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Al Schmitt

Al Schmitt

Sponsored by Harman

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Al Schmitt

Al Schmitt

Sponsored by Harman

Producer/engineer Al Schmitt has earned 22 Grammy awards for his cutting-edge work on Steely Dan's Aja, Toto's Toto IV, and Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom. To date, he has more than 150 gold or platinum albums to his name.

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Andy Timmons

Andy Timmons

Sponsored by Mesa Engineering

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Andy Timmons

Andy Timmons

Sponsored by Mesa Engineering

Andy Timmons is consistently voted a Top 20 Favorite Guitarist in reader polls, and has won the Dallas Observer Music Awards' Musician of the Year four years in a row. He's also a respected clinician representing Ibanez Guitars. Andy has played in Danger Danger, Pawn Kings, and the Andy Timmons Band, and has worked with Simon Phillips, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert, Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Ted Nugent, and The Beach Boys, among others.

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Ben Casey

Ben Casey

Sponsored by Ableton

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Ben Casey

Ben Casey

Sponsored by Ableton

Ben Casey is a Brooklyn-based electronic musician, Ableton Certified Trainer, and overall music tech nerd. When he’s not surrounded by wires and drum machines or tinkering with Max for Live, Ben teaches Ableton Live to musicians across all genres, from avant-garde to zydeco.

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Brian Vibberts

Brian Vibberts

Sponsored by Antelope

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Brian Vibberts

Brian Vibberts

Sponsored by Antelope

As a 5-time Grammy Award winner, Brian is a first-call studio and live mixing/recording engineer. He's participated in 266 Grammy Nominations and 75 Grammy Awards Winners, including Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Chick Corea, and many more. His live recordings include Jay Z & Justin Timberlake at the Rose Bowl, and the recent "Made in America" three-day telecast.

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Brian Wampler

Brian Wampler

Sponsored by Wampler

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Brian Wampler

Brian Wampler

Sponsored by Wampler

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Carl Verheyen

Carl Verheyen

Sponsored by LSL Guitars

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Carl Verheyen

Carl Verheyen

Sponsored by LSL Guitars

In his 50-plus years of playing the instrument, guitar virtuoso Carl Verheyen has created a wildly successful career. Carl is one of LA's elite "first call" session players, performing on hundreds of records, movie soundtracks and television shows. As a member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide.

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Chris Lord-Alge

Chris Lord-Alge

Sponsored by Avid

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Chris Lord-Alge

Chris Lord-Alge

Sponsored by Avid

Sweetwater is extremely pleased to have mix superstar and multiple Grammy winner Chris Lord-Alge (Green Day, Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera) with us for GearFest 2017. Chris shares his insights on mixing, producing, and the music industry in this once-in-a-lifetime workshop.

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Chuck Ainlay

Chuck Ainlay

Sponsored by Shure

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Chuck Ainlay

Chuck Ainlay

Sponsored by Shure

After attending Indiana University's Music School, Chuck continued his music education by enrolling at Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee. With his sight keenly set upon a career in the recording industry, he furthered his experience by working as an assistant engineer at various studios on "Music Row" until he was hired as the chief engineer at the Castle Recording Studio. It was here that famed producer Jimmy Bowen and Chuck's paths crossed, hence, launching Chuck into a career as an independent engineer. Chuck's acclaimed engineering career which has spanned a twenty-eight year period has allowed him to work with many of the world's finest artists, musicians and producers and develop a diverse list of clients that ranges from George Strait to Dire Straits. His engineering dominance in the country field has been recognized by many, including NARAS with multiple Grammy nominations for his numerous critically and commercially successful albums. The Nashville Music Association named him 'Engineer of the Year' in 1996 and again in 1997. Nashville's own Music Row Magazine voted him the 'Engineer with the most Top Ten Hits' in 1998 while the years 1999 and 2000 brought with it nominations for the prestigious TEC award from Mix Magazine. Chuck's long-standing collaboration with Mark Knopfler has resulted in two albums by Dire Straits, as well as production and engineering credits on Mark's solo albums, Golden Heart, Sailing to Philadelphia, Ragpickers Dream, and Shangri La all of which have reached multi platinum status. This partnership has also produced two movie scores for the films Wag the Dog and Metroland. Many within the audio industry regard Chuck as the leader in cutting edge technology. After all, he produced the first all digital recording out of Nashville. His pioneering efforts in 5.1 surround sound have been acknowledged by his peers with the celebrated and critically acclaimed Vince Gill's High Lonesome Sound album, The 20th anniversary remix of Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms and the 25th anniversary re-mix of Peter Frampton's record breaking live album, Frampton Comes Alive. His dedication to the furthering of the format as well as his prolific command of the technology has been well documented in publications such as Surround Professional and Pro Sound News. In 1999 Chuck entered into a partnership with Sound Stage Studios to create BackStage Studio, a state of the art, surround sound studio based around the Solid State Logic 9000J console. Chuck is a founding member of META Inc. which launched in January of 2005. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Governors and The Producers and Engineers Wing of NARAS, Leadership Music, SAE Advisory Board and the Nashville Chapter Board of the Audio Engineering Society. Outside of the music business, Chuck is an avid water ski enthusiast who held the Tennessee State Men's III slalom record from1998 to 2002. Other interests include snow skiing, scuba diving, travel and walking the dogs.

