Vangaard is the forefront of Minnesota's music.
Hailing from Saint Paul, Vangaard has left its mark on the Minnesota music scene as one of today's finest performing groups. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, we've crafted a unique sound and performance that features the best talent and showmanship in the area. Vangaard shows pay homage to the greatest artists in music with memorable covers that span from the 70's to today. This passion for the highest quality performance delivers an unforgettable experience that is guaranteed to raise your hands!
Musical Inspirations: Dave Grohl, James Hetfield, Slash, Myles Kennedy, Brent Smith, Cory Taylor, Josh Holmes, Freddie Mercury, Eddie Vedder, Gerard Way, Jimmy Page
Favorite Bands: Foo Fighters, Metallica, Shinedown, My Chemical Romance, Sum 41, Pearl Jam, Stone Sour, Volbeat, Slash, Paramore (before they sold out), Led Zeppelin, Alter Bridge, Van Halen, Guns ‘N Roses, Green Day, AC/DC
Hobbies: Lifting stuff, making stuff out of wood, outdoors stuff, camping stuff, watching Game of Stuff, Saturday stuff with the boys
Coming from a small town in the South Western corner of the state, Kurt has wanted to be a rock star for as long as he can remember. He is so dedicated to music he has gone to school for it, and has turned himself into a musical powerhouse. He puts everything he has into each performance, even if it's only his mom in the audience. Kurt also enjoys training for strongman competitions and wood working, having designed and built his own guitar.
Musial Inspirations: Neil Peart, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Smith
Favorite Bands: Rush, The E Street Band, Alter Bridge, Styx, Nickelback, Nothing More, Foo Fighters
Hobbies: Exercise, camping, reading, nerdy things, drinking with the boys on a Saturday
Mike has been playing shows in bars since he was about 14, and his experience shows. Growing up down the road from Wes, most of his playtime has been with him (probably too much). His rhythmic style and energetic performance add perfectly to the ensemble. Considered the egg head of the group, Mike has a scientific degree and enjoys several intellectual pursuits; despite the other band members making fun of him.
Musical Inspirations: Clarence Clemons, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Chad Kroeger, Dave Grohl, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Glenn Miller, Adam Levine, John Mayer, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi
Favorite Bands: Foo Fighters, Nickelback, The Animals, The Monkees, My Chemical Romance, Maroon 5, Sum 41, Good Charlotte, All American Rejects, Fall Out Boy, Seether, Shinedown, Third Eye Blind, Weezer, Outkast
Hobbies: Spending time outdoors near any body of water, cracking open cold ones with the boys (especially on Saturdays), playing recreational sports with friends such as volleyball, golf, and softball, and cruising in a car with good speakers and jamming to any rock/pop/EDM jams.
Wes has been playing in bands with Mike for the better part of a decade. He has become quite a performer since then, showing everyone around him exactly how to have a good time. He's not just a one trick pony either, boasting talent on the bass, saxophone, and vocals. There is nothing Wes loves more than putting on a killer show with his boys. Beyond playing music and working, you can find Wes doing any recreational activity you can think of.