grove, T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital, GoFest, WhoFest, VSA Arts of Tennessee, the Tennessee Association for the Deaf and Blind, Brain Injury Group of Chattanooga, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Hospice of Chattanooga, and Open Arms Corporation’s adult daycare centers, among others.

Bob is an endorsed artist with Pearl Drums, and his work has been reviewed in such national publications as ​The New York Times​. He has performed and recorded with a number of critically acclaimed artists, including John Zorn, the Rev. Howard Finster, David Greenberger, Fred Frith, Min Tanaka, Amy Denio and Derek Bailey.

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