GROUP GUITAR

RANDAL AMES

Group Rock Band | Guitar | Bass Guitar | Ukulele | Mandolin

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Randal Ames has a B.A. from the University of Colorado, and has been playing guitar for more than 35 years. Mr. Ames has also played guitar, bass, mandolin and piano in the U.S. and Europe, accompanying such superstars as Sammy Davis Jr. and Jimmy Buffet. As a member of the 7th Army Chorus he performed as a singer, dancer, musician, and choreographer in five languages and eleven countries.

Here in Colorado he has written music, directed, and performed at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, Taste of Colorado, Boulder Shakespeare Festival and has been a member of the University of Colorado Jazz Chorale.

 

He has written over eighty songs and produced six CDs of music ranging from madrigals and Gregorian Chants, to Jazz, Country and Pop.

 

His hobbies include a life long interest in Martial Arts (has earned black belts in Tae Kwon Do, Aikido and American Free Style Karate), sword fighting (he has taught Elizabethan Fencing at Colorado School of Mines).

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CHRISTOPHER GANDARA

Guitar

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Christopher Gandara was born in Los Angeles, California and as the second youngest of nine siblings, remembers being surrounded by family and music at a very young age. Whether it was hard rock, traditional Mexican music, classical records, or jazz, he connected immediately with the rhythms of the music. At the age of 13, he began his formal training on guitar and music theory. He learned from four different teachers in the Denver area until finally being taken under the wing of flamenco master, John McCoy of Parker. From there, Chris became fascinated with classical music and began learning finger style techniques through Bach, South American Waltz, and Tango music. Chris then attended Metropolitan State College where he studied tonal music composition and the Berklee Methods of harmony and arranging. 

 

Through studying jazz theory books, listening to a steady diet of harmonically sophisticated music, and picking the brains of accomplished local and online musicians, Chris began to piece together a comprehensive model of chord-scale theory. He currently composes, arranges, produces and improvises music with his modal jazz combo as well as various other musical outlets. 

RICO SOUTHEE

Guitar | Bass Guitar | Ukulele | Group Guitar

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Rico is a professional guitarist, music educator and independent recording artist from New York State who has been performing for over 30 years and teaching for more than 20 years.  He was a jazz, rock, pop, solo guitarist with the 502nd Air Force Band, Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi Mississippi from 1984-1986; the United States Air Force Europe Band, Einsiedlerhof Germany from 1986-1992; the 530th Air Force Band, Atlanta Georgia from 1994-1995; touring the southern United States, Dominican Republic, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Denmark, Russia, Romania, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Crete, Portugal, Sardinia, Turkey and the Middle East.  He then moved to Florida from Germany and studied recording engineering at Full Sail University Orlando in 1993; jazz guitar performance with the famous jazz guitar educator Jack Peterson; jazz performance workshops with jazz musicians Dianne Reeves, Dave Brubeck, Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, Kenny Burrell, Count Basie Orchestra with Frank Foster, Bunky Green and music theory at the University of North Florida, Jacksonville from 1993-1995 to include the Essentials Of PA Engineering at The School of Recording and Music Technology,  Surrey UK.

After leaving Florida, he moved back to Germany and then to England, working as a professional guitarist performing resorts, clubs, hotels, corporate events, festivals and concerts with jazz, fusion, funk, soul, pop and rock bands.  He was also the guitar instructor for the Ramstein Community Center, Ramstein Air Force Base Germany from 1995-2007; RAF Mildenhall Community Center and RAF Lakenheath Community Center England from 2007-2010 along with teaching private students at his home music studio.  As an independent recording artist, he has composed, recorded, produced and promoted four of his own CDs via performances with his band “Acoulectric” in Europe from 1998-2008. He then moved to Colorado Springs Colorado, working as a jazz and blues guitarist; taught students at Peterson Air Force Base Youth Center, the Colorado Springs Conservatory of Music, Lucci Music and again with his own private guitar students from 2010-2016.  In April 2016 he moved back to England to teach at the RAF Mildenhall Community Center, RAF Lakenheath Air Force Base Housing Community; perform and record music for future CDs and teach private students at his home music studio. In April 2019 he has once again moved back to Colorado from England to teach and perform here in the great city of Denver Colorado.

AIDAN PAGNANI

Piano | Guitar | Bass | Ukulele | Group Guitar

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Raised by a family of Deadheads and music-lovers, Aidan Pagnani was born and raised in Connecticut. By the time he graduated high school in 2009, Aidan had performed weddings, plays, churches, parties, and venues throughout New England as a solo act and with numerous bands. While completing his degree at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Aidan performed with artists like Robert Randolph and revamped a high school fusion/jamband project, Freddy & the Yetis, into an original music project arranged for a rock quintet accompanied by five strings and horns. Aidan then spent the next four years in Boston studying with a professor at Berklee College of Music, teaching