The Navigators: Listen to Grand Valley’s newest band |

The Navigators: Listen to Grand Valley’s newest band

Brittany Markert
The Navigators consist of four Grand Valley locals: Brian Gregor, Cooper Schull, Sam Benham and Alex Stochum. They joined forces in October and have since created a full-length album and performed for a sold-out show.
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WHAT: The Navigators in concert

WHEN: April 11, 7-10 p.m.

WHERE: Palisade Brewing Company, 200 Peach Ave., Palisade

COST: Free


It all started at the Cavalcade in Fruita, a venue for aspiring artists and traveling musicians.

Brian Gregor, Sam Benham (bass), Cooper Shull (guitar) and Alex Stockum (drums) formed The Navigators after time playing and hanging out at the Fruita hotspot.

Since forming the band in October, The Navigators have performed to a sold-out show on Feb. 28 at Cavalcade and have recorded their first album at Aspen Leaf Recording in Grand Junction.

“It’s cool to know that people don’t have to travel to Denver to record an album,” Gregor said. “There is a place here to do it that is just as good.”

The album, titled “All About the Ride,” is due out March 11, and it is available on their website.

“We’re stoked for it,” Gregor said.


According to Gregor, The Navigators have their own unique sound — a cross between folk, rock and a touch of blues.

“My wife says it’s music for listening,” he said.

Gregor is The Navigator’s lead singer and songwriter, and many of the songs are inspired by life events. Other songs are about time served in Afghanistan.

“All my songs have a point to make,” he said. “I want the listener to think when they leave our concerts.”

Gregor has been an ambitious musician since the 1980s and after becoming a police officer he realized “once a musician, always a musician.” He has since retired from police work and is focusing full-time on his musical career again.

“Plus, I’m approaching 50 so I wanted to hang out with the younger crowd,” he said with a laugh.

Gregor also noted excitement regarding cohesiveness of the band. He said they instantly clicked and realized they all had one goal —I to create music together.

“I am most excited to see where we go musically,” Benham said. “We write most of our songs from experience and I am excited to connect to the audience in that sense.”

Gregor additionally hopes to see more music-centered venues open up in the Grand Valley, like Cavalcade.

“This town is great for musicians,” he said. “… I see Fruita and Grand Junction becoming an art and music haven.”

The Navigators currently have shows scheduled on April 11 at Palisade Brewing Company (200 Peach Ave., Palisade) and April 18 at Sud’s Brothers Brewing (127 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita).

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