It was at this time (February, 1971), that drummer and W.T.L.C. disk jockey/evangelist Roger Holloway asked Rob to join his band, the number one campus and night club act in the region at the time, "Pure Funk". Band mates included Bill Fatout, Micheal "Bone" Read (The Alligator Brothers) (the Doo) and Asher (The Mighty Adam Smasher) Benrubi (Smash). Later Fatout was replaced by Toby Myers (John Mellencamp) and Doug Kennerly. They even played the opening nights at "the Bluebird" in Bloomington and "the Vogue" in Indy. This band did well in the Chicago and Cincinnati areas as well.