Robert Stemmons - The Whistler
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma September 27,
1956, Robert Stemmons began whistling at five. When
legendary whistler Fred Lowery, who twice headlined Carnegie Hall, performed at his school in 1969, he was
inspired. It was then he recognized whistling as an art.
Over the next twenty years, Robert
worked hard, perfecting his instrument and teaching himself
techniques, which would include vibrato, staccato, tremolo,
warbling, harmony warbling, trilling, two-note harmony, and
more. He additionally learned to make many realistic bird
sounds. These are now trademarks of his concerts.
One afternoon in 1994, Robert was
"whistling while he worked" in a school and was overheard by
the music teacher. She asked him to perform as a guest in an
upcoming show. In his first real performance, he did a blues
number. The enthusiastic response received from that
flagship performance encouraged him to follow his dream.
Robert would also like to
extend a heartfelt thanks to the late
Ronnie Ronalde and his
wife Rosemarie for their generous encouragement and support.
Robert Stemmons has been featured
countless times by newspapers, radio, and television all
over the world. His solo concerts have been presented in 35
US states and 3 Canadian provinces. From 2006 to 2013 Robert worked with Cirque
du Soleil as "The Loyal Whistler" in their touring show
"Corteo" (closed December 2015). He has toured and
performed in the United States, Canada, Japan,
Russia, Belgium, Austria, France, Spain, Switzerland, and
Robert Stemmons is now living in Tulsa,
Here's a few whistling related links:
www.ronnieronalde.com - The world's most famous whistler.
The late, great, incredible whistler
who wound up with a theme park in Belgium - Bobbejaanland!
www.whistleon.com - The original "Loyal Whistler" of Corteo.
www.rogerwhittaker.com - Legendary singer and whistler.
Early 1900's Whistling Music
http://besmark.com/whis.html - Excellent recordings from
Victrola (1904 - 1922)