Founded Unreal in 1988 after beginning to write songs once out of high school that year. 3RDegree’s home base was in Robert’s basement. He started playing keyboards around age 12 and taught himself bass at 16. His favorite artists over the years have been Rush, Tears For Fears, Genesis, Sarah McLachlan, Jonatha Brooke, Esthero, Emiliana Torrini, Todd Rundgren, Prefab Sprout, Steely Dan, Level 42, Marillion, Hooverphonic, Bjork, Air, Phoenix, A-ha, Kevin Gilbert, David Sylvian & others. In 1995 Robert toured Belgium, Germany & Austria as keyboardist with metal band POWER. Recently he’s recorded (as engineer) NJ power-pop band Spiraling who’s leader Tom Brislin has toured with the likes of Yes, Camel, Meat Loaf and now Kansas. Robert also made a “trip-hop” cd with PORTAL in 2000 and a solo CD called RECOVERING DREAMER in 2001. In 2005, Robert was very busy archiving all things 3RDegree into the latest DVD and Cd releases that ended up with the band reforming at the end of that year.
He works in television and lives with his wife, son & daughter in northern New Jersey.
The history of 3RDegree begins when Robert James Pashman was looking for a drummer and found Rob Durham in late 1990. He would also join the band for it’s 2008 comeback album Narrow-Caster but would leave the band after its release. His full return in 2016 signaled a six piece band with it’s original 1991 trio still intact 20+ years later. Rob is a multi-instrumentalist dabbling in flute, glockenspiel, vibraphone and more.
Rob lives in northern NJ.
Pat joined 3RDegree in August of 1991 at the age of 18. Pat’s writing mixed with Robert James’ rounded out the sound of the band. Pat started playing clarinet at age 8 and guitar at age 12 and has been tinkering with piano and drums since college. His influences include Air, Arcade Fire, Badly Drawn Boy, The Beatles, Beck, Björk, Blur, Chemical Brothers, Cocteau Twins, Coldplay, DJ Shadow, Elbow, Elliot Smith, Genesis, Goldfrapp, Jeff Buckley, Jellyfish, Kate Bush, King’s X, Led Zeppelin, M83, Massive Attack, Muse, Pernice Brothers, Pink Floyd, Queen, Radiohead, Rush, Seal, Secret Machines, The Shins, Shudder To Think, Sigur Ros, Snow Patrol, Soundgarden, Sufjan Stevens, Supergrass, Super Furry Animals, Tears For Fears, U2, Ween and Yes. Patrick released a solo CD DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY ALBUM in 1999, a “trip hop” CD with P0rtal in 2000 and a CD with Liquid 56 called FOIL in 2004. Pat works as a video editor and lives in Southern California.
It was George’s voice and songwriting
heard on his demo tape that immediately caught the ear of the band when looking for a lead vocalist to give the band that extra “oomph”. He joined in the summer of 1995 and was on stage by August. His vocal influences are mainly Peter Gabriel, Donald Fagen and Andy Partridge of XTC. George’s former bands include Kill The Messenger and a stint with Australian recording artist Johnny Diesel in 1997.
George lives in northern New Jersey.
Bryan joined 3RDegree in January of 2013. The band had come to the conclusion that another live guitarist was needed to pull of the band’s material on stage. Bryan is a seasoned live player.
Bryan lives in northern NJ...but that's none of your business is it?
Eric's protracted entrance into 3RDegree started with a failed audition for lead vocalist in 1995, evolved into a collaborative songwriting project with Pat Kliesch called Liquid 56, and morphed into a guest musician stint for the Reunion Concerts. Fifteen years later, Eric's tenacity finally earned him a solid spot in the 3rDegree roster.
Eric is a self-taught guitarist and bassist as well as an accomplished vocalist. A smattering of his eclectic influences would include Tori Amos, Basia, Clannad, Devin Townsend, The Dixie Chicks, Duran Duran, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Genesis, Jason Falkner, Iron Maiden, Level 42, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Queensrÿche, Steely Dan, Sting, Tears for Fears, U2, Steve Vai, The Who, and Yes.
In the late 1990s, Eric was the bassist and vocalist for NJ bar-circuit cover band Sick Nellie. Along with playing guitar in 3rDegree, Eric is currently the bassist and vocalist for his college project band Crust as well as bassist for the original rock band Xeromore. Eric also proudly serves and the token cowboy-boot wearing musician.
When Eric's not a Rock Star he's a Web Designer who live in northern New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.
ROBERT JAMES PASHMAN
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