In their first "big" gig
since forming their group last fall, Anavrin
rocked at Wayland's Summerfest last weekend.
Chris Villarreal, 17, of Dorr, Dan Tuinstra, 15,
of Wayland, and Troy Brock, 15, of Dorr (along
with backup singer and vocalist Jason Brenner of
Wayland) make up the band--and they are excited
about the possibilities that await them.
Chris was with a more well-known local group, The
Albino Chicken and Blue Rhythm, before he broke
out on his own to form Anavrin.
"We play new age rock and alternative rock,
a lot like popular groups like Korn and Limp
Bizkit," said Chris, lead vocalist and
rhythm and lead guitar. Dan plays bass guitar;
Troy is on drums.
The group plays much of their music by ear, with
no sheet music. All are self-taught.
How did they learn? "It comes from sheer
boredom," said Chris. "We come home and
practice, practice, practice. We aren't involved
in anything else."
Unlike some famous rockers, these kids do not
drink or do drugs. "We're pretty cool about
that," said Chris. "We're completey
dedicated to our music."
That dedication is expected to lead to bigger and
better things. "The big groups today started
out where we are now. It could happen to
Until then, school comes first. Chris is a senior
at Wayland High School. The others are sophomores
at Wayland, with their high school careers still
ahead of them.
They have played in school variety shows and for
senior citizens at The Laurels of Sandy Creek.
"We played oldies for them," Chris
laughed. "It was a little different, but it
was a gig."
From Summerfest, Anavrin hopes to land local gigs
and slowly, or quickly, go on to bigger things.
They also hope to get on WGRD radio's local band
Their dream can come true, especially through the
efforts of their promotional agent, Tom Snyder,
17, also a senior at Wayland. Snyder is in charge
of getting the group's name out to the public and
lining up performances. He takes his job
seriously; he has a good product to sell.
Snyder said he'd eventually like to get more
involved in the music arena and become a live
And fans, if you want to know more about Anavrin
you can reach the group at its website: