Welcome from The Brian Holtz Band  !  We appreciate you taking a few minutes to check out our website.

Come see u
s at any of the dates on our calendar and you'll experience a full evening of live music that moves you, rocks you and makes you want to get up on your feet.

We'll play your favorites in a fresh new way, introduce you to hidden gems you're sure to love and bring you plenty of Brian's own inspired originals - great new tunes that are straight-from-the-heart classics and always crowd-pleasing favorites.
So enjoy, thanks for stopping by and come see us soon ! 

 We are pleased to announce the newest member of the band, Rob Kirkendall. Rob has began rehearsing with the band and his first show with us will be The Hull Ave show on February 6th Rob is a keyboard artist and will add a new sound to the band bringing with him the ever sought after Hammond B3 sound as well as horn parts to make songs more powerful. 

                                                       The Brian Holtz Band
                                                                       Brian Holtz
                                                                                   Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar and keyboards
                                                                   Richard Snyder
                                                                                                               Bass guitar
                                                                  Grover Kirkman
                                                                                                               Lead guitar
                                                                   Brandon Smith

                                                                                                       Rob Kirkendall

Attention Club owners and those interested in booking The Brian Holtz Band - please call Brian at 515-255-3615 to get on our calendar.

You'll find performance videos at the bottom of this page.  And on behalf of The Brian Holtz Band, thank you for supporting LIVE MUSIC. And thank you so much for making it possible for musicians like us to do what we love most-   playing our music for you. 

 The following article from Des Moines City View Magazine was written by 
Chad Taylor, a well- respected music critic in the Des Moines area.

Sound Circuit by Chad Taylor

                                               " Better late than never "

      Unlike virtually everyone else in the local music scene, Brian Holtz did not come to music as a toddler, amped up and ready to rock. Instead, Holtz came to the game later than perhaps anyone else performing in town today. "I was a cop for 30 years" he said." I retried in 2005 (from) the Sheriffs Office. Six months before I retired I was driving home with my wife and I said I think I know what I want to do after I retire. I think I want to be a muscian," and she said "that's great Brian but don't you have to play something".

And so it came to be that Holtz freshly retired and with nothing but time on his hands decided to learn a new skill. "I was at a stop light downtown one day" he said recalling the day he found his first instrument. "I see this set of conga drums in a store window for 75.00 I walked in paid for them took them home".

"For the next three months I did nothing, 24/7, except play with Tito Puente and Santana records learning how to play those conga drums". From there open jams and gigs with friends came along. Eventually that led to a stint with the Bob Pace Band where Holtz added guitar to his repertoire and garnered invaluable experience playing with some of the best musicians around. Holtz finally left the gig because as he puts it he had this wacky idea that he could write music. "So for the next year I sat in my solarium and wrote he continued.

After spending time as a solo  artist playing a mixture of originals and covers at various places around the state Holtz decided to add a few other musicians and start a band.

Brandon Smith (Drums)    Grover Kirkman (Lead Guitar)  Rich Snyder (Bass)   

Since then he has tried out his share of musicians he says he has gone through 8 musicians in the bands 4 years but is finally completely happy with the roster as it stands. He sees a bigger future ahead for the Brian Holtz Band.

I'm a big Tower of Power fan he said thats my dream at the end of this thing.
I want to add some horns and some chics to sing backup. But thats down the road.

What some are saying about The BHB...

Jim Parker (Drummer for Tony Valdez & Sumpin Do)(Facebook Oct 5th 10:27pm) 
"Went to the Longest Yard in WDM had a late dinner. Watched the Brian Holtz Band. Really a very good band. Go see them. Brian's a funny bastard".

Bill Clark(Facebook Oct 6th 12:pm) "Seen the band at Beaverdale Fall Fest a couple times now. Good stuff!"

Kathy McDole-Parkins (Facebook May 6th BenchWarmers Ankeny) "Some of us went to see Brian Holtz perform and he was awesome"

Barb Baker-Miller (FaceBook March 31st Summerset Winery) "Thank you for today, You guys sounded great and please give all the guys in the band my sincere Thanks".

Tammy Rude (Facebook May 16th/ West Des Moines Farmers Market)  "My buddy Brian Holtz and his band are entertainng the Valley Junction area today with special guest Chris Curry Harter on harmonica...Head out and catch these guys!" 

Laurie Flemming (Facebook May 26th/Greenwood show) "I had a great time last night...WOW Go Brian! The band sounds GREAT"

Scott Edward Davis (Facebook May 26th/Greenwood Show) "Nice job last night-enjoyed-will hear more"

Marigene Swingen of waterloo (Facebook comment about our new CD)  "I am SO enjoying the CD. First thought Runaway Knife was my fav. And I do LOVE that one,but Baby I'm Gone Is IT for me. They are all good and I love the beat to all of them, but Here's a new rule for you, don't treat me like a fool! put it over the top for me.

Amy Costa
(Owner of Gene's Place, Performance dates July 10 & 11 2015/Comments Facebook 7/13/15)

"The Brian Holtz Band is one of the most talented bands we have had play here and it was such a great pleasure hanging out with them the last two nights. Good people, good times and always great making new friends.
Thank You Brian Holtz Band for one hell of a weekend!!!

The Brian Holtz Band is a part of the Iowa Music Scene (Based out of Des Moines), but its impact where ever we play is growing and evident. Our customer base for the music we play is adults 30 years old and up. Our music is R & B, Blues and 60's & 70's and all within our arrangements to make every song rhythmic and danceable.
In the summer of 2005 Brian retired from a career in Law Enforcement. Fulfilling his dream to be a musician was the first order of business. He began teaching himself several instruments and going to every open mic and jam session he could find and during those years he became aquinted with and played with such notable Des Moines musicians as  Janey Hooper, Bob Pace, Doug Johnson, Del Jones, Steve George, Tina Haas Findly and George  & Gil Davis (Sumpin Do). These musicians saw a passion and strong desire in Brian and mentored him to where he is today, as the leader of his own band, The Brian Holtz Band. Brian also developed a musical relationship with Lee Bell owner of Wolfer Sound who also took on the mentor role in teaching Brian recording techniques as well as  the business side of music.

To Book The Brian Holtz Band contact;
Brian Holtz @ 515-255-3615 or you can send an email using the below email form. You may also use the below form to contact anyone in the band as long as you indicate who it is and your email will be forwarded.
The Brian Holtz Band can be booked for any size audience.



Brian Holtz Band

Isle Casino, Waterloo

Feb. 26 & 27



Brian Holtz Band

Isle Casino, Waterloo

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Brian Holtz & Grover Kirkman

Annalise Winery, Indianola



Brian Holtz Band

The Downunder, Clive



Brian Holtz Band

The Greenwood Lounge, Des Moines

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