Bob Culbertson

Chapman Stick Workshop Faculty

Chapman Stick soloist and recording artist

With well over 100,000 albums sold and several hundred students to his credit, Bob Culbertson is one of the most influential touch soloists today.  His musical style ranges from light jazz with folk and blues flavor to classical with Spanish, contemporary and traditional influences.

Bob began playing the Chapman Stick® over 30 years ago when introduced to the instrument by its inventor, Emmett Chapman.  Culbertson’s recordings have been described as “the sound of the Stick in its purest form”.  His CD releases are live, solo recordings with the use of no effects except a small ambient use of reverb.  Bob’s most recent projects broke historical ground in the music world.  He played an integral role in the development of the first acoustic stick, designed purely for the tapping method of playing.  Bob has since released Acoustick Dawn, the first ever recording with such an instrument.

Bob plays a variety of festivals, gigs and concerts annually. He has toured nearly every state in the US as well as over fifteen countries worldwide including France, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan.