Junior Varsity Biography: Band, Songs, Albums, Review, Wikipedia
Junior Varsity is an American pop punk band hailing from Franklin, Tennessee. The band comprises lead vocalist and guitarist Andy Johnson, bassist Sean Smith, and drummer Jeremy Williams.
Junior Varsity‘s high-energy live performances and catchy, upbeat music have won them a devoted following of fans throughout the United States and beyond.
- Name: Junior Varsity
- Origin: Normal, Illinois, U.S.
- Genre: Emo, alternative rock
- Years Active: 2002-present
- Labels: None
- Members: Andy Wildrick, Asa Dawson, Sergio Coronado, Chris Birch, Nik Dodson, Brandon Carnes, Noah Wenger, Toney Pecks
The Junior Varsity was founded in 2002 by Andy Wildrick, who had previously been a member of a local band called Winner Takes All. Some songs written during that time were later recorded as Junior Varsity songs.
The band initially consisted of Noah Wenger on lead vocals and released a self-produced E.P. in 2002. Over time, the band’s lineup changed and eventually included Asa Dawson on bass guitar and vocals, Andy Wildrick on lead guitar, Sergio Coronado on rhythm guitar, Chris Birch on drums, and Nick Dodson on keyboards.
Their first full-length album, The Great Compromise, was released on British Records in 2004 while the band members were still in college. Critics well received it, and the following year, the band recorded a cover of “Raining in Baltimore” for a Counting Crows tribute album.
After touring frequently in the Chicago area, the band signed with Victory Records in 2004. Their album, Wide Eyed, was produced by Matt Squire and released on Victory in 2005. The band participated in the Warped Tour in 2005 and 2006 while touring in support of the album. They also opened for a number of well-known emo and punk acts, including Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes, and Good Charlotte. They toured in the U.K. early in 2006, supporting The Academy Is… and Panic! at the Disco.
The Junior Varsity released their third L.P., Cinematographic, in 2007. They were set to tour with Permanent Me and Scenes from a Movie but canceled after Asa Dawson left the band. The Junior Varsity announced that they would be going on indefinite hiatus in 2007, with the band members attending college but occasionally doing one-off shows locally in Illinois. The band had their official farewell show in December 2007.
In 2010, The Junior Varsity played a reunion show in Springfield, Illinois, and in 2016, they planned a short reunion tour in four cities.
Not much is known about the personal lives of Junior Varsity members, as they tend to keep a low profile outside of their music careers.
As of 2023, it isn’t easy to estimate Junior Varsity’s net worth as they are an independent band without a major record label backing them.
However, their consistent touring and dedicated fanbase suggest they are financially stable and can support themselves through their music career.
- Instagram: @Juniorvasity
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