The Stone Puppet

CD by The Stone Puppet


Three Notre Dame alums are hoping to play their way to rock music success. The Stone Puppet, a Chicago-based rock band, features lead singer John Tabis and guitarist Dan Puccini, both 2000 graduates of Notre Dame, and bassist Tom Hayes, a 2002 ND graduate, along with Dave Streets and Patrick Golarz. The band released its self-titled debut album of five original rock songs in 2003; a second album, Anytime Anyplace was released this year.

At Notre Dame, Tabis sang in the Glee Club, Puccini was the Student Union Board’s concert talent buyer, and Hayes participated in Jazz Band, Symphony Orchestra and Marching Band for four years. All three played in campus bands. “[W]e look at our ND experience as our minor league, where we were able to develop our music and marketing skills,” Tabis says. “So now on the larger level in Chicago, we have been able to use that experience to expose people on the local, regional and national levels to [our music].”

With a combination of rock, pop and ballads, the band’s sound is a cross between Matchbox 20 and the Rolling Stones. Hear sample tracks, check the band’s tour dates and order through the band’s website at

(March 2004)