The third week of September, 1978, was marked the beginning of an era, the formation of THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS, known as the "South's Finest Show Band." Since the inception of the band, they have performed over 10,000 engagements including over 1,500 wedding receptions, 2,000 conventions, and clubs too numerous to mention. They have performed from New York to Florida and all throughout the Southeast. South Carolina's Grand Strand has become the band's summer home and their hit single "Myrtle Beach Days" catapulted The Shakers to the top of the Carolina's musical groups. They have since released 12 CD's and in 2013 celebrated their 35th anniversary as a group.
This combination of experience and longevity has allowed THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS to possess a level of versatility few other groups can match. With five lead vocalists and up to four horns, they can perform almost any style of music from Carolina beach, up-tempo dance and rock to the smooth easy listening for the more subdued occasions. The music is GREAT but what sets THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS apart is the personality of the group. From start to finish every performance becomes a PARTY! The fun starts at the first note and doesn’t stop until the last. A performance by THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS is not just a party, it is an EVENT!
Through these years, there have been many memorable engagements, including featured performances at the Grand National Dance Championships in Atlanta, GA on three occasions, the Lincoln Center in New York City (Hot Summer Nights Dance Fest), and the American Bop Association Convention in Cincinnati, OH on five occasions. This exhibits their appeal outside the Carolina's. Also, there have been performances with many national artists including the Beach Boys, KC and the Sunshine Band and appearances also with the Four Tops, Jan and Dean and many more. WBTV was proud to host Spring Fest with The Shakers three different years with over 70,000 people in attendance. Thousands of fans have attended numerous concerts and festivals with THE FANTASTIC SHAKERS as headliners. The Shakers were host to the grand opening of the Men's Apparel Mart in Charlotte with President George Bush as special guest. There have been many other special appearances such as gubernatorial inauguration balls with NC governor Mike Easley and SC Governor Carroll Campbell. The list goes on and on...
The Shakers have won many awards through the various beach music awards associations through the years. This list includes show group of the year, three time album of the year, and lead singer Bo Schronce has been named male vocalist of the year on four different occasions. He has also been inducted along with bandmates Don Tetreault and Freddy Tripp into the CBMA Hall of Fame. Also the group has received numerous awards for CD and song of the year on numerous occasions.