Jim Berretta, owner and CEO of Berretta Drum Instruction and Berretta Music Academy, has been instructing since 1998. A graduate of University of Tampa and with honors from Musicians Institute. He has studied with David Coash (Florida Orchestra Percussionist), Joe Porcaro (Los Angeles Studio Legend), Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa), Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth/KORN), Richie Garcia (Phil Collins) and Phil Maturano (Barry Manilow) to name a few.
Jim has instructed over 650 students through his private instruction and his annual BMA Band Camp. On the performance side, he has been the house drummer at Wiley House Concerts in Clearwater, playing sold out shows with artists such as Jeff Coffey(Chicago), Mikel Paris(O.A.R), Keaton Simons(Brett Young), Matt Ferranti(Brett Young), Matt Brown, TROY, Steve Everett, Brian Sutherland and Brett Wiscons....He has also had the honor of sharing the stage with rockstar Tommy Tutone, who is known for his hit Jenny Jenny/867-5309. Jim had made a name for himself for over a decade as the "go to fill-in drummer" with many of the top Tampa Bay area bands including Sweet Spot, Men From Mars, Category Three, Big Brother, Double Vision, Green Light Go, A New Divide, The Red Sunday, The Danny Brantley Band, Acoustic Thunder, Swipe Right, The Railway Kings, Mixed Signal and Slim Tippinz. ,... music lessons near me ;drum lessons near me
Vocalist Emma Converse has been singing at a high level since her teenage years. Besides studying privately with Melissa Mulligan at MMVS Studios for vocals, she is also trained for vocal coaching. Emma has won an Emmy for melody writing for a WPIX 11 News promo in New York. She has been featured on Grammy Award winning new age producer Paul Avgerinos’s albums Devotion and Spiritual Warrior. Live performance wise she has sang at Lincoln Center in NYC in honor of Fred Hellerman’s memorial concert and has opened for members of Steely Dan. Her passion is singing jazz, soul and r&b and passing her knowledge to her students... singing lessons near me; music lessons near me; voice lessons near me
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ben is a multi-instrumentalist covering everything from guitar, keyboards, vocals and bass guitar to drums and even keytar ! Guitar was his first instrument of choice that he picked up at the age of 6 when he used to sneak his sister's acoustic guitar. He specializes in teaching guitar and piano here at Berretta Music Academy. How he found his love for teaching was years ago when he would spend a full weekend teaching his nieces and nephews each an in instrument to a song they all loved and agreed on. Needless to say, he's great with kids ! He would then set the stage and have them perform for his family parties at the end of the weekend. Ben's performing and recording credits include:
• 1984-1988: Lead vocals, guitar, keyboards Zen Archer Band
• 1988- present: studio musician and recording artist
• 1989-1995: Various bands in Chicago, Indiana, and surrounding areas.
Vocals, Guitars, keyboards, bass.
• 1995- present: Vocals, bass player, guitarist and keyboards for many bands around Tampa Bay area including the following;
AUDIOSTAR, TANTRUM, STRAYS OF THE WORLD, FIREFLY,
FLOOD >Tool tribute band, JAGER MAFIA, THIRD STORY BASEMENT, DEAR PRUDENCE,
ROCKET SCIENCE, DILLENGER, FULL TILT, DANNY BRANTLEY, TONY ST TONE, and worked as a fill in musician as well.
• 2021 single on Spotify written and recorded in Wacky Zackys’ studio.
• Past professional experience:
Traveled professionally with multiple bands opening up for the following Acts:
Maroon 5, Melissa Etheridge, Will.I.Am, John Legend, Michael Franti, Anita Baker, 38
special, Kool Mo Dee, Travis Tritt, Brent Carlise, George Lynch, Autograph and more.
Sydney's journey as a musician began at the age of eight, when she first started playing the piano. From there she picked up both the bass guitar and her true passion, the guitar. Ever since her early years, Sydney has been an active member of various bands and ensembles. She has been part of orchestra pits, jazz bands, and various instrumental bands. Sydney has an Associates in Science Degree in Music Industry Recording Arts at St. Petersburg College.