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Collyer Spreen

Collyer Spreen

Sponsored by Avid

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Collyer Spreen

Collyer Spreen

Sponsored by Avid

With a background in recording and engineering at Chung King Studios and then later at Tonic in New York City, Ozzie has considerable experience working on Spots, Short Form and Long Form Post Production Audio for Clients such as MTV, A&E, History Channel, Lucas Arts, HBO, CBS, PBS and many more. Later he moved to Euphonix as a console specialist and then on to Avid as an Audio Application Specialist where he works with many of the top Post/Film Facilities, Composers, Scoring Mixers and Hollywood Blockbuster clients from around the world.

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Craig Anderton

Craig Anderton

Sponsored by Gibson

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Craig Anderton

Craig Anderton

Sponsored by Gibson

Musician/author Craig Anderton is an internationally recognized authority on music and technology. He has played on, produced, or mastered over 20 major label recordings and hundreds of tracks, authored over 25 books, and written over a thousand articles. He is currently an Executive Vice-President at Gibson Brands.

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Dave Brow

Dave Brow

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Dave Brow

Dave Brow

Sponsored by Sweetwater

Dave worked at major VO studios in Hollywood, CA engineering sessions for commercials, animation, video games and narrations for shows like A&E "Biography" and "City Confidential". He also owned his own duplication and remote recording company that specialized in talent demos. He continues to help voice-over artists create professional caliber home studios to compete in the industry.

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DJ Dstrukt

DJ Dstrukt

Sponsored by Serato

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DJ Dstrukt

DJ Dstrukt

Sponsored by Serato

Derrick de Mayo aka DJ Dstrukt is a San Jose, California native who established a reputation in the local turntablist scene in the year 2000. His move to Southern California in 2005 found him producing numerous mixtapes and DJing multiple venues up and down California. In 2009 he was put on by King Tech of The World Famous Wake Up Show as a rotating resident DJ for the show, where he produced dynamic sets and tribute mixes. In 2015, Dstrukt relocated to New York for newer, greater opportunities and a change in scenery. The sounds of his new home continue to inspire his many productions and mixtapes. He continues to enter competitions while holding down DJ residencies in the East Coast.

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Doug Gould

Doug Gould

Sponsored by Tascam

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Doug Gould

Doug Gould

Sponsored by Tascam

Doug Gould has been a veteran of the Pro Audio and Music Technology Industry for nearly 30 years, serving in management roles at Shure, Tascam and E-Mu Systems and also serves as a worship leader, musician and tech at various churches throughout his esteemed career. Over the last twelve years Doug has been a very effective presenter at hundreds of worship conferences all over North America and beyond, focusing his experience to consult and teach others.

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Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa

Sponsored by D'Addario

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Dweezil Zappa

Dweezil Zappa

Sponsored by D'Addario

Gifted guitarist and producer Dweezil Zappa has enjoyed the kind of rock pedigree many of us can only dream of, learning one-on-one from guitar greats Steve Vai and Eddie Van Halen

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Enrique Gonzalez Müller

Enrique Gonzalez Müller

Sponsored by iZotope

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Enrique Gonzalez Müller

Enrique Gonzalez Müller

Sponsored by iZotope

A Berklee College of Music graduate, Enrique honed his skills at the Plant Studios working with artists including Dave Matthews Band, Joe Satriani, Joan Baez, Les Claypool, and members of Metallica. He has also produced, arranged, and mixed chart-topping albums in Venezuela and Italy. Most recently, Enrique has worked with the Kronos Quartet and Nine Inch Nails and toured with Wynton Marsalis.

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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Sponsored by Fender

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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Sponsored by Fender

Eric is enshrined in Guitar Player magazine’s Gallery of Greats and was named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician magazine. He has won and placed high in numerous readers and critic polls conducted by guitar publications over the last 25 or so years, most recently in 2010 when he was named Guitarist of the Year by Guitar International. Eric has also won more Austin Music Awards (33) than anyone else since they began in 1981, including Musician of the Year and Best Electric & Acoustic Guitarist plus Best Instrumental & Video, and was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame in its first year in 1983. He won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Cliffs of Dover" in 1992. He has also been nominated for the Best Rock Instrumental Grammy for his album Ah Via Musicom and the tracks "Zap" (from Tones) and "Pavilion" and "S.R.V." (both from Bloom). His album Bloom received a Best Pop Instrumental nomination as did the track "Rain" from the Alien Love Child album Live and Beyond for a total of six Grammy nominations. His songs "Cliffs of Dover," "Trademark" and "Righteous" were Top 10 Album Rock hits and "Pavilion" and "High Landrons" were Top 40 singles. Eric has recorded and/or performed with such other notable guitar players as Chet Atkins, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, James Burton, Jerry Reed, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani (on the original G3 tour), John McLaughlin, Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Dweezil Zappa, Adrian Legg, Peppino D'Agostino, Andy McKee, John Petrucci and others. He was tapped by Eric Clapton to play the first Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004, and has appeared on four Experience Hendrix tours. He has also played with such esteemed rhythm sections as the Les Paul Trio, Double Trouble (bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton), and bassist Will Lee and drummer Anton Fig of the "Late Night with David Letterman" band.

