Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar and keyboards
Lead guitar, Lead and Background vocals
Attn: Club Owners and those interested in booking The Brian Holtz Band, you will find video's at the bottom of this page and to book a date for The Brian Holtz Band please call
Brian @ 515-255-3615 or Lori VanGroningen @ 515-360-0832 but whoever you book please continue to support LIVE music and on behalf of us in The Brian Holtz Band we'd like to Thank those who provide a place for musicians to perform what they Love...and that's music
Exciting News!!! Mark your calendars for Saturday August 15th....The Brian Holtz Band returns to The Greenwood Lounge after almost two years.
This is an article from Des Moines City View magazine dated August 13, 2015. The article 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. 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.
Wednesday June 24th Cancellation: For the past four years I have been playing in different configurations of the band, jam musicians and solo at the Valley Junction Farmers Market. I have always played in the same location on the sidewalk in front of Dennis Victors store "Fishlips Three". It has come time to no longer play Valley Junction due to a busy schedule but more importantly because of the health issues I've developed in the past year that have slowed me down significantly. I have to channel all my energy towards the bands performances and unfortunatly something had to go.
I want to "Thank" Dennis Victor for the opportunity over the past four years giving me and the band a place to showcase our music. I also wish to "Thank" the following musicians for giving of their time and NO pay but just showed up to play for the LOVE of the music.
Rich Snyder, Curtis Fiason, Kim Mason, Bill Jouris, Lee Bell, Cecil White and Jason Kipishky. Thanks to all.....
August 14,2015 Show cancellation; Due to a situation beyond our control at Tally's Restaurant the band's performance scheduled for September 19th has been cancelled.
Welcome to The Brian Holtz Bands website we appreciate you taking a few minutes out of your day to check the band out.
This band was formed with a vision to entertain by performing music in two areas. One, cover tunes that most bands don't perform and two, original music that Brian writes. The band will sprinkle about twelve of Brian's tunes throughout
a performance and our cover tunes are all re-arranged so they have our bands sound and edge to them.
Here's what some have said about The Brian Holtz Band....
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.
(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 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 Lori VanGroningen@515-360-0832
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.