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.” 

Mark McCay-Moran

Mark McCay-Moran Mark McCay-Moran has been creating music his entire life.  Inspired by a musical and artistic family, Mark has a passion for music that permeates his being and he thrives sharing this joy with others through performing, recording and instructing.  While pursuing a design degree at UC Davis, he gained a reputation as a studio musician recording tracks on numerous of projects from jazz and rock, to bluegrass and country playing mandolin, steel guitar, dobro, and guitar among other instruments.  Always active in the musical community, Mark continues to perform as a solo artist and as a sideman for various groups regionally.  His community involvement doesn’t stop with music.  As an entrepreneur, small businessman, and an individual citizen, Mark been involved in many environmental, political, and community organizations, including a current seat on the board of directors for the non-profit Auburn Ski Club.  A Truckee resident, Mark finds a balance between his family life, interior design business, music career, and enjoying all the outdoor activities that the Tahoe-Truckee area has to offer.

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.



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