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Erin Barra

Erin Barra

Sponsored by Ableton

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Erin Barra

Erin Barra

Sponsored by Ableton

Erin Barra’s boundary-breaking approach to electronic music and songwriting has most recently been featured on MusicTech, Popular Mechanic, Wired, Ableton.com, Sonic Scoop and Billboard. The Boston-based, songwriter, producer and audio-tech consultant is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music as well as the creator and instructor of Beats By Girlz, a curriculum and initiative to engage young women in music tech. Through workshops and performances across the country, Barra has introduced audiences to a unique setup that blends an inspiring combination of technology, performance, and songwriting. Erin has released 5 studio albums and can be found at the center of many projects where the creative and technical collide.

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont

Sponsored by Dangerous Music

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Fab Dupont

Fab Dupont

Sponsored by Dangerous Music

A New York City-based writer, producer, and mixer, Fab has worked on tracks for Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Marc Anthony, and Carly Rae Jepsen. His work has been nominated for 3 Grammy Awards, 4 South African Music Awards, 2 Independent Music Awards and 3 French Music Awards. He is also co-founder of pureMix.net, an audio tutorial website dedicated to learning what is not in the manual.!!

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Freddy DeMarco

Freddy DeMarco

Sponsored by Blackstar/Vox

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Freddy DeMarco

Freddy DeMarco

Sponsored by Blackstar/Vox

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Gavin Haverstick

Gavin Haverstick

Sponsored by Haverstick Designs

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Gavin Haverstick

Gavin Haverstick

Sponsored by Haverstick Designs

Gavin Haverstick is the owner of Haverstick Designs, a full-service acoustical consulting firm specializing in architectural acoustics. His degree is in Mechanical Engineering from Colorado State University with a focus in robotics. Gavin has done work for clients all over the world such as: Ringo Starr, Coldplay, Michael Jordan, Disney Pixar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and others.

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Gerald Veasley

Gerald Veasley

Sponsored by Ibanez

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Gerald Veasley

Gerald Veasley

Sponsored by Ibanez

Born in Philadelphia, Gerald Veasley has a varied and impressive resume' that includes recording and/or stints with Joe Zawinul of Weather Report, his longtime friend and mentor, the late Grover Washington Jr., McCoy Tyner, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Odean Pope, Special EFX, Joe McBride, Teddy Pendergrass, Phil Perry, Chieli Minucci, Dianne Reeves, George Howard, Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny Blake, Pamela Williams, Eric Marienthal, Onaje Alan Gumbs, Omar Hakim, and many more. He has shared stages and tours with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Gerald was recently named "Best Electric Bassist" in Jazziz magazine's annual readers' poll and Philadelphia Magazine named him Best Jazz Band. Veasley was nominated and voted as President of the Philadelphia charter of NARAS "The Grammy People" and is credited by author Allan Slutsky as a key contributor to his classis book/CD set, "Standing In The Shadows Of Mo-Town - The Life and Music Of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson".

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Greg Koch

Greg Koch

Sponsored by Fishman

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Greg Koch

Greg Koch

Sponsored by Fishman

An unsung guitar hero from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he grew up just a few miles from the Waukesha birthplace of the late, great guitarist-inventor Les Paul, Greg Koch has established himself within six-string circles as a masterful technician, accomplished clinician (for Fender) and general bad-ass guit-picker. No less than guitar virtuoso Steve Vai noted Koch’s six-string prowess and promptly signed him to his Favored Nations label in 2001. Tom Wheeler from Guitar Player magazine hailed him as “fiendishly talented” while other critics have called him everything from “a twisted guitar genius” to “the best kept secret in the guitar firmament.”

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Hannah Welton-Ford

Hannah Welton-Ford

Sponsored by Gretsch

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Hannah Welton-Ford

Hannah Welton-Ford

Sponsored by Gretsch

Driven by her lifelong passion for rock and extensive studies in jazz, Hannah Welton brought a dynamic, multi-faceted history as a world class drummer to her role as the rhythmic backbone of PRINCE’s 3RDEYEGIRL, the legendary artist’s explosive four-piece rock band that features Hannah, Canadian guitarist Donna Grantis and Danish bassist Ida Nielsen. Welton is currently working on original material with singer/songwriter, musician, producer, and engineer, husband, Joshua, for their duo group CounterCulture.

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Jeff Komar

Jeff Komar

Sponsored by Avid

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Jeff Komar

Jeff Komar

Sponsored by Avid

Jeff is a 17 year veteran of the Avid product specialist team focusing on professional audio products. He is a musician, engineer and technician who enjoys helping creative people navigate the flux of technology.

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Jeff McDonald

Jeff McDonald

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Jeff McDonald

Jeff McDonald

Sponsored by Sweetwater

Jeff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from DePauw University. During his eleven year tenure in charge of Human Resources at Sweetwater, Jeff has led the five-fold growth in the number of employees, from under 200 to nearly 1000. Jeff is a life-long musician and has recorded nine Americana albums. He has shared the stage with legendary folk artists and plays 65 gigs a year.