Throughout her musical education, she has honed her unique style, drawing inspiration from the timeless sounds of old blues and rock 'n' roll while seamlessly infusing elements of jazz and R'n'B into her music. She is a true embodiment of passion and dedication. Her love for exploring different musical genres is evident as she passes that knowledge to all of her students.
Miles Hanson is a versatile, professional performing bassist in the Tampa Bay area with over 25 years of musical experience. He teaches bass lessons privately as well as elementary school general music/chorus/strings in the public school system. He currently lives in Clearwater, FL, has two children, and leads the music ministry/plays drums at his church.
Miles started his musical journey by listening to his father's saxophone playing in a variety of groups during his childhood. In middle school, he started on the clarinet and then gravitated to the electric bass. He played in his garage with his brother (on drums), learning songs on the radio by ear, while also learning to read music at school. In college, he learned to play the double bass as a jazz performance major, which helped broaden his musical views and sharpened his natural gifts. He graduated with a music education degree and has taught in the Pinellas County school system since 2007.
His openness to all musical genres has led him to play a variety of styles, such as reggae, jazz, funk, country, rock, blues, soukous, and pop. He regularly performs with various cover bands, at church, at weddings/private events, and musical theater.
Miles spends his days as a father and music teacher and his nights as a bassist. This gives him the opportunity to share his love of all kinds of music with the next generation as well as
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Emily Quigley has played since the age of 4 and has been teaching since 2010. She has performed in countless music festivals, concerts, recitals, bands, and worship services. At the David Karp Festival at Kilgore College, she won first place in both the soloist and duet divisions. The Bach Festival at Kilgore College and the Skills Festival at The University of Texas at Tyler were also a regular part of her musical training.
She earned her music degree from East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas in 2018, making memories and friends along with her musical skills as part of the Symphonic, Jazz, and Chapel Bands. Those were her favorite classes along with Choir and Marching Band.
Since her college days, Emily has served as the pianist at two churches: First Baptist Church Blanchard, Louisiana and First Baptist Church Riesel, Texas, leading worship weekly and performing in Christmas and Easter musicals.
Having taught a wide age range of students, from 5 to 70, she knows exactly how to approach each differently in her own unique way. Teaching not just repertoire but also technique, theory, and piano exercises for training, as well as warming up the fingers. If a student desires to learn a particular song or style, Emily helps each student to achieve their own personal goals. This collaboration helps the student learn not only the song, but the skill involved to achieve it.
Emily looks forward to teaching you and joining you on your musical journey!
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Phil Magallanes was born in New York City in 1970. He started playing piano at the age of four, adding guitar and bass to his musical arsenal at age six. A hard-worker and largely self-taught, Phil earned a full-scholarship to the prestigious University Of North Texas. He went on to tour, record and compose for many artists, including Al Di Meola, Arturo Sandoval, Blood Sweat & Tears, Gil Parris, Debbie Gibson, Engelbert Humperdinck and Spyro Gyra.
Since relocating to the Tampa Bay Area in 2010, Phil quickly established himself as an exceptionally capable, versatile and reliable sideman on all three instruments, within every imaginable genre...displaying a virtuosic command of blues, bebop, Latin jazz, funk, classical, Bossa Nova, gospel, rock, reggae, African music, and pretty much everything in between.
Phil also founded the award-winning Show Biz Kids 12-piece Steely Dan Tribute, a highly-swingin' jazz piano trio and Choosy Muthas, an exciting five-piece funk/fusion group. He was the Artist-In-Residence at Players School Of Music for several years, and continues to be heavily involved in music education. Phil currently teaches at Berretta Music Academy.
During the pandemic, Phil rediscovered his lifelong love for guitar, and decided to refocus and devote his creative energies exclusively to the instrument. He now leads jazz combos of varying sizes on guitar (duo to sextet), with a rotating cast of top Tampa Bay talent.
