...is a professional musician and freelance graphic artist. As a young boy growing up in Thunderbolt, Georgia, he just couldn't decide between art or music... so he undertook both!

Rocky attended Georgia Southern University and Georgia State University where he studied Commercial Art. He worked as a pianist on Savannah's River Street to help pay his way through school. Eventually he was hired as a portrait and caricature artist at Six Flags Over Georgia and while there became a founding member of a New Orleans Jazz band, "Raz'Mataz". He switched from piano to plectrum banjo and formed a partnership with two other members of the band (including David Anders!) to create a production company in the amusement park industry - RMT Productions.

Rocky and "Raz'Mataz" spent their summers performing and producing entertainment for Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, PA, Dorney Park in Allentown, PA, Elitch Gardens in Denver, CO, Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, GA, and Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA. Rocky, and his wife, Becky, were both performers and partners in RMT Productions, managing talent and creating musical content. Eventually Rocky accepted the position of Director of Live Entertainment at the Kennywood Park Corporation,
writing and producing over 35 shows in 14 years there.

After leaving Kennywood Rocky opened a nightclub and restaurant in Underground Atlanta, Fanny Moon's Beer Hall & Opera House, where he served for four years as co-owner, chef, bottle washer, toilet technician and banjoist in the house band. Rocky then decided to finally put his art background to use and formed ArtWorks Graphics, a freelance illustration and web design studio catering to small businesses.

As a musician he has played for mayors, governors and even a couple of Presidents. He's played at a Super Bowl and a World Series and for nearly every major corporation in the Southeast. As an illustrator and graphic designer, Rocky has created untold numbers of brochures, logos, web pages, newspaper ads and too many tee shirt designs to count. As a 4-string banjo player, Rocky has taught workshops at banjo conferences and contributed articles on banjo playing and music theory to trade periodicals of the banjo and New Orleans Jazz communities around the country.

Rocky is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Music Industry Association (formerly the Atlanta Songwriters Association),
and the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra.

Rocky is also a managing partner and co-owner of
the Ruby Red's Band, specializing in New Orleans Jazz
and launched a new car portrait business, Rocky Draws Cars in 2019.

Rocky and Becky are enthusiastic fans of NASCAR, comic art, camping, all kinds of music, University of Georgia and SEC football, movies, and their three sons - Andy, Zane and John-Henry. Both Rocky and Becky are active in their church and their community near their home in Snellville, Georgia.

... has been fascinated by the power of words on human emotion since he recited “Roses are Red” to Rhoda French while still in kindergarten. She punched him...

Emboldened by the lesson that language changes the way one feels, failure enhanced David’s confidence. He became a voracious reader since reading was easier than writing. Then in the 10th grade, he entered the state-wide public school writing contest and won third place. Undaunted by the fact that he couldn’t write well enough to be the best in one of the lowest-ranked educational systems in the nation, he took English composition and literature courses in college, since they were part of the required core curriculum for all majors.

A repeated winner in cartoon captioning contests, his work has been described as “hilarious” by no less an expert than Bob Mankoff, cartoonist and cartoon editor at The New Yorker magazine. Always looking for a broader audience, David continued his pursuit of writing as time away from his day job allowed and worked hard to be recognized as a humorist, but no one took him seriously. With perseverance he has now written and published five books (available at his author’s page on Amazon). Hoping to one day publish a best seller, he ultimately established his own publishing house, David Anders Publishing House, realizing if he was going to get a book on the New York Times Best Sellers list, it was going to have be written by another author.

Along the way David graduated from the University of Georgia with an almost non-marketable degree in biology. Not wanting to be seen as an underachiever by the rest of his family (his grandfather was a medical doctor and the M.D. degree was also earned by his father, mother, sister, brother, brother-in-law, as well as his wife and daughter, and soon, his son!) he attended medical school and received his M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia.

He is board certified in Internal Medicine, in Geriatrics, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His previous academic positions and appointments include Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Georgia Baptist Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia; Educational Coordinator for Internal Medicine Residency Program of the Medical College of Georgia at University Hospital, Augusta, GA; and Transitional Year Residency Program Director, Georgia Baptist Medical Center.

He has published research and opinion articles (none of which were particularly humorous) in medical journals, books, and computer software programs, including the English and Japanese editions of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the Southern Medical Journal, the Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia, and The Physician and Sportsmedicine.

Publications (some of which were likely read only by his mother and wife) have been over a wide range of interests, including cardiac and exercise physiology, hypertension, the history of medicine, medical education, and physician perspectives on marriage, family, and mental health issues.

David is in private practice near Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Kenya, with whom he shares an interest in running (they recently completed the Marine Corps Marathon and the Disney World Marathon).

Other free time is spent playing the trombone (read about some of that in Rocky Ball’s bio!) or attending whatever activity interests any of his five kids - Rebekah, Lloyd, Luke, Rachel and Lincoln.



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