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JavaMusiK features the music of Colorado musician Jeffrey van D - aka Jeff Van Devender.

Born & raised in Iowa, Van Devender benefited from his parents providing piano lessons for him, starting in third grade through college. After taking nearly a year off in 7th grade, an Elton John song forced him to return to the bench of a piano teacher in order to gain the necessary skills for mastery of that song by his newfound musical hero of the day.

Composition became a hobby throughout his college years, spawned by his music theory classes & has gradually blossomed into a passion eventually leading to 'Ascend,' 'Bending Chords' & 'Don't Ever Forget.'



Why this name?
Why This Name?
Some of the earlier venues to feature Van Devender's live performances were coffeehouses.
The music has a coffeehouse feel to it & the name just seemed to fit.



Do you play live?
Do you play live?
*St. John's Episcopal Church - New Castle, CO; Sundays
*First United Methodist Church - Glenwood Springs, CO; Sundays
*YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park & Granby, CO; Summers
*Your town - Whenever you're ready!

In 2005, Jeff toured cross country from Chicago to California playing in a variety of venues including churches, camps, coffeehouses, hotel lobbies and theaters bringing his music to enthusiastic audiences of many sizes across the western U.S. 2010, saw a return to form, of sorts, with the newly released Don't Ever Forget needing to be promoted. Summertime performances throughout CO, IA, IL & WI led Jeff to his most ambitious playing schedule yet. Van Devender states, "Playing live is what gets people interested in my music. No two shows are ever alike, but the anticipation & excitement before, during & after a show makes getting out & playing for others a unique & rewarding experience!"

"I truly enjoy witnessing the reaction my music brings from people when they hear my music for the first time," Jeff says of his touring experience. "Even though I am not that well known, people often come up to me afterwards and treat me as though I just pranced down the red carpet. If they only knew... HA!"

2003-04 saw Jeff in the capacity as lobby/bar/restaurant pianist for 3 prominent hotels/attractions in Aspen, Estes Park & Glenwood Springs, CO. While making for a demanding schedule, Jeff saw many benefits from serving this industry for a time.

Occasionally, Jeff's music has served as a charitable cause in various forms, not the least of which his dedication Storm King Sacrifice has proven. In the wake of the South Canyon fire, which claimed the lives of 14 firefighters, Van Devender's music serves as a reminder that they will not be forgotten. As a witness that fateful day who still drives past the site almost daily, Van Devender's memory of the event nearly 15 years later has not faded. Storm King Sacrifice was written as a tribute to firefighters everywhere who march into situations where others would dare not tread.



How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
How does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
The internet has increased the accessibility of the broad range of music being created today, so that anyone who has a recording of themselves can suddenly make it literally available worldwide. That is huge!

'Autumn Chill' was our first song to reach the coveted #1 position on the SoundClick Contemporary Classical Charts, where over 4,500 songs are hosted. Next, 'After The Rain' achieved the same pinnacle. More recently, 'Strive' achieved this distinction on that same Contemporary Classical Chart and Rocky Mountain Rag also graced the top of the Dixieland Jazz listing (although Ragtime would be a better fit, if there was such a listing). These charts are updated once per day based on the number of plays and feedback a song receives.



Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
If a lawyer (whom I trusted) and my instincts were to assure me that I wasn't selling my soul, I would entertain offers.


Band History:
Band History:
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Education:
High School Diploma - Oskaloosa, Iowa (1980)
-Band President for the award-winning concert, marching & jazz bands. Also in chorus, orchestra & the musical production Man of La Mancha as a cast member.

BA - Music Business: Northeast Missouri State University - now Truman State University; Kirksville, MO (1985)
- Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Chapter Vice President

BME - Teacher Certification: University of Northern Colorado; Greeley, CO (1990)
- Golden Key Recipient

Masters Degree - MMEd: VanderCook College of Music; Chicago, IL (2008)





Professional History:
- Colorado Music Educator Assn State General Music Chair Elect (2013-present)
Elementary Music Ed.: New Castle, CO (2008-present)
Elementary Music Ed.: Parachute, CO (2001-2008)
- Colorado Music Education Assn State Board Rep. (2006-12)
HS/MS Band/Vocal Ed.: Garfield Co., CO (1998-2001)
HS/MS Band/Vocal Ed.: North Kossuth, IA (1995-1998)
Elementary Music Ed.: Eagle County, CO (1991-1995)
Sales Rep. - Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (1989-1990)
Store Manager - Transworld Music Corp., Milwaukee, WI (1986-1989)
News Production - KTVO, ABC Affiliate; Kirksville, MO (1983-1985)
Conferences A/V - YMCA of The Rockies; Estes Park, CO (1983,1986)


Your influences?
Who are some of your musical influences?
So many!
To name a few - my parents, Elton John, George Winston, Keith Jarrett, David Lanz, Lyle Mays, Pat Metheny, Beethoven & Mozart, The Beatles, Van Halen, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Bill Evans, Jim Brickman, Keith Emerson.....



Favorite spot?
Do you have a favorite spot or city?
I would love to travel & visit all the corners of the earth,
but the place I really don't want to miss is Jerusalem. I really enjoyed my visit to the Canadian Rockies summer 2008 & look forward to a return visit! I also love returning home, whether it be where I live currently or in the past.



Equipment used:
What equipment do you use?
1981 Yamaha G1 Grand Piano
Oberheim Eclipse 88 Key Digital Piano
Alesis S4 Sound Module
Yamaha MG82CX Stereo Mixer
Dual Roland KC 350 Amplifiers




Anything else?
Buy my cd's & help me get my twins' college fund going! Available at cdbaby.com.

Each song is also available for digital download at iTunes.




Jeff is putting together a Spring/Summer schedule of concerts in promotion of his lastest cd, 'Don't Ever Forget.' To bring Jeff to your area or hire him for an event, please contact us via the 'Contact' link on this page.




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