MEET THE BAND
Get to know the personal stories of the live musicians behind the music!
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.”
Electric Guitar / Backup Vocals
Seth Beamer is a Denver-based guitarist, songwriter, and all-around artist.
Former founding member and guitarist of indie rock band, Wildermiss, Seth was also previously the bassist for local quartet Red Fox Run. During his tenure with his various Denver-grown bands, Seth has toured with national bands, The Oh Hellos, Jared & The Mill, and Bronze Radio Return; sharing the stage with acts such as Blink 182, Bleachers, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and The Heart, Matt & Kim, Michael Franti, and many more.
With a mastery of instruments—piano, guitar, drums, and bass—a musical resume inclusive of competitive drumline, band, and percussion, and bachelor’s degrees in jazz bass and audio engineering, it is no surprise that Seth is a sought-after session player and performer. A member of or rotating regular in countless projects over the years, as well as having successful sync placements on many national outlets, including the ever-popular Sesame Street.
When Seth is not playing music he maintains an artistic lifestyle in photo and video, working with other musical artists to create music videos, studio videos, live concert photos, and other promotional materials.
Born and raised in Colorado, Michael has been playing drums for over a decade and has been active in the Denver music scene since he was a kid. Michael freelances locally and has played and recorded with bands such as Pandas & People, Iversun, Always on My Mind and Modern Leisure.