Store Manager, Marketing & Webmaster - Buchanan Music - Mesa, Arizona
Jonathan Varo with Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars in 2009.
Jonathan Varo is a music industry veteran with over 10 years of experience in music retail and over 20 in music education. A graduate of Boston's famed Berklee College of Music, Jonathan holds a Bachelors Degree of Music with a dual emphasis on Music Synthesis and Film Scoring. He has studied with Professor, Dr. Richard Boulanger, and has worked extensively on CSound and advanced MIDI systems which have impacted the way computers process music and sound today. Jonathan's work is published in The CSound Book by Dr. Boulanger for the first ever virtual Yamaha DX-7 within CSound. His work also illustrates the very first General MIDI library of virtual Yamaha DX-7 instruments ever programmed. In 1995, he moved to Louisiana and studied composition at the LSU School of Music with Dr. Stephen Beck. He also helped form the Baton Rouge based group, Crosstown Traffic, which toured the Southeastern United States for over four years.
Jonathan has taught piano, voice, songwriting, and has coached musicians and ensembles alike. He started teaching piano at age 18, student taught other Music Synthesis students at Berklee from 1993-1995, taught private lessons in Baton Rouge and New Orleans from 1996-2000, and assisted instructors at the World Music Nashville Education Center from 2001-2010.
In 2001, Jonathan moved to Nashville, Tennessee and began his career in music retail industry at World Music Nashville with retail veteran, Larry Faragalli. Working his way up through the ranks from salesman, web master and finally to store manager, Jonathan assisted in the development of WMN to help make it one of the premier music retailers in the United States. While at World Music Nashville, Jonathan developed the WMN web site, designed many of the promotional materials, and represented the company for many events and fundraisers in the Nashville area. In 2010, he resigned from World Music Nashville to move to Mesa, Arizona with his family. Jonathan began his employment at Buchanan Music in December of 2010 and took over the administration of the company in March of 2011. He is the designer and administrator of BUCHANANMUSIC.NET.
Jonathan Varo works the Gretsch Booth during the Brian Setzer Orchestra performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.Jonathan has performed and recorded with a variety of musicians over the years, sharing the stage and studio with: Phil Keaggy, The Little River Band, Stan Lassiter, Leo Lyons of Ten Years After, songwriter Alex Harvey, Ric Olsen of Gibson Corporation and the 80s rock band, Berlin, Kyle Jones (Emmy-Award Winning percussionist and composer), Ned Lubericki of Sirius Satellite Radio Bluegrass, Joe Pisapia (Guster), Marc Pisapia, David St. Romain (Nashville Star), Patrick Blackwell Ward of The Grayces, David Wallace (Jake Owen), Brett K. Smith (Matt Stillwell), Dan Tyler (songwriter and producer), Glass Harp, Doug McCall and many more. At World Music Nashville, Jonathan served many of Nashville's top session musicians and artists: Tim Akers, Sam Bush, Lee Roy Parnell, Peter Huttlinger, John Knowles C.G.P., Pam Rose, Muriel Anderson, Tom Hemby, Jake Owen, Porter Howell of Little Texas, Crystal Gale, Nash, Ian, Ryan & Jaime of Hot Chelle Rae, Mac Davis, Felix Caviliere, Brad Paisley, Jace Everett, Dan Cohen, Tom Keifer of Cinderella, Denny Jiosa, Chris Cottros, Kerry Collins (NFL Quarterback and songwriter), Victor Wooten, Chely Wright, George Marinelli, Alex Call (songwriter of Jenny, 867-5309), Leon Russell, Wynonna Judd, among others.
Jonathan is currently the keyboardist for the band, Rhythm Street.