Bio

BORDERLINE

Tampa Bay's Quintessential Classic Rock Band

Borderline is based out of Hernando County Florida. 15 Years+ performing events in and around  the Tampa Bay area! Borderline's play list covers the "Classic Rock" genre; Arena Rock (AOR) from the 70's, 80's & More! Borderline also touches on some modern country and dance hits.

Borderline is a five-piece band:

Rick Downing - Lead Vocal

Nathan Boone - Lead Guitar/Vocals

Richie Silva - Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals

George Gurganus - Bass Guitar/Vocals

Chris Childress - Drums/Vocals

Rick Downing

Lead Vocals

Rick is one of the founding members of Borderline, originally the lead vocalist and bass player. He is originally from Illinois and grew up in Iowa. Influence include many different kinds of music from country to rock and roll. He has been involved with several bands that have worked with bands like Foghat and Head East to name a few. He has 40 Years of experience and has also worked with country acts such as Merle Haggard and Lori Morgan.

Nathan Boone

Lead Guitar & Vocals

Nathan is a Tampa native and lives in Zephyrhills and began playing guitar at the age eight. Nathan is also a member of the "Original Music" band 'Teer' and signed to Frontiers Records (Italy). Teer attended "The Gods of AOR Festival" (Wigan UK) in 1999 and 2000. In 2004, Teer toured the UK and Ireland as the opening act for "Tyketto". In 2016, Teer played the  Rocklahoma (Pryor, Oklahoma) and opened for "Dokken" at The State Theater in St.  Petersburg, Florida.

Nathan also played guitar for Ted Poley of Danger Danger at the '99 God's Festival. That same year, Nathan worked with Jimmy Hart to record intro music for WCW superstar Jeff Jarrett.

Nathan has played guitar in several local cover bands and most recently, "Jaded" the past 4 years. New beginnings...

George Gurganus

Bass Guitar/Vocals

George hails from 'Motown' in Detroit, Michigan. George is a well-known musician around the Tampa Bay area and has been in many great bands throughout his career. In addition to his musical career, George has over twenty-years experience in the performance audio and lighting field.

George was heavily inspired by the playing styles of John Entwistle (The Who) and Victor Wooten. This combination of styles gave him his own unique style and presence. Culminated from 35 years of professional playing, George has mastered just about every style of music there is. Thundering bass sounds and monster chops, George is the consummate bass player.

George has been with Borderline for 5+ years and continues to lay down that bottom end needed for Borderline's driving style.

Richie Silva

Guitar/Keys/Vocals

Richie came to FL in 1980 from Virginia Beach; during his senior year in high school he started playing acoustic solo gigs at local venues and has been playing ever since. Past bands include Medusa, Ivory Tyger, and Martha Quinn. 

Has also worked as music director working with Gibbs High School kids; St Pete Little Theater and Bravo Center of Performing Arts. ( Schoolhouse Rock; Midsummer Night's Dream etc)

 

Influences: Yes, Rush, ELO, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd as well as various classical; jazz & New Age artists. 

Chris Childress

Drums/Vocals

Chris hails from Falls Chuch, Virginia and has lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1970. Settling in Pasco County for now...

Chris began his musical journey during junior high school by joining the beginning band class. Fortunately chosen as the drummer. Just a snare drum and a practice pad. Chris played bass drum (2nd) and the snare in the Hudson High School marching band which was modeled modeled after the DCi drum corp style. This introduced him to various styles of music and built up his 'chops' to the meet the aggressive demand of corp playing.

Building on this experience, Chris is mainly influenced by three drummers: Ringo Starr, John Bonham, and Neil Peart. Utilizing the strengths of these players, Chris modeled his own unique style of playing. Progressive rock was a mainstay of his playlist. Incorporating his style of drumming into various bands around the Tampa Bay area, he settled in with Borderline in 2016.

Curt Gurganus

Lighting & Stage Technician

Curt is instrumental, no pun intended, for getting our stage lighting set-up and running. He is also integral in the sound system arrangement and overall stage management.

Curt is truly the "7th" member of the band.