The Story of Standing Hampton

Capturing the sound and magic from the glory days of classic rock, Standing Hampton delivers the energy and spectacle of rock at its best, performing the best musical nuggets from the 70's, 80's and beyond. Celebrating over 20 years and 1000 gigs as a group, these five seasoned performers (1 girl & 4 guys) deliver a musical tour de force that unleashes a flashback of guitars, drums, synthesizers and soaring vocal melodies. The Des Moines based quintet features three members sharing the lead vocal spotlight to a lush background of harmonies. Combining superior performance skills, a modern light show, and a pro sound system, Standing Hampton captivates an audience and pulls them into the rock show experience. Standing Hampton has shared the stage with Cheap Trick, Rick Springfield, Night Ranger, Eddie Money, Warrant, Little River Band, Head East, April Wine, and Firehouse. What about the name? (more later)

Now considered a premiere export of the Des Moines music scene, the group had its beginnings in year 2000, oddly enough drawing members from various country bands. Longing to perform rock classics that he grew up listening to, drummer and vocalist Tony Benson enlisted the vocal and keyboard talents of his wife, Nancy Benson-herself a longtime member of the Iowa music scene- to bring together a group that captured the power of songs from their youth. Guitar phenomenon and vocalist Devon Miller, along with keyboard veteran and guitarist Douglas Dixon were brought aboard to add vocal diversity and stage antics to the mix. The group was immediately overwhelmed by the demand for their brand of classic rock and the enthusiastic response of their audiences, a trend that has continued for two decades as they continue to wow crowds in the Midwest. Weathering years of rotating bass players, Drake University jazz band student Nathan Maughn landed the low end position in 2017- solidifying the current lineup. But…..what about the name? (more later)

The dynamic Benson duo, husband and wife Tony and Nancy originally cut their teeth on the music scene of southern Iowa, performing in a variety of rock bands in high school and college during the 80's, later entertaining on the road across the country. Tony began playing at age ten and has been drumming for over 45 years; he propels Standing Hampton with his articulate and dynamic grooves, all the while belting out classic rock melodies and harmony. He's also an accomplished guitarist, songwriter, producer and engineer for the group in concert and on record.

In the tradition of the great female artists of the rock era, Nancy Benson has the talent, range and soul to bring classic rock to life. Like milestone artists Heart, Pat Benatar, and male performers from Journey, Boston and Bon Jovi, Nancy captures the spirit of their energy with her accomplished vocal delivery and stage appeal. She delivers genuine, heartfelt performances that captivate the listener. When not taking the center spotlight, Nancy adds keyboard textures to the Standing Hampton sound.

Devon Miller grew up listening to bluegrass and country music, styles that would enable him to expand his amazing technical abilities on the guitar and violin. After a friend introduced him to the music of Van Halen there was no looking back, and soon after the rock transformation began. Devon totally amplifies the Standing Hampton extravaganza with his vocals, artistry and showmanship. With this crew of bandmates, Devon believes that his dream of playing in a group with the stage energy of Kiss and Garth Brooks, the vocal harmonies of the Eagles, and the musical aptitude of Van Halen, is finally here.

On keyboards, guitar, and vocals, Douglas Dixon brings to the party his unique synthesizer talents and electric six string strangling, adding classic ingredients to their classic rock recipe. His mother took him to piano lessons at the age of four and he hasn't been the same since. A former Curb Records recording artist in the 80's with pop-rocksters, AirKraft, this road warrior frequently performed over 300 gigs a year. He also acts as producer/engineer/ song and jingle writer at his recording studio- Mind's Ear Music, and for the group.

Nathan Maughn drives a solid groove on bass, bringing a youthful interpretation of the rock classics with him. The gen Z member of Standing Hampton started performing in orchestras, jazz and concert bands at 13 and is currently a member of the Drake University Jazz 1 band. He began playing when he was 12 in order to join the high school jazz band, and because he didn't want to take piano lessons anymore. :) His influences include: Jefferson Airplane, The Raconteurs, The Band, Return to Forever, and Weather Report.

Oh yes … about the name ……Standing Hampton? Thought you'd never ask. Let's just say it's the title of a classic rock album by Sammy Hagar, and British slang for something else.