ROCK BAND / ENSEMBLE

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BRANDON CRAVEN

Group Rock Band | Guitar

DENVER STUDIO

Brandon is a recent CU Denver graduate happily combining his love for music with his Bachelor of Science in Jazz/Commercial Guitar Performance and Music Business. Having played guitar for 15 years, he has explored many genres, band styles, live venues, studio recording environments, and cherished the people, talents, and instruments he’s interacted with along the way! He loves playing guitar (acoustic, electric, nylon, and hollow-bodies) but has developed a passion for the Bass (upright and electric), piano, trumpet, and even the didgeridoo!

 

He was born in Seattle, grew up in Chicago, and made his way out to Denver for college and fell in love with the mountainous landscape almost as much as the musical environment. He is big on collaboration, networking, and teaching real-life skills musicians don’t always learn in lesson books, but in the field! He looks forward to teaching his students everything from their favorite tunes, to music theory, to gig etiquette, to music business tips. He loves to talk so don’t be afraid to reach out, book a lesson, and see what he can do for you!

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RANDAL AMES

Group Rock Band | Guitar | Bass Guitar | Ukulele | Mandolin

LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Randal Ames has a B.A. from the University of Colorado, and has been playing guitar for more than 35 years. Mr. Ames has also played guitar, bass, mandolin and piano in the U.S. and Europe, accompanying such superstars as Sammy Davis Jr. and Jimmy Buffet. As a member of the 7th Army Chorus he performed as a singer, dancer, musician, and choreographer in five languages and eleven countries.

Here in Colorado he has written music, directed, and performed at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, Taste of Colorado, Boulder Shakespeare Festival and has been a member of the University of Colorado Jazz Chorale.

 

He has written over eighty songs and produced six CDs of music ranging from madrigals and Gregorian Chants, to Jazz, Country and Pop.

 

His hobbies include a life long interest in Martial Arts (has earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and American Free Style Karate), sword fighting (he has taught Elizabethan Fencing at Colorado School of Mines).