Will Devitt - Guitar, Banjo, Folk Music
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.
Ben Jackson - Guitar, Classical Guitar
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 masters 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.
Thomas Dohner - Guitar, Classical Guitar
Strumming and picking in all places for all kinds of people best describes Thomas Dohner as he engages with his instrument. Originally from West Lafayette, he started his guitar studies at 13 via the electric guitar. In high school he quickly realized he needed to turn his focus towards furthering his studies to enhance his musical career at the collegiate level. Since then, he has played in numerous venues all over the midwest with a variety of concerts from rock bands to musical pits. He currently studies under Petar Jankovic, Daniel Duarte, and Ernesto Bitetti in Bloomington seeking a Music degree in Classical Guitar and Arts Management.
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.
Carter Pearson - Drums
Nicol Alvarez - Drums, Percussion
Nico Alvarez is a percussionist from South Carolina, currently starting his Masters Program in Music Performance Percussion at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Music Performance Percussion at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Nico is currently the Percussion Section Leader at the Appalachia Wind Symphony. He has been fortunate enough to study with multiple world renowned instructors such as Michael Rosen, Jamey Haddad, Weedie Braimah, John Tafoya, Joseph Galvin, and more. Having more than 5 years of teaching under his belt, Nico is knowledgeable in drum-set, orchestral percussion, marching percussion, and world percussion. Nico enjoys watching his students grow as musicians and he makes learning fun and enjoyable for them.