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Jennifer Batten

Jennifer Batten

Sponsored by Fishman

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Jennifer Batten

Jennifer Batten

Sponsored by Fishman

Performer, author, collaborator with Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson and more, with her savvy musicianship and highly original approach to the electric guitar, Jennifer Batten is a longstanding proponent of MIDI guitar. Her main instrument, a Washburn Parallaxe, is fitted with a Fishman TriplePlay. We sat down with Jennifer to get her take on MIDI, creativity and TriplePlay.

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John Good

John Good

Sponsored by DW Drums

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John Good

John Good

Sponsored by DW Drums

In the drum industry, DW senior executive vice president John Good is affectionately called, “The Wood Whisperer." From bearing edges to wood species to the concept of timbre-matching the fundamental tones of drum shells, John has spent decades refining the art and technology of DW drums. If you love DW drums, this is the man to thank.

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Jon Bailey

Jon Bailey

Sponsored by Orange Amps

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Jon Bailey

Jon Bailey

Sponsored by Orange Amps

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Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Jonatha Brooke

Jonatha Brooke

Sponsored by Sweetwater

First as a member of The Story, then later as a solo artist, Jonatha has received many accolades as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Merging elements of folk, rock, and pop, Jonatha's songs have been praised for their poignant lyrics and complex harmonies. A performer, writer, and artist, Jonatha's songs have been featured in numerous television shows and movies since the late 1980s.

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Jonathan Pines

Jonathan Pines

Sponsored by Rupert Neve Designs, sE Electronics

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Jonathan Pines

Jonathan Pines

Sponsored by Rupert Neve Designs, sE Electronics

Jonathan Pines is the owner of Private Studios in IL, a Recording Academy P&E Committee member, and an AES Presenter. With over 15 million records sold, he has recorded artists including Adrian Belew, Eminem, Wilco, Alison Krauss, I Fight Dragons, Gin Blossoms, and many others. Since 2010, he has been the Director of Strategic Operations for Rupert Neve Designs and Fingerprint Audio [sE].

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Jonathan Wyner

Jonathan Wyner

Sponsored by iZotope

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Jonathan Wyner

Jonathan Wyner

Sponsored by iZotope

Education Director - iZotope in Cambridge, MA, Chief Engineer - M Works Mastering, and Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He's mastered and produced more than 5000 recordings during the last 34 years. Mastering, recording and mixing since 1983, he established M Works mastering studios in Cambridge, MA in 1991. Among the artists’ projects he has worked on are: James Taylor, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Kiri Te Kanawa, Aimee Mann, London Symphony, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana. His project Invention and Alchemy received a Grammy Nomination in 2005. Jonathan has conducted seminars around the world and presented with George Massenburg, Doug Sax and Bob Ludwig among others. In January 2017 he presented the keynote talk for the NAMM TEC Tracks. He's authored a book, ‘Audio Mastering: Essential Practices’ published by Hale Leonard/Berklee Press as well as the Mastering Guide with iZotope. With the iZotope team he developed ‘Pro Audio Essentials’, an online ear training site that garnered a TEC award in early 2017. Jonathan hosts ‘Headroom’, an online webcast series archived on iZotope’s website.

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Kent Morris

Kent Morris

Sponsored by Peavey

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Kent Morris

Kent Morris

Sponsored by Peavey

Kent is a 35 year veteran of the professional audio, video and lighting arena. He has designed and installed hundreds of media systems in theaters, clubs and performance venues and toured with many noted artists. Kent has been a consultant to Peavey Electronics for 20 years and has been involved in many aspects of the company including instruction, training and product design.

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Larry Dunn

Larry Dunn

Sponsored by Casio

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Larry Dunn

Larry Dunn

Sponsored by Casio

Rock & Roll hall of famer Larry Dunn of Earth, Wind & Fire joins the GearFest lineup once again. With over four decades playing keys with one of the hottest R&B bands of all time, plus countless projects composing and arranging for acts including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Caldera, Ramsey Lewis, and many others across a wide range of musical genres, few musicians know keyboards the way Larry does.

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Laurence Bell

Laurence Bell

Sponsored by H&K

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Laurence Bell

Laurence Bell

Sponsored by H&K

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Lil John Roberts

Lil John Roberts

Sponsored by Tama/Ibanez

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Lil John Roberts

Lil John Roberts

Sponsored by Tama/Ibanez

One of the most sought after R&B drummers of his generation, John "Lil' John" Roberts continues to thrive in the industry as the ultimate heartbeat. Having worked with and recorded numbers records with George Howard, he found himself touring admidst the Contemporary Jazz Circuit with such artists as Bob Baldwin, Boney James, Erik Essix, Everette Harp, Gabriela Enders, George Benson, George Duke, Gerald Albright, Herbie Hancock, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Jonathan Butler, Najee, Peter White, Rachelle Ferrell, and Rick Braun to name a few. After writing and producing with various artists, and his own band "The Chronicle", John concentrated his efforts on his personal debut project entitled "The Heartbeat", released in 2014.

