Brandan Grinwis is a faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College, teaching percussion lessons, ensembles and courses in Music Theory and Listening. He has taught the award-winning front ensembles of Rockford High School (MCBA and BOA) and Genesis (WGI) and is an HYPERLINK “http://www.innovativepercussion.com/pages/artists/bio.asp?id=815” Innovative Percussion endorsed educator. In addition, Brandan maintains a thriving private lesson studio.
In the course of his professional career in the West Michigan and Chicago areas, Brandan has worked as a substitute percussionist for the Grand Rapids and West Shore Symphonies and as the timpanist with The Wheaton Symphony and The Salt Creek Sinfonietta. He performs with faculty jazz and chamber ensembles and has presented multiple solo recitals.
Brandan is an active freelance percussionist with area Orchestral, Chamber, Jazz, Latin, Blues, Rock, Theatre and Church groups. He currently performs regularly with Junior Valentine & Jason Wheeler, and The Badanya Drum and Dance Ensemble.
With nearly thirty years of experience, Junior Valentine has become very accomplished as a guitarist, singer, bandleader and teacher. Junior’s history touches on many styles of blues, rhythm & blues, swing, and American roots music that touch on eras from the 1940s to the present. Valentine has played many venues in Chicago and the West Coast as well as throughout Michigan and has toured nationally with the James Harman Band. Since 1990, he and his bands have entertained at many weddings, parties, clubs and corporate events in West Michigan and beyond.
As a teacher of acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, and ukulele, Junior Valentine shares over 20 years of experience and a personal, well-crafted approach. Instruction is offered on beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. As well as giving the student a solid knowledge of the instrument and how it works, general fundamentals of music are presented during lessons and are applied to the styles and techniques under study. Personal enjoyment is key. Lessons normally occur once per week and are taught at a home studio.
Junior has recently teamed with Jason Wheeler (Mandolinist with locally, regionally & nationally popular alt / bluegrass band Fauxgrass) to form a duo featuring many kinds of American roots music. New Orleans rhythms mix with Rhythm & Blues tunes…funky Southern grooves…roots Rock&Roll…Island rhythms…and dance tunes for all ages…8 to 80. Junior and Jason are often joined by a percussionist (Brandan Grinwis) to create a gumbo of styles and dance rhythms. We are available for club dates…parties…special events…and weddings.