Bob "Bubba" Grundner
Because of his love of music Bob continued on to SVSU to study percussion and music theory. He served as drummer for the SVSU Jazz Band. He was the driving force behind the band while they toured Europe under the direction of the late Dr. Charlie Brown.' --- Review Magazine ---
Those of you who've been following the Zen Ponies, since its beginnings back in 1993, will remember Bubba as Zen Ponies' original drummer. Maybe you've caught him with Acme Jam Co., or the Blue Avenue Delegates, performing at the Green Door Lounge. You may remember him from waayyyy back as the drummer with another great Michigan group, Showdown.
Bubba in Showdown - January, 1980
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Bubba was the drummer with the Mark Farner Band (Of Grand Funk Railroad fame), and worked with Mark in the studio from '77 until '85. He also toured nationally with the band in '84 and '85.
1996-1998 -- Bubba worked with internationally reknowned, country music star, Dolly Parton! He recorded 2 CD's with Dolly including, "Hungry Again" and, "Precious Memories", and performed live with her, including a performance on NBC's "Today Show" (just prior to moving back to good old Lansing, Michigan.)
The "Dolly connection" came through
an audition for a group that was headed by Richie Owens, 1st
cousin to the living legend. After passing the audition and much methane,
a demo CD was recorded and sent to, "Miss Dolly", who was returning
from her retreat in the hills of Tennessee with a bundle of songs under her
arm. She promptly plugged in the CD and upon hearing the first few tracks
called her 1st cousin "Richie" and hired the whole band right there
over the phone. (Or something like that was told to Bubba and it sounded
plausible.) The rest of the story will be discussed over many brewskies and
written down at a later date. The big question that he gets asked most
often about his working with the ,"larger than life", icon is too
obvious to even mention here but Bubba can be quoted as saying," Dolly
Parton is one of the most professional, talented, generous, beautiful, and
sincere human beings that I've ever had the pleasure of working
Bubba in Zen Ponies - 2001
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Bubba worked, with Steve Edwards, Jim Eargoode, Dale Calder, and the rest of his great friends, at Sound EFX, a local sound company. Bubba also taught drums/percussion and repaired drums for local rhythmatists.
Bob played drums and percussion, for studio sessions, at Glenn Brown Productions. He also played on gigs with many groups including: Bigfoot Bob and the Toe Tappers, Life Support, Mike Skory Quartet, Ambidexterous, and Satin Sounds featuring Betty Baxter.
On Saturday, October 2nd, 2004, our dear friend and drummer Bob Grundner quietly and peacefully lost his year-long battle with lung cancer at his home, surrounded by his family.
During the months before his passing, Bob shared time with his sons, Levi and Evan, his two sisters Maggie and Kathy, his brother John, his mother Mildred, and with other loved family members, and close friends.
More information about Bubba can be found at these sites.