Bob Michalski the Sax Player

Instrumental music, a few vocals, and a lot of good jazz.

Jan

1

Welcome!

By Chris Craft

bob playing sax outside

  • Welcome!  This site is intended to bring you all the information you could ever want about Bob!  We’d love to hear what you think!

Below this welcome note you’ll find regularly updated announcements about everything from web site changes to dates when you can see Bob play live!  Just click on “calendar”. The calendar feature is also a great tool to utilize before calling.

Please look around, check out the listen page, where you can hear samples of Bob’s CD’s. Or if you prefer, go straight to the Bob page in iTunes.

You can also check out some pictures of Bob playing!

If you’d like to purchase a CD and have it shipped to you, you may do so on the purchase page.

Thanks again for stopping by. We’d love to hear from you,

Jun

7

Business Cards

By Bob Michalski

The other day I was doing a program at a church.  While I was packing up, I was approached by an appreciative gentleman requesting a business card.  I thought to myself … I haven’t given out a business card in months.  After writing my contact info on a napkin, I immediately thanked God for His favor.  You see, all I have to do is answer the phone.  I still use a flip phone,have a land line and a lap top ,don’t have cable TV and don’t want it.  I don’t even have professional saxophones.  Thanks to Dr Chris Craft, I do have this very cool website.  It’s also folks like you that keep this old boy on the road. I feel sure I will always go the old school route.  I like it that way.

Thanks to all the loyal patrons who have made the decision to allow me to provide music and humor and even stories at your event.   Perhaps one day, I will be able to make a living playing music,  but until then I will spend most of my hours at the retirement center where I work. I’m fine with that-we love old school!

Jan

11

2013 Is Gone.

By Bob Michalski

Hello friend.  Whoever said retirement is not for wimps is correct.  Still working hard, which is why I don’t blog much.  I am enjoying my amazing career at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community. I am also the official trash man/ sign man at the Boozer Shopping Center where I literally dump trash 3 times a week, then on Saturdays change the sign – you know the kind that the obnoxious letters that require a long pole. I have heart-strings at National Health Care, my former employer so I play once a week for my dear, sweet friends over there in West Columbia. If that weren’t enough, I play clarinet in The Riverland Hills Baptist Church Orchestra , including rehearsals.  This is an amazing church!  In my “spare time” , I manage to keep up yard work for two homes ( no I don’t own two homes, just one). You get the idea- you’re busy too.

As I have given up on the word “NO”, I continue to say “YES”!  I’m cool with that.  Yes I will play for you.  Let me take you through a typical gig.  In the evening prior to the gig, I build a set list off of a list from hundreds of songs that I purchase. I load the car with roughly three thousand dollars worth of equipment.   I Drive to the location at three dollars a gallon for fuel. Now it’s time to unload the car. I set up the equipment.  I play.  I shake hands and hug and love it!.  Now it’s time to pack up and load the car again.  I drive back home.  Finally, I unload the car and put everything in its place.  The hour gig took three hours, a lot of energy and creativity and equipment.

Between receiving absolutely NOTHING, gift cards,or 50 bucks (which I’m thankful for) I will continue to pound the pavement because I love people and this is my ministry.  I will say this – If I were a plumber, I would go out of business.

Why am I sharing this?  I am not a confrontational person.  I don’t have a “set fee” – never will. If  I’m not in the budget, please be prepared to have a detailed invoice describing the service I provided and I will play for free. If I am in the budget, all I ask is that I’m treated like your son or brother.

Thank you so much for hearing my heart.  I’m not complaining, just trying to pay bills.  I will never be comfortable charging a “set fee” for something that I love doing so much.  God bless.  Bobski

Nov

4

December came in October. Wow!

