By Todd Houston
Following is an interview with Rockford-area musician and good guy Aaron Statler.
Rockford Rocked Interviews (RRI): Hi, Aaron! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Aaron Statler (AS): Well, first off, my name is Aaron Statler! I have three wonderful kids who keep me young and full of life and an awesome girlfriend who really supports my busy lifestyle. I’m a 1995 Auburn High School graduate and have lived most of my life in the Rockford area.
RRI: What is your profession? What do you do for work?
AS: I’ve been the facilities manager at Rosecrance Health Network for about 10 years now.
RRI: That must be a rewarding job, as you probably get to see and witness a lot of success stories firsthand.
AS: It’s a very rewarding job. It’s a blessing to be part of a company that changes people’s lives. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.
RRI: I was told that you are also a musician who tends to walk around the workplace singing and trying to make people smile. Is this true?
AS: That is very true! I can’t remember a time in my life that I wasn’t singing! When I was around 8 years old, I watched the Elvis 1968 comeback special on VHS and I remember telling myself, “This is what I want to do!” I pretty much sing everywhere I go! They definitely know when I’m walking down the hallways at work. (laughs)
RRI: Do you ever get any requests?
AS: As a matter of fact, yes! Most of the time, I will be singing something, and then it will get stuck in a co-worker’s head. I’ll walk by them an hour later, and they will still be humming the song. (laughs)
RRI: What bands around the area have you been involved with?
AS: I was with a band called Hired Gunz. The original members were all police officers from around this area. I joined the band as their front man when I was only 18. We were the house band for the Rockford IceHogs for a while, and I learned a lot from playing with them!
My next band was called Class Reunion. We played all over Rockford and Chicago. We did everything from weddings and festivals to local clubs. All the members were veteran musicians from the local area. I was with them for about 10 years, and really miss it a lot.
RRI: So, you were in a band that played weddings? That must have been cool! How many dates did you get with bridesmaids? (laughs)
AS: I plead the Fifth on that! Weddings were always fun, and I always enjoyed singing at them. I was the true wedding singer! To be honest, weddings are a lot of work. You really have to have a big set list and wide genre of music in it. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve sang “Brown Eyed Girl.”
RRI: Favorite local area place to take your kids for fun?
AS: I love taking my 3-year-old to the parks in the area. He has a newfound love for the Sapora indoor playground now that it’s cold outside.
RRI: Favorite Saturday night song?
AS: Anything from Bob Seger or the Doors.
RRI: Favorite Sunday morning song?
AS: Only blues on Sunday, preferably Muddy Waters.
RRI: If you could change or add something to the Rockford area to improve upon it, what would it be?
AS: I would love to see our community come together on the issues that we all face. We need to work together on issues from crime to helping the homeless. We also need to focus on the solutions and not the problems.
RRI: Thanks for chatting with us!
AS: Thank you!
From the Jan. 21-27, 2015, issue