Teachers

Co-Founders

STEVE GIBSON (BandWorks Co-Founder and Co-Director)

Steve is a guitarist and music teacher who has been working in the Bay Area since moving to Berkeley in 1984. He founded BandWorks with Jeremy Steinkoler in 1993. In addition to his private teaching and BandWorks classes, Steve has taught at Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp for many years, worked in London as a music director, taught band workshops in Dublin (Ireland), and contributed to Guitar Player magazine. As a guitarist, Steve has performed at many clubs and festivals throughout northern California, including the High Sierra Music Festival, the San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Sonoma Salute to the Arts. His recording "Sunday" was used by the Augustino Dance Theatre Company. Most recently, Steve has performed and recorded with Andrea Hurley and Her Very Attractive Band, Marie Schumacher's Invisible Band, The Kevin Beadles Band, Lonnie Lazar and the Vaporizors, Chowbucket, and Jemimah Puddleduck, among others. In addition to guitar, Steve has taught saxophone, mandolin, bass, and piano. He is also a registered Music Together teacher.

 

JEREMY STEINKOLER (BandWorks Co-Founder and Co-Director)

Jeremy Steinkoler

Since picking up his first pair of drumsticks at the age of 10, Jeremy has gone on to teach private students, drum clinics, and rock band workshops in Ann Arbor, MI; Dublin, Ireland; and all around the San Francisco Bay Area. He founded BandWorks in 1993 with guitarist and band mate Steve Gibson. He has been on the faculty of Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp for the past 16 years, where he was the Co-Director from 1999-2001 and served on the Board of Directors from 2010-2013. In addition to teaching BandWorks classes and a full roster of private students, Jeremy maintains an active performing schedule, playing around the Bay Area on a weekly basis with his own J. Steinkoler Quartet, the unique saxes-and drums trio Mo’Fone (featured at the Monterey & SF Jazz Festivals), and assorted other projects. He has performed at dozens of popular Bay Area venues and festivals, including the Monterey, San Francisco, and Sonoma Jazz Festivals, Art & Soul Festival, Yoshi’s, the Shoreline Amphitheater, and at Lincoln Center and the Village Gate in New York City. He has played with Dave Ellis (The Other Ones, Charlie Hunter), Adam Levy (Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman), Kirk Joseph (Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Guru Garage, Kevin Beadles Band, Hot Links, Christy McCarthy, and many other top touring bands and musicians. His music has been featured on radio stations all over the globe, and his bands have garnered a number of "best of" awards and rave reviews. Jeremy is proud to be endorsed by Vic Firth Drumsticks, Istanbul Cymbals and Aquarian Drumhead and Protection Racket Cases.

Staff

JULIE CHERVIN

According to her Mom, Julie’s been singing since before she could speak, as evidenced by playing with her toes while humming a tune in her crib, rather than take a nap. She took piano lessons through ages 6-10, sang in the school chorus, and eventually took up guitar and violin in middle school. While the sound of herself practicing the violin literally made her cringe, guitar was different. Julie discovered the best thing about playing guitar was the ability to accompany herself while singing. After college and moving to the Bay Area from LA, Julie did stints with Eastern Onion Singing Telegrams, the Lamplighters, the Oakland Opera and upon getting married, played and sang in some rock ‘n roll bands in Bermuda. During the early years of her kids’ lives, Julie completed a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and also served in PTA leadership organizing after school enrichment classes. Through that, Julie learned about Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp and met Steve Gibson & Jeremy Steinkoler. After taking some BandWorks classes, Julie has been happily utilizing all her skills to help BandWorks grow and keep it organized and accessible to students and families since 2004.  Come see Julie play with her current BandWorks band, Bad Mommy! at the student concerts at Ashkenaz.