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Little Kids Rock Chicago AllCity Modern Band

Little Kids Rock Chicago AllCity Modern Band

Sponsored by Little Kids Rock

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Little Kids Rock Chicago AllCity Modern Band

Little Kids Rock Chicago AllCity Modern Band

Sponsored by Little Kids Rock

The Little Kids Rock Chicago AllCity Modern Band is in its first year of the ensemble since joining the Chicago Public Schools AllCity Performing Arts program. These students are 5th through 8th graders who come from several Chicago Public Schools from the North, South, and Western parts of the city. The program takes place from October to May, rehearsing each Saturday with a culminating performance at the Harris Theatre in downtown Chicago. Performing for only one year together, these students have graced the stages of the Hard Rock Cafe and the iconic Buddy Guy's Legends, and will soon to be performing at Lollapalooza 2017. The kids are very excited to perform for Sweetwater's Gearfest, and they would not have had the opportunity this year without the support of Sweetwater!

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Lizzy McAvoy

Lizzy McAvoy

Sponsored by Martin Guitars

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Lizzy McAvoy

Lizzy McAvoy

Sponsored by Martin Guitars

A multitalented singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Lizzy signed her first publishing deal soon after turning 16. By the age of 21, Lizzy had acquired a solid command of Pro Tools and began producing herself. Lizzy wrote Jo Dee Messina's hit song "Love On a Maybe" and co-wrote "Borrowed Time," which was featured in the Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me.

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Marco Oceguera

Marco Oceguera

Sponsored by ADJ

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Marco Oceguera

Marco Oceguera

Sponsored by ADJ

Being ADJ's Midwest Regional Sales Manager, Marco has a deep background in audio, video, and lighting.

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Mark Hornsby

Mark Hornsby

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Mark Hornsby

Mark Hornsby

Sponsored by Sweetwater

Director of Operations and Senior Producer/Engineer at Sweetwater Studios: Mark is an award-winning producer, engineer, musician, writer, and lecturer. Mark is known for his work with a wide variety of artists across many genres of music, from Garth Brooks and Alison Krauss to Godsmack, Steven Curtis Chapman, Big Big Train, Peter Erskine/Dr. Um, and the London Philharmonic.

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Mark Magdich

Mark Magdich

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Mark Magdich

Mark Magdich

Sponsored by Sweetwater

A touring and session singer for many years, Mark's voice has been used in projects ranging from Discover Card commercials to "The New Adventures of Speed Racer" theme song. He now assists voiceover artists in designing, creating, and using their own recording studios.

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Matt Celitti

Matt Celitti

Sponsored by Native Instruments

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Matt Celitti

Matt Celitti

Sponsored by Native Instruments

Matt Cellitti began his music career recording in 4 tracks with his college roommate’s borrowed gear. He now tours the world doing advanced clinics and workshops using hi-end, state-of-the-art gear and software created by Native Instruments. During Matt’s international musical journey he discovered that teaching and helping musicians is his life’s true passion.

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Matt Play

Matt Play

Sponsored by Pioneer DJ

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Matt Play

Matt Play

Sponsored by Pioneer DJ

A veteran behind the decks, Chicago based DJ & producer, Matt Play is skilled in dance floor movement & control. Harmonically fusing electro & progressive grooves, his performances are unique and intelligent which deliver a night full of suspense and energy. His “Solar Mix” podcast series has gained listeners around the globe, and his recent studio work has him recognized as a talented up-and-coming remixer & producer.

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Matt Rollings

Matt Rollings

Sponsored by Roland

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Matt Rollings

Matt Rollings

Sponsored by Roland

Matt Rollings’ playing has graced thousands of recordings and provided the sonic spark for legendary live tours. From his two-fisted, "guts meets grace" piano work with Lyle Lovett, to his Gospel-tinged keyboard contributions with storied artists like Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and countless others, he's the very definition of a “musician’s musician.”  Rollings is a Grammy winning producer who has produced records for Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and emerging artists like Alisan Porter (The Voice), and Jon Regen. Rolling’s songs have been recorded by Keith Urban, Bette Midler, Randy Travis, Take 6, Alisan Porter, Indigo Girls, Trisha Yearwood, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Edwin McCain, Suzy Bogguss, Melissa Manchester, Della Mae, Clint Black, Roberta Flacke, and more.. He’s a song player. An intro king. At once a nimble accompanist and a soloist able to affect ears and hearts in equal measure. 

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Mike Mangini

Mike Mangini

Sponsored by Pearl

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Mike Mangini

Mike Mangini

Sponsored by Pearl

In 2010, Mike Mangini won the drum seat for the Progressive Rock icons Dream Theater in an audition that was captured in the internet documentary, “The Spirit Carries On.” The online release of this documentary on April 29, 2011 trended as the 2nd most popular tweet behind the Royal Wedding. Mike has made a career out of joining established artists like Dream Theater. He has worked mostly with Annihilator, Extreme, Steve Vai and U.K. The career constant for Mike while teaching, or being in a band, has been being an International Solo Drum Clinician. During his long and diverse career, he has won approximately 60 combined performance based awards, audtions, and drum contests. These individual awards have spanned musical styles from Classical, Jazz, Rock, to Heavy Metal, Solo drumming and official W.F.D. World’s Fastest Drummer records. Not included are his numerous reader’s polls top five finishes. Additionally, he was the drummer in bands that won at the state championship level in public school related orchestral, jazz and percussion ensembles that all placed 1st at the state level. Professionally, he has earned four Grammy nominations. Although he is best known for his work with heavier rock music, he has done gigs in the styles of Latin, Funk, Swing, Pop Ballads, Pop and Blues. He was one of seven drummers in the International film festival, award winning documentary, “A Drummer’s Dream,” as well as being featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Time Warp.”

