Producer, Musician, Writer, Cactus Plant Studio’s, Drummer for Highway 101, Julianne Hough, Johnny Rivers, Steve Taylor, Firefall, Bernie Leadon, Cris Hillman, Joel Sonnier, Phil Keaggy, Rodney Dangerfield and many more. Staff writer at Warner Brothers and Sony Tree for 10 yrs, Teaches solo drum performance and Drum clinics. Owner of The Cactus Plant set up for drum tracking and file sharing - Cactus is an original member of the award winning group, Highway 101, He has toured the US and abroad for the last 25 years playing his drums, singing and performing, recorded and released a half a dozen albums, multiple videos, write a numerous hit songs, act in movies, and recipitant of ACM and CMA awards. Last November, Highway 101 released a new DVD, ’Christmas on Highway 101,’ with a special appearance by Wynonna Judd. “I have loved Highway 101 since working with them in the 1980s,” Judd says. “Their music is timeless. I am a fan, and you will be, too!” Visit Highway_101
Faculty Berklee College of Music Department: Guitar
Film composer for The Sun Dagger, Author of Rock Guitar Styles and Country Guitar Styles, performer/clinician on lap and pedal steel guitar. Author of A Different Slant jazz CD and TAB book for lap steel. Played pedal steel with Joan Baez and the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston with John Williams conducting, taught guitar in Japan, had two Gospel songs recorded in Nashville, played on the theme for the TV show “Home Again” with Bob Vila, gave guitar and pedal steel lessons to Joe Perry of Aerosmith and so much more than I have room to list here. Author THE 333 BOOK -333 Licks, Tricks & Techniques Every Guitarest Should Know - LICKS: Tons of the hippest and most essential licks around. These are licks you will use! Styles include Rock, Blues, Jazz, Metal, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Funk, Rockabilly, Western Swing, and many more. More than 2 and a half hours of recorded examples. Visit- www.mikeihde.com www.berklee.edu/faculty/detail/mike-ihde
Marla is the Director of RadioActive Promotions and President & Host of Nashville Music Space with Marla Sitten. She is well known as a Nashville publicist, journalist and music industry insider. Her network of friends and colleagues is legendary. She is a one-of-a-kind dot connector and business-deal facilitator as well as a profile-builder in the entertainment community. RadioActive Promotions is an Entertainment Company specializing in publicity, promotions, artist development, profile building for artists (facilitating record deals), and other businesses in the field of entertainment. Nashville Music Space with Marla Sitten is a unique multi-media website formed exclusively to help preserve and promote the history and future of Nashville's Music Community by providing “reality-based” music media through celebrity & industry professional interviews, live performances, webisodes and video blogs.
Carl Tuttle is one of the seminal figures in the development of contemporary worship. His music has been played in tens of thousands of churches all over the world, and can be directly linked to one of the largest music movements in Christendom. In 1976 Carl began leading a small group in song which grew to become one of the largest church organizations in the world known as “The Vineyard Church, pastored originally by the great church leaders John Wimber. Carl’s song credits are numerous with hits such as “The Lord God Reigns”, “I Worship You”, “Oh Lord”, “Alleluia” and the great worship hit “Hosanna”. Carl has had incredible impact in shaping worship music in countries all over the world and the footprint of God’s work in him will always be with us. Carl is a STMA board member and personal liaison to the Christian music community for the organization. Carl has great interest in the morality issues that have grown systemic through Piracy, and believes that the organization’s approach of messages that change hearts,, rather than laws that convict our youth, is incredibly needed in today's world. http://www.carltuttle.com/
o Past Chairman / Miller-Unrah Reading Specialist Committee
o Past Chairman / District Textbook Evaluation Committee – Ethics Adoption
o Past Chairman / Quality Education Committee
o Past Chairman / Star Mathematics’ Program
o Past Assistant Chairman / Area in-service Project RAHM.
Mr. Spinosa is a STMA Board Member and will oversee the areas of educational curriculum developed by STMA to counter act piracy in our youth.
Nashville musician and intellectual property advocate.
Kirk Eberhard is a journeyman musician and producer in the thriving Nashville music scene. Since arriving in 1988 he has worked with many charting music artists and groups and has built lasting relationships in the music business community. As a bassist, his recording and live performance credits include Brother Trouble, Blackhawk, Jason Aldean, Michael Anderson, Susan Ashton, and many others. Kirk has extensive experience in music publishing and licensing, having worked for BMI, Larry Butler Music, and NEM Entertainment. A writer and editor himself, he was formerly Managing Editor for Bass Frontiers Magazine. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/kirk-eberhard-p73139/credits
Dave Gibson is the President, Chief Creative Officer, and co-founder of Savannah Music Group. As lead singer for Sony recording artists The Gibson-Miller Band, recipients of the 1993 Academy Of Country Music's Top New Group award, Dave continued to hone his songwriting skills, resulting in six Billboard number one songs, twelve top-five songs, and fifteen songs that have charted in the top-40. Dave's accomplishments include over forty album cuts for some of the biggest names in the business, including Alabama, Reba McEntire, Montgomery-Gentry, Conway Twitty, Joe Diffie, Tanya Tucker, ...and many more. While touring the nation with the Gibson-Miller Band in the 90’s, Dave gained critical acclaim for the Band’s self-penned hits “High Rollin,” “Texas Tattoo” and “Big Heart,” among others. Gibson continues his writing and performing, and in 2008 added "music publisher" to his impressive resume, with the establishment of Savannah Music Group: www.SavannahMusicGroup.com
Bob moved to Nashville in 1980, where he landed a job with Warner Bros. Records as National Promotion Director. Throughout the decade he increased market share and created the first ever International Department for a major record label in Nashville, achieving two Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, an Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award, and a Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Award in the process. In 2001, Bob retired from the record business as the then Senior Vice President/General Manager of Warner Bros. He is currently General Manager of Savannah Music Group. www.SavannahMusicGroup.com
Long time harmonica player for Willie Nelson & Family band
A native of Texas, Mickey Raphael grew up around the rich music scene of Dallas. As a teenager he got a little impromptu coaching from legendary blues harmonica player Don Brooks, and, as he says, "just jumped about 20 steps from the little I already knew about the harp." After many more hours onstage, a chance meeting with Willie Nelson led to an invitation to sit in on a local gig, which eventually led to permanent membership in Willie's band. Over the last 30-plus years, Mickey has performed on hundreds of sessions with Willie, Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill. Ringo Starr, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Asleep at the Wheel, Merle Haggard, Elton John, Blue Öyster Cult, and many more. Mickey's 1988 solo album "Hand To Mouth" was reissued again in 2000. @ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/mickey-raphael-p34478/credits
See Video Mickey Raphael PSA for STMA
Bee Spears, longtime friend of STMA founder Mark Dreyer, passed away Thursday December 8, 2011. "If it weren't for Bee I probably wouldn't have moved to Nashville over 20 years ago", he was a true friend and collaborator of mine for years. We had worked on various projects together and he will really be missed.
Longtime bassist for Willie Nelson & Family band Bee Spears is a highly sought-after musician in both Nashville and his native Texas. A member of Willie Nelson's touring and recording band for over forty years, he has played on countless recordings by other legendary artists including Waylon Jennings, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. Bee's songwriting and arranging skills and 'studio tan' have made hm a natural in the producer's chair as well. He is very famiiar with copyright protection issues and has become an active voice in the anti-piracy movement. @ http://www.discogs.com/artist/Bee+Spears See Video Bee Spears PSA for STMA