Shane Lee Band on Good Things Utah In the summer of 2010 a cute couple hired us to play for their wedding. “Good Things Utah” decided to do a bit on what they would do if they couldn’t do what they were doing. Angie Larsen decided she wanted to be a wedding singer, so she put an add out in the paper looking for anyone who was getting married that would be willing to let her sing at their wedding.
Well, a lot of things have changed since COVID happend. We didn’t get to do the music assembly for 2 years. And John Jay has changed schools. He’s now teaching at Belmont Elementary. So, guess where we did the Music Assembly this year. That’s right. We did it at Belmont Elementary. We were joined by Scott Greer on guitar. This is a fun event for the kids where we teach them about the language of music.
So, every Friday, my students and I walk down to the 1st grade and I teach the kids fun songs and bring an instrument of the week. It’s my favorite 30 minutes of the entire week. Every spring, I bring my whole drum set and a couple random musician friends to teach the kids about “The Language of Music”. We introduce our instruments and then discuss the fact that style, tempo, time signature and key signature help musicians that have never met be able to play music together.
JohnJay and I had the great pleasure of running sound for a fun ukelele group called the Naked Waiters at the Homestead Summer Concert Series. They played some fun originals along with their own renditions of pop songs. They’re a cool group of guys and a pleasure to work with. Checkout their youtube channel HERE.
For the last 7 years or so John Jay and I have been putting on a music assembly at Eaglecrest Elementary in Lehi. John Jay brings his drums and I bring a bass. Sometimes we’ll bring along another musician to help us out. We show the kids our instruments and teach them how they work. Then we go off on some little funk, rock riff for a while and get the kids dancing.
Shane actually started out in music as a drummer. He got his first kit when he was eight years old. He started playing drums for his father’s country band when he was 13 years old. Around that same time, Shane got a guitar for christmas. After his father taught him a few chords he started to teach himself how to play. He started buying guitar magazine down at the Circle K and learning every hair band riff he could.
Jennifer has been singing since she was 4 years old. She has played leading and supporting roles in many musicals, including Oklahoma (Laurie) and the Sound of Music (Maria). Jen has been singing country music all her life. She even sang church songs with a twang. Jen started playing bass shortly after she married Shane and became a part of the band. Her vocal prowess is a great contributor to the Shane Lee Band sound.
John Jay has been playing drums since he got his first kit at 12 years old. He started practicing in his basement. He played Drum Set in the Lehi Jazz Band. He later formed a band called Loose Gravel. Despite only knowing two songs, Loose Gravel gained some popularity in Holland. John Jay later joined a band called Killin' Time with Dick Covington and Jeff Hinton (Jeff later went on to form Joshua Creek… without John Jay).
Erin grew up in Oklahoma playing Bach and Mozart on the piano but listening to Garth and Reba. She started playing piano at age 6 and continued through college. She earned a degree from USU in Music Therapy (go Aggies) and believes strongly in music’s ability to heal the body and mind. She was exposed to many different instruments and musical styles in her education but nothing could trump her love for the piano.
Bob Bonham started playing guitar at age 9 and started his own Surf band right after the 6th grade. After that, he went on to play in rock and blues bands performing along side of music greats such as Shuggie Otis, Ballin’ Jack, Ambrosia and others. Bob has had opportunities to do studio work at the United Artist studio in Hollywood and smaller studios in the California and Utah areas. His influences are Eric Clapton, Clarence White, Steve Howe of Yes, The Beatles, Chet Atkins, and B.