By Bob Michalski

What a busy month!  Finally, I have taken the time to let you all know what is going on in my world.  It started out with the golf tournament for the Oliver Gospel Mission located in the heart of Columba SC.  I played jazz music as Gary David from WVOC emceed.  I understand the tournament was a huge success.  he next day, my Subaru took  me to First Baptist Church of Gaston SC.  I tasted the best chicken ever. Wilma Pound’s family was good to me and my tummy.  It was the perfect Friday evening when I found myself at Art In The Garden at Wingard’s Nursery and Garden. I played jazz in the garden while folks ate great food.  There was a band afterwards that played Motown etc.  All this was to benefit LICS (Lexington Interfaith Community Services.  Way to go Wally and Deloris.  I love you both!  Go cocks, I heard the next day.  The Sensational Epics (my band) played for the Georgia SC football game tailgate party.  Nice!!!!   Shepherd Center of St. Andrews had me play for a chicken salad.  It was worth it.  We had lunch together and it was a blast.  I love this place.  It was a beautiful Thursday when I headed to New Heights Baptist Church in Columbia. Great food, great fellowship.  Looks like I’ll be going back in December to play for the big guy – the Pastor.  Now on to my favorite place – Oak Leaf Village located in Lexington SC.  I really connect with this place.  We love each other so much, I go there twice a month!  Now it’s back to Wingard’s Nursery for ‘Girls Night Out.”  I was the man for more jazz in the garden.  I received many compliments from the girls.  Thanks!  This coming weekend was the weekend from… well, never mind.  Had to be in Jacksonville Fl. with The Sensational Epics to get the rowdy Gamecock fans pumped up for the big game Saturday.  It didn’t work.  Florida spanked Carolina.  Back home Saturday morning to collect trash at Boozer Shopping Center, change the sign with the big suction rod and then off to Charleston with The Dick Goodwin Band for a beautiful wedding.  I was hired to fill the shoes of Doug Graham… right!  Mr. Goodwin is a wonderful gentleman.  After many naps, I performed on my home turf at National Health Care playing “pink songs” as we got educated on breast cancer awareness from NHC’S very own Connie Perry.  It was a fun evening with  - you guessed it, another meal.  Next stop  - Northside Baptist Church West Columbia.  More great food!  Northside actually laughed at my dumb jokes.  I’ll be returning there in a couple of weeks and can’t wait!   Off to another tailgate party with The Sensational Epics.  As much as I love the wonderful state of Tennessee, I had to pull for the Gamecocks.  Nice job band and Gamecocks!  So sorry for Marcus Lattimore.  :(    Hey everybody, Claude Gantt retired from VC Summer after 30 something years.  I was thrilled to play for his retirement party in Wagener SC.      Claude and family are good people!  The folks at The Presbyterian Home of SC welcomed me with open arms.  Refer to my calendar to see when I return for the Christmas Concert.  October finally wound up at The Columbia Shepherd’s Center.  Just like The St. Andres Shepherd Center, lunch was great which leads me to my closing point.

For those that know me, I believe in volunteering.  It has gotten to the place where I cannot miss work to play for a “free lunch”.  NHC makes me clock out.  I am loosing money when I take a 3 hour lunch (even though I talk up NHC to thousands of Seniors).  I often ask myself if certain facilities thank plumbers and electricians by giving them a free lunch.  I have thousands of dollars invested in equipment, instruments, gasoline, and supplies.  Please feel free to pass the hat next time I visit you.  Fixed income or not, I’m sure a room full of Seniors could afford chipping in a buck or two.  Thanks so much!

 

Jun

11

Family Bookstore – A Crazy Experience

By Bob Michalski

If you purchased my hymn CD, Amazing Grace, from Family Bookstore, I sure would like to know.  I went to collect on the CD sales – they were all gone.  Because of poor record keeping (by me too), I was unable to prove they all sold.  Lesson learned-now it’s my turn to show amazing grace to whoever has these CD’S.

Jun

5

Happy 100th Birthday Ann Rosemary Allen Jones!

By Bob Michalski

All I can say is, what an honor!  I played a small part in providing some music and humor for Mrs. Jones’  huge celebration at the St Andrews Shepherd’s Center. In fact, she started her speech by saying “What an amazing job y’all did-  I wonder if that can be topped for my 125th birthday.”  Mrs. Jones does the line dance at The Shepherd’s Center.  She drives there in her Cadillac.  Mrs. Jones stands by Proverds 31: 25-26. Good for her!

