Will Devitt – Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin
A performer, composer, and guitar teacher for more than 20 years, Will taught in Japan and has played with new muisc ensembles, poets. and country-dance bands. Will has taught for the Stafford Music Academy since 2009 and currently writes music for and performs in the progressive folk-rock duo, Davis + Devitt.
Braedon Hofmann – Guitar, Ukulele, Lute, Banjo
Otis Cantrell – Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Drums
Alex Lassa – Guitar
Alex Lassa is currently pursuing a Performer Diploma at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, with plans to begin his Doctorate of Music degree in the fall of 2020. Alex is a student of Ernesto Bitetti. At Jacobs, he is currently an Associate Instructor for the guitar department, and teaches beginner-level guitar classes in addition to private students. Prior to attending Jacobs, Alex earned his MM in Classical Guitar Performance at Syracuse University, where he also worked as a guitar instructor. He earned his BM and was awarded a Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in 2017, where he was a student of Dr. Nicholas Goluses, and had additional lessons with 2006 GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) international competition winner, Thomas Viloteau. Alex has been an active performer for many years. He has participated in various collegiate competitions, as well as masterclasses, including with Manuel Barrueco, Jason Vieaux, Eliot Fisk, and Matt Palmer. In addition to classical guitar, Alex specializes in a variety of electric guitar styles, ranging from rock/pop to jazz. He has performed in multiple rock groups, jazz combos, and musical theater pit bands. Prior to attending Eastman, he was a part of ensembles that performed two world premieres, including 2012's "Shiki," written and conducted by Shingo Fuji, alongside the Grammy awarded Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Past awards also include a Certificate of Merit for Music by the National Society of Arts and Letters.
Ben Steinquest – Drums, Percussion
Benjamin is a second year Master’s student pursuing a degree in Percussion Performance at the IU Jacobs School of Music. He received his Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. While at Austin Peay, Benjamin held principal positions within the orchestra and wind ensemble, and was the primary drum-set player for both the big band and jazz combo. He also served as the battery section leader and center snare for the Governor’s Own Marching Band. During his junior year, Benjamin was the recipient of the Presser Foundation award, which is given to a single outstanding music major.
Benjamin marched snare drum with the Music City Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017, and briefly taught the corps during their 2018 season. Ben has worked with numerous Tennessee band programs since 2014 as a percussion instructor. He has also performed with both the Gateway Chamber Orchestra and the Cumberland Jazz Project. During his first year at IU, Ben performed at PASIC with the IU percussion ensemble and participated in large productions such as Bernstein’s Mass. He has studied with many professors including John Tafoya, Kevin Bobo, Michael Spiro, and Steve Houghton. Ben highly values diversity, and therefore feels comfortable instructing students in a wide variety of instruments and styles.