Anthony Raya : Drums
Anthony started playing drums when he was only 5 years old. He was inspired after watching Roger Taylor on Queen Live at Wembley on TV. He started taking lessons at age 8, and continued studying privately and playing in the school orchestras and marching bands all the way through high school. Anthony began playing in rock bands in high school, and cut his first record when he was just 14. In 2006, Anthony attended the Percussion Institute of Technology (PIT) at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, where he received an Associate of Arts degree in Percussion Performance. Anthony continues to do freelance work as a live performer, studio musician, and instructor as well as playing in his two cover bands Master Splinter and the Shredders and Woody and the Harrelsons, and also teaches at the Temecula Music Academy. Anthony loves jazz, fusion, and every form of rock music under the sun!
Billy Tsounis : Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Bass Guitar
Billy Tsounis is a Berklee College of Music graduate with over 25 years experience performing and 15 years teaching .Along with the guitar he also teaches bass, ukelele and beginner piano .
He is also part of the mentor program providing music therapy for adult day care/mental rehabilitation centers throughout Riverside county.
He has toured throughout the USA, placed his original compositions on the MTV, CBS networks and has recorded for various independent and major label releases.
Guitar styles that he teaches are rock/ pop/ metal/ /funk/ blues/classical and world rhythms.
Caleb Fritel : Drums, Piano
Caleb is currently a senior at San Diego State University. He began playing music at age 8, taking piano lessons. He began playing drums at age 12 and has since studied many other percussion instruments such as marimba (click the link below to see this). Beside attending school, Caleb also gigs as a drummer for different bands and as a singer/guitarist.
Sandi Capel Forgette : Voice
Like many others, Sandi began singing at a young age in large part because her family had a firm foundation in music as an everyday experience. She sings in a band and performs at various other venues and ceremonies. She has also produced a variety of stage productions, including a weekly live music show at the Old Town Temecula Theater. Continuous education in voice and performance is part of her professional study and she shares that with her students.
Naomi Balcombe: Piano/Keyboard & Saxophone
Naomi has been teaching piano/keyboards and saxophone for over twenty years both in the UK and California. She has Grade 8 piano with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and an ALCM (Associate Diploma) in saxophone with the London College of Music. Naomi is also co-owner of Temecula Music Academy. In her spare time she likes to play tennis and plays saxophone at social events.
Sara Heitmann : Violin
Sara started violin lessons at age eight . In high school she played in youth orchestras, community theater musicals, and a professional ensemble, progressing to first chair in several of these.Now recently graduated from college, she loves playing both violin and piano as often as she has the opportunity. She likes classical music, including Bach, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and Borodin, to name a few, but also enjoys celtic music, hymns, folk, and a variety of other styles. Whether you are a young beginner, an advanced player looking to hone your skills, or an adult who may or may not have had previous experience, she can help you reach your goals.
Steve Clugston : Violin
Violin, Viola, & Classical Guitar Instructor. Steve was formerly with the Cultural Affairs Department, City of Los Angeles.
He is a graduate in Music, and also has acomplished theater and stage management: at Fullerton College and California State University, Fullerton.
His Professional Background: Steve teaches creative and effective musical lessons. His experience also includes successful music writing and special events participation.
Steve's Accomplished Abilities: His ability to teach music lessons on: Violin and Viola, all styles, (Baroque, Classical, folk and jazz) and Classical Guitar, Cello and Bass; and he has the ability to interact with the general public, with children and parents; and has the ability to read and compose all musical styles.