Andrew Emanuel (saxophone) is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.M. in Music Education. While at UNH, Andrew was fortunate enough to share the stage with notable artists such as Chris Potter, Allen Vizzutti, Dave Pietro, Steve Wilson, and Marshall Gilkes, and these experiences have also helped shape him as a musician. Andrew’s teaching style is greatly influenced by all of the teachers he studied with at UNH, including Nathan Jorgensen, Elizabeth Gunlogson, Peggy Vagts, Janet Polk, and Ryan Parker. In addition to teaching private lessons, he keeps an active gig schedule throughout New England with the Silver Arrow Band and the Crab Shack Band, as well as his own musical projects: Clandestine, Seacoast Saxophone Society, and HitBox.
Jarred Garneau (guitar) has years of experience playing live and completed his BA in Guitar Performance at Berklee College of Music in 2023. He has studied guitar with David Newsam, Dani Rabin, Dan Bowden, and Robin Stone. Specializing in slide guitar and improvisation across various genres, Jarred’s style is unique to himself. In addition to past projects with The Freestones and The Ferret Brothers, Jarred has made a name for himself as a session musician/sideman with names such as Stu Dias, Dean Harlem, Todd Hearon, John Webb, and the Allman Brothers cover band: Idlewild. Jarred’s most recent musical endeavor is his solo band where he collaborates with some of the best musicians in the Seacoast area, with material ranging from blues, jazz, flamenco, classical, and
Mike Stockbridge (banjo, guitar, mandolin, ukulele) started his professional journey in music over twenty five years ago. He has attended both Berklee College of Music and the University of Maine at Augusta, receiving a Bachelors of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the latter. Mike has continually worked as an in-demand music educator all over Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts, including time spent at such institutions as Phillips Exeter Academy, Rivertree Arts, the Tony Boffa School of Contemporary Music, and the Robert Frost Charter School. Mike is currently the general music instructor at Polaris Charter School and a faculty member of the Nashua Community Music School and Concord Community Music School.
Jared Steer (percussion) is an active performer/educator based in central NH. He received a BA in Music Performance from Plymouth State College. There he studied drum set and percussion with Tim Gilmore, Eric C. Hughes and Craig Fahey. After receiving his degree he continued studies with Rakalam Bob Moses, Bob Gullotti, Jeff Ballard, Dave Dicenso, Steve Michaud, Thierry Arpino, Jerry Leake and Greg Hutchinson. In 2017 he went back to PSU to take classes toward obtaining a music education degree. Jared either currently or has held faculty positions at the Manchester Community Music School, Holderness School, New Hampton School, Fryeburg Academy, Tilton School, Interlakes School District, and Sant Bani School. He facilitates drum workshops from school and community events. He performs and records regionally as well as nationally with a
Andrew Grosvenor is a piano player and songwriter with many years of experience playing professionally in a variety of styles. Andrew teaches beginner piano as well as intermediate to advanced jazz and rock piano, theory and improvisation. He also serves as keyboardist and bandleader of the regional band “Andrew North & the Rangers”
Zeb Cruikshank (jazz, blues, and rock guitar) performs and teaches in musical genres ranging from blues and classic rock to acoustic fingerstyle, jazz, and classical guitar. Most recently he was a full-time guitar faculty member at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis. He holds a Bachelor’s in Guitar Performance from McNally Smith College of Music, with further studies in their advanced Artist Diploma program. Zeb has recorded five albums, and opened for national acts such as Maceo Parker, Living Colour, Semisonic, Firehouse, and Chris Duarte. In Minneapolis he was known for his original jazz fusion project The Zeb Cruikshank Band, his acoustic duo Jess & Zeb, and classic rock band The Brute Squad.
Matt Langley (saxophones (remote only)) has studied with Lou Marini of Saturday Night Live, David Baker, Ted Dunbar, and Stan Strickland. He has recorded extensively with the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet, his own group, Color, with pianist Pandelis Karayorgis’ group System of 5, and with Mike Effenberger’s weirdturnpro. Mr. Langley has also shared the stage or recording studio with Ron Carter, Richie Cole, Fred Hersch, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Chris Wood, Matt Wilson, Tiger Okoshi, Roswell Rudd, Dave Douglas, and many others.
Eric Klaxton (saxophone, jazz piano, composition, audio production) earned his BA in Saxophone Performance at the University of New Hampshire in 2011 and completed his Masters Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from Longy School of Music in the spring of ‘22. Notably, he has studied saxophone with Noah Preminger and Bill McHenry, as well as composition with Ben Allison and Frank Carlberg. Eric is a founding member of The Soggy Po Boys and can be found playing woodwinds in Sojoy and OurBigBand. In addition to his work with collective ensembles, he writes and arranges original works for various groups of his own, imbued with traditions from jazz, rock, folk, and electronic music. Visit www.ericklaxton.com for a schedule of upcoming performances and more information about Eric’s music and teaching.
Anthony Varga (Music Therapy Program Coordinator, music therapy, upright bass) is a graduate of the Music Therapy Equivalency program at Saint Mary of the Woods College in Indiana. Prior to becoming a music therapist, Tony enjoyed a rewarding career as a public school music educator, directing school orchestras in New Jersey for seven years before moving to New Hampshire and joining the Concord School District in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts degree from Rowan University, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Boston University. In addition to a prolific academic career, Tony is also a veteran of the United States Navy.