 

Teachers

MATT HEULITT

Guitarist and composer Matthew Charles Heulitt wields an uncanny ability to bridge the worlds of jazz, contemporary pop, and original music into a tapestry of soulful music. His lines on the guitar draw a constant sense of unfolding and searching that go well beyond the idioms of jazz improvisation. Since 2000 MCH has been a member of legendary funk drummer Zigaboo Modeliste's New Aahkesstra. Matthew is also a member of Grammy award winning producer/drummer Narada Michael Walden's (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra) band and has been featured on 3 of his albums to date. His debut recording as leader, Room to Run (Self Produced, 2009), is an excellent showcase of his talents as a versatile guitarist of uncommon sensibility—exploring material from jazz to rock, folk and ambient— and as a composer of maturity and imagination. MCH also plays in Bay Area sensation, Moetar, whose virtuosic pop/prog-rock, avant-garde, improvisational gumbo- extraordinaire sounds like Yes meets Frank Zappa meets Chumbawumba. Its exhilarating debut recording, From These Small Seeds (Magna Carta Records 2011), makes the bold claim that the marriage between great pop and outstanding musicianship can both entertain and challenge the listener at the same time. As a studio musician Matthew Charles Heulitt has played on hundreds of recordings and shared the stage with Sting, Carlos Santana, Taj Mahal, Mickey Hart, and Sammy Hagar just to name a few.
www.matthewcharlesheulitt.com





STACE WRIGHT
Stace WrightStace has always enjoyed music and particularly performing live. He started early with a singing role in the musical "Oliver" when he was about 7. His first musical instrument was the clarinet. He played the bass drum in the high school marching band and baritone saxophone in the University of New Mexico marching band. At 18 he played tenor saxophone in an Elvis impersonator band. He has also played in stage bands, sung and danced in jazz and swing choirs and created his own compositions on piano. In the early 1980's he got involved in the rock 'n' roll scene as a roadie, light show operator and bass player. In 1992 he got married to his wonderful wife Suzanne. They have two children (now 14 and 17), a dog, and a home in Berkeley. He has a BA in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and has worked as a cartographer for the past 20 years. He co-owns and manages Eureka Cartography, also in Berkeley. In 2005 Stace formed his own band "The Recyclists" in which he sings and plays guitar. He has considerable experience as a youth sports coach and has found that many of the positive concepts and lessons that are taught in youth sports can be applied to BandWorks as well. Stace is thankful for the BandWorks program and is grateful to have this opportunity to work with such talented kids.




ARI CHERSKY

Ari’s history with Bandworks goes all the way back to 2001, when he was in his first group as a student. Studying Guitar avidly through his teens, Ari was a member of the Berkeley High Jazz Ensemble, as well as the SFJAZZ High School All Star Ensemble. Outside of school, he led and performed with a variety of bands. In 2006, Ari led his first Bandworks group. He moved to New York City in 2008 to attend The New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music, and has continued to teach at Bandworks every summer since. He has performed in Italy, Switzerland, Japan, and at many top venues and festivals in both the Bay Area and New York City. In 2012, he released his debut album as a leader, Scenes From The Zephyr, on Hundred Pockets Records. www.arichersky.com




JULES LEYHE
At just 23 years of age, Bay Area native Jules Leyhe is already an accomplished musician. Armed with a decade of guitar-playing experience - including a degree in Guitar Performance from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA - this up-and-coming blues guitarist has recently sold out San Francisco’s famed Biscuits and Blues. Leyhe picked up his first guitar when he was just 13-years-old, inspired by his father’s love of music. In the time since, he has developed a fondness for playing the blues and has become a veteran of the Bay Area music scene. Leyhe has played with roughly half a dozen bands, honing his skills at clubs like The Uptown in Oakland as well as larger venues such as The Great American Music Hall and Slim’s in San Francisco. A fan and student of the greats, Leyhe is influenced by familiar names like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chris Cain and Albert King and also draws inspiration from his former teachers,Norm Zocher, Julien Kasper and David Tronzo. Leyhe also imparts his guitar knowledge to the next generation, giving guitar lessons around the East Bay.




JON PREUSS

After sustaining one too many injuries racing dirt bikes and playing intramural sports, Jon turned to the "safer" pursuit of guitar at the age of 16. He played in garage bands and learned classic rock tunes. After high school, a summer jazz camp led to enrolling in college as a music major. Jon received a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar & Performance from Northern Arizona University. He also played in the Jazz Big Band and with local jazz combos. After later studies at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, Jon headed back to the Southwest where he performed and began his teaching career. Performing and teaching in Seattle followed. And finally, a move to San Francisco in 1988. Appearing throughout the Bay Area at clubs and festivals, Jon has played with variety of bands including the The Mini-Watt String Quartet, Natasha Miller, The John Ettinger Group, Jessie Turner Band, Moe Dark & The Love Posse, Presidents Breakfast, Nancy Hall & The Curios, Hurlo Thrumbo, Bob Bradshaw & The Resident Aliens, and Beth Custer (Eighty Mile Beach). He has recorded with several artists including Pete Forbes, Sara Lovell, and Ha Tran.


