The Convocation

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The Convocation
Also known as The Convocation Of...
Origin Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Genres Hard rock, psychedelic rock
Years active 1998–2002, 2005–present
Labels Gold Standard Laboratories, Tiger Style Records, Gravity Records
Associated acts Born Against, Breathing Walker, The Entrance Band, The Great Unraveling, Moss Icon, Universal Order of Armageddon
Members Tonie Joy
George France
Donny Van Zant
Past members Guy Blakeslee
Matthew Hall
Jason Stevens
Chris Camden

The Convocation (formerly The Convocation Of...) is an American psychedelic rock band from Baltimore, Maryland.


As The Convocation Of..., the band was formed by George France, Tonie Joy, and Guy Blakeslee in August 1998.[1] Joy had previously played in the groups Moss Icon, Universal Order of Armageddon, The Great Unraveling, and Born Against.

Following their debut Lab Remix Series Vol. 3 EP, the group's self-titled debut album was released on Gold Standard Laboratories in 2000.[2] A follow-up, Pyramid Technology, appeared on Tigerstyle Records in 2001.[3] In early 2002, Blakeslee left the group and founded The Entrance Band. The Convocation Of... went on a hiatus.

With Matthew Hall (formerly of The Red Scare) on bass, the band reunited under the name The Convocation in 2005.[4] Hall was replaced by Jason Stevens in 2008, and the group released a new EP on Gravity Records the next year. Two years later, Stevens was replaced by bassist Chris Camden, who was replaced thereafter by Donny Van Zandt.


Current members
  • Tonie Joy – guitar, vocals (1998–2002, 2005–present)
  • George France – drums (1998–2002, 2005–present)
  • Donny Van Zant – bass (2011–present)
Former members
  • Guy Blakeslee – bass (1998–2002)
  • Matthew Hall – bass (2005–2008)
  • Jason Stevens – bass (2008–2009)
  • Chris Camden – bass (2010)


  • Lab Remix Series Vol. 3 (Gold Standard Laboratories, 2000)
  • The Convocation (Gravity Records, 2009)
  • The Convocation/Chrissakes (Trans Ruin Records / One Percent Press, 2010)


  1. ^ "The Convocation Of... Gathers Its Thoughts". Baltimore City Paper. February 16, 2000. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Convocation Of... – The Convocation Of...". Stylus Magazine. September 1, 2003. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ The Convocation at Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "The Convocation". Baltimore City Paper. April 13, 2005. Retrieved March 10, 2012.