Stan Wallace is one of Indiana’s most creative and stylistic percussionists. It is a unique audio encounter when you hear a musician of any instrument and recognize who it is by their approach and style. Stan Wallace is one of those players.
Stan was raised in the Lafayette, Ind. area, attending both McCutcheon and Lafayette Jefferson High Schools. While at Lafayette Jefferson, Stan played in the high school’s award-winning drum line, as well as accompanied several of the school’s nationally-recognized vocal groups.
However, it was while attending McCutcheon High School that Stan first meet and jammed with Scott Greeson. Greeson says “I recall Stan coming into the band room while waiting for jazz band rehearsals to start, Stan would get behind the kit and we would hit it, me on guitar, Stan on drums and Steve Burris on bass. It was also during
that time at McCutcheon that Stan played in his first rock band, Crimson Shadow. While young, they were well versed in rock and ambitious about great covers and original material alike.
After high school, Stan served in the United States Marines as a law enforcement officer, a career that Stan chose after his service obligations, and has since retired. Stan and Scott became re-acquainted by a chance encounter at the business office where Stan’s sister Jeannie Davis worked, where Greeson’s band rehearsed.
Stan was visiting, listened to a rehearsal and a musical relationship was rekindled. It was during that rehearsal that Stan met Kevin Ludwig who was deeply impressed with Stan’s playing and suggested that they start working together on a side project. That side project ended up being the band Trouble with Monday, that went on to do its own CD and has become the band that now accompanies Scott at many of his shows.
Stan has taught percussion professionally for years, he has a passion for sharing his instrument with young people. Stan immerses himself with musical influences such as Dave Weckl, Pat Petrillo and Phil Brines. He has accompanied the prestigious Purdue University, Purduettes and numerous other professional organizations.
Stan plays regularly for at his church, North View Christian in West Lafayette, Ind. were he is a very dedicated Christian musician. Stan uses Yamaha Drums, Evans heads, Vic Firth Drum Sticks. He recently experienced Modern Drummers’ Magazine’s Fantasy Drum Camp, where he studied under some of the world’s best percussionists. Stan lives in the Lafayette area with his wife Angie and their three daughters. He is available for both live performance, studio work and lessons.