Meet Our Staff

"We believe Teamwork makes the Dream Work!"

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D'ara Lemon - Administrator

I am a Baltimore City native. I completed my first two years of college at Bowie State University and my last two years at University of Baltimore, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing in 2014.

Music is a MAJOR part of my life! For me, music is therapeutic, a motivating force, and a means of self expression. I love being able to get lost in a song with relatable lyrics, along with amazing instruments, such a soul gratifying experience!

Outside of music, one of my favorite things to do is catch a good movie in theaters. My five year old daughter and I still enjoy a good movie night from home, or "girls night" as she likes to say.

My favorite food, though I'm attempting to eliminate meat, I'd have to say is Buffalo Wings!

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Daniel Grantham - Piano, Songwriting & Production

I am originally from Austin, Texas and moved to Baltimore about 3 years ago. In 2014, I earned a Master of Music degree in music theory from the University of North Texas and in 2007 I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in french horn performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

 

Musically, I am mainly active as a composer and have had pieces performed in Italy, Germany, and across the US. I also have an in depth background in music theory. I have played french horn for 20+ years, piano for 15 years, and have been singing professionally for 6 years.

I enjoy teaching all subject areas, but lately I have mainly been teaching piano. One of the greatest things about music is that we all enjoy it in different ways and we can learn new ways to appreciate the music we already know. One of the best parts of teaching is watching a student learn a piece of music the love and engage with it in a new way.

 

When I’m not practicing or writing, I play video games or catch a revival movie at the Charles or the Senator. My favorite food is pineapple.

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Camille Scott - Percussion, Songwriting & Production

I was born in Southern New Jersey and relocated to Northeast Baltimore in 2011. 

 

My primary instrument is percussion. I developed my craft through training at the Baltimore School for the Arts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke. 

 

Music is not only therapeutic but it is also a universal language that speaks to people from all walks of life!

 

Outside of music, I enjoy self education. I am an autodidact who enjoys reading and researching on the topic of financial literacy. 

 

My favorite food is tacos.

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Gino Hannah - Guitar, Bass, Vocal, Drums

I am from Catonsville, MD and have lived in Baltimore for the past 3 years. I graduated in 2013 from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Music Composition and Performance. Through St. Mary’s, I got to spend a semester in The Gambia, West Africa where I studied Mandinka music with a Griot family and learned to play the Kora, a 21-string West African Harp. After taking a year off, I went back to St. Mary’s to get my Master’s of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) in Music Education.

 

These days when I perform, my main instruments are Guitar, Bass, Voice, Drums, and Piano. I have some opportunities to play Tuba, but not as many. I also am an amateur audio engineer, and produce/compose/record music on my own. I play with many different groups and feel that my role is often bringing talented people together to play music, who otherwise would not play together. 

 

I love to instill the wonder of music and the universal truth of expression through music that human beings share. I love sharing the “big picture” musical ideas with kids, and then letting them explore concepts on their instrument(s). I love to teach individual or group settings! drums, guitar, piano, brass, woodwind.

 

I think music serves an important role in shaping our society, and in holding a mirror up to society, telling individual and universal truths. Music is a bridge of connection among people, nations, and continents, as well as a bridge of connection to our true selves. 

 

Outside of music, I try to spend as much time in nature as possible, learning about the gifts and faculties of mother nature. Hiking, camping, traveling to other parts of the world are what I love to do. I also love Baltimore Sports teams. My favorite food is… whatever Mom is cooking.

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Asher Herzog - Drums

I was born in Baltimore City. I graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Commercial Performance. I play drumset as well as mallet percussion and hand percussion. I'm also an active composer and improvisor.

I like teaching group drum classes, improvisation workshops, and classes on how to develop and flesh out songs written as an ensemble. Music has given me a way to express myself free from the constraints of spoken language, and allows me an opportunity to connect with others. 

My favorite food to eat is Thai Red Curry!!!

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Moziah Brantley - African Drumming

I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.

My primary instrument is the drum set and I learned African drumming when I went to Nashville, Tennessee in 1988. I attended workshops and studied with the great Babatunde Olatunji.

I was able to journey through a successful career in music which led to a Grammy-winning percussion performance on "Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration" produced by the legendary Quincy Jones. 

Music is meaningful to me because of the way it moves the spirit of people when you participate in it. It is a spiritual process that awakens my ancestors allowing me to then honor my ancestors.

In my free time, I enjoy Baseball, meeting different people and musicians, and sharing my blessings with people form all walks of life.

My favorite food is Jerk Chicken, Cabbage, Rice and Peas, and Sweet Potatoes.

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Chris Jones - Brass, Songwriting & Production

I am from Parkville, MD and have been in the Baltimore area for my entire life. I graduated from Loch Raven High School in 2015, and will be graduating from Towson University in the spring of 2020 with a degree in Music Education.

I am primarily a semi-professional tubist outside of teaching. I am the primary tubist for the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra and do a lot of gig work in many different styles of music on tuba throughout the year. Outside of tuba, I make my own electronic music at home as well as some audio engineer gigs here and there. My favorite electronic music to write is fantasy/horror music and I write a lot of music that me and my friends use when we play Dungeons and Dragons. 

My favorite thing to teach is songwriting and production/audio engineering. I think it is the most versatile way to make music and allows people form all walks of life to put their musical ideas down on a professional level while being a hobbyist. Music is meaningful to me because of its ability to put you in the emotional place of the composer. Music is one of the only mediums that can manufacture emphathetic responses on both a conscious and subconscious level. I love the idea of music being able to show someone so vividly how they feel when they are writing that music. It's a type of clarity that I do not know is possible through language.

Outside of music, I am an avid gamer, Baltimore Ravens Fan, and enjoy spending time with my pet rabbit Cass. My favorite food has got to be Tacos!!

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Windsor Pediford - Piano, Drums, Bass

I am from Brooklyn, New York. I relocated to Baltimore County in November of 2016.

I play several instruments, but my primary instrument is piano. I also play and teach drums, both traditional and hand drums, bass guitar, cello, and all percussion instruments.

Music is meaningful to me because it is both therapeutic as well as a creative outlet.

In my free time I enjoy carpentry work.

My favorite food is fish!

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Kevin Hickey - Guitar, Songwriting & Production

I’m originally from Frederick, MD but moved to Baltimore around 3 years ago!

 

Guitar was my main instrument for a long time and I studied with several private jazz and classical teachers for over 10 years. I played in several bands, toured the US and took almost every gig I could get! These days I consider Ableton to be my main instrument though!

 

What makes music meaningful to me is Intention and Heart.

 

Outside of music, cooking is my other passion! I worked in restaurant kitchens for over 10 years and I will always have that with me.

My favorite food is Vietnamese Banh Mi. Favorite sandwich!