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Biographies for Performers - Guitar Festival 2015

Chris Grampp has played jazz, blues, rock, and traditional music in bands and as a solo guitarist for over 25 years in the Bay Area. He has studied guitar with Tuck Andress, Warren Nunes, and Davis Ramey, and has contributed lessons and articles for Acoustic Guitar magazine. He has taught for many years at the California Coast Music Camp, the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and various music festival workshops.
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Class: RHYTHM GUITAR ESSENTIALS: Accompaniment patterns for blues, country, pop, swing, rock, and Latin styles, with attention to right hand technique, syncopation, dynamics, and time signatures. All chordal instruments (and bass players!) welcome.
Bassist Chuck Ervin performs jazz and pop with guitarist Chris Grampp (the Spin Cats), classic country with the Mike Stadler & Mary Gibbons Band, swing jazz with the Sylvia Herold Ensemble, folk music with Euphonia, and occasionally Celtic folk/rock with 
Wake the Dead, among others. He studied jazz bass with Glenn Richman, bassist for famed vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, and teaches bass at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, at music camp, and at his Oakland home.
Class: WALKING BASS: Learn how to create four-to-the-bar bass lines that provide propulsive backup for folk, country, blues, pop, swing, and jazz songs. Using three simple rules to connect easy 1-3-5 arpeggios, you can create cohesive, compelling bass lines that your bandmates will love to solo over. Open to bassists and guitarists alike.
Michael Stadler
has been in music since age six. His is a powerful voice well suited to American roots forms — Country, Bluegrass, Old Time and Folk. A multi-instrumentalist, Mike mainly sticks to mandolin and lead guitar with this group, though fiddle or clawhammer banjo might also put in an appearance. His solo CD North Country features nearly all of the band members. His clawhammer style guitar playing is featured on a Solid Air Records ( release, Clawhammer Guitar.
Tony Gagarin
 - beginning blues 
It was in early 1970 that my love for guitar became the passion I had been looking for. After going through the sore fingers phase, I worked through songbooks and chords honing my craft. I got technique tips from various artists I admired like John Fahey, Bruce Cockburn and John Hammond. It was watching a solo performance by John Lee Hooker that showed me the power a single guitar had. I became a street musician back then in NYC and Boston learning to perform in front of people. During the 80’s, I taught various guitar classes at the Sonoma County Folk Festival. Since 2000, I have been teaching guitar styles to students out of my home. I have shared the stage with many artists including Tia McGraff from Canada, Martyn Joseph from Wales, The Sorentinos, The Ruminators, Michael McNevin and others.

Bill Horvitz has been performing, recording, composing, and leading bands for decades. He was enthralled with music at an early age, and began playing guitar at the age of eight. Bill has spent nearly 40 years combining composition and improvisation and expanding the voice of the guitar. He plays jazz, rock, folk, blues and new music and has released several critically acclaimed CDs. He has also composed music for theater, dance, film, and spoken word. Bill has been teaching guitar and music classes in his home studio and in schools for the past 15 years. He is known for his patience and sense of humor along with a strong desire and ability to help students learn.

Sam Guttman National comedian and guitar player Sam Guttman, will teach rhythm, melody, and improv (riff) in a bluegrass setting. This class is for beginning to intermediate guitar players. Bring your guitar, a capo, a flat pick and (optional) recording device!
Singer/Songwriter, Hannah Jern-Miller and Ben Dubin(bass, harmonica, and vocals) play as a duo, performing their favorite cover tunes and home grown originals. The pair has an eclectic repertoire, spanning the range from blues, soul, folk, country, and rock. Their simple acoustic instrumentation and smooth harmonies are easy on the ears and are bound to have you singing along in no time. 
Bobby Lee & Dean Wilson

Best known as a pedal steel guitarist, Bobby Lee caught the acoustic bug when he acquired an old Harmony Stella guitar last year. His resulting solo album, “Stella”, has garnered rave reviews from folk music enthusiasts everywhere. Bobby will perform with country singer/songwriter Dean Wilson on bass and guitar


Michael Capella’s songs and musical style began to evolve with his mother’s love of music. At a young age she introduced him to the Weavers; Simon & Garfunkel; Glen Campell; Bob Dylan; Mammas & Pappas, Peter, Paul & Mary; and eventually the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and many others. Michael started playing acoustic guitar at the age of fourteen so he could accompany himself on songs by artists such as James Taylor, Arlo Guthrie, Neil Young; Crosby, Stills & Nash; John Prine, and Cat Stevens. As a fourth generation Californian growing up in greater Sacramento area, Michael spent many evenings singing around beach and camp fires in northern California camp grounds such as MacKerricher Beach in Fort Bragg and Folsom Lake. Over the past twenty-five years Michael has played steel with a number of Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa area bands and artists including: Change of Pace, Joe Richie, The Sedans, Bob Reid and the Dads, Jessie Chishom, Ginny Mitchell, and Hot Spur.