Elizabeth Frost is a 2016 graduate from Southeastern University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance, with an emphasis in Voice/Opera, and a double minor in Theater and Bible. She has been playing piano for about 10 years and cello for about 5 years. She attended Stetson University from 2010-2012, Clearwater Christian College from 2012-2015, and Southeastern University from 2015-2016. She currently teaches at Gateway Christian Academy as the Elementary Choir Director and High School Speech and Debate teacher. She performs with a local choir group, The Tampa Oratorio Singers, and has auditioned for various companies such as Tampa Opera Company, Busch Gardens, and Disney. She has received awards for acting from Clearwater Christian College, and has been vocally recognized by both Clearwater Christian College and Southeastern University. She was asked to perform for non-profit organizations such as Hospice in 2011, and Canines for Companions in 2015. Elizabeth has been teaching privately for about 5 years, and many of her students went on to receive lead roles in their schools’ various musical productions. Elizabeth enjoys sharing her love of music all around her, especially children.
Paul Lewis has composed a variety of works ranging from electronic music to pieces for large ensemble. Lewis’ involvement in electro- acoustic music has resulted in several works for fixed media and works for live instrument and electronics. Paul currently holds a BM in composition from The University of South Florida where his composition teachers include Paul Reller and Baljinder Sekhon. He was selected as the featured student composer in the USF student showcase concert for the NASM committees visit to USF, and the USF new-music consortium’s new music festival. In addition to his compositional achievements, Lewis is also an active music performer with experience playing contrabass with the USF Symphony Orchestra.
Kristen Wilde has been teaching viola and violin for over 12 years. She is a trained Suzuki teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Music from BYU, where she played fiddle in a bluegrass band as well as viola in orchestras and chamber groups. Kristen loves the process of learning music, at all ages and levels, and adapts lessons to each student. She has also led toddler/preschool music classes, taught elementary school orchestra, and directed church choirs. Kristen has also studied piano, guitar, ukulele, string bass, cello, organ, vibraphone, and voice. She also enjoys computer programming, and is the mother of 3 children.
Luis Llano has been playing guitar for 7 years. He is a part of The University Of Tampa’s Guitar Ensemble and focus is on classical guitar under Professor John Demas. Luis has performed in the UT Orchestra as a viola player during his freshman year and in the Men’s Choir during his junior year as a bass and baritone. Luis has tailored his music degree to focus on composition under the direction of Dr. Bradford Blackburn. Luis has been Awarded Outstanding Musicianship, Performance and Academic Achievement and the Music Technology and Composition Award by The College of Arts and Letters in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Currently Luis is a Senior at UT and is working his way to obtaining a double degree, BA in Music and BS in Physics.
Tyler Cram has been playing guitar and ukulele for ten years. His expertise lies in blues, rock, pop, and jazz music. He has been teaching both children and adults for the past year. His curriculum is centered around the fundamental necessities of learning an instrument; learning the names of the strings & chords, how to hold the instrument, etc. His top priority is for the student to have fun and to have freedom to play the things they want! Tyler will structure the content around songs that the student enjoys. His ultimate goal is for the student to leave with the desire to continue, always striving for more! Music is his passion. He wants everyone to see the immense gratification that playing music can bring
Steve Bahnuk has been playing drums professionally for over 35 years and teaching for over 10 years. He performed on Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruise Lines for 5 years. He also played with 2 members of the Platters and opened for the rock supergroup Foreigner.
Steve has helped many students reach their drumming goals. His students have become drumline captains, played in school jazz and concert bands, local rock and country bands, and a couple even went on to play Carnegie Hall.
Steve would love to help you reach your drumming goals!
Ryan Muar is an educator, performer, and composer from the Tampa Bay Area. Muar has taught guitar, bass, drums, piano, theory, composition, and songwriting at local schools and privately. He received a BM from the University of South Florida for composition, studying with Paul Reller and Dr. Baljinder Sekhon. Muar’s goal as a teacher is to be student centric. This allows each individual student to develop their own voice, while being fully aware of the theory behind what they are playing and the technique to allow them to succeed.
His compositional works have been honored by prominent national organizations, such as New York City’s Vox Novus and the 2013 living void compilation
Loren “DJ L-Train” McInturff has been producing and remixing music since 2001. He’s remixed tracks from artists such as Avicii, Will-I-AM, Linkin Park, Opus III, Klubbheads, DJ Bam Bam, Mord Fustang and Afrojack to name a few and has recently produced several new original tracks with artists Alaska Mc and Treen da Bean. He held a residency at “Floyds” at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, FL from 2003-2004 and has made many appearances at venues throughout Florida. Recently he has been DJing for radio shows such as Toxic Radio on Party95.com, TEK ProjectRadio.us, Enation.fm, WMNF ZentripZ Radio 88.5 FM and special events at “Jackson’s”, “The Underground”, “Jannus Landing”, “The Kennedy”, “Push Ultra Lounge”, “The Rusty Hook” , private venues, and other undisclosed underground events.
David Gambino, newly relocated from New Orleans, Louisiana, is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwinds. Originally starting on the saxophone and piano, Mr. Gambino garnered interest in all things music and chose his career accordingly. Mr. Gambino graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and served as Mandeville High School’s Assistant Band Director for three years. During his stint at MHS, the band received many accolades including winning $10,000 from Popeye’s Love That Music contest. David has been seen with many performances settings with renowned musicians, such as Blue Lou Marini, Ed Peterson, Ned Fasullo and his Fabulous Big Band Orchestra, and the Rebirth Brass Band. His musical arrangements and performance can be heard on the albums of David St. Romain and Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces.
Mr. Gambino currently serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of South Florida, under Jack Wilkins and Chuck Owen, while obtaining his Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance.
Carrie C. Davis was raised in Buffalo, New York,where she graduated from City Honors High School (1979) with a New York State Regents Diploma as well as an Academic Music Diploma.
In 2011, she received an Associate of Arts in Music degree from Hillsborough Community College. She finished her undergraduate degree and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at The University of Tampa in 2013, graduating Magna Cum Laude. While attending the University of Tampa, she was in the Honors Program and received the Music Technology and Composition Award.
Returning to Hillsborough Community College, Carrie attended the Educator Preparation Institute and in July of 2013 she received her Florida Educators Certification in Music K-12. Carrie is a member of the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Educators and the National Education Association.