Bob Cantin picked up a toy accordion at age nine and a year later, was performing weekly on a "big" accordion on 50,000-watt KEX Radio on the "Stars of Tomorrow" program in Portland, Oregon. As a teenager, he traveled with the Oregon Journal Juniors musical group and was a member of the "Spotlight on Youth" orchestra seen weekly on CBS-TV affiliate KOIN-TV in Portland.
Cantin sang with the nationally-acclaimed 60-voice Lewis & Clark College choir and financed his college tuition by playing in bands in Portland and Salem, Oregon nightclubs. He also performed for four years with Heck Harper and his Circle 8 Hoedown western group on Portland's NBC-TV affiliate KGW-TV and at the 1959 Calgary Stampede, the world's largest rodeo.
Following a 40-year career in communications and advertising, Cantin performed solo concerts and with his jazz quartets in Arizona and Texas. In addition to the United States, he has performed in Scotland, England, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany. Most recently, he is entertaining at upscale senior living facilities in North Texas and performing for major dances at Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club where he lives in Fairview, Texas. His quartet is called the Mid-Life Crisis and has been featured in the Dallas Morning News. Cantin has also played major engagements in Branson, Missouri.
He and his musicians bring 200+ years of experience and popular songs to the dance floor every time they perform. In addition to accordion and percussion, his group features saxaphone, clarinet, guitar, banjo and vibes.
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