A Denver, CO native, Charlie made his way to the west coast to pursue music and architecture. It all started when the family upright piano, dime store classical guitar, and wood recorder drew a young Charlie to bring to life the notes in his head. Two piano teachers and one cassette player later, his first high school band debuted at Stephanie Ryan’s senior party (this was a big deal). Fast forward through a vast and varied number of bands and recording sessions across the 80’s, 90’s and beyond, he currently entertains the masses in a funk/dance band. Splitting time between frets and keys, and occasionally a cow bell, he now enjoys a full life in Fairfax with his family, and family of instruments too numerous to mention.
Jacob Gilmore has been surrounded by music from a young age. He picked up a guitar for the first time at 7. In his early teens however, he started playing the drums, quickly becoming his instrument of choice. With a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a Minor in Electronic Music from UC Santa Cruz, Jacob has played in a wide variety of ensembles, including jazz combos, indie rock bands (most notably Water Color Weekend), metal bands, and funk/hip-hop groups. While he mainly performs as a drum set player, he loves to use his skills on guitar, bass, and piano to write and record his own music. Outside of music, Jacob loves to explore the outdoors, yet also has a love for video games.
Joshua James Jackson and his guitar share all the best stories and jokes, the highest highs and the lowest lows of life on the road, and begs the difficult questions like “do we do away with the dewey decimal system?” For the last decade and a half, it’s been easy to find Joshua James Jackson onstage or in a lesson with a bass, a trumpet, or a guitar in his hands. Like a good recipe for chicken JJJ has toured nationally and internationally as a sideman in some of California’s finest bands. Since 2015, JJJ has been piloting the jazz punk outfit Sharkmouth.
Lars Rosager began his musical journey as an infant, showing a strong passion and skill for singing. After years of playing a wide variety of instruments and genres, Lars earned a Master of Arts in Music from San Francisco State University, diving deep into historically informed relationships between the voice and the guitar. Lars loves opening students’ minds to a wide variety of musical cultures and styles, finding a healthy balance between technical command, creativity and music exploration. When he’s not teaching you can typically find Lars gardening and/or chilling with his family!
Lindsay has dedicated her life’s work to music education, performing and the music industry. Her diverse background as an on-air radio personality in alternative rock, completing her masters degree in the UK, teaching in Ghana and performing at venues across the U.S. benefits her students in many ways. She believes in cultivating the individual talents and interests of students, while laying a strong foundation of essential skills that will serve them no matter what musical direction they take. Lindsay performs as a dueling pianist, with a regular show at Johnny Foley’s in San Francisco. She also writes and releases original music, which you can listen to on Apple Music & Spotify under her stage name, Lindsay Everly.
Martin Diller is a drummer and music director who has toured internationally with a diverse range of acts including Yuna, Postmodern Jukebox, Amber Coffman, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams, GIVERS and more. He still makes time to write and arrange music for his own ensemble and recently released his first EP, 'Martin Diller Quintet Live at Bluewhale'. He received his Bachelors of Music from College Conservatory of Music (CCM) at University Of Cincinnati and his Masters at California Institute of The Arts. Martin has taught a Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, Plaza De La Raza (in East LA), Green Brooms Music Academy (Santa Monica), and at Cal Arts instructing non-percussion majors.
A trumpet player since childhood, Matt fell in love with the piano during high school. He received his BA in Music and studied in the Teaching Credential program at Humboldt State University, where he played in just about every type of band possible, from symphony and wind ensemble, to jazz big band and small jazz combos, to Mariachi. He is currently the keyboardist and the horn section in the as-yet-to-be discovered rock cover band, Greek Wooden Buddha, with fellow WOW! teacher, Tommy Toy. In addition to being an avid musician, jamming on songs by his idols like The Beatles and Miles Davis, Matt is an avid explorer of the wonderful North Bay along with his wife, and their two wonderful kids.
Mindy Knight has been singing practically since she could speak. From the age of eight, she sang in choirs and ensembles of every different style. She is a born and raised Texan now living her dreams of coming to California! At the University of North Texas, Mindy studied music education, piano and anthropology in addition to receiving her BA in voice. Her favorite styles to perform are Jazz, Motown, Musical Theater and Folk music, which helped fuel a passion for learning to accompany herself on piano. Mindy believes learning to sing or play an instrument is one of the best ways for kids to express themselves and have fun!
Coming from a long line of musicians, Norris has been surrounded by musical sounds since childhood, from his father’s rhythmic footsteps as a drummer at age 6, to his grandfather’s diverse skill on instruments from banjo to the ocherena. Since age 7, Norris has focused on the guitar, bass and drums, studying with the likes of renowned guitarist Matthew Charles Heulitt, touring with multiple bands, immersing himself in many music genres. Norris regularly writes and produces his own music at home, always striving to grow the connection between life’s happenings and musical expression.
A classically trained multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years of music performance and teaching experience, Tommy has played both professionally and recreationally in a wide variety of ensembles ranging from symphonic orchestra to jazz big band, to R&B / Motown and rock cover bands. Besides running around the studio teaching, Tommy can also be found running around the tennis courts at Boyle Park or hiking the trails of Marin with wife, Emily.