Luis Rosado-Bermudez is a classical guitarist hailing from Ponce, Puerto Rico. He began experimenting with guitar at the age of 12 and began classical guitar training at 13 when he attended Howard W. Blake: High School of the performing arts. By age 14 he started traveling to competitions and performing for audiences in the Tampa Bay area. At the age of 17, Luis was awarded for being in the top 85 of young arts Competition out of 10,000 applicants. Due to his musical dedication, he was chosen to be a representative from Tampa to go to The White House and meet Michelle Obama for the In The White House Performance: Celebrating Memphis Soul. As of today, Luis is still working on his craft and recently received his Bachelors Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from FSU.
Daniel Melendez earned his Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of North Florida Music Flagship program under the direction of Charlotte Mabrey. Daniel was a member if the percussion section for the UNF Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and Percussion ensemble. During this time, Daniel collaborated with colleagues, UNF faculty, and world renowned guest artists for concerts and recitals. Daniel proudly serves as the percussion section leader for The Tampa Band Pride Band and Wind Symphony. Daniel offers 10+ years of experience in Concert snare drum, mallet instruments, concert bass drum, timpani, crash cymbals, percussion accessories, drum-set, and Latin percussion.
Jennifer Davenport has been playing the trumpet since the age of 8 years old. Her experience covers all genres and settings of musical performance, including wind ensembles, symphony orchestras, jazz bands, blues bands, rock n roll, small ensembles, marching bands, contemporary bands, church ensembles and more. Jennifer studied under Brad Ullrich and Mr. John Almieda at The University of Central Florida. Her passion for music brought her previously to Sam Ash as a sales associate and she is excited to return with the opportunity to instruct and share her knowledge with the who also share a love of music.
George Savvas is a Tampa native working musician, and drum set is his main instrument. He has played in singer- songwriters in Tampa Bay, Nortre Dame Catholic school music program, the Florida Collage orchestra, Calvary Worship Centers, and other musical styles include Afro- Cuban and world rhythms, Funk, R n’ B, Rock, and blues. With over 15 years playing experience he is most enthusiastic about learning and education. George will help you achieve your goals using ear training, drum set theory, and a structured practice routine. More specifically by focusing on groove, independence,time, and dynamics. His main objective as an instructor is to promote creativity by teaching the fundamentals that are essential for all levels of drumming and how to express our ideas through the instrument.
Justin Russo earned a Bachelors In Arts in Teaching from the University of South Florida, as well as a Music and Vocal performance concentration degree through the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College. He has been teaching music for over seven years, including voice, piano, guitar, bass & ukulele. He also has experience in directing choir, band, and general music in the classroom setting with various age groups. Justin has worked with individuals as young as preschool age all the way through adults. He performs a variety of styles from pop, rock, alternative, blues, R n’ B, and country among others as a vocalist, pianist, guitarist, bassist in a variety of settings that range from local venues, house parties, worship leading and more.
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.
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