Mr. Jammin

Ben MartinBen Jammin loves teaching people who think they have no musical talent. He graduated with a degree in music from Sierra Nevada College. Ben has performed with legends Kenny Loggins and Mike Love of the Beach Boys. He currently plays acoustic guitar in the After Eights, bass guitar with the Emily Tessmer Band and acoustic guitar with Angele and the Wildwood Band.   He is the founder and Director of the non-profit Tahoe School of Music and runs the music program at the Sierra Expeditionary Learning School Academy in Truckee.

Emily Tessmer

Emily TessmerEmily Tessmer just released “The Seven Sisters” which promises to be lush and lyrical. Emily has worked with the best in the music business on her previous solo releases, “Reach Toward The Sky” 2002, and “Luminarium” 2008. Emily has enjoyed working with many world-class musicians and magicians. Prior to her solo accomplishments Emily and her former band worked in studio on a production deal funded by MCA, headlined at the Veenhoop Festival (Holland), played Los Angeles’s Troubadour, and opened for diverse artists including Gilby Clarke (Supernova), and Blue Oyster Cult. Emily has been invited to sing the National Anthem for the San Diego Padres twice at PETCO Park. Additionally Emily was commissioned by Kristen and Mike Klink (Guns N’ Roses) to write an original song for their foundation, A Song of My Own, a charity enabling singer songwriters to connect with terminally ill children. Emily wrote Annie’s song and Annie went into remission from Leukemia shortly thereafter. “I consider that song and my experience with Annie as being the true healing power of music and that is why I am here.” 

Angele M. Thibodeau

Angele M. ThibodeauAngele M. Thibodeau started her musical career as a little girl singing in the back woods of Maine.  After moving to Connecticut at the age of 9 she pursued chorus and private vocal lessons.  She has had numerous adventures with her music including choir camp, performing with her High school chorus in Disney World, and interacting with a wide variety of talented artists.  She loves to pass on her lifelong passion for music to her students and equip them with whatever skills they require to pursue their own dreams.  Angele strongly believes in the power of music to enrich the mind, and help people learn.  She also sees music as a great tool for healing and navigating life's challenges.  

Crystal Boutelle

Angele M. ThibodeauCrystal has been singing since she was 9 years old.  She has sung in many different musical groups from Church Choirs and musicals to the UC Davis a capella Latin baroque choir and even sung the national anthem at her college graduation.  She currently sings in an acoustic duo called the After Eights accompanied by Ben Martin on the acoustic guitar.  She started playing the flute at the age of 8 and continued through college, playing and performing in flute quartets.   Her passion has always been singing and harmonizing with others.  She enjoys sharing her love of singing with those who are excited about learning and exploring their own unique voice.

Sean McAlindin

Angele M. ThibodeauSean McAlindin is a multi-instumentalist singer/songwriter born of the Northwest Connecticut Berkshires. His musical inspiration comes from his Scots/Irish roots, and his love of connecting to people and spirit through song.  For Sean, every performance is an expression of one's own story and perception of life.  His musical career began with piano lessons at the age of six. While he enjoyed learning the basics as a child, it wasn't until his discovery of classic rock n' roll as a teenager that he truly began to engage with music in a meaningful way. As a teen, he gigged with local jam bands and performed classical music on piano and clarinet with school groups. Upon moving to Colorado for college, Sean found a love of acoustic folk music and took up the guitar and banjo. His debut Americana album Women & Roads, released in 2013, chronicles the adventures of a hopeless romantic lost out on the road. You may see Sean raising a ruckus around town with his current band, Lost Whiskey Engine. Also of note, though he used to think he couldn't sing, Sean realized one day how much he enjoyed and has gotten a lot of pleasure out of continuing to improve this aspect of his musicality. Sean believes becoming a true musician requires a unique combination of hard work, dedication, inspiration and fun.  He teaches piano, guitar, banjo, and voice at Tahoe School of Music.

 

 

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