GrooveYard is a sizzling, soulful band that puts its own unique spin on a wide array
of music, and is centred on the talents of 1996 JUNO Award winners, and four-time JUNO nominees
Michael Occhipinti and Paul Neufeld of the group NOJO (Neufeld-Occhipinti Jazz Orchestra),
the Colour of Soul's Lester McLean on vocals and saxophone, and the rhythm section of
Mike Pellarin (bass) and Doan Pham (drums).
GrooveYard performs in a variety of settings, including corporate functions, weddings,
local music clubs, and private parties. The group ranges in size from a quintet to a larger
band that can include an additional female vocalist and a great R&B horn section. The
versatility and skills of the musicians in the band allow GrooveYard to effortlessly
switch from elegant jazz to funky dance music, and audiences are always impressed by the
repertoire of the band and the high level of musicianship with which it is performed.
Frontman Lester McLean is doubly gifted with a dynamic singing voice and a natural gift for
getting audiences to have a great time, which is what GrooveYard is all about.
GrooveYard has a great word-of-mouth reputation, and some of the band's clients include
The Toronto Raptors, TSN, Global Televison, World Partnership Walk, Unisource, and numerous
clients with happy memories of their private parties and weddings.
GrooveYard has a versatile repertoire that draws on classic R&B, soul, reggae, and jazz,
and while some titles may not be familiar as dance music, GrooveYard loves to put a new groove
to the unexpected.
GrooveYard will also personalize its repertoire to accommodate everything from ceremonial
music to specific requests for bridal dances to simply ensuring that your favourite songs get performed.