JASON REEDER   
Jason Reeder first came to BandWorks as a student back in 1999. A fourth-grader, then, who simply enjoyed playing guitar, he never realized he would be coming back year after year as a student, a T.A., and finally as a teacher. In the years between then and now his passion for guitar has only grown, and he's also become a drummer and percussionist, as well. Between rehearsals with jazz and folk groups, he completed a Bachelors of Arts in Linguistics at Brown University, and upon graduation moved to Egypt to pursue a career in Arabic-English translation. Now he spends most of the year living in Morocco, working on his Arabic alongside his guitar, and comes back to the Bay Area nearly every summer to join the exceptional crew of BandWorks teachers who inspire the next generation of musicians





JOHN SPENCER
John is a multi-instrumentalist who picked up the drums at age 10, after meeting BandWorks founder and drum instructor Jeremy Steinkoler at Cazadero Family Camp. Two years later, John became one of BandWorks' earliest youth students, participating in the year round program and the summer camps. Once in high school, John spent many summers as a Teacher Assistant and Intern at BandWorks, working his way up through the ranks until he became a Teacher in 2010. John moved to New York City in 2011 to play music and attend college, and has been coming home the past few summers to teach at BandWorks. He plays in a variety of bands around Manhattan and Brooklyn, and is working towards establishing a professional music career in the NYC and beyond.



ANDREW HARRIS
Born and bred in Berkeley, Andrew and is a BandWorks alum, having been in the program for 4 years during High School. He got his degree in Music at Humboldt State University, where his band Blue Street Junction opened for big names such as Blue Turtle Seduction and ALO. Andrew currently shreds as the lead guitarist in the rock band, Dad's LPs, which tours throughout Northern California. Many guest guitarists have joined Dad's LPs on stage, such as Dan Lebowitz from ALO, Josh Clark from Tea Leaf Green, and Jeff Miller from New Monsoon.

Andrew loves teaching and working with kids, so in addition to being a BandWorks teacher since 2010, he also teaches music privately and works at an afterschool program during the school year. Andrew hopes his passion and enthusiasm for music inspires his students to discover and develop greater heights toward their own musical ability.



DANIEL SHERIDAN

After his band won the battle of the bands at his high school in 1995, Daniel knew that there was no turning back and was to pursue a career in music. Soon after graduating High School, he moved from quiet suburban San Diego County to San Francisco where he earned a B.A. in music from San Francisco State University. Since moving to Berkeley in 2002, he has worked with a number of rock, jazz and classical ensembles and as a private guitar instructor. At any given time he is playing with a varied number of bands around town, including Thrash metal legends Potential Threat SF.



VINCENT SPAULDING

Vincent Spaulding is an accomplished musician and educator with over thirty years experience in the music world. At age 14 he taught himself the guitar and at age 16 was accepted into the music program for talented young teens at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley High School, Vincent toured with Rodney Franklin, recorded on CBS records with Franklin and Adam Duritz (currently of Counting Crows), and performed with a variety of other local blues, rock and Caribbean bands such as Pure Honey, Caribbean Allstars, members of Fela Kunte band and Zulu Spear for over ten years. He also completed music classes at California State University at Hayward and the Music Institute in Los Angeles. In 1986, he joined the Navy Band and attended the Navy School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia. He was later stationed in Naples, Italy, and for six years toured with the Band throughout the Mediterranean. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1992, Vincent resumed playing at local venues and began teaching to a wide variety of students, in particular to children and teenagers. He currently teaches guitar at New Mozart School of Music in Palo Alto and at the Allen Temple Music Program in East Oakland. In addition he teaches in a private studio in North Berkeley.

