In 2004, Bob Borgstede went into the studio and recorded his first album as a leader - 'Narrative Threads.' Initially conceived as an instrumental jazz trio album to showcase Bob's guitar playing, the project slowly emerged as something larger as both Bob and his producer, Miles Vandiver, realized the textural possibilities of Bob's compositions. Eventually the final musical lineup emerged as follows: Bob Borgstede - guitarist/composer Miles Vandiver - drums/producer/engineer Zeb Briskovich - bass Rick Haydon - guitar (on 'Now What') Jason Swagler - alto sax - (on 'South Bend' and 'The Ripper') Reggie Thomas - keyboards (on 'Not Too Late,' 'Redwood Falls,' and 'Summer Groove') Always fascinated by the storytelling potential of music, Bob modeled the narrative flow of the album after some of his favorite musicians, from Pat Metheny to James Taylor. Since it's release, the album has been successful both critically and commercially. In 2005, Bob was awarded with the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award for 'Nola's Waltz.' Currently Bob resides in Belleville, IL and remains active as both an educator and performer in the St. Louis metro area. He teaches at Southwestern Illinois College, McKendree College, and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Over the summer he can be seen playing and teaching at numerous summer music camps including the Gulf Coast Jazz Camp and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Most recently in 2006 Bob played dates with jazz vibraphonist Victor Mendoza and saxophonist Chris Vidala.