Hannah Hafen is a classically trained cellist and pianist. She started cello at the age of three, and began her piano studies at the age of 12. She has received 1st and second place awards in multiple string competitions, and was the featured soloist in the Smith Centers production of Lamb of God. She has subbed for the HSO, toured Germany and Poland, and performed in local rock groups on the strip. She currently studies at UNLV as a cello performance major, under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Smith. She has taught private lessons in both cello and piano for 5 years, and has taught ages from 4-70. As a teacher, she is kind and friendly, and pushes her students to conquer their fears and push themselves to become better! She is great at teaching all ages, and adjusts the teaching curriculum based on the students needs. Her teaching style is fun and engaging, and she always has treats!
Born in Newark-NJ starts studying music with his grandfather Giuseppe Valeriani (violinist/conductor). He earned a Bachelor’s in saxophone performance and music-arranging from the National Music Conservatory “San Pietro a Majella” in Napoli (Italy).
Also attended CPM in Milano studying with jazz saxophonist Michael Rosen (from Berklee College of Music – Boston) while touring around the country and performing on Italian tv networks.
In 2003 Franco moved back to the US,
earned a Double Major (Music History & Literature – Romance Languages) from the University of Las Vegas Nevada (UNLV) and a Master’s in Music Education with University of Florida (UFL).
Besides teaching with the Clark County School District and the College of Southern Nevada, Franco currently performs in many venues on the Las Vegas strip (MGM, Aria, Wynn, Cosmopolitan, Rio, etc.) as “The Zephyrus Project”, and “Bricks” (Pink Floyd Tribute Band).
JT Odell is a Las Vegas Native with over 10 years of performing and teaching experience. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in musical performance. His life’s passion has been playing and teaching others the art of music. He has played with the top musicians in Las Vegas, and regionally as well. He has played and taught all genres including: Classical, modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre and more. He is honored and humbled to pass on his knowledge and love of trumpet and brass instruments
Micaela Nielson, 23, is from Las Vegas and has been playing since she was 11 years old. She is currently studying viola performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on scholarship.
Micaela was active in regional orchestras throughout her High school days. She is presently the assistant principal violist in the UNLV symphony. In performances, she has worked with artists including Arturo Sandoval, Peter Nero, and Grace Vanderwaal, as well as playing for the renowned Circ Du Soleil. Viola has taken her all around the United States including Carnegie Hall and China. Micaela chose music as a platform to express herself because this is the area that inspires her the most in life. Whenever she takes the center of the stage, she never held back in dishing out her best when it comes to creating a musical mix. Micaela Nielson is multi-talented as she has been seen playing musicals for the Golden Rainbow Theater Company; opera for the UNLV Opera, and playing electric rock music.
To educate and inspire people with and about music and the viola is the driving force behind everything she does.
Austin Lightfoot is a Las Vegas based professional violinist and the co-founder of the Sorry In Advance Violin Duo. Originally from Philadelphia, He moved to Boston and studied Music Therapy at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and received pedagogical training through the Suzuki Institute of Boston. Having both conducted and taught at various institutions extensively – including YoFes (youth and family enrichment services), Saint John Paul II Catholic academy, and The Boston Dream Academy. Austin has always stood by the belief that music should be not only an educational experience for students, but an enjoyable one. He emphasizes finding the balance between creativity and technique
Jon Jacquemoud is a life-long resident of Las Vegas and has been playing the guitar for 40 years. Jon passionately honed his craft and soon became recognized locally as an exceptional talent. He gained more recognition during his time with rock acts The Enemy, and The Greg Hampton Band, performing at venues like The Whiskey, FM Station, and the Roxy in Hollywood. He was also featured in the Spotlight for New Talent column of Guitar Player magazine in November 1987. Jon’s interest soon turned to jazz fusion and he began intense study and teaching, as well as performing and recording. Currently he does studio session work, and plays with Streetology, a local fusion ensemble. Throughout his musical career, Jon gained a reputation as a solid guitar instructor with a strong, loyal following. Because of his diverse background, he’s equally comfortable teaching multiple genres including rock, pop, and jazz. He’s committed to sharing his passion for the guitar with his students and giving them the tools and knowledge to be confident musicians.
Adrienne has followed a long family history and has been teaching for the past 35 years in Las Vegas.
As a musician and vocalist, I have traveled extensively, performing in the USA and internationally in 5 countries in Europe. Most recently, I took some students and a choir to sing at Carnegie Hall in 2015; in 2016 I was with the Musical Arts Singers as we sang with Andrea Boccelli at the MGM Grand.
I have received many honors and accolades and am currently employed as a church organist, accompanist and choral director. I am a member of the National and local music teachers association.
I love to teach. I make music interesting through the methods I use. I give students choices by letting them play or sing songs they like. Many of my students have stayed with me for 10 years and longer. Some of them have gone on to professional work or music scholarships.
Amy Na is a student at UNLV and her Major is in Violin performance. Amy has been playing the Violin for 10yrs and has played in many competitions all over the world. Amy loves to teach students how to play and enjoy the art of music. From beginning to advanced Amy can help you become the player you strive to become and will help you read music and play to the best of your ability. If its an audition or just for fun Amy will show you everything you need to succeed.
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.
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).
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.
Jason Hope has been playing the drums since the age of 12. He grew up in the Chicago-land area and studied with teachers Bill Romer and Chris Karp. By age 17 he was opening for national groups Megadeath, Alice in Chains, and Korn and soon after was signed to an independent label. Jason began teaching drums in 2000. After graduating from Purdue University in 2004, he moved to Las Vegas to continue teaching and performing.