Boo Schaaf was born on Galveston Island (BOI) and has made the Island his home ever since. Always inspired by the Island life , Boo has and is living his dream playing music.
His musical journey can be traced back to 1966 when his mother Josephine bought him a Polaris drum set with S&H Greenstamps. At the time, a Galveston music legend named Danny Smith moved in and began rehearsing music next door. Soon afterwards, Boo began tutoring with Danny’s drummer - Joe Roy Mancuso. The first thing Boo learned was where the beat was at.
Boo’s first cousin FoFo Gilich from Biloxi, Mississippi was attending the University of Houston at this time and would drive down to Galveston on the weekends and play the family piano. Subsequently, Boo would learn to play the piano from his cousin by “ear”. At the time MoTown was really making a lot music that everyone knows turned out to be rock-n-roll’s timeless classics. To this day, “Midnight Hour”, “My Girl “,and “What I Say,” are among Boo’s favorite memories, as well as a whole slew of Beatles tunes. Boo credits his cousin’s influence as a major factor in his love for music.
Early in his high school years, Boo bought his first acoustic guitar . While at the time, a few of his friends had bands. Some of those friends were Larry Campanello, Dane Bolton, Steve Pierce, Joe Dundee and of course Danny Kristensen. Boo eventually joined forces with Ivo Cabello and Jeff Valka to form the band “Three of a Kind” which performed for a host of loyal friends and followers for a few years. Soon Boo would team up with a local guitarist Charlie Acala and they formed the band (Souvenir). Doing copy tunes they played the local circuit as well as the Houston scene.
During the early 80′s a good friend, Berry Coughlin, a local acoustic player, had a profound impact on Boo’s musical direction. Barry was recording and performing around the area with the likes of some of Houston’s premier players such as Dana Cooper and Shake Russell . Still playing in the late 90′s with Charlie Acala they added John Sanchez and Shelly Banks and formed the “Shelley Banks and the Short Notice Band”. Boo continued performing over the years and as this band went their own ways he teamed up with a local long time friend and acoustic guitar soloist named Richard Broom. They quickly formed a duo and they both focused on writing their own songs. Boo took to the solo circuit writing and performing and Richard continued writing originals . Boo’s first studio CD (Where I Wanna Be) has four songs on it that Richard wrote. The CD is due to be release in April on 2011.
Boo is presently in Houston’s White Cat Studio’s under the production of local songwriter Jack Saunders