Like most bands, the Altar Boys started in a garage. Drummer Jeff Crandall and guitarist Mike Stand literally fumbled through a few original songs. As they selected appropriate members, including guitarist Steve Pannier and bassist Ric Alba (later replaced by Mark Robertson), God began to define the role the Altar Boys would play.
The Boys performed their first concert at Fullerton First Baptist Church. The response to their gut-level rock-n-roll approach to Christianity was enthusiastically received. From the beginning their goal was simple: Tell people about the Good News of Christ. And so they did, for 10 1/2 years the Altar Boys played for anybody and everybody, any place, anywhere.
Little did they know that their travels would take them on major concert tours throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and even (of all places) Chile, South America. They recorded five records, beginning with Altar Boys One, When You’re a Rebel, Gut Level Music, Against The Grain, and finally Forever Mercy.
From their aggressive stage performance colored by the energetic Mike Stand, to their straight-forward honest approach to ministry, it all worked together to provide a platform to communicate God’s message of hope.