PANDAS & PEOPLE
How They Got Here
Since Pandas & People’s debut in 2013, the Colorado-based band has found themselves attracting the attention of famed artists, diehard fans, and national radio. With a unique sound blending traditional folk and hook laden songwriting, P&P’s recorded material continues to become more eclectic with each release.
Their recently released album, “Out to Sea” showcases a new venture into a realm of traditional folk bridged with alternative rock, crafting an earnest and personal blend of sound, with gripping Mandolin melodies, moving lyrics and edgy rhythms sections. Only weeks after it’s release, “Out to Sea” charted in the NACC top 200 charts nationally, receiving regular airplay across the country from both college and commercial radio - subsequently leading to single’s “Find You” and “On My Way” breaking into the top 10 Shazam charts in the Denver-Metro area.
In recent years, the band has received several accolades, including being named “Audience Favorite” in KTCL’s Hometown for the Holiday’s competition and a two-time winner of “Best Folk Band” in 2016 and “Best Americana Act” in 2017 by Colorado’s renowned Westword Magazine.
Sharing the stage with well-known acts like Twenty One Pilots, The Doobie Brothers, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Leftover Salmon, Judah & the Lion and many more, Pandas & People are no strangers to a large audience. As a whole, the band continues to thrive not only in the Colorado music scene, but all over the country, and they are set to release new music in the spring of 2020.
Lead Vocals / Acoustic Guitar
Hailing from Fort Collins, CO, Joshua Scheer founded Pandas & People in the fall of 2013.
John De Sousa is from South Florida and got his start with music in school on Trombone. After getting his degree in Trombone & Bass performance, he moved around the country eventually landing in the mountains of Colorado. John has toured the country and played the Denver music scene extensively over the last 8 years, most notably playing with his band Malai Llama and including several sit-ins with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats. You can usually find him going to shows around town when there’s not a global pandemic. He currently works at DU Law School and is pursuing his Master’s in Adult Learning. He says he is “stoked to join the Panda family and can’t wait to see everyone out there when we get to start playing some of the new music we’ve been cooking up in quarantine.”
Lead Guitar / Vocals
Beau Osland was born and raised in the Denver area, where he was a founding member of local bands, Air Dubai and For Love of Ivy. He grew up surrounded by music and learned several instruments through his childhood, beginning with piano and guitar, followed by numerous others. After leaving Colorado, Beau spent several years in San Diego and Madison, Wisconsin, playing in multiple bands and as a solo artist, before returning to his home state in 2019. Beau has extensive performance experience, sharing the stage with acts such as Paramore, The Offspring, OneRepublic, Flobots, and Matt Nathanson. He is also a passionate songwriter and composed two original scores for indie horror film, Text, in 2008 (of which he also had a small speaking role). When Beau isn't performing, or working his day job in software, he is most likely hiking with his dogs or drinking local craft beer.
Jasper Drisko is originally from Lexington, MA and has been playing the drums for over 20 years. Jasper has previously played in several bands including B Side Shuffle, Staycation, and Spyscraper, and has performed at notable venues and festivals around the country including the 9:30 Club, The 8x10, The Bluebird Theater, The Fox Theater, All Good Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival. He has shared stages with The Revivalists, Moon Taxi, Big Gigantic, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong as well as members of The String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee. Jasper draws from a broad interest and background in music and loves to attend as many concerts as possible in addition to performing. In his spare time, Jasper has a PhD in experimental physics and researches next generation wireless and fiber-optic communication technology.