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THE TEACHERS

Jim Armenti

Jim Armenti is the senior member of the Downtown Sounds faculty. He teaches guitar, mandolin, clarinet and saxophone. He has a BA in music from UMass and has performed with a variety of valley bands over the past twenty years, including the Yankee Rhythm band, Klezamir, Gutterbirds, Donna Lee and Lonesome Brothers. Jim teaches a...
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Doug Beaumier

Doug Beaumier teaches dobro and pedal steel guitar in addition to folk, country and rock guitar for students of all levels. He has a BA from UMass and over 25 years of experience in performing with dozens of bands. He is a staff writer for Steel Guitar World Magazine, and has self-published and sold thousands...
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Dan Margolis

Dan Margolis has played guitar for over 30 years. His early teachers were jazz guitarists Bob Shaw, Bob Rider and Nick Sencio. Later he studied under Ted Dunlop at the UMass Jazz in July program. Dan enjoys many musical types, primarily roots-oriented styles. Over the years he has played rock, jazz, folk, blues, country, swing,...
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Dave Trenholm

Dave Trenholm is one of the most versatile members of Downtown Sounds staff and teaches guitar, sax, flute and clarinet. Dave is a member of the local band King Radio.
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Robby Roiter

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Robby Alan Roiter is a versatile guitarist based in Western Massachusetts, originally from New York City, who has been playing music passionately for several decades. Robby performs regionally on electric and acoustic guitar (and bass) playing jazz and other genres in a variety of solo and ensemble settings in clubs, cafes, art galleries, with modern...
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Keith Levreault

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Keith Levreault has a BA in music from Westfield State College, and studied privately with Alan Dawson. He has over fifteen years playing experience, and is well versed in many different styles, including rock, jazz and Latin. He has played and recorded with many artists, including Freedy Johnston, Kevin Salem, Patty Smythe, Eric Ambel, Ware...
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Jeff Nissenbaum

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Jeff Nissenbaum has been a professional drummer for over thirty years. After studying classical music for ten years, he began drum study with David Barrett. He has also studied with Keith Copeland and Max Roach. He has performed and recorded with numerous groups in various styles, including Paris, Ben Demerath Band, Quetzal, and Steel Wave....
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Chet Pasek

Chet Pasek grew up in Holyoke, MA and studied drums with Joe Sefcik and Alan Dawson, and went to school at HCC and U-MASS. He has been playing professionally since the age of 14, both locally and around the US with Larry Chesky, Ray Mason, Michael Gregory, Ed Vadas, Peter Newland and many others. He...
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Kate O’Connor

Kate O’Connor has been teaching music and performing in pop/rock, folk, and jazz/blues bands for eighteen years. This wealth of experience, combined with formal training in classical, jazz and rock, performance and theory, provides students with the best knowledge and insights from both the academic and working musician worlds. Kate helps vocalists learn to sing...
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Rudi Weeks

Rudi Weeks has been a professional musician and teacher of music for over twenty years. He has performed with such Motown greats as The Contours, The Crests and Ronnie Spector and Folk and Bluegrass legends Tom Paxton and Tony Trischka. He also toured internationally with the Dirty Dancing Concert Tour. His extensive free-lance performance and...
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