O.A.R. (short for Of a Revolution) was founded in 1996 by lead vocalist Marc Roberge and drummer Chris Culos,
inspired in part by Roberge's older brother, who plays drums for the band Foxtrot Zulu.
Four of the members grew up in Rockville, Maryland and attended The Ohio State University where they met
the fifth member, saxophonist / guitarist Jerry DePizzo from Youngstown, Ohio.
Rockville, Maryland, United States
Alternative rock, indie rock, roots rock
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Their name originated from a short story Marc Roberge wrote in high school.
"Well, we started singing songs about our friends and things we knew about. We realized that all we were
talking about was our generation of people we knew. We found that the music we wanted to hear; we were playing.
I was writing a lot of stories at the time, and in one of them there was a sentence that said this was a blank
of a revolution. It was kind of the beginning of our sound. But we didn't claim it to be some movement.
It was just us and our friends; then it began to grow. So we kept the name...
Our whole thing is that there is a mystery word before of a revolution. So its blank of a revolution."
(lead vocals, rhythm guitar; 1996-present)
(lead guitar, backing vocals; 1996-present)
(drums, percussion; 1996-present)
(bass guitar; 1996-present)
(saxophone, rhythm guitar, percussion, backing vocals; 2000-present)