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Best friends and musical partners since the age of six, Jonathan Jonah and Matthew Shapiro share a love of music. For many years, they collaborated - performing with rock and punk bands both nationally and internationally, producing many musical projects, and working side by side with world-renowned music producers. Even when life took them down different paths, that musical connection eventually brought them back together. When the two trained musicians started jamming, exploring music, and organically writing songs to entertain the kids they loved to dearly (Jonathan's young nephews and Matthew's daughter) the duo discovered a new audience for their music - children and their parents! The BeatBuds were born!

The BeatBuds create children's music with a contemporary sound familiar to adults. Their songs entertain kids and resonate with the parents too. Through the use of major and minor keys and rhythmic and melody exploration, The BeatBuds compose and perform catchy tunes that are rich in both spirit and message.

 

At an early age, Matty started drumming on everything he could get his hands on. “The beat” became an obsession and a drum set and drum lessons soon followed. After years of touring and performing nationwide, Matty pursued his next passion, family. Through the satisfaction he got from teaching music to his first born and with co founder, Jonathan Jonah, The BeatBuds was born. A degree from the The Los Angeles Music Academy and pursuing courses in early age music education, bringing music to young children became a passion. Matty thoroughly enjoys giving young children a fun and educational introduction into the world of music.

Jonny got bit by the music bug early in life the first time he heard Elvis Presley. At 5 years of age he began taking guitar lessons and has been immersed in a life of music ever since. Touring the world, both past and present, Jonny’s life is based around his passion for music. This led to founding The BeatBuds with his life-long friend Matthew Shapiro. A degree in Musical Arts from California State University at Northridge and a background in music education enables Jonny to bring his love and passion for music to people of all ages everywhere.

MATTY SHAPIRO (FOUNDER)
DRUMS, PERCUSSION, VOCALS

JONNY JONAH (FOUNDER)
GUITAR, PERCUSSION, VOCALS

After falling in love with music in grade school, Marc attended university in Washington D.C., and joined one of the area’s most established reggae acts. Marc moved to Philadelphia, to pursue his passion for music, which led to a 5 year stint with one of Philadelphia’s premier children’s music outfits. In 2012 Marc and his family move to Los Angeles where he has continued to exercise his writing and teaching abilities. In early 2014 he joined forces with The BeatBuds where he could once again enjoy bringing music to young children. His skill set and ability to engage and teach children is unique and epitome of a “BeatBud” . You can see Marc all over town with The BeatBuds bringing children a good time with music. Marc is from Long Island, New York, and has been playing the guitar, singing with a focus on songwriting for over 20 years.

Max was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and has been playing the drums for just over 20 years. After getting a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with an emphasis on political science from the University of Colorado, he decided to head to Los Angeles and follow his life-long dream of becoming a professional musician. After a few years of playing the local scene, he decided to attend the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California where he graduated with a degree in Drum Performance. He has studied under drum legends Gregg Bissonette, Glen Sobel, Thomas Lang, and Kenny Aronoff to name a few. Max is a private drum instructor and session player in the Los Angeles area.


“I love jamming with The BeatBuds because every show is a new experience. The energy runs high, and it’s just so fun to interact with the kids, what a blast!”

Originally hailing from Rochester, NY, Zeke has been performing all his life. Having taken guitar lessons with a private instructor as a pre teen, he developed a musical ability that not only enhanced his performance skills, but truly gave him a creative outlet for years to come. Zeke moved on to attend Northwestern University and simultaneously created the Chicago children’s band The Bouncy Castle. In addition, he performed his own hour-long kids show, Mu-Zeke Nonstop! After moving to Los Angeles, Zeke landed a regular gig with the Striking Viking Story Pirates, enrolled at Antioch University for a Master’s Degree in Child Psychology, and offers guitar lessons for various age groups. Zeke loves dogs and board games and cannot wait to rock out with you!


“I love jamming with The BeatBuds because our songs bring joy to rockstars of all ages! I love spreading happiness and positivity with the BeatBuds. See you at the show!”

MARC BRAUNSTEIN
GUITAR, PERCUSSION, VOCALS

MAX MARS
DRUMS, PERCUSSION, VOCALS

ZEKE SULKES
GUITAR, PERCUSSION, VOCALS

Colin has been a professional drummer/percussionist since 2004. He studied percussion at Snow College and Utah State University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance. His continuous years of drum set study have enabled him to perform a large variety of styles including jazz, rock, latin, funk, metal, punk, country, reggae, new orleans and hip hop. Not only a drum set player, Colin is also a professional orchestral percussionist and has performed in many classical ensembles during his career. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2015, he has kept himself busy performing with a large variety of established groups/artists, performing music that ranges from broadway musicals to hip-hop and R&B. He has performed in night clubs, concert halls, and cruise ships traveling around the world. Colin has had the great opportunity to work and study with world renowned musicians including Jay Lawrence, Carl Allen, Ben Wolfe, Scott Wilson, James Burton III, Ron Blake, Rich Dixon, Rodney Jones, Benny Green, Steve Meredith, Bernie Dresel, Gordon Goodwin, Andy Martin, Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Sal Lozano, and Steve Davis. In The BeatBuds, Colin genuinely enjoys the interaction with the children and the members of the team. “The team is always in a good mood, and ready to put smiles on the kids’ faces! The children are great to play with and are always so excited when we show up. There is never a dull moment in The BeatBuds as the kids keep us on our toes. Good times!”

Born and raised in Saratoga Springs, NY, Jayce has been working in music his entire life. Originally trained in classical and jazz percussion, Jayce performed alongside the U.S. Army band at 15 years old. After high school he followed his passion for songwriting and performance, writing songs that would be used on the Disney Channel, the E! Network, MTV and more! His song “Not Your Birthday” featured in the Disney movie “Prom” also cracked the Billboard charts. Jayce loves sharing his passion for music, songs and instruments with the kids and can’t wait to rock with you at the next Beatbuds appearance!


“I love jamming with the Beatbuds and all the Beat Buddies! The kids have such an infectious energy. Whether it’s their first time seeing the Beatbuds, or their 100th time, they really make the performances special every day! I can’t wait to have you in the band!”

 

COLIN JENSEN
DRUMS, PERCUSSION, VOCALS

JAYCE KALINKEWICZ
GUITAR, PRECUSSION, VOCALS