Joel’s reputation of a Canadian with a big heart, groove, and style, flourished quickly. Before long, Joel found himself on the road with such acts as JoDee Messina, The Wilkinsons, and SHeDAISY, among others.From the road to the studio, Joel’s inventive and physical flair can be heard on numerous TV theme songs such as the NBA and The Today Show as well as movie soundtracks like Meet Joe Black, August Rush and Along Came Polly. Joel’s credits also cover the recording of Sony Playstation, X-BOX and Nintendo Wii video game soundtracks, including popular titles like Twisted Metal Head On, Dance Dance Revolution, and Disney’s Ultimate Band. From rock to jazz, techno to country, Joel’s chameleon-like ability to naturally adapt his playing style to any musical genre is awe-inspiring.
Celebrated musician Jay Lawrence has enjoyed a diverse career as a performing and recording artist. Lawrence is a distinguished drummer, ethnic and orchestral percussionist, composer and arranger, educator, clinician, adjudicator, band leader, contractor and author. Having grown up in the Nevada showrooms of Reno, Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas, Jay is now an official Utahn residing in Lehi. Currently teaching at five universities and colleges (probably a world record!), Jay also has a large private teaching practice. Lawrence is also in demand for recording sessions and performances. The terms are negotiable. If you need a band or a drummer Jay can make your event a success whether it be a corporate convention, wedding, business party, or recording an album or jingle.
“Have drums, will travel” reads the card of this versatile percussionist. Mark Chaney has accompanied a diverse group of artists, including Bobby McFerrin, Mose Allison, Elvin Bishop, Herb Ellis, Laurel Masse, Von Freeman and Joe Henderson. As a bandleader, he has enjoyed two European tours, including a spot at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. Recent compositions include original scores for the successful PBS documentaries, “Salt Lake-Once Upon a Time,” and “Utah in the Fifties.” In 2002, Mark performed extensively during the Winter Olympics, and has been featured in the Utah Arts Festival, and the Park City Arts Festival. Now into the fourth decade of teaching private music lessons, Mark has also taught school band and orchestra. He travels extensively from his home base, “Blue Sky Studios.”
Rick has been teaching drums for over 28 years. Study areas include the fundamentals, grip-technique, rudiments, reading notation, drum set instruction with all musical styles, improvisation, etc. Rick holds a master’s degree in education, and has played in Rock, Jazz, Country, & Disco bands. Rick has traveled and played in the Reno, Oregon, & Idaho Jazz Festivals, Disneyland guest performances, National Orange Show, California, 2002 Winter Olympics party for the athletes, etc. Rick has studied under great drummers such as Hank Houst, Harrison Powley, Craig Fineshriber, and Kelly Wallis.
Mason Aeschbacher’s jovial, intelligent, and accessible teaching style has inspired and educated countless drum set and percussion students over the past fifteen years. Mason holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Composition and Performance from the University of Utah, and currently teaches Music Theory at Broadview University. Mason also serves as Head Musician at Utah Valley University’s Dance Department, and is the Musical Director of Samba Fogo, a Brazilian bateria (drum line). More info at sambafogo.com/mason
Trevor started music studies on the piano at age 10, inspired by the talents of his elementary school peers who could play. He quit piano studies the same year. It wasn’t until he turned 14, became obsessed with Rock music, and witnessed the theatrical dance/percussion group Stomp that he discovered that percussion instruments were “totally dope” and could bring a smile to his face with their thunderous rumbling. When he turned 15, he got his first set of drums, started taking lessons at a tiny music shop, eagerly joined every music class his high school had to offer, and began forming bands with friends. Trevor continued his education in music at Brigham Young University where he earned his Bachelor of the Arts degree. Thanks to his thorough university studies he has had experience performing and working in percussion ensembles, orchestra and concert bands, latin jazz bands, and musical theater pit bands. He has performed professionally in musical theater productions with the U of U Theater Department, Sandy Arts Guild, Murray Theater, and has been active in many original Rock bands providing entertainment at local night clubs and special events, such as the Utah Arts Festival, and the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. Trevor began as a private music instructor in 2007.