Dr. Bob Altbaum
Growing up in NYC, a child of the sixties, the sound of
rock and roll filled the Altbaum household. To me, it
was the music of my generation but that sound was
destined to be classic rock. It would be thirty five
more years till I would have the opportunity to play it.
I started taking classical piano lessons at age eight
but after 3 years became disenchanted with the
regimentation of classical training. A three year hiatus
was followed by one year of popular music lessons and
then I felt ready to launch my music career.
age thirteen, three friends and I formed the less than
legendary žBlue ShadesÓ. After three months of no gigs,
no groupies, no drugs and frequent adolescent voice
changes by our lead singer, we reluctantly disbanded.
The next thirty years were spent earning my M.D. and working as an internist in Westport, Ct. while remaining
in musical obscurity playing show tunes and Chanukah
music for my children.
Fortunately, in 2002, three physician friends rescued me
from music oblivion when they asked if I would play
keyboard in a start up rock and roll band. After minor
personnel changes, we defined our Classic rock sound,
grew to eight members and became DNR, "Fairfield
County's Almost all physician rock band". It has been a
true joy playing the music I loved as a teenager for
patients and other baby boomers in the area. I am proud
to be a member of what the former Surgeon General
Everett Koop called the "best multispecialty rock group
in Fairfield County".