Guitar/Drums

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

Braedon thoroughly enjoys teaching and approaches learning a musical instrument in a way that helps the student develop a passion and appreciation of their own, hoping that practicing and playing becomes a pleasure. He loves working with students of all ages and takes great pride in the progress of his students. The importance of theory, technique, and musical understanding is incorporated in every lesson so students truly learn how to play their instrument. Braedon, like many guitarists, had his roots in rock and roll but now holds a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Music Composition and Classical guitar and now will be perusing graduate studies for Historical Performance at Jacob’s School of Music. He has received scholarships and participated in music festivals such as Early Music America’s Berkeley Festival, The Lute Society of America’s Summer Festival, and Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute. He loves to have fun and his students really enjoy learning with him as they share and grow together, creating memories and skills that will last a lifetime.

Otis Cantrell – Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Drums

Otis Cantrell received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies on Guitar in May of 2014 and is currently pursuing coursework to become a nationally certified music therapist. Originally from Anderson, Indiana, he now resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and two dogs and teaches guitar, bass, drums, and ukulele in the local area and online. He can be seen performing gigs across the Midwest laying down grooves on guitar in the local soul group The Vallures, the indie-funk group Imunuri, and on banjo and ukulele in Mr. Taylor and his Dirty Dixie Band. Otis has been teaching beginner ukulele and drum lessons; intermediate bass lessons; and up to advanced guitar lessons since 2009 culminating in 6000+ hours and counting of experience. His teaching style is tailor-made for each individual student based on their likes and needs in order to maximize the benefits of lessons. His large collection of musical influences and interests have made him a versatile musician who is grounded in many styles, specifically surrounding the mediums of blues, bluegrass, funk, and anything with a groove.

Peter Kienle – Guitar, Electric Bass, & Composition

Born, raised and having spent the first 28 years of his life in Germany, Peter picked up a guitar for the first time at age 14. Early on, he taught himself to read and compose music. Starting out learning some of the folk music of the day, he soon gravitated towards classical guitar, especially J. S. Bach, and then Brazilian Bossa Nova. After his first jam session with a band, his interest shifted towards jazz and improvised music, which led to studies at  Jazz School Munich in 1978. Until relocating to the US in 1988, he taught guitar at various public and private music schools.
In the United States, he established himself quickly as a capable sideman on guitar and electric bass while teaching a small group of private students and picking up studio work as musician and engineer. Together with his wife Monika Herzig, he led the fusion group BeebleBrox until 2002. He has written over 100 works for classical guitar and about 1200 compositions for his various groups which include Kwyjibo, Splinter Group, Nutpicker and most recently The Time Flies.

Rocky Martin – Drums, Percussion

Rocky is a Senior Jazz Studies major at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. A Vic-Firth educational contributing artist, NAFME collegiate author, and shedthemusic.com online educator, Rocky is very active in jazz and drum set education, teaching drum lessons privately in his Chicago and Bloomington teaching studios. He is well versed in a multitude of playing styles and performances as a drummer and percussionist.
Martin’s versatility is showcased in several different projects, including touring, recording and performing with his jazz collective, Heartland Trio, arranging for and performing with Bloomington’s New Orleans-style brass party band, ‘B-Town Brass Band’, and playing in jazz piano trio “Off Rotation”. He is immersed in IU’s Theater and drama departments, playing in orchestras for over 15 main-stage productions including “West Side Story”, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “The Duchess of Malfi”, “Avenue Q”, and “Hello Again”.
Rocky has performed at Chicago’s Hyde Park Jazz Fest, Iowa City Jazz Fest, Playwrights Downtown in NYC, Bloomington Jazz Fest, Midway Music Festival, the Palmer House Hotel and the House of Blues in Chicago, and various clubs and venues across the Midwest. He studies with internationally recognized artists and educators Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro and has shared the stage with Walter Smith III, John Raymond, Dave Stryker, Kate McGarry, Darmon Meader, and Todd Coolman. Rocky is very excited to continue his educational and performance-based career at the highest level possible.