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Mike Picotte

Mike Picotte

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Mike Picotte

Mike Picotte

Sponsored by Sweetwater

Engineer, system designer, and audio consultant Mike Picotte advises his clients on studio installations and live sound worldwide. He has worked with artists including Mayaeni, Jon Michael Hill, and numerous EDM and Hip Hop Artists. Mike also recorded and mixed "Live at Buddy Guy's Legends" for Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers. He is an AVID Specialist and Senior Sales Engineer at Sweetwater.

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Mike Wells

Mike Wells

Sponsored by Dangerous Music

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Mike Wells

Mike Wells

Sponsored by Dangerous Music

Mike Wells began mastering in the late 90's, opening Mike Wells Mastering in San Francisco, CA in early 2001. After a decade of service in the Bay Area, Mike Wells Mastering relocated to the epicenter of the music industry, Los Angeles - CA. His Recording Artist roster includes Green Day, Prince, Tony Sly, Tommy Guerrero, along with Production Music companies Google, Apple, Megatrax Production Music, and Angry Mob Music. Mike has served on the Board of Governors for the NARAS (Grammy) association, President of the Los Angeles Audio Engineering Society (AES) chapter, and Chairman of many AES Convention divisions.

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Mitch Gallagher

Mitch Gallagher

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Mitch Gallagher

Mitch Gallagher

Sponsored by Sweetwater

The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Sweetwater Editorial Director Mitch Gallagher is a writer, teacher, composer, clinician, live sound engineer, and mastering engineer. He has also toured as a lead guitarist/vocalist in bands, as well as performing as a classical and steel-string guitar soloist.

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Nate Burkhardt

Nate Burkhardt

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Nate Burkhardt

Nate Burkhardt

Sponsored by Sweetwater

Nate graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors in Music Production and Engineering. He was also the LD for The Berklee Performance Center (their largest performance theater) running lights for 4 years. After touring professionally with his band (drums) he worked in Los Angeles doing post production for film and worked as a sales manager for a lighting company that specialized in installs, house of worship market and various production companies. Nate has over 15 years experience in the studio, playing drums on tour, designing lighting systems and programming them.

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Nathan Heironimus

Nathan Heironimus

Sponsored by Sweetwater Studios

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Nathan Heironimus

Nathan Heironimus

Sponsored by Sweetwater Studios

Music Producer/Audio Engineer at Sweetwater Studios: Experience 'on both sides of the glass' serves Nathan well in his roles at Sweetwater Studios. Working with legendary recording musicians and artists in a wide variety of genres has equipped Nathan to provide you a world-class experience in audio engineering, music production and teaching.

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Neal Cappellino

Neal Cappellino

Sponsored by Rupert Neve Designs, sE Electronics

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Neal Cappellino

Neal Cappellino

Sponsored by Rupert Neve Designs, sE Electronics

Nashville Producer/Engineer Neal Cappellino has a performance background in keyboards and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and has built his career on empathy for both sides of the glass, helping guide platinum artists as well as emerging talent. A multiple Grammy Award recipient, his credits include Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brad Paisley, Joan Osborne, Avicii, Vince Gill, and Dolly Parton.

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Nick Bowcott

Nick Bowcott

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Nick Bowcott

Nick Bowcott

Sponsored by Sweetwater

Nick was the founder, riff-writer and leader of the ‘80s British metal act, Grim Reaper, the band Beavis & Butthead, love to hate, but please don’t hold that against him! He joined the Sweetwater team this February and since then all the bathrooms have been totally spotless... Prior to Sweetwater, Nick did Artist Relations, Marketing & New Product Development for Marshall Amplification (23 years) and Jackson/Charvel/EVH (4 years). He’s had four books published, including one with the late great Dimebag Darrell (“Riffer Madness”) and one with Kirk Hammett (“The Sound + The Fury”). He was also an Associate Editor at Guitar World for well over a decade where he penned the “Vulgar Display of Power” gear column; did countless guitar lessons with six-string-stars from AC/DC to ZZ Top; plus worked on Guitar Columns with the likes of Dimebag, Kirk Hammett, Marty Friedman, Tony Iommi, Slash, Dave Mustaine, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Meshuggah, Korn and many more. He still frequently performs live and (allegedly) people don’t leave or throw things…

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Nick D'Virgilio

Nick D'Virgilio

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Nick D'Virgilio

Nick D'Virgilio

Sponsored by Sweetwater

A world-renowned drummer/singer/songwriter, Nick has played for such artists as Genesis, Peter Gabriel, and Tears For Fears, as well as Cirque Du Soleil's touring show, TOTEM. He carved out a major presence in the progressive rock world with his former band, Spock's Beard, and currently serves as the first-call session drummer for Sweetwater Studios.

