Origin : Rockville, Maryland, United States
Occupation(s) : Singer, Musician
Genres : Alternative rock, indie rock, roots rock, heartland rock
Agent / Label : Vanguard, Wind-up, Lava, Atlantic

O.A.R. (short for Of A Revolution) is an American rock band, founded in 1996 in Rockville, Maryland. The band consists of lead vocalist/guitarist Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman, saxophonist/guitarist Jerry DePizzo, and touring members, trumpet player Jon Lampley and keyboardist Mikel Paris. Together, the band has released eight studio albums, including their latest release, The Mighty, in March 2019. The band is well known for their live shows and extensive summer touring, and have released six live records with the latest release, Live From Merriweather, in November 2019. Four of the band members grew up in Rockville, Maryland and attended Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School. After graduating, they went on to study at Ohio State University. There they met the fifth member, saxophonist/guitarist Jerry DePizzo from Youngstown, Ohio.

After earlier iterations performing together as far back as middle school, O.A.R. was formed 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. They later recruited Richard On and Benj Gershman. In 1996 they recorded their debut album, The Wanderer, at Gizmo Recording Company in Silver Spring, Maryland with engineer/producer Gantt Kushner. Many songs from the album, including “Black Rock” and “That Was A Crazy Game of Poker”, became staples of their live shows and are still played at most concerts today.

O.A.R.’s Albums / EPs

  • album: “The Wanderer” (2000)
  • album: “Soul’s Aflame” (2000)
  • album: “Risen” (2001)
  • album: “In Between Now And Then” (2003)
  • album: “Stories Of A Stranger” (2005)
  • album: “All Sides” (2008)
  • album: “King” (2011)
  • album: “The Rockville LP” (2014)
  • album: “The Mighty” (2019)