Feb

13

Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Anna’s Tea – An Outreach For Widows

By Bob Michalski

It was a homecoming of sorts.  I was invited to share  music and humor at my church.  At first I was excited then I became nervous.  I was still nervous 5 minutes before “show time.”  I had my wonderful Mother with me, which was somewhat comforting.  Still , for some reason I was nervous.  There’s just something about ministering to the home folk that has always made me nervous.  As we arrived, the women were outstanding by making Mom feel welcome and me feel less nervous.  Everybody was genuinely glad we were there.  I thought, ” What do you tell widows?”  Answer – let’s have a good time!  And we did.  We laughed and others even cried.

This is a very special group of women who meet every month.  It was obvious they were glad they have Jesus.  It was even more obvious they have each other.  Some things in life just can’t be answered, but this group understands that.  They love life!

If you are looking for a church, please consider my church. http://www.riverlandhills.org/.

You’ll be amazed at all that’s going on here.

 

Feb

11

Sterling House then Deepwood Estates – A Busy Saturday

By Bob Michalski

Deepwood Estates is an awesome place to live if you are a Senior looking for the perfect place in the Lexington County area of South Carolina.  Tonight was Italian Night.  I shared some music for some very special friends.  I don’ know who had more fun , me or the residents.  They have a wonderful Chef that can cook!  The staff is very, very good and knows how to get the job done.  http://www.seniorsforliving.com/community/Deepwood-Estates/

 

I also visited Sterling House in Irmo.  This is a great assisted living facility located in Irmo SC.  I wish you would consider checking them out when it comes time to looking out for a loved one.  It’s a wonderful place to live according to the residents.  I would agree.  I share music at Sterling House every 2nd Saturday of the month.  http://www.brookdaleliving.com/sterling-house-of-harbison.aspx

Feb

11

Dance Marathon At Cardinal Newman High School For Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital

By Bob Michalski

The Sensation Epics, a band I am in, helped with the efforts to raise money for The Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.  The event was a success!  The High School kids raised a total of $20,157 for some very special children.

It was an honor to be a part of a great cause.  http://ch.palmettohealth.org/body.cfm?id=13&Section=13  Feel free to give, give give!

Jan

27

A Busy Day – Beginning at Park Street Baptist Church

By Bob Michalski

What a dilemma – I had to chose between a covered dish lunch or California Dreaming.  I chose both.  Let me explain.

My employer, National Health Care was kind enough to observe National Activities Therapy Week.  My department, The Activities  Department was treated to an awesome lunch at California Dreaming.  It’s hard to believe the server was actually brave enough to agree to take care of us.  I say “thank you!”  The portions were so big, I had to leave with a “take home” box – a second one.

The first “take home” box was presented to me as I raced out he door at Park Street Baptist Church.  It was off to California Dreaming to meet my cohorts.   This “take home” box had something special inside – love!   Baptist women can cook.  Wow!

I remember a time when I played for a huge crowd of people for a corporate event.  I couldn’t wait to get away from the unappreciative people.  I would say there were about 20 very thankful Keenagers  at Park Street.  Not a problem.  I could have spent the whole day with my new friends.  Geneva Martin is to be commended for assembling a wonderful event.  One thing we all seemed to agree on is that there is something about the name of Jesus!

This was a good day.  I don’t think O.J. Simpson could have kept up with me but is was well worth it.  As I reflect before turning out the light, I say “Thank You Lord” for a job that I love so much and for my new friends at Park Street.  Thank you Lord for the gift of music!

Sep

27

Covered dish in the country – Lebanon United Methodist Church

By Bob Michalski

Mom and I spent some quality time with The Primetimers at Lebanon Methodist Church in Eastover SC. I threw my diet out the window when I saw the display of covered dishes and deserts.  The music business is killin’ me!

Of course I forgot the camera.  It’s rare when you find two Irenes in the same room.  Both my Mom , Irene and Irene from the church had front row seats.  The other beautiful people in the room became like family.  I miss the country!

Then it was off to Mr. Bunkys where Irene got my foot in the door.  My cd’s (all 4) are for sale.  Now – if you live in the far east, you can visit this real cool store.  Please support Mr. Bunkys.

I will forever remember my new friends in Eastover SC.  What a lovely place.