Apryll Walker

Apryll Walker is number 9 of 10 children, raised in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Everyone in the family

sang, played piano, and mastered at least one other instrument. It was her mother’s dream to have a

family band. They weren’t quite cohesive enough to make it happen, but Apryll still gained a deep love

of music. She sang in a barbershop chorus, many choirs over the years, played trumpet and baritone in

band, jazz piano for the Jazz Choir, and violin on her own.

She studied piano until she was 24 years old, under the tutelage of Dr. David Glen Hatch in Orem, Utah;

and Del Parkinson, Head of Boise State Music Department. At 17, she began teaching piano, and

eventually built up her clientele to 30 plus students over 8 years. After 4 children, she decided to scale

back and just teach her own children, homeschooling them and raising them in what she called a ‘Fine

Arts School’. Much time was spent on singing, practicing piano, violin, and eventually beginning to

perform at farmers markets, nursing homes, and local festivals in their home state of Alaska. At the

same time, she formed a young women’s quartet and a young men’s quintet, hand-selecting the best

from Palmer High School. The groups began to perform locally as well.

Apryll’s other love, piano, didn’t get put on the wayside, either. She accompanied her groups, her family

band, and played for community choirs, soloists, community theatre, and the annual Messiah

performance at Christmas time. She also spent some time substitute teaching for choirs.

In 2007, her family decided to sell everything they owned, including their brand new dream home they

built, for a bigger dream. They bought an RV and toured the country, studying the roots music of

America from people that have been passing the music down for generations. Much time was spent at

jam sessions in Virginia, the Carolinas, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee. In 2008 they were offered a

job performing at a theatre in Branson, Missouri. Then in 2010 the family moved to Tennessee to study

country music, writing and recording with the country’s best. Their fan base grew as they began

performing the US and Canada at fairs, festivals, and performing arts tours. At the height of their

touring, Redhead Express was doing about 250 shows a year. And they created many beautiful music

videos on YouTube.

Apryll’s roles were performer, band manager/stage manager, booking agent, and road manager. After

3000+ shows over 12 years, the band decided to retire in October 2019. Apryll is proud Grandma to 4

boys and 1 girl, and two more grand babies coming early next year!

Now that the Walkers have settled in Sandpoint for good (after touring from the area for 4 years), Apryll

is excited to establish some roots and share her love of music with the community. In her spare time,

she also enjoys sewing, creating healthy meals, reading, hiking, and traveling with her husband.

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ADDRESS

1205 HWY 2 Suite 103 Sandpoint, ID 83864

office@bellanotesandpoint.com

Tel: 208 610-8749

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