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Christopher Royce

Christopher Royce grew up in the San Francisco area, where he graduated with a music degree from Lone Mountain College (1975) and was the guitarist and singer at La Creperie Restaurant for 2 years.

He moved to Raleigh in 1977 and quickly established himself as a popular guitar teacher, giving private lessons at Pearson Music Co. and started performing in the Triangle area.

In 1981 he started The Skydive Band, a popular variety / wedding band in the Triangle area, of which he is still the leader, guitarist and vocalist.

In 1985 Christopher became an associate of The Musicianʼs Booking Agency, performing as a solo artist (classical, jazz and pop guitarist and singer), leader of The Skydive Band, guitar and flute duo (leader and arranger), guitar and violin duo, and old time and Dixieland banjo and vocalist. He continues working with the Agency, performing for weddings, business functions and other engagements (ref. Mary Greiner, owner Musicians Booking Agency).

He was the strolling guitarist and vocalist at Cafe Roma, Six Forks Rd. Raleigh from 1992-1998. Cafe Roma is no longer open.

Christopher was a founding member and banjo, guitar, vocalist with The Moore Square Dixielanders, playing Saturday mornings at Big Edʼs Restaurant, Moore Square, Raleigh (1993-2003). He still plays with the Dixielanders but prefers sleeping in on Saturday mornings now (ref. Don Martin, Shadowood Entertainment and Moore Square Dixielanders).

In 2002 The Moore Square Band (an offshoot of the Dixielanders) with Christopher on guitar, guitar synthesizer, and vocals, began playing Saturday nights at The Irregardless Restaurant, Morgan St. Raleigh. They played jazz, swing, rock, pop and ballroom dance music for dinner and dancing. When new management came in in 2012 the band ended their engagements there. (ref. Arthur Gordon, owner. Irregardless Restaurant and Don Martin, Shadowood Entertainment).


In 1996, Christopher became the guitar teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School. Initially he taught one class a day, but became full time with five classes a day in 1999. He retired as a full time teacher in 2007 having built the guitar program to 145 students with 7 classes a day. He remains involved with the school and music department on a part time basis.