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Enter a world of music where catchy dances with brilliance. Where “pop” isn’t a four-letter word. In this world a piano is a billboard, a ladder or a stomp box when not played backwards. Drums are meant to be torn apart and played by everyone. In this world, six musicians equal four. Enter the world of Foxfield Four.

Led by the classically trained pianist, David James, Foxfield Four is a pop-rock, piano-driven spectacle in the tradition of Ben Folds and Jerry Lee Lewis, whose energy and prowess on stage reminds their listeners that music can be both technical and inviting; honest and exciting. With his brother, Preston, and fellow Denverites, Wes Barton and Mike Albrecht, James takes the audience on a roller coaster of dynamic melodies, fun-loving harmonies, gripping rhythms and supernatural solos.

Their 2010 album, “Street Performer”, released under the moniker, The David James Band, garnered local praise for its catchy melodies and jazz-inspired style. The final track, “Alcohol.edu”, earned James the BMI John Lennon Scholarship. The album spins on 93.3FM KTCL, 97.3FM KBCO, Colorado Public Radio, Pandora and multiple other stations around the country. Musicians and non-musicians alike can appreciate the band’s ardent approach to writing and inspired live performances.

By 2012, Foxfield Four included a horn section, with Colton Crandell on trumpet and Josh Clark on sax. Recently opening for Mayer Hawthorne, The Head and the Heart and chosen to perform in Denver’s Westword Music Showcase 2013, Foxfield Four continues to propel forward, releasing their sophomore EP, “Weatherman”, in early 2013. With a guest appearance by American Idol’s Mathenee Treco on its title track, “Weatherman” is already a hit amongst critics and fans alike. Consistent with their determination to throw caution to convention, this six-member four-piece dazzles fans with an up-tempo and mature groove, sprinkled with a healthy dose of James’ acrobatic piano gymnastics – continuing their never-ending quest for “Pop Music Rehabilitation”.

Band Bio:

David James – Piano/Lead Vocals 

David James studied classical piano at the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Music under world-renowned pianist Dr. Andrew Cooperstock. After years of playing pieces by his favorite composers Liszt and Rachmaninoff, David moved on to studying jazz and composition. In 2007 he was awarded the BMI Foundation’s John Lennon Scholarship for Songwriters for the song “Overrated” (Alcohol.edu on the Street Performer album). He strives to create popular music that is both listenable and technically challenging. He currently lives in Denver, CO.

Preston Smits – Bass/Vocals 

Preston received his education from the University of Colorado at Denver in sound engineering and currently designs audio systems for premier performance venues. During his spare time he runs Wave Stable Studio in Denver, CO. In addition to The David James Band, Preston has performed in big band jazz, choral a-cappella, and three-piece hard rock groups.

Mike Albrecht – Guitar/Vocals

Primarily a self-taught guitarist, Mike was raised in a family of musicians and singers. He picked up the guitar at age 14 after being inspired by watching his father and other family members perform. Mike has played locally, toured, and recorded with several bands in Colorado, beginning when he was 17 years old.

Wes Barton -Drums/Vocals

Wes studied classical percussion and drum set under Dr. Douglas Walter at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he received his bachelor’s degree in music while performing in percussion ensembles, jazz groups, and symphonic ensembles. Wes also studied marching music for several years, performing and touring the country on snare drum with the Glassmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Since 2007, Wes Barton has been teaching and playing drum set professionally in the Denver area. He also performs with the indie-rock band Ivory Drive, which released a debut album in August of 2009.

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