April Verch Band
The April Verch Band features world-class musicians Cody Walters on upright-electric bass and banjo, and Alex Rubin on guitar or Korey Brodsky on guitar and mandolin (see dates noted below.) Together, these passionate musicians tour tirelessly across Canada, the United States, the U.K., Europe, Australia & China. They have established a reputation as consummate performers, winning over audiences not only with sheer virtuosity on their respective instruments, but also with charm, humor and boundless energy on stage.
Cody grew up in rural northeastern Kansas, and started playing upright bass while attending college at the University of Kansas in 1999. The sound of the instrument grabbed hold of him and never let go. He has since played in various bands, performing different styles of music, from bluegrass to old-time, jazz to Latin, folk and country and most spots in between. More recently he has added the claw hammer banjo to his roster of talents, adding a melody to the low end of his sound. His banjo style has quickly become his own and is one of the highlights of an AVB concert, especially for old time fans! He currently resides in Horse Shoe, North Carolina and has been a member of the April Verch Band since January 2007.
Alex is a Boston-based guitarist and educator. At the age of 17, Alex turned his musical interests from classical violin to bluegrass guitar, and has yet to reconsider. After completing an undergraduate biology degree at Cornell University in 2011, he returned to the vibrant Boston music bluegrass scene, studying privately with Berklee professor John McGann. In 2014, Alex started the folk duo, No Bones About It, with banjoist BB Bowness. Together they have performed around the northeast, including performances at the Freshgrass Music Festival and Club Passim, as well as completing a country-wide tour of New Zealand. Alex proudly joined the April Verch Band in March 2016.
Korey Brodsky (Feb 23 – Apr 28 & May 19 – beyond)
Originally from Connecticut and now residing in Boston, Korey Brodsky is currently a performance major at the Berklee College of Music. At the age of 4 he picked up his first guitar, and then at 11, the mandolin. Korey has been featured in numerous publications such as Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Bluegrass Unlimited. In 2013 he was a member of the IBMA Youth All Star Band and in 2018 was selected to be a part of the Acoustic Music Seminar. Since attending Berklee, Korey has expanded his extensive background in bluegrass music by studying solo Bach, old time, and jazz. While in Boston, Korey teaches guitar and mandolin lessons and frequently plays with various local bands. The April Verch Band welcomed Korey in February 2020.