BALANCED ROCK performing on the Fourth of July at the 2019 Flying Horse Summer Concert in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Band members pictured (l-r) Dan Santistevan - Acoustic Guitar, Chris Nall - Drums, Andrea Fine - Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar and John Crawmer- Lead Guitar.
ANDREA FINE – LEAD VOCALS/BASS GUITAR
The Fabulous “Andrea Fine” is the dynamic, costume-changing lead vocalist for Balanced Rock, recruited in 2018. In addition to her on-stage shenanigans, she has recently taken up left-handed bass guitar and explores the piano.
In February 2018, Andrea was recruited to join the band as a vocalist. Since her arrival she has contributed her musical talents to include piano and playing left-handed bass guitar live in concert and Above, in the studio recording Bite The Bullet.
In recent years, she performed 5 seasons as a member of “”The Song Spinners: Colorado Springs Official Show Choir”, directed by Doyle Rhonda Combs. In November 2017, Andrea crossed paths with Balanced Rock while lending her vocal talents to the annual benefit concert Songs ForSight at Stargazer’s Theater in Colorado Springs, CO. Andrea continued to perform for the annual event in 2018 and 2019.
Andrea has become a tour de force since joining Balanced Rock. On stage, playing left-handed violin shaped bass guitar leaves an iconic image The combination of Balanced Rock’s original music, combined with the Classic Rock cover tunes allows her to express her musical roots in rock.
CHRIS NALL – DRUMS
In April 2019, Chris was invited to join Balanced Rock, performing live during their 2019 summer concert season. For 2020 the band is undertaking the creation of a second album, with Chris on drums!
Chris Nall’s natural charm and sense of humor were the inherent qualities that attracted the rock group, Balanced Rock. However, his outstanding drumming and percussive talent cemented his position in the band.
At the age of 14, Chris started playing drums in his LA area, middle school marching band. After taking private drum lessons, he and his mom split the cost for purchasing a Camco drum kit. While attending high school in Southern California, Chris played drums for several local bands.
Musical roots run deep in Chris’ family and his father, Frank Nall, played bass for the Riverside Symphony Orchestra and several other classical music organizations in Southern California.
During college Chris played drums for a variety of bands in South Bay, Los Angeles. He was in the William Clarke blues band, the “Cross Tracks Party Band.” Chris was the drummer on their first recording, the EP “Blues from Los Angeles.” After graduating from California State University Dominguez Hills with a degree in physics and a minor in music, he relocated to Colorado
While growing up in California and living most of his life in Colorado, Chris developed a love for adventure and the outdoors. Besides music, he’s passionate about sports like mountain biking, backcountry skiing, sea kayaking, body boarding, and hiking.
After settling in Colorado Springs, Chris continued to play with various bands. This led Chris and Dan Santistevan, Balanced Rock founder, to crossing paths through a mutual musician friend, bassist Craig Lindley. Craig and Chris both grew up in the Southern California small town of Gardena.
JOHN CRAWMER - LEAD GUITAR
John Crawmer holds a Bachelor of Science Business Administration Management degree from Colorado Technical University. He is personally passionate about safety and aspires to serve as a leader for the profession. He is also the owner of a start-up social enterprise called Harvest Ground Café, Inc. As a Colorado native he enjoys the outdoors. Travel, home improvement projects, SCUBA diving, gardening, reading, cycling, yoga, and playing lead guitar in a local rock band are a few of his other enjoyments.
John Crawmer acquired his first acoustic guitar lessons at the age of 12 at his middle school in Colorado Springs. Later that year, while visiting his grandfather, Jesse Morris, he was given his first acoustic guitar. This began a life-long passion for music of diverse genres. In his early years, he took lessons from Tom Fleecs and in high school he took private lessons from Roger Nutter.
Also playing throughout his high school years with the advanced jazz band, jazz ensemble, honor choir, and even performing Carmina Burrana at the Pikes Peak Center with renowned conductor, Anton Armstrong of St. Olaff College. A fun high school band developed by friends even won first place battle of the bands one year.
As time progressed, John Crawmer played many special event sessions with his grandfather, Jesse Austin Morris, until his passing. The late Mr. Morris has his musicology and life’s work collection on exhibit at the Middle State Tennessee University Center for Popular Music. John was introduced to Balanced Rock Band by his then girlfriend, Prudence Meunier, whereupon a new chapter of original music opened to become part of the local Colorado Springs rock band performance fabric. Check out his original riffs on a 1952 Epiphone Zephyr Emperor Regent archtop guitar on their song, “San Luis”.
DAN SANTISTEVAN - GUITAR
Photo: Brandon Santistevan
Dan Santistevan co-founder of the band “Balanced Rock” is known for his proficient work with the acoustic guitar, as one of the key architects of Balanced Rock, with longtime schoolmate and
BALANCED ROCK band co-founding member, guitarist Dan Santistevan, leads the songwriting effort with creative direction, individualistic guitar work and is the band’s graphic design visionary. Along with musical partner and schoolmate George Ulrich; they originally began performing as a duo in the Pikes Peak region in 2012.
Dan began playing guitar in his early teens, playing in various musical groups throughout High School performing with at talent shows and musical variety venues in the Pikes Peak region. His artistic talent was realized studying art and architecture specializing in graphic design and multimedia presentations.
Dan graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, School of Architecture and Environmental Design. Dan continued to play and perform with art rock bands in the Boulder, Colorado area while attending college. Armed with a degree in design, provided the skill sets to work in the space industry along with the experience of computer graphics.
Professionally, Dan has been a multimedia designer for the Space and Missile Defense School Visualization Lab in Colorado Springs, CO providing technical expertise in digital media design and production to include computer graphic design, 3D animation, video production, art and photography.