Michael Tahlier

Guitarist Michael Tahlier of Chicago, IL, is heading this summer’s Total Guitarist Camp at the University of Wisconsin–Green Bay. Tahlier is the guitar studies program director and a private studio teacher at the American Music Institute in Chicago. Saxophonist Alex Terrier of New York City teamed up with French mouthpiece maker Fred Lebayle to create a new model, the AT Mouthpiece. Visit www.lebaylemouthpieces.com.


Farah Siraj

In October 2011, Farah Siraj of Philadelphia, PA, performed for kings and presidents at the World Economic Forum in Jordan. She also recently played at the Antena de Oro Awards in Spain. Visit www.farahsiraj.com.

Paul Nowell

Trombonist Paul Nowell of Los Angeles, CA, created a video for his song about cell phones that went viral on YouTube. The story was featured on the Mashable website and MSN news.


Chris Hodges

Chris Hodges of Scottsdale, AZ, has placed his music on prime-time TV promos for a number of network programs. Hodges also received a 2011 ASCAP Plus Award. Visit www.chrishodgescomposer.com.


Katelyn Benton

Katelyn Benton of Los Angeles, CA, launched her social media business Shmedia LLC to help small businesses, nonprofits, and artists build an online presence. Visit www.shmediamedia.com.

Lian Amber

Lian Amber of Austin, TX, was one of five nominees for the Independent Music Awards in the Pop Song cat- egory for her song “In Style and Rhythm.” Visit www.lianamber.com.

Seth Woodard

Percussionist Seth Woodard of Los Angeles, CA, is writing music for drum lines and other projects in the Los Angeles area. Visit www.sethwoodard.com.


Mike Tucker

Saxophonist Mike Tucker of Danvers, MA, toured with Sony artist, singer Robin McKelle ’99 and leads a youth big band called the North Shore Jazz Project Allstars. Visit www.tuckerjazz.com.


Matt Scheiner

On March 21, Matt Scheiner of West Redding, CT, appeared on the David Letterman show with his band Oberhofer.


Dave Reffett

Guitarist and singer Dave Reffett of Woburn, MA, was featured on the cover of the April-May issue of Asia’s Guitar Plus magazine with guitarist George Lynch. Reffett also headlined the NAMM Metal Jam 2012 and is featured on Michael Angelo Batio’s CD Intermezzo. Additionally, Esoterik Guitars has created the Dave Reffett signature model series.