Ben Stewart earned a Bachelor of Music degree (trumpet performance) from California State University Northridge in the 90’s and then worked as a Brass and Percussion Coach at Highland Hall Waldorf School for nine years. Ben has over 20 years of private instruction experience to high and low brass students of all ages. He was a Navy Musician for eight years, stationed in Jacksonville, FL and Norfolk, VA. Ben is currently on his way to earning a Masters in Music Education degree and Graduate Licensure from UNLV.
Haldrin Gonzales started playing piano in church at the age of 8. Due to the lack of piano instructors at the time, he started to rely heavily on his ear in order to learn and transcribe songs. Later on in middle school he learned to read music and covered some ground in that area. Ever since, he noticed the high number of piano/keyboard players trying to reach higher levels in their musicality. Therefore, he decided to start teaching and help those in need of expanding their musical language. Haldrin had the opportunity to teach people from all backgrounds and all ages, from children to adults. To Haldrin it was very important to structure his way of teaching to cater to each individuals learning abilities. Furthermore, seeing every student SUCCEDD in their craft has fueled him for nearly a decade to continue teaching. If you’re interested in learning anything from Jazz, Funk, Gospel, classical, etc. All that is required from you is to bring passion and your willingness to learn despite whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or advance!
Amy Crosley is a drummer/percussionist who is currently a Jazz Performance major at UNLV. She is knowledgeable in various drum set grooves like: rock, funk, jazz, latin, etc. She is also knowledgeable in variety of percussion instruments like: four-mallet marimba and classical percussion. While attending the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts High School, she won the Outstanding Soloist Award at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Her jazz combo took first place at the Reno Jazz Festival. She helped her big band in getting a Downbeat award. And she performed at the world renown Midwest Clinic in Chicago with the jazz band and the philharmonic orchestra. Amy will teach you how to read music, help you with a piece for school, or will help you learn anything your heart desires!
Vicente Gomez was born and raised in Las Vegas Nevada and has more than 7 years of experience in violin performance. Vicente is experienced in classical music, mariachi, folk music, bluegrass, etc. For the last four years, Vicente has traveled all over the country performing with his group Mexico Antiguo and giving music workshops at private schools. He shared the stage with the famous tenor Placido Domingo here at the Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino and the famous trumpet player Arturo Sandoval at Pearl Theater in the Palms Hotel and Casino with the UNLV string orchestra. He is currently enrolled at the University of Nevada Las Vegas as a music education major soon to get his bachelor degree and is a part of the UNLV’s symphony orchestra. Vicente enjoys teaching kids of all ages and a variety of styles of music. With his vast knowledge of genres, music theory, and violin technique, Vicente will help you bring out the best of you and will provide you with the necessary skills to reach your goals!
Katie has been playing the Saxophone since she was 10 years old starting in middle school band, Piano when she was 14, and learned Clarinet and Flute while studied for her Bachelor’s Degree for Jazz Ensemble woodwind doubling. She studied at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania for her Bachelor’s Degree in Saxophone Performance and she studied her Master’s Degree in Saxophone Performance at the University of Maryland of College Park.
While studying saxophone in undergrad and grad school, not only was she the principle saxophonist in the top ensembles, she also professionally played pit orchestra gigs, played as a guest soloist with DC orchestras, and also taught private students throughout those years. She has attended a prestigious Saxophone Camp at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY with the top Saxophone Teachers in the country. That week at the camp, she learned so much from all the different teachers and met amazing connections with saxophonists all over the country. Also she has performed in Scotland, England, and France with her school ensembles. She performed in Jazz clubs in Scotland and England, performed wind band concerts in France, and her Marching Band played at the London 2012 Olympics. One of the teaching accomplishments she is so proud of is helping develop the Saxophone Camp at Mansfield University. She taught private lessons, small ensembles, and large ensembles. This program started with 12 students her first year, and by the fifth year, her last year the program was up to 30 students.
As a teacher, Katie strives to make sure all of her students learn what they need to learn, have fun doing it, and make sure they are as successful as possible. Former students have gone on to colleges such as Indiana University and University of Michigan. She makes sure to understand every student’s strengths and weaknesses. I always enjoy watching my students learn and grow and will do whatever I can to make that possible.
Besides playing, Katie is also a successful arranger. She has her own private arranging business and writes pieces for saxophone quartets, saxophone ensembles, jazz bands, and concert bands. She has a private studio in her home and when she isn’t teaching or playing she is constantly writing. With her arranging business she has a contract with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra to write their pieces for saxophone quartets and can arrange any piece she wants.
If you want to learn more or have a lesson with me, feel free to contact me! I love meeting new students and people!
Born and raised in Las Vegas, Derrick Deluca has been playing and touring in different bands all over the city and Country. With 15 years of drumming experience, the last 7 have been spent actively gigging and touring. Derrick Deluca has played in multiple bands that have been featured in numerous magazines such as Smash Magazine, and the Las Vegas Weekly. He has also shared the stage with worldwide touring bands that have been featured on Ozzfest such as Winds of Plague, Shadows Fall, and Sworn Enemy to name a Few. Derrick has also received his associates in education in 2014 from the College of Southern Nevada and is a current UNLV music major. With a vast array of different music knowledge and theory, he will take you from a beginner/intermediate level student to advance. With working in the Clark County School District, he can teach students how to perform and excel both academically and outside of the classroom.
Steve Bonacci is a Las Vegas native whose favorite bands are The Who, The Allman Brothers Band, and Metallica. He graduated high school with the prestigious CCSD Music Scholar Award, and after two years studying music education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, left the program in 2006 to become a full-time working bassist at the young age of 20.
