A Stitch 'N Tyme
2018 - Band
Members: Patti Whiting, John Conger, Marlo Gillotti, Jim Elliot, Bob Schleeter, and Robert Stevenson
A Stitch ‘N Tyme performed at dance and concert venues around Iowa from 1966-1971, entertaining fans with a playlist covering ballads from Three Dog Night to the hard rock of Steppenwolf. Its members were lead vocalists Patti Whiting and John Conger, bassist and saxophonist Marlo Gillotti, drummer Dr. Jim Elliott, lead guitarist Bob Schleeter and Robert Stevenson on keyboards. The band, known for its musical diversity and vocal harmonies, attracted crowds to Iowa landmarks such as the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, and the Val Air and Surf Ballrooms. Their resume included shows with KSO Radio’s Jim Michaels, the inaugural ball of Iowa Governor Robert D. Ray, Look Magazine holiday parties, the Iowa State Fair and backup appearances with national touring acts.
Following her work with A Stitch ‘N Tyme, Patti Whiting continued to “wow” the Iowa music scene. She sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Iowa Girl’s Basketball Tournament from 1971-1996. During that same period, she won the State of Iowa Talent Search, was named Miss Champagne Music of Iowa and was chosen the runner-up in the Miss Iowa contest. In 1983, Patti recorded a gospel album, as the recipient of the grand prize from the International Christian Artists’ competition. She received a music education degree from Drake University and taught music in Iowa, Texas, and Nevada until 2010. Patti now lives in Nevada.
After A Stitch ‘N Tyme broke up, Bob Schleeter toured with The Windfall for several years, then relocated to southern California to play, write and teach. This work led him back to school at Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduation, Bob resettled in northern California, where he became the Music Director of Marin Academy and a faculty member at the College of Marin. He continued to write music, co-creating four musicals and a collection of recordings that included Grammy-winning artists. His musical journey also took him to Brazil, Cuba, and Jamaica to perform and study with other accomplished musicians. Recently, he teamed with Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir to conduct a series of songwriting seminars. In 2017, Bob retired from the classroom to focus on performing music and traveling the world.
Robert Stevenson also toured with The Windfall, providing vocals and demonstrating his musical range by switching from keyboards to bass. His vocal skills ultimately earned him a spot in a television commercial for Levi’s 501 jeans. Along the way, he earned college degrees in business and education. After a long career with Motorola, Robert retired and now divides his time between Texas and California.
John Conger stopped performing to pursue a law degree but remains an avid listener of rock and jazz. After graduating from Drake University Law School, he accepted a two-year appointment with a federal judge. After that, John entered private practice in West Des Moines and spent the next 35 years as a trial lawyer. He is retired and living in West Des Moines.
Although he was the bassist for A Stitch ‘N Tyme, Marlo Gillotti played saxophone on several songs. After the band split, he continued playing those instruments with many jazz, blues, and rock groups around Des Moines. Marlo graduated from the University of Iowa with a business degree. He is now a real estate developer and resides in West Des Moines.
At a young age, Dr. Jim Elliott learned that drums were his passion, so he discontinued his pursuit of the piano and the trumpet. After performing with A Stitch “N Tyme, Jim played in a 50’s style show band from Missouri that took him to many venues around the Midwest. Following his graduation from college, Jim taught high school science and coached wrestling at West Des Moines Valley High School. Later, he graduated from medical school and practiced family medicine in Des Moines. He retired in West Des Moines after 27 years of taking good care of his grateful patients.