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Nick Hook

Nick Hook

Sponsored by Novation

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Nick Hook

Nick Hook

Sponsored by Novation

Nick Hook is NYC’s waviest resident: an in­demand collaborator, producer extraordinaire, and all around provider of vibes who’s lent his touch to projects from Run The Jewels, A$AP Ferg, Hudson Mohawke, and countless others, all while building a creative community around his Space Pit studio in Greenpoint. Now the redheaded kingpin steps forward with his Relationships LP on Fool’s Gold, a full album of collaborations that are unconventional, unexpected and all­ the ­way live (literally: each song was recorded in ­person with Nick behind the boards, a refreshing move in the email verse era).

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Omar Hakim

Omar Hakim

Sponsored by Roland

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Omar Hakim

Omar Hakim

Sponsored by Roland

A true drummer’s drummer, Omar Hakim has enjoyed a longtime career at the very top of his profession. As an A-List player both on stage and in the studio since the 1970s, his incredible versatility puts him in an elite class that few players ever achieve. Omar has performed and recorded with a dizzying array of influential artists, including Miles Davis, Sting, Weather Report, Madonna, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Dire Straits…the list just goes on and on. Along with his wife, jazz pianist Rachel Z, he records and tours with the Trio of Oz, and he’s even stepped into the country/bluegrass world recently, backing renowned Dobro and lap steel player Jerry Douglas.

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Ozzie Sutherland

Ozzie Sutherland

Sponsored by Avid

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Ozzie Sutherland

Ozzie Sutherland

Sponsored by Avid

Avid's Ozzie Sutherland will be hosting a "Modern Mixing and Production Techniques with Grammy Award winniner Producer/Engineer Craig Bauer" master class in Sweetwater Studio A. With a background in recording and engineering at Chung King Studios and then later at Tonic in New York City, Ozzie has considerable experience working on Spots, Short Form and Long Form Post Production Audio for Clients such as MTV, A&E, History Channel, Lucas Arts, HBO, CBS, PBS and many more. Later he moved to Euphonix as a console specialist and then on to Avid as an Audio Application Specialist where he works with many of the top Post/Film Facilities, Composers, Scoring Mixers and Hollywood Blockbuster clients from around the world.

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Paul Reed Smith

Paul Reed Smith

Sponsored by PRS

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Paul Reed Smith

Paul Reed Smith

Sponsored by PRS

Paul Reed Smith - musician, songwriter and the Founder and Managing General Partner of Paul Reed Smith Guitars, was born in Bethesda, Maryland. He made his first playable guitar for extra credit at St. Mary’s College. In 1985, he turned that positive experience into Paul Reed Smith Guitars. Today the company is the third largest electric guitar manufacturer in America, and their list of artist endorsers reads like a who’s-who list of contemporary musicians including Carlos Santana, John Mayer, Mark Tremonti, Mark Holcomb, Orianthi, Rhonda Smith, Zack Myers of Shinedown, Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, Derek Trucks and a host of other great guitarists and bassists. Smith holds almost 100 registered and pending trademarks, several copyrights, and nearly two dozen patents. Paul Reed Smith presides over research and development of new PRS products, serves as a mentor through motivational lectures to Maryland high school students, cherishes his role as husband and parent and is an accomplished guitarist who, despite his very busy schedule, has played with Carlos Santana, Mark Tremonti, the late Chuck Brown and a host of other notable artists and continues to write, perform and record music with The PRS Band.

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Philip Courtney

Philip Courtney

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Philip Courtney

Philip Courtney

Sponsored by Sweetwater

Philip Graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelors of Science in Show Production and Touring. He combined his passion for performing live his technical knowledge to become a multi-faceted engineer. Philip has also worked in the corporate and trade show environment provided lighting design for corporate events, parties and concerts. Beyond lighting Philip has also been an audio and video engineer for companies such as ABC, ESPN and NBC. Philip has over 15 years of experience, performing in live bands, theatre and broadcast video and audio.

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Raymond Massey

Raymond Massey

Sponsored by Pearl

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Raymond Massey

Raymond Massey

Sponsored by Pearl

Originally from Tidewater Virgina, Raymond moved to Nashville TN in 1991 and soon landed the drum chair with RCA recording artist Vern Gosdin. After touring the country, Raymond began recording and performing with legendary country music artist Tanya Tucker for several years. Raymond has stayed very active in the Nashville scene anchored by his 15 year stint as house drummer for fellow Virginians - The Wooten Brothers, featuring bassist extraordinaire Victor Wooten. His diversified catalog even includes recording with heavy metal singer Henry Rollins on Lonesome, On’ry and Mean