Regardless of style, Phil's powerful groove and love for all forms of music is infectious...and his upbeat sense of humor is sure to keep all who meet him highly entertained! .... music lessons near me; guitar lessons near me; guitar lessons
Born and raised in New York City, Eric began playing for dances, restaurants and other publicly social events at age 13. Through his teens in the tri-state area, he performed with some of the areas popular Top 40 dance bands. Most of these bands being comprised of some of todays recognized artists and producers. While attending college, ‘Ric’, as he is known by friends, became involved in New York’s Latin music scene which led to performances throughout the US and abroad. He later graduated from the City University of New York's Local 802 program with degrees in music. His diverse performance background and formal music training have enabled him to perform with acts ranging from Rock, Soul, and R&B, to Latin, Jazz, and Pop..
Over the years other associations, affliations, stints and media credits include those with Eric Darius, BK Jackson, John Purcell, David Sanborn, Jazmin Ghent, Jose Valentino, Marlon Boone, TheCadillacs, The Del Vikings, The U.S. Stones (a nationally marketed Rolling Stones Tribute Show), Stardust Memories (a nationally
marketed David Bowie Tribute Show) Millie Puente, Alex Bueno, A&CLa Banda, Fausto Rey and Jose Alberto to name a few. Since moving to Florida Ric has served the Tampa Bay community as technician, performer, teacher, saxophone consultant and lifelong music and art advocate..... music lessons near me; saxophone lessons near me
Joe Sanders has 20 years of teaching experience and has been playing professionally for over 30 years. Some of Joe's most impressive studies were 4 years of theory under world renowned performer and instructor Michael Fath(“If you love to scream when you hear Vai, Satriani and Yngwie, it’s time to be thrilled by a new scary guitar monster” - Guitar World Magazine) as well as 2 years of jazz studies with Grammy Nominated Mike Pachelli, seriously elevated his playing as well as his instruction. Joe also Has his own signature series guitar with Lowe Custom guitars.
His teaching genres cover all the bases : Rock,Blues,Jazz and Classical..... guitar lessons near me; music lessons near me; guitar lessons
Eric is a multi-instrumentalist from Spokane, Washington. He is proficient playing and teaching piano, drum set, vibraphone and trumpet.
Eric's musical journey began on trumpet and guitar in 5th grade, both of which he received private instruction. He continued these throughout high school, where he then began percussion and piano. It was both through these instruments and his inspirational teachers that Eric realized he wanted to study music seriously. He then attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA where he graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Percussion Performance under Dr. Miho Takekawa. He flourished as an orchestral percussionist, winning the Student Soloist competition as a sophomore and the PASIC Ludwig Industries Scholarship as a junior, which granted him a free ticket and flight to the convention. During this time he also began private jazz study with renowned pianist and composer Dr Cassio Vianna, where he honed in on jazz harmony and literature.
Since moving to St Petersburg in summer 2021, Eric has found many avenues to continue his passion for music performance. He is currently the vibraphonist/keyboardist for The Barker Project, led by bassist Johnnie Barker. He is also a performer in the Clearwater Jazz Holiday association, along with having performed on vibraphone as part of the Lake Wales Jazz Connection with local jazz artists Paul Gavin, Bryan Hughes, LaRue Nickelson, and Alejandro Arenas. Lastly, Eric records and posts regularly on YouTube and Instagram, where he not only plays vibraphone but keyboards, bass, and drums, often creating his own backing tracks. (Find the links here! - https://linktr.ee/eric.zabala.music). You can occasionally even find Eric in downtown St Petersburg busking!
Beyond performance, Eric is fortunate to have an extensive background in music education. The 2019-20 Pacific Lutheran University Percussion Studio assistant, Eric was also the acting beginning band teacher at Visitation STEM Academy and a substitute Percussion Teaching Artist for the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia the same year. Eric’s favorite genres to play and teach are jazz, RnB, and funk, though he is also experienced in classical, pop/hip-hop, rock, metal, blues, funk, and even bossa nova (among others)!
Eric is thrilled to join the Berretta Music Academy team and share his knowledge of music with students of all ages !...
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