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Tim Gilmore (percussion) received a B.S. in Elementary Education and Music from Salem State College. His additional studies include composition and performance programs at Berklee College of Music. He is a member of the Harry Skoler Jazz Quartet with Brownstone Recording Artists and has performed with such groups as the Cape Ann Symphony, Symphony by the Sea, Paul Madore Chorale, Boston Percussion Ensemble, and the Cambridge Harmonic Orchestra. Mr. Gilmore has also performed with Lester Bowie, Marion McPartland, Tower of Power, Tiger Okoshi, and Warren Vache. Some of his recordings include A Work of Heart, Reflections on the Art of Swing, and Conversations in the Language of Jazz on Brownstone Records.
John Faggiano (Music in the Community Initiative) has studied with Ed Nicholas, Gary Chaffee, Alan Dawson, and Nuru. He is the developer and facilitator of seminars for community-building through drumming. Mr. Faggiano has performed at the Blue Note in New York and the Saratoga and White Mountain Jazz Festivals and appeared with the Drifters, as well as Gary Chaffee and Pat Metheny. He can also be heard on recordings with the Dave Tonkin Group, Steve Schuch, and Peggo and Paul.
Grace Schust (Songweavers drumming ensemble, percussion) earned her B.F.A. summa cum laude from Colby Sawyer College and has since studied with Babatunde Olatunji, Abdoul Doumbia, Momady Kaita, Mohamed Kalifa Kamera, Papus Diabate, and Issa Coulibaly. She is the director and founder of Arts Bridge the World, which brings multi-cultural arts and musicto New England and leads percussion workshops for team-building in the workplace and building self-esteem for at-risk children. Mrs. Schust has performed with Voices of the Heart, Concord Chorale, Dartmouth World Music Percussion Ensemble, Portsmouth PercussiveArts Festival, Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Boston University. She has held faculty positionsat Proctor Academy, Colby-Sawyer College, Brandeis University, Plymouth State University, Spaulding Youth Center, NH Association for the Blind, VSA Arts, Lutheran Social Service, and corporate workshops.
Lindsey Schust (percussion and composition) graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Music from Brandeis University and an M.A. in Music Composition from Tufts University. Since then she has gone on to study with African and Afro-Caribbean master drummers from Mali, Nigeria, Guinea, Senegal, Ghana, Trinidad, Haiti, and Cuba. She has also studied classical new music compositionat Brandeis and Tufts Universities with award-winning composers David Rakowski, Yehudi Wyner and John McDonald. In December of 2006, Ms. Schust won the Global Rhythm songwriting competition for her Afro- Cuban song “Café Con Leche” and in 2009 was nominated for a Just Plain Folks Independent Music Award for Best Carribean Song for her piece “Mama Lele.”
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