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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).

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GRAHAM RENDELL

 Guitar | Bass Guitar | Ukulele 

ONLINE, LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIOS

Graham Rendell is a guitarist and bass player of 14 years, having played with bands and projects for a decade and teaching for the past 5, his passion for guitar has only increased as time goes by. His goal for his students is to create a lifelong bond with their instrument and to bring knowledge of music by learning the student's favorite songs. Some of his favorite styles include: Rock, Jam Bands, Funk, Neo Soul, Pop, Bluegrass, and more! He is always excited to learn new music and embrace whatever the student is trying to play.

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AIDAN PAGNANI

Piano | Guitar | Bass | Ukulele | Group Guitar

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Raised by a family of Deadheads and music-lovers, Aidan Pagnani was born and raised in Connecticut. By the time he graduated high school in 2009, Aidan had performed weddings, plays, churches, parties, and venues throughout New England as a solo act and with numerous bands. While completing his degree at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Aidan performed with artists like Robert Randolph and revamped a high school fusion/jamband project, Freddy & the Yetis, into an original music project arranged for a rock quintet accompanied by five strings and horns.

 

Aidan then spent the next four years in Boston studying with a professor at Berklee College of Music, teaching music, and performing with various groups in the jam, funk, rock scenes. In February 2018, Aidan moved to Denver, Colorado where he can be seen performing regularly with members of The Motet, John Brown's Body, Dopapod, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and many other Colorado legends. His instrumental cover band, the Aidan Pagnani Band, can be seen playing weekly in the Denver/Boulder area.

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BRANT WILLIAMS

Guitar | Piano | Ukulele

ONLINE & DENVER STUDIO

Guitarist, pianist and composer Brant Williams (b. 1988, Webster City, IA) graduated from Iowa State University in spring 2011, earning a B.A. in psychology. Williams has studied jazz and composition with John Albaugh (Guitar Institute in Hollywood), Dan Schwindt (Denver University) and Fareed Haque (University of Chicago) as well as taken private lessons with Dweezil Zappa (Zappa Plays Zappa), Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy) and Chris McQueen (Snarky Puppy). Since 2009, Brant has been teaching Jazz and Rock to students of all ages throughout multiple states, and has played many styles -- including Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Punk, Classical -- professionally for almost 10 years, touring nationally and also taking the stage at local Colorado venues such as The Ogden Theatre, The Gothic Theatre, The Fox Theatre as well as performing in several festivals like Wakarusa (AK), 80/35 (IA) and the Bella concert series (MN). Brant is currently crafting new music in several groups: notably all star funk group Judo Chop and the nationally touring rock/fusion group The Workshy.

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ALEX TRUJILLO

Piano | Guitar | Ukulele 

ONLINE & DENVER STUDIO

Alex Trujillo teaches acoustic/electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and beginning piano. He began playing in his teens and has been playing the guitar for 20+ years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Colorado. With over 12 years of experience as a professional musician, Alex has toured and performed throughout the US. He can teach a variety of musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, country and blues. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, Alex strives to help each student discover the joy in music! When not teaching, Alex keeps a busy performance schedule with a myriad of musicians and bands throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Alex also likes road trips, reading westerns and jogging in the park.

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TREVOR JARGON

Guitar | Bass | Piano | Ukulele 

Shaped and sculpted by the arts, Trevor, AKA Beom graduated from CU Boulder’s Thompson Jazz Studies program in May of 2018. Since then, he has been playing freelance jazz gigs on the upright bass, and is currently active in 8 Denver bands playing a multitude of instruments.

These projects include: BEOM, Eleanor Nash and the Ramblers, Escotet, VCO, Gio Bard Zero, Paradiso, Love Beom, and The Dead and the Daylily.

Beom is a lucky soul who has had the unbelievable opportunity to perform pop, synth-pop, classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, funk, rock, hip-hop, reggae, latin styles, African styles, Korean folk music, world music, R&B, singer-songwriter, and folk among other styles.

When Trevor isn’t teaching or performing bass (upright, 6string, fretless), guitar, piano, synth, music theory and composition, he is often found in his recording studio producing local projects with his team of artists and engineers, training martial arts, or painting pretty pictures.

Although Beom speaks and reads Korean about the level of 5th grader (or worse), performing internationally and having music professors and teachers from all over the world has led him to believe that music itself is a beautiful language that transcends nationality and dialect. He is more than happy to share and do what he can to help your musical journey blossom.

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JESSE MACLAINE

Piano | Voice | Ukulele 

Jesse Maclaine Holt is a renowned mezzo soprano, pianist, composer, songwriter, producer, and instructor. In her youth, she studied classical voice, piano, musical theatre, pop, jazz, blues and world music with professionals from the Julliard School, NYU, FSU, UNO, Tulane University, Oxford University, CU Boulder and many others. She began writing songs at age 17, fell in love with jazz while studying at FSU, moved to New Orleans at age 20 to study jazz immersively and begin working full time in the music business. By age 24, she had assembled a stellar quintet, written two dozen original songs and begun recording and producing her first full length CD in collaboration with friends at RCA studios in Nashville. Jesse has dedicated her life to performing, creating music, and sharing the gift of music with students of all ages.

Decades of experience as a working musician combined with her extensive background in music, dance and theatre allow Jesse to craft every lesson to suit the unique interests, strengths and weaknesses of each student. Her personal experience with TMJ, anxiety, and disability issues provide unique insight for assisting students facing similar challenges. Her teaching method focuses on music fundamentals, proper form and technique as well as expanding creativity to support a healthy practice and encourage a lifelong relationship with music. She believes constructive criticism and positive reinforcement are crucial to making learning fun and ensuring music education is enjoyable for everyone!

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