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
Ben Jackson, Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Mandolin
Ben Jackson is a multi-instrumentalist and educator based in Bloomington Indiana. Jackson actively studies and performs all types of music including rock, country, blues, bluegrass and classical music. Jackson has a master’s degree in classical guitar performance from the Jacobs School of Music, and is actively pursuing a doctorate from the same university with minors in arts administration and music education. Jackson is dedicated to taking a modern approach at guitar instruction that incorporates new styles with classical techniques. In addition to the guitar, Jackson also plays and teaches the Mandolin, Beginner Banjo, and the Bass Guitar.
Jameson Scriver, Drums
With 10 years of teaching under his belt, Jameson has seen the impact time and time again that music can have on a student, especially with a great teacher. Jameson has been lucky enough to study with incredible drum set educators like Steve Houghton, Garey Williams, and Jim White. Their influence shaped Jameson into the teacher he is today. His teachers have always been his heroes, for their insatiable curiosity, dedication to their craft, and their desire to play for the benefit of others. He strives to pass these values on to his students.
Jameson brings years of performance experience to his teaching practice. He has performed professionally with the likes of Greg Ward, John Raymond, Dave Stryker, Jim Snideiro, Todd Coolman, and Rob Dixon. He has toured the country with his own bands and released two albums as co-leader. He earned a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the IU Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. Jameson believes in studying the history, theory, and emotion of the music, in order to become a well-rounded musician. The central tenet of his teaching philosophy is that every student is different and a good teacher has the knowledge and flexibility to cater to their learning style.
Otis Cantrell – Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Drums
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.
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.