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Classical Blast

Formed in 2012, Classical Blast has continued their journey to explore and combine musical genre to create a new and exciting sound. With growing popularity throughout the Midwest region, the band has opened concerts for Joan Jett, ELO, Don Felder of The Eagles, Burton Cummings, Rik Emmet of Triumph, Stryper, and other national acts.


Petar has toured worldwide with such notable artists as Andrea Bocelli, Sting and Dennis DeYoung (Styx), as well as with groups Cheap Trick, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, il Divo and many others. In his spare time Petar works with the Caring Arts Foundation, which provides arts-based programs to cancer patients in the Chicagoland area.

Chicago-based violinist, Jimmy Chaos, began studying the violin at age six in New York City, pursuing his training in classical music. Through meeting other musicians and exposure to different types of music, he became interested in exploring other genres of performance, which he’s put to use since joining Classical Blast in 2012. Jimmy also teaches music to children when not performing live.
Sophie Monroy

Sophie Monroy, our singer-guitarist, has been passionate about music since age 9 and has dedicated her life to her development as an artist. She has been part of choral groups as well as pop and rock bands in her home country of Guatemala. Her versatility as a singer has given her the opportunity to experiment with several musical genres including: jazz, blues, bossa nova, pop, rock, and alternative, among others. Thanks to her perseverance and dedication, she has participated in national and international music festivals in Central America, Mexico, United States, England and Germany, prior to joining Classical Blast in 2018.

David Kelly
Originally from the Chicagoland area, drummer-vocalist David Kelly has been playing drums for 25 yrs. He studied jazz performance at the University of North Texas and California Institute of the Arts. He played drums professionally in Los Angeles for 10 years. Dave toured for 5 yrs with The Drew Davis Band, a country band with a top 100 hit on the Billboard charts, opening for Hootie and the Blowfish on their final tour. The band also appeared on an episode of Gene Simmons Family Jewels in 2009. Dave also has a background in sound engineering. He currently lives in Chicago’s western suburbs.

  David Kelly
Bill Syniar

Longtime bass player Bill Syniar is a familiar figure on the Chicago music scene. In 1978 Bill co-founded the recording group Tantrum, producing 3 LP's on the Ovation label. Bill later toured throughout Europe and the states as bass player for CBS/Scotti Bros. recording artists Survivor. He appears on Survivor's "Too Hot to Sleep" and "Greatest Hits" LPs. Bill later founded the popular Chicago R&B band, R-Gang. He has written music for the Doobie Bros., as well as for Kansas vocalist Steve Walsh, members of the band Toto and countless other recording projects. He has performed live at major arenas across the U.S.



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