Bio’s

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Adam Levine – Guitars

Growing up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Adam was enthralled with the Rhythm & Blues sounds of urban city radio. At age 11 he got an electric guitar and formed a band. When he was introduced to the music of Brazil it sparked a curiosity for music from other parts of the world that has remained with him to this day. His guitar influences include Wes Montgomery, George Harrison, Jim Hall, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Andres Segovia and Antonio Carlos Jobim. He has studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, at Aspen Music School in Colorado and privately with Joe Pass and Ted Greene.

Adam has done session work with artists on Capitol, Warner Brothers, and Motown Records.  His commercial credits include McDonalds, Taco Bell, and TV shows such as “Cheers,” “Simon and Simon,” and “Wings.” Adam’s extensive teaching experience includes being an instructor and director of the Grove School of Music, teaching at the Musician’s Institute and currently a recognized teacher at the National Guitar Workshops. His students have gone on to play with stars such as Nora Jones, George Benson, and Celine Dion.

For more about Adam visit him on FaceBook.

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pelfrey_d_1_500-500x218 Danny Pelfrey – Saxophones

Composer / Performer Danny Pelfrey has won two Emmy Awards (nominated nine times), six BMI Awards, and a Video Premiere Award. He has been the score composer for numerous television shows including American Dreams, Spin City, Felicity, That’s Life, Strong Medicine, Guiding Light, and many others. He also composed the score and produced the songs for DreamWorks’ Joseph King of Dreams, as well as over 50 interactive game titles including the Star Trek series for Activision. His concert works have been performed by the Knoxville Symphony, the L.A. Jewish Symphony, and the National Symphony Orchestra. He has shared concert programs with John Williams, Elmer Bernstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Igor Stravinsky, and Charles Ives. His compositions and arrangements for broadcast media can be heard in most major markets domestically and around the world.

As a song producer Danny has worked with Usher, Brad Paisley, LeAnn Rimes, Ashanti, Kelly Clarkson, Alisha Keys, and many others. He also is the lead composer and producer of his own catalog Amusicom. As a musician, Danny has performed and recorded with Carole King, Diana Ross, Tower Of Power, Eric Clapton, Melissa Manchester, and many others. Danny is currently working on an animated film for worldwide release.

 

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Bill Wingfield – Bass Guitars

Bill’s first gig at 16 years old was with an 18-piece big band.  After a career outside of music, in 1999, he returned to music full time: teaching, performing and composing.  Bill has been an instructor of the bass course at the National Guitar Workshop in LA.  He currently plays shows and teaches on the Central Coast. In 2009 Bill completed his first jazz CD, “Shadows In Time” which won a SLO New Times Award in the Jazz category. All members of Human Nation made contributions to the recording.

 

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Brett Mitchell – Keyboards

Brett began his professional music career at the age of 14 and began composing at 16. He attended New York University’s School of the Arts where he studied songwriting with Paul Simon, wrote songs with Melissa Manchester, and was a member of the BMI musical theater workshop taught by famed Broadway conductor Lehman Engel.Brett has self-produced several CD’s. While under contract to Etherean Music for a number of years, he was nominated for “Best Instrumental Recording” by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors (NAIRD) for his CD “Inspiration.” He has composed the main theme for the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.

 

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Dean Giles – Drums & Percussion

An award winning honors graduate and former instructor at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood California, Dean has had the opportunity to work with many successful artists including; Jean-Michel Byron (Toto), Rhona Bennett (en Vogue), film composer and smooth jazz artist Noel Webb, Grammy Award winner Louie Ortega, film composer Ralph Carter, The Mills Brothers, Korean superstar Lee Seung Chul, Rob Rio and the Revolvers, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Jackie Lomax, Becky Barksdale, Zaidee Cole and others. Dean has also recorded music for several TV shows projects including “Dancing with the Stars” films for the “Showtime” network, radio and TV commercials and other independent films.
For more information visit Dean at www.deangiles.com

 

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David Becker – Saxophones, Flute & Clarinet on Human Nation’s CD “Migration”

Dave has been the saxophone instructor at Cuesta College since 2001, after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Florida. He spent several years performing around the world as band leader and sideman for many luxury cruise lines in addition to performing in many ensembles at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. David has performed with The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer, Smokey Robinson, Sam Rivers, and Marvin Hamlish, to name a few.