Meet the Maestros

Jacob Odell

Jacob Odell

Teaches guitar, bass guitar and ukulele

Jacob is a master of the Jazz idiom. Having graduated from Berklee college of music, he keeps very busy playing jazz all over the central coast. His approach to teaching is simple: “Allow students to learn the music that they enjoy listening to.” His philosophy (and ours) is that if learning music is FUN for the student, then practicing the instrument is easy and non-laborious. He will also supplement this with formal guitar techniques which encourage the student to reach their full musical potential. For videos of Jacobs work click here. www.JacobOdell.com

Tracy Morgan

Tracy Morgan

Teaches percussion

Tracy A. Morgan is skilled in both drums and percussion. He teaches drum set, cajon, d’jembe and other hand percussion. He is able to teach jazz, blues, reggae, rock and country genres. He also enjoys studying African, Afro Cuban, Brazilian and Arabic rhythms currently.

 

Bob Bennett

Bob Bennett

Teaches Trumpet

Bob is a former member of the Woody Hermand and Brian Setzer Orchestras and  lead trumpet for the Artie Shaw Orchestra. He has a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from California State University Long Beach. Bob has also won Jazz Soloist awards from the Fullerton Jazz Festival and The International Trumpet Guild.

Jason Cavallero

Jason Cavallero

Teaches guitar, piano, drums, bass guitar and ukulele

He has been playing music for over 20 years and has been teaching for over 10 years. While attending the University of Maryland he took 4 years of music classes ranging from music theory, orchestration, pedagogy of guitar, and singing performance. He has toured nationally with his various bands, playing dates on Warped Tour as well as opening for notable musicians. Currently, he plays with GhostMonster a local alternative rock duo with Nataly Lola, performing at wineries, hotels and restaurants all along the central coast.

Raised in a family of teachers (his mom teaches math and his dad teaches history) Jason is a natural teacher, possessing patience and understanding while still maintaining a fun environment. From teaching countless students of all ages, he has always found a way to tap into their interests musically and is always surprised from what he can learn from his students. He has taught everything from old country, jazz theory, pop music and even Russian ska-punk..

Gary Wooten

Gary Wooten

Guitar all levels

 
 
Gary Wooten is a guitar player’s guitar player by all forms of the phrase. Having begun taking lessons at age five and teaching at age sixteen, he has spent his life learning and sharing the wonders of music with students of all ages. Professionally Gary has performed over 4,000 concerts, performing onstage with international artists such as Lee Ann Womack, Dierks Bentley, and Miranda Lambert while playing legendary venues such as The Grand Ole Opry, professional sports stadiums, and major music festivals. Recently relocated from Austin, TX this is your opportunity to learn from a consummate professional musician right here in SLO.
Robyn Saxer

Robyn Saxer

Guitar Piano Ukulele Vocals French Horn

 
 

She was raised in a musical family and has a lifetime of performance experience; she holds a B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine and graduated with Honors in Musical Theatre.  With 20 years of experience in  music, theatre, and nature connection education, Robyn teaches students of any age. Classically trained, she plays in a variety of musical styles and enjoys inspiring creative exploration and play in music making.  She is a singer-songwriter and plays keyboard, ukulele, French horn, and the harp with the local band Zen Mountain Poets.

Drake Freeman

Drake Freeman

Saxophone

 
 

Drake is a graduate of Cal Poly’s music program and is experienced in Jazz, classical, orchestral and marching ensembles.  He has been performing for over 10 years and currently performs with Silk Ocean, Golf Dads and The Vibe Setters.

Jim Thurman

Jim Thurman

Banjo, fiddle, mandolin

 
 

 

     Jim Thurman – Banjo, fiddle and mandolin.  Jim has lived in San Luis Obispo for over 30 years and has been a professional musician for most of that time as a teacher, performer, and worship leader.  He has played at the usual venues like coffeehouses, restaurants, pubs, and wineries.  He was guitar accompanist and singer at Elizabeth Anne Seaton Catholic church in Los Osos for 8 years, and is thoroughly familiar with liturgical music and the Catholic repertoire of songs and hymns.  He is currently a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Templeton, on staff as a singer and guitar player.  He has held this position likewise for 8 years.  Jim has considerable expertise in traditional and contemporary hymns, gospel music, and evangelical praise music.

   Jim plays and teaches a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, ukulele, and electric bass.  He has taught at Blue Note Music of SLO and currently teaches at Lightning Joe’s Guitar Heaven (a position he has held for 9 years) and at Grand Central Music in San Luis Obispo. Jim also is a tutor for Heartland Charter School, a position he has held for several years.

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