News and Happenings

Curious on what Triumph Music Academy is all about? Here is an interview w/ James and Carmen on the Walk The Beat Radio from 103.5 WAWL with host David Palmer. It includes some history on the school, how it came about, and what it’s doing now. Enjoy an interesting conversation peppered with some music coming out of the Academy.


Head of our Composition Department, Theo Ndawillie the II (‘ne-dow-ly’) is an amazingly talented pianist, drummer, and composer who is also part of Grand Rapid’s top up-and-coming band VOX VIDORRA. Here is the video from the Local Spins Live performance/interview with John Sinkevics. This is truly amazing.


Triumph songwriting student, Dana Nyson, in collaboration with his teacher, James Hughes, have released an amazing 6 song EP titled “So Far” for their project His Name is Dana. Tracks from the release have been played on the radio @ 88.1 WYCE and an awesome interview was recorded with Mercedes Mejia for Michigan Radio! Tap the image below to listen to the story. You can listen, buy, and download the EP through the following souces: – iTunes – CDbaby


 ANNOUNCEMENT: Jared Wekenman, of the righteous post-rock band Paucity, is now officially teaching guitar here at Triumph! We are so incredibly excited to have Jared’s unmistakeable talent as part of the team. Paucity’s new album is currently in the works, so keep your eyes and ears out for further developments! Tap the pics to follow the band on Facebook.


Our massively talented vocal instructor, Mark Jackson, has just released the new album “Give Love” with his killer band HEY MARCO!, which is downright amazing. Here is one of the tracks for your immediate ear-candy fix. You can stream/purchase/download the album from the following sources: + CD Baby + iTunes

Triumph instructor and owner of our school, James Forrest Hughes, sat down with the amazing Folias flute and guitar duo for an incredibly candid/interesting Podcast on being a professional touring musician. Tap the image below and put your headphones on to experience this enlightening conversation between these heavy-hitters in West Michigan music.

Folias is Andrew Bergeron and Carmen Maret

Karisa Wilson is an amazing singer/songwriter from Grand Rapids, who is also an equally talented teacher here at Triumph. She recently sat down with journalist Stephanie Doublestein of Rapid Growth to discuss the lifestyle of being a professional musician. Tap the image to check out this interesting read!



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