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
Born in Newark-NJ starts studying music with his grandfather Giuseppe Valeriani (violinist/conductor). As a teenager, living in Italy, he performed in his father’s band (drummer Franco Valeriani senior), along with “The Zephyrus”, a Mediterranean-Blues band. He later earned a Bachelor’s in saxophone performance and music-arranging from the National Music Conservatory “San Pietro a Majella” in Napoli (Italy). Among his saxophone teachers, Antonio Balsamo, and Maurizio Giammarco are certainly the most renowned. Franco then moved to Milan where he attended CPM (Professional Music Center), school of contemporary music.
At CPM Frank studied songwriting-arranging and harmony with jazz pianist Massimo Colombo and saxophone with jazz saxophonist Michael Rosen (from Berklee College of Music – Boston). While graduating from CPM, he also performed with many well known Italian pop artists such as Cristiano Malgioglio, Ron, etc. and performed on Italian tv networks.
In 2003 Franco moves back to the US.
In Las Vegas Franco has performed with some of the best local musicians, worked as musical director for crooner Steve Rossi, (from the Allen & Rossi comedy duo), and 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” (with team-mate Ryan Guzman on guitar) and “Bricks”, a 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 performers 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
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.
Max Simon is An electric bass, guitar, and upright bass player. Max’s influences include Iron Maiden, Primus, and Tool. While he does enjoy rock and metal, he also enjoys Jazz and Funk. Max has been playing Guitar and Electric Bass for 10 years, starting in Seattle Washington. He now plays in a Local Rock band known as Until the Eclipse. Max can Teach Any level of Bassist, whether they’re learning how to hold and tune their instrument, or if they want to learn Steve Harris’ 3-finger gallop. Max is a great teacher and player with the ability to help you achieve your musical goals and have fun while learning how.
Katharine Smith is a classically trained cellist and pianist born in Las Vegas. While she began her musical studies on the piano, her passion for the cello took over as she grew up. Her love for orchestral performance has brought her opportunities to perform in venues all over the world, from China to France and Austria. In 2012, she received the first prize in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra concerto competition, and soloed with a full orchestra at the Smith Center. Under the instruction of Dr. Andrew Smith, she graduated in 2016 from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a bachelor’s in cello performance. She currently enjoys working in Las Vegas as a cello and piano instructor, and a performer for gigs and shows throughout the city.
Pierre Dube has toured the world with Orchestras, Symphonies, and Choirs. He has been performing with his Taiko drums and Vibraphone in the Cirque De Soleil shows of Mystere and the Lion King in Las Vegas Nevada. Pierre is also a gifted composer and has composed many pieces that have been used in many different professional forums. Now Pierre is excited to teach you the art of Taiko Drumming, Hand Percussion, Drums, Vibraphone, and Piano. From beginning to advanced Pierre is ready and willing to teach you whatever it is you are looking for and make it fun and exciting at the same time. As they say in the Lion King “There is more to do then can ever be done”.
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).