Melophobix

We make music. Groovy music.

What We Do

Melophobix is a seven-piece Reggae / Rock / Fusion / Funk band based out of Grand Rapids, MI. Their line up consists of two guitar players / vocalists, bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, and saxophone.  This group of well-trained musicians derives from a plethora of genres, molded together in their own unique style.  Shows are well crafted, exciting, dynamic, high-energy, and entertaining. The members of Melophobix are no strangers to the stage.  Experience ranges from nationally recognized vocal jazz ensembles to local heavy metal bands.  Even prior to forming Melophobix, the members have gigged in many different cities, states, and even countries.  Within the group, they are comprised of decades worth of experience playing and performing.  Considered primarily an original band; most of the group's repertoire has been written and composed as a collective effort. This being said, they still enjoy honoring some of their favorite musicians by covering their material. 

Melophobix is a seven-piece Reggae / Rock / Fusion / Funk band based out of Grand Rapids, MI. Their line up consists of two guitar players / vocalists, bass, drums, keyboards, trumpet, and saxophone.  This group of well-trained musicians derives from a plethora of genres, molded together in their own unique style.  Shows are well crafted, exciting, dynamic, high-energy, and entertaining.

The members of Melophobix are no strangers to the stage.  Experience ranges from nationally recognized vocal jazz ensembles to local heavy metal bands.  Even prior to forming Melophobix, the members have gigged in many different cities, states, and even countries.  Within the group, they are comprised of decades worth of experience playing and performing. 

Considered primarily an original band; most of the group's repertoire has been written and composed as a collective effort. This being said, they still enjoy honoring some of their favorite musicians by covering their material. 


 

Name: Geoff Hansen
Role: Trumpet and Vocals
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Hometown: Hudsonville, MI
College: Western Michigan University – Bachelor’s in Music Education.
Prior/Current Projects: Shimmie Pearl, The Hark Up Big Band, Gold Company

 

Name: Adam Parada
Role: All things Keys
Birthplace: Petoskey, MI
Hometown: Harbor Springs, MI
College: University of Michigan – Bachelor’s in Psychology
Prior/Current Projects: Groove Percussion Group (U of M).
Currently accepting students for lessons at Southtown Guitar in Grand Rapids, MI.

 

Name: Nate Hansen
Role: Saxophones / Ewi
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Hometown: Hudsonville, MI
College: Grand Valley State University – Bachelor’s in Computer Science / Software Engineering
Prior/Current Projects: The Soul Syndicate, The Hark Up Big Band, Nova Project, BBOP, Interlochen All-State Orchestra

 

Name: Matt McElliott
Role: Bass Guitar
Birthplace: Detroit, MI
Hometown: Forest Hills, MI
College: (undergrad) University of Michigan - Cellular & Molecular Biology
Grad-School: Grand Valley State University – Epidemiology
Prior/Current Projects: Session musician with various local artists, Nova Project

 

Name: Matt Perlman
Role: Percussion
Birthplace: Brighton, MI
Hometown: Brighton, MI
College: Central Michigan University – Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management
Prior/Current Projects: Drummer at Mojo’s Dueling Piano Bar.

 

Name: Stefan Schwartz
Role: Vocals and Guitar
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, PA
Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI
College: Grand Valley State University – Bachelor’s in International Business & Marketing; German Language and Culture
Prior/Current Projects: Former tour manager with Gunnar & The Grizzly Boys, former bass player with The Legal Immigrants, Open Mic Host.

 

Name: Zack Volkers
Role: Guitars and Vocals
Hometown: Hudsonville, MI
College: Culinary Institute of Michigan – Degree in Culinary Arts.
Prior/Current Projects: Session guitarist with Ajax Stacks and other local artists, Nova Project, Open Mic Host