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Rhonda Smith

Rhonda Smith

Sponsored by PRS

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Rhonda Smith

Rhonda Smith

Sponsored by PRS

With an enviable career that has spanned over two decades, it is no surprise that Rhonda hails from musical lineage. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the family moved to the French and Jazz-influenced Montreal while Rhonda was still a child. There, she was surrounded by the sounds of piano riffs, her mother’s instrument of choice, as well as a lot of rock & roll. As a child, Rhonda and her three musically-inclined siblings, learned how to play the baritone horn, keyboard, guitar, and of course, bass. “My older brother is the reason why I play bass. He brought a bass home one day and told me not to touch it.” Redefining the role of gifted musicians, bass player Rhonda Smith encapsulates all the attributes of a legend in the making. A gifted vocalist and confessional singer/songwriter, Rhonda is one of music’s greatest treasures. This sultry songstress is lyrically sophisticated with an emotional depth that is both incomparable and technically brilliant. As an innovative musician and visionary, she has sparked several genres of music including smooth jazz/funk and electrified funk/rock. With an innate desire to extend her reach, Rhonda has managed to step outside of music and broaden her imprint. She has been featured in numerous music videos, appeared on the covers of Bass Player and Bassics magazines and even spent stints with The Martin Short Show and The Wayne Brady Show. She has 3 Platinum Plaques on her wall and in 2004 played for 1.4 million attendees over 88 sold-out dates on Prince’s wildly successful Musicology Tour. Rhonda is currently touring with guitar legend, Jeff Beck.

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Robben Ford

Robben Ford

Sponsored by Roland/ BOSS

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Robben Ford

Robben Ford

Sponsored by Roland/ BOSS

Guitar virtuoso Robben Ford’s last album, Into The Sun, was released in March 2015 and  debuted at #2 on The Blues Charts and shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and stunning playing. The five time Grammy  nominee describes the 11 song set as “one of the top recordings I’ve ever done” and Guitar Player Magazine claims it “explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history.” Robben has recorded more than 35 albums under his own name and with various bands. There’s also his session and sideman work, which included hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Miles Davis, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Witherspoon, Larry Carlton, Brad Paisley, Gregg Allman, Phil Lesh and Rickie Lee Jones. Robben continues to tour heavily and teach master classes in the US and worldwide.

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Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens

Sponsored by Friedman

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Steve Stevens

Steve Stevens

Sponsored by Friedman

Steve Stevens is one of the most original guitarists to emerge from the 80's rock scene, best known for his 30 year partnership with Billy Idol, his work on Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana", his Grammy Award winning performance on "Top Gun Anthem" & his work with Vince Neil on "Exposed”. In addition to releasing a new record together in 2014, "Kings & Queens of the Underground", Idol & Stevens continue to tour to sold out crowds all over the world & are currently in the 2nd year of their successful Las Vegas residency. Stevens has also been touring the world as a solo artist, and will be releasing new music in late 2017.

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Tangela Facen

Tangela Facen

Sponsored by Hit Like A Girl

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Tangela Facen

Tangela Facen

Sponsored by Hit Like A Girl

The top-ranked USA player in the 2017 Hit Like A Girl drumming contest, Tangela Facen was born and raised in the beautiful, Gulf Coast city of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The drummer recalls having a passion for the drums at the age of 4 although her first experience behind a drumkit didn’t happen until she was 12. That’s when she began playing at church with her brother. Through those early years Tangela learned the importance of keeping a solid pocket while, at the same time, developing her chops and musical skills. Today, Tangela’s only ambition is to reach her highest potential. She wants to reach for the stars and help others get there, too. She wants to be an inspiration to anyone that sets goals that they think are unachievable. On the day she reaches her goal of becoming a professional musician, Tangela will be proud to say she never gave up on her dreams. As she explains, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it.”

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Terry Bozzio

Terry Bozzio

Sponsored by DW Drums

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Terry Bozzio

Terry Bozzio

Sponsored by DW Drums

Started at age 6 to 12 with makeshift drum sets of various and dubious materials (coffee cans, broken arrow sticks, crumpled high voltage signs etc.) by playing to records of Tito Puente and the “Surf Drum” music of Sandy Nelson and The Ventures. In 1975, Terry auditions for and joins Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention.Records 1st album w/ Zappa and Captain Beefheart: “Bongo Fury (Live at the Armadillo in Austin, TX)”. During the ensuing 3 years w/Zappa, records over 10 albums, including the premier of the infamous Black Page which Zappa wrote for Terry, the movie Baby Snakes, and performs on 3 world tours and Saturday Night Live TV appearances. Terry has played on sessions with Robbie Robertson, Gary Wright, Don Dokken, XYZ, Paul Hyde, Herbie Hancock, Dweezil Zappa, and Richard Marx etc. Today, Terry enjoys painting, practicing, and composing.

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Wade Owen

Wade Owen

Sponsored by Sweetwater

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Wade Owen

Wade Owen

Sponsored by Sweetwater

Wade has spent many years of his life perfecting the craft of how to repair, modify, and build guitars. After starting and operating a successful guitar shop business for years, Wade now leads the team of luthiers and guitar techs at Sweetwater who handle all types of repairs, mods, and custom-work as well as the team that looks over the hundreds of guitars per day as a part of our 55-point evaluation process.

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Will Doggett

Will Doggett

Sponsored by Multitracks, Ableton

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Will Doggett

Will Doggett

Sponsored by Multitracks, Ableton

Will Doggett is the Director of Training and Development at MultiTracks.com and is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer. He has a passion for training Worship Leaders how to use technology as a tool for leading worship. He brings a unique perspective and passion to worship leading and technology having served the Church as a Worship Leader, Music Director, and Creative Director.

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