In addition to now being one of Las Vegas’s most in-demand bassists, playing all genres live and in-studio, Steve has toured nationally with acts as the widely popular Texas alt-country act Reckless Kelly. He has also toured internationally with country, and rock groups.
Steve has also played in many Las Vegas production shows. He currently plays in the Elvis tribute show, “All Shook Up: A Tribute to the King” at Planet Hollywood, and is the bandleader for Las Vegas-based country rock group Easy 8’s.
Steve is an easy-going instructor who cares deeply about helping his students to not only reach their personal goals, but to develop musical skills and comprehension that will help them evolve into the best players they can be in any genre.
My name is Dylan Dice and I am a lead guitarist and songwriter currently playing for Mandy Lion (ww3). I enjoy all styles of music and love to rock out on stage to the live energy of the audience. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, I have lived in Hollywood, California where I attended Musicians Institute, and appeared on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ music video “Tell Me Baby.” Then, I lived in Las Vegas, Nevada where I played with Zombie Shaker Box and Dirty Pairadice. Zombie Shaker Box won Best Hard Rock Band at the Vegas Rocks Awards in 2010 and Dirty Pairadice won the same award in 2011. In both bands, I have played mulitiple shows in Utah, Las Vegas and Los Angeles including playing the Fremont Street Experience for a 5 night a week summer tour in 2012 and regular shows at Count Vamp’d (owned by Danny “The Count” Koker of The History Channels’ Counting Cars). Other shows in Hollywood were played at the Whiskey-a-Go-Go and The Viper Room. Played with opening act for Steel Panther on the 2014 All You Can Eat Tour. I have also played on stage with established artists Dave Navarro (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s addiction), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot), Steven Adler (Guns and Roses), and Gilby Clark (Guns and Roses).
Les Warner is a world class musician born in England, whose diverse drumming talents are always in demand.
Session work, recording for the likes of The Cult ( Electric Album ) Johnny Thunders, Julian Lennon, and Peter Green (of Fleetwood Mac).
His extensive touring experience- The cult,Ronnie Montrose,
Spinal Tap ( as guest drummer ! “And serviced” ), Bow wow wow, Gina loves jezebel. Batusi ( Sylvain from new york dolls )
Production shows- “Erictica,( at the Reo casino ) Jay White Show, (“Riviera casino)V-The Ultimate Variety Show, ( planet hollywood )A resident councilor at the Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp. and is based in Las Vegas.
TV work – TNT’s show Franklin and Bash.( music ) Sega Genesis game “Mortal Combat” ( drumming ).
Leo Fodor Simons is a recent graduate from the classical guitar program at the University of Arizona. Originally from Bullhead City, Arizona, Leo began his musical career at the age of 15 playing guitar for several heavy metal bands. Throughout high school, Leo toured across the southwest playing in various shows and competitions. Leo eventually calmed down and with a close friend, initiated an Acoustic / electric duo, whose enthusiasm laid weekly in local coffee shops and street performances. Leo continued his passion for performing throughout college, playing frequently in school recitals, concerts and local bars with an indie rock band. Leo is now pursuing a musical career in Las Vegas, Nevada with many goals and ambitions
Genevieve Dew started singing with the St. Louis Symphony at age 17. She started working with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson and Johnny Hammond who were her mentors in learning jazz vocal technique. She performed singing engagements at various hotels and jazz bands in Los Angeles, headlined and produced shows at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and performed with jazz trios and quartets at most of the prestigious Hotels on the Las Vegas’ strip, along with the Stirling Club at Turnberry Place. She performed and was featured with different headliners in the Las Vegas Hotels and headlined herself at various hotels on the strip such as Orleans, Sam’s Town, Sun Coast, Rio, Sahara, Hilton, Bellagio, along with summer concerts at Lake Las Vegas, Anthem and other outdoor venues. She has traveled extensively performing in different countries from Europe to Australia from the Middle East to Asia. She’s performed with the electric jazz violinist Michael Ward, several Big Bands, Grammy nominee Larry White, the Great Andre Bocelli, the one and only Neil Diamond and the high light of her career has been to perform with the world renown Michele LeGrand. Her first CD, “Class”, a diverse representation of singing styles which includes jazz, Broadway, country, gospel and opera, has been popularized all over the country and internationally. Her next CD will be released in later 2011. She is currently producing and performing a one woman show, “Tribute to Billie Holiday” and headlining at the Sun Coast Casino and Sam’s Town. August, 2011 just finished a cd for Japan called “From Las Vegas with Love”.
Paul Snyder – Electric Bass/Upright Bass
Paul started his musical journey in high school in 1975 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating high school, Paul was a member of the College of DuPage Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. During that time, he also played professionally in clubs and hotels all over the Chicago area. In 1981, Paul received his Associates degree in Music and moved to California to further pursue his music career, but had great difficulty finding steady work. In 1983, he took a short break from music to start a career in Broadband Cable Engineering. In 1992, Paul moved to Las Vegas and began playing music once again, playing with numerous casino groups and played bass for the Southern Nevada Community College Jazz Band. In 2002, Paul landed a gig playing bass for 50s group “The Drifters” featuring Bobby Rufin. After the Drifters, he played with different club bands around town including Rockcicle, Cover Up, and The Sixties Sensation.
Currently, Paul is a full-time corporate trainer and continues to play round town as a substitute musician. He is also a member of the UNLV Community Orchestra.