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DRUM & PERCUSSION
Brianne Vieira (violin / viola / cello)
Peter da Silva (flute / clarinet / sax)
Aaron Galego (trumpet)
OUR TEACHERS ARE PROFESSIONALS. EXPERIENCED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE.
Marcelle is an internationally recognized jazz recording artist and music educator. With two albums to her name, The Edge of the Pond and Faces of Love, as well as multiple collaborative projects within the jazz community, she is an experienced recording artist. Currently, she is faculty at Berklee College of Music where she serves as the resident voice re-trainer for vocalists experiencing vocal dysfunction. Marcelle was also head of the UMass Dartmouth jazz voice department until 2017, when she retired. She has been teaching privately in the
Bristol County area for the last 18+ years.
Kelsey is a respected voice instructor who has studied under Marcelle Gauvin and Jeanette LoVetri. She is level III certified in Somatic VoiceworkTM, the LoVetri Method, which specializes in all contemporary commercial music styles, including rock, pop, r&b, jazz, musical theatre, country, and folk. She also has years of experience coaching bands in sound development and stage performance. Kelsey performers regularly with her own two bands, The Moldy Suitcases, a 1940s style jug band, and Snotty Pippin, a contemporary cover & original band. http://kelseyjacobsen.net/index.html
Dave is a classically trained pianist native to Dartmouth, MA, who began studying at the age of six. He has accompanied choral groups, brass/woodwind ensembles, orchestras, jazz bands, musicals and solo performances. Dave went on to study music theory and composition at UMass, with a focus on jazz piano and voice. While there, he also developed his understanding of electronic composition. He has been performing his original compositions as pianist, vocalist, and guitarist around the New England area. His private instruction consists of an equal focus on classical training, jazz improv, music theory, and performance.
Pat’s guitar playing, vocal skill, and professionalism have earned him acclaim from music professionals and appreciators alike. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Pat performs solo, in duos, and in many bands, playing everything from Jazz and Big Band to Country and easy rock. He also teaches bass, banjo, mandolin, and ukelele.
Chris is devoted to performance and education with an emphasis on drumset and steelpan. Mr. Cardaci has had a broad range of musical experiences in the world of Funk, Rock, Be-Bop, Metal, Pop, Classical, Jazz, Folk, Musical Theater, Steel Orchestra, as well as non-Western music traditions, particularly Javanese Gamelan and West African drumming. Holding a bachelor’s degree from UMass Dartmouth and a master’s from Eastern Kentucky University in Percussion Performance, he brings a wealth of knowledge and fosters a well-rounded approach in his students.
Brian is a music technologist with over 25 years of experience creating and performing electronic music. First with a Commodore 64 home computer… and then at Westport High School in the 1990’s when computers became a crucial part of the modern recording studio. He has been employed by Grammy awarded artists, international software developers and world-class recording studios. Currently on the faculty at Berklee College of Music, Brian teaches courses in the Electronic Production & Design department. He continues to work with many local and national artists both on stage and in the studio.
Grace is a pianist, keyboardist and singer from Lincolnshire, U.K. She received instruction for classical piano starting at 8 and continued until her late teens. Grace used this classical training to explore popular music, and eventually started performing with multiple bands as well as solo across the U.K. She moved to the U.S in 2019 before marrying her husband, the founder of Railroad Park Recording Co. Grace has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at Newcastle University, U.K and a Masters Degree in Music Industry Leadership at Northeastern University, Boston. She is currently a member of the New York based pop-rock band Karis Owen, in which she plays keys and vocals.
PETER DA SILVA
Born and raised in the Boston area, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz and African American Music Studies from UMass Amherst. Through his studies he is comfortable in both conventional jazz and classical aesthetics. Peter has performed with Quartet West in the Eastern Regional Division of the MTNA. He was also selected to perform in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival with the Collegiate All-Stars Big Band led by Warren Wolf. In addition he premiered a saxophone feature with the musicians of Des Moines, Iowa as part of the Brian Martin Big Band. Da Silva has appeared on the only full recording ever of Frank Martin’s Concert Suite From Ein Totentanz Zu Basel Im Jahre 1943 with the Massachusetts Chamber Players. His work as a doubler has also led him to many wonderful theatre companies, among these was the Barrington Theatre Company where he was part of the team premiering The Royal Family of Broadway. http://peterdasilvamusic.com/
Guitarist John Fernandes graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree with a concentration in jazz guitar performance. Since 2000 he has taught Guitar to all ages and levels of students in areas of Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Blues while focusing on note reading, chords, and music theory. He performs professionally, in a variety of styles with a number of musicians across New England.
Aaron graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 2016, earning a BA in Music. He has played trumpet for 13 years, and has experience in various styles. A respected member of the local musical community, he has lent his talents to several groups in New England, including the Marion Town Band, Bay State Band, and Santa Cecília Philharmonic Band.
Eli teaches all genres of music. Putting an emphasis on building a vocabulary by listening and transcribing songs. Eli also teaches students to read music, and to develop good technique for fluid and clarity in their playing.
Dave Lindo is a graduate of Berklee College of Music where he studied with Scott Tarulli, Randy Roos and Ken Taft. He has been a private music instructor for 13 years and is comfortable teaching students of all ages. Dave has been active on the local music scene for over a decade performing with various projects. Recently, he as been performing in musical theatre with "The "Academy Players of Rhode Island", "Boston Children's Theatre" and the "Norton Singers", to name a few.
Ryan is a guitarist and composer residing in the New Bedford area. Starting around the age of 10 studying under Andrew Martin and later interning under Aaron Goldberg, Ryan developed an early love of arrangement and composition which led him to get his music performance degree under Jim Robitaille at UMass Dartmouth. His priority throughout his collegiate and post-collegiate career has been his original music - writing, recording, and performing with projects such as Turbo Ostrich, the Goodfellas, and Mousse. Ryan also has extensive “working musician” experience, performing with top 40 band Radio Honey and disney-themed cover band Tomorrowland Transit Authority. His focus in the lesson room with bass and guitar students alike is to encourage the joy in making sound and creating music.
Brianne, a Violinist/Violist & Vocalist, has trained classically and non-classically, having studied at Hofstra University and UMass Dartmouth. She has performed with New Bedford Festival Theatre and, over the last 5 years, has recorded two albums with the group Hemlok. She has also made many guest appearances with a number of local artists.