ERIC GETTER
Eric Getter first picked up drumsticks and joined the concert band in high school as a last-ditch effort to save his G.P.A. During high school in Ashland, Oregon, Eric performed with the Rogue Valley Symphony for 3 seasons (as it's youngest member). After graduating high school, Eric left to study percussion at Portland State University where he obtained his Bachelors of Music degree in Percussion Performance. While in Portland, Eric studied with jazz legend Andrew Hill and played in various local orchestras and theater groups. Upon receiving his degree, he continued on to the California Institute of Arts where he received his Masters of Music degree in Multi-focus Percussion. During his time at CalArts, Eric performed repertoire ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde and presented numerous premiers as well as classics of the twentieth century. During the years following graduate school, Eric performed and taught music from Los Angeles and Santa Barbara to San Francisco, and he currently resides in Mountain View, CA. Eric can now be found playing with the Alt-folk band California Sons, and teaching in schools and privately throughout the Bay Area Peninsula.

Rex NicodemusREX NICODEMUS
Born in Piqua, Ohio, Rex has been playing professionally since age 13, starting with festivals and high school dances throughout southern Ohio.  He lived in Tucson, AZ from 1979 – 1989, where he played numerous clubs and recorded original music with the band Once Bitten.  Drawn by its diverse music and cultural scene, Rex moved to the Bay area in 1989. He has recorded an original album with the band Times Square, who performed opening night for the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Earthquakes. He has also played the morning show on radio station 107.7 “The Bone” out of San Francisco.  Rex currently works with the following bands: Monkey Knife Fight, Blind Pilots, Those2Guy and Latin Funk Express.  Rex has been teaching music for 30 years, and currently teaches out of Music-Go-Round in San Jose.

MIKE ANNUZZI

Mike Annuzzi is Redwood City native and has performed at music venues, radio, colleges, festivals, and events all around California. He started writing songs at the age of 8 and later picked up the guitar. He has played for a variety of bands and taught guitar, bass, drums, piano, vocals, music theory, audio production, and songwriting to all ages and experience levels. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Guitar and Music Business from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Mike has been honored with several awards for songwriting and performance including WCS San Francisco's Song of the Year and his music has been featured on radio around California. For more information, please visit www.mikeannuzzi.com

 

JULE BRUINS

Julie has been a music teacher for over seven years and is currently is teaching at both Coronado and Wilson Elementary Schools in Richmond. Julie grew up playing in youth orchestras in Indianapolis and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from NYU. She also holds certification in the play-based Orff method of music education. In her free time Julie enjoys singing with the Oakland Soft Rock Choir, and performing with the indie-rock 5-piece Alright Class.







SETH AFFOUMADO

Seth Affoumado is a musician, teacher, artist and performer. An award-winning photographer (www.sethaffoumado.com) by day and an accomplished performer by night. Seth is the product of a creative family. Seth’s passion for music began when he was 5. He studied piano and voice with his conductor/composer dad Ralph Affoumado, and piano in high school with Ira Lieberman. Drums were a natural for Seth. A self-taught drummer, Seth started drums at 6 and has not stopped. A solid performer with an “atomic inner clock” Seth started teaching music at The Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco, continuing in Berkeley at The Freight and Salvage with his successful, “Intro To Roots Rock” class and then to BandWorks.

Seth is a multi-talented composer and performer able to play bass, guitar, drums, B3 organ, piano, and sing. Currently, Seth is the member of The Hot Rods Band, as a singer and drummer.  His solo projects are numerous, however his favorite is performing with singer Veronica Page in the jazz and blues quartet Jazz Buffet. He is a sought-after sub drummer and can play just about any style. He teaches drums privately in San Francisco and San Rafael. Seth is proud of the success of his San Rafael BandWorks projects and is excited about his future contributions to the BandWorks performing community.   Listen here www.myspace.com/sethaffoumado

 

ARIEL WANG

Ariel has always felt most alive when playing and listening to music. At five, she started taking piano lessons with her mom, and then moved on to the violin at age nine.  By 14, she realized that the strict rules of classical music didn’t let her fully express her wild side, so she picked up the guitar and joined the circus (high school drama class).  A couple years after graduating UC Berkeley and taking guitar lessons on and off with BandWorks Director Steve Gibson, she moved into a house of musicians and realized that music was her path. She currently plays fiddle with TJT+A and Fresh Juice Party, and is also slowly building a repertoire of folk tunes. She channels her original music through her band Ariel Wang and the Choir Boys; you can check them out at arielwangmusic.com