Friends and colleagues
This page is a list of those artists, ensembles, or groups that I either currently play with, have played with in the past, or other friends or colleagues that deserve mention!
Rebekah McQueen, MT-BC
Rebekah is my good friend from college who has started up a successful private music therapy practice, Measured Moments! Her bio is pasted from her website below.
Rebekah is a Board Certified Music Therapist (Lic. No. 15132). Rebekah Graduated with her Music Therapy degree from Sam Houston State University. Rebekah fulfilled her internship with Rhythm of Life Music Therapy in Rosenberg, Texas.
Rebekah has clinical experience with music therapy in wellness, clients who have suffered stroke, clients with Traumatic brain injury, Medically fragile clients, preschool students, children and adolescents with emotional trauma and children with special needs. Rebekah looks forward to making music, memories and progress with clients!
In her free time Rebekah enjoys singing to her son and making him smile, as well as spending quality time with family.
Valeri Speights specializes in performing chamber music while teaching violin privately. She has performed in various recitals in Germany through the Saarburg International Chamber Music Festival and was a founding member of the Chateau String Quartet. An alumni of the Dylana Jenson Workshop and the MasterWorks Festival, Valeri exclusively teaches private lessons and has been a teacher for the Huntsville Youth Orchestra and the Art of Music Studio. For the last three years she has taught for the Woodlands Chamberfest at the Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion. Having just graduated with a performance degree from Sam Houston State University, she is currently a member of the Conroe Symphony, the Woodlands Symphony, and Legacy Baroque. While at Sam Houston, she studied conducting extensively with Dr. Jacob Sustaita in addition to her studies as a violin performance major. For three years she was a member of SHSU’s Center for Early Music Research and Performance (CEMRAP) and was an administrative assistant for CEMRAP’s collaboration with the Boulder Bach Festival, Musica Montin. In preparation for a master’s degree, she is currently exploring historically informed performance practices.
Marcus Grant Music
Marcus believes passionately in the promotion and enrichment of quality music education for young people, holding the philosophy that everyone deserves the best experiences in education, and that music is an essential element of those experiences. His professional affiliations have included the International Trumpet Guild (ITG), National Band Association (NBA), Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA), International Thespian Society (ITS), and Kappa Kappa Psi National Band Service Fraternity.
Luke Kirkwood - Kirkwood Music Services
For any staffing or subbing needs for musicians, Luke Kirkwood is the guy to call!
Based in the Houston, TX area, he offers contracting for accompaniment, audio and video accompaniment recording, and music directing services.
Follow the link behind the KMS logo for contact info!
FMHelps.me - Meghan and Felipe Lopez
FMHelps.me has a team that have cultivated their own creativity in their specific arts mediums while building skills that support a wide variety of businesses. Knowing that their industry has an insane mark up where too may people pay retainers where little is accomplished, Meghan and Felipe of FMHelps.me tune into exactly the points you and your business need and expand outwards as you grow. We also love working with other artists and creatives to help them turn their craft into a viable career and business.
I had the pleasure to work with Meghan at Bach 2 Rock, and I know she and her husband Felipe will do wonderful things!
3G Percussion is a percussion ensemble based out of Houston, Texas led by Jacob Gutierrez, Sarek Gutierrez, and Zach Gutierrez. The group is dedicated to performing modern percussion music and exploring new avenues for percussion.
Les Touches has been playing together since October 2011, where they formed at the Jacobs School Early Music Institute at Indiana University. The ensemble’s core repertoire is chamber music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque period ranging from viol consorts to trio sonatas. They have performed concerts across the USA working with groups such as Texas Early Music Project and The South Dakota Chorale and continue to actively pursue collaboration with other musicians. They competed as one of 10 finalists in the York Young Artist International Competition in 2015 and performed at Boston Early Music Festival in 2013.
2014 marked the inaugural season of Les Touches in Texas and the start of a partnership with Viols of Houston with whom they have started outreach in local schools. The joy they have found playing music together has compelled Les Touches to strive to share their passion for the viol and make this fascinating consort repertoire accessible to their community in central and south east Texas.
Michael Player is a Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer based in the North Houston area. He and his band have been steadily making waves in the Houston Country Music Scene for a few years and his momentum is increasing. Michael's sound is "Classic" Country but his voice has a uniqueness that most of his contemporaries lack. Michael began writing songs while attending Texas A&M and has been building a strong yet quietly publicized catalogue of original music. Normally a 5 piece band, Michael's band has the flexibility to go from "Silver Wings" to "You Shook Me All Night" by AC/DC in a wink of an eye. Michael has played some of the top venues in the area including Big Texas in Spring and Lonestar Saloon in Richmond. He has opened for legends like George Jones and Willie Nelson along with regional acts such as Josh Abbott, Scooter Brown Band, Bri Bagwell and Josh Ward. All in all, Michael is strong in his roots as a Country artist yet has a modern edge that sets him apart from the rest.
Pianist Joe Burlison is joined by Houston percussionist Dan Burkeen and a litany of fantastic guitarists for a lively Jazz Trio every Sunday morning at The Dosey Doe Big Barn. Located on the North Side of Houston in The Woodlands, Texas, Dosey Doe is one of the premier listening rooms in the country. Enjoy Sunday brunch while the guys entertain with great instrumental tunes from Jazz, Pop, and The Great American songbook.