The Vermont Joy Band spent a week in Ticonderoga preparing for his next tour. The band includes Anna Pardenik on guitar, Dan Fancher on percussion, Taylor Smith on bass, Ben Aleshire on cornet and sousaphone, Galen Peria on accordion and piano, Devin Robinson on double bass and Benjamin Strosberg on banjo and washboard. Peria, a Ti native, is kneeling at the right.
continued The Vermont Joy Parade is a seven piece ensemble featuring banjo, trumpet, accordion, guitar, upright bass and drums/percussion. Other members of the group include Anna Pardenik, Dan Fancher and Taylor Smith.
It plays a blend of Americana, old-time, country, blues, Dixieland, Cajun, jug and “suspender fusion.”
“Suspender fusion means music that sounds like it was played by a guy wearing suspenders,” Peria explained.
Vermont Joy Parade is a self-described “grassroots” band. It has no manager and no promotional assistance. Members tour and live on the bus.
“The bus is the eighth member of the band,” Peria said. “It’s magical. When we roll into a town it attracts a lot of attention. It’s great for stirring up curiosity.”
“It’s all about having fun and making music,” Strosberg said. “We have scheduled concerts, but we also just decide to pull over in a town and start to play music. It’s common for us to play on a street or in a park with no notice, no planning. We’ve played in Walmart parking lots, at gas stations, all over.”
Vermont Joy Parade did just that in Ticonderoga twice — once on a Lake George Avenue lawn and again at Heritage Commons nursing home.
The band came together mostly by chance. Members hail from all over, but were attracted to Burlington because of the city’s ever-growing music scene.
“The collection of talent in Burlington is amazing,” Peria said. “In a few years Burlington will be mentioned right along with New Orleans and Memphis.”