Instructor profile

Bob Bailey

Executive Director


What do you love about music?

Everything! I could not imagine a day without music in my life.

Who is your favorite artist?

There's absolutely no way I could pick just one. I love everyone from Eric Clapton to the Carpenters to Miles Davis to Pink Floyd to Merle Haggard to...

What are your top 5 desert island albums?

Aja by Steely Dan, Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Overnite Sensation by Frank Zappa, anything by Burt Bacharach or Miles Davis

Do you play in a band or currently perform? If so, what is your current band or how often do you perform? How many bands have you played in?

Yes. I have two: Expanding Man and the Sweetwater All Stars. Usually a couple times a month between the two. Literally hundreds.


Bob Bailey has been a professional guitarist and vocalist since the age of 16 and has shared the stage with many major artists including Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Steve Stevens and others. Bob was engineer, writer, musician and voice-over talent for Hamsterball Studios in Indianapolis, where he composed, played, sang, and did voice-overs for television programs on Discovery Channel and TLC, video games that include Railroad Tycoon 3 and World Series of Poker, and ads for Toyota Trucks, Xerox Financial, Clarian Health, McDonald's, Skyline Chili, Aunty Anne's Pretzels, Elder Beerman, Eli Lilly, and a bunch more. He has also performed on multiple "Bob and Tom Live Day" events with Alannah Myles, Lou Graham (Foreigner) comedian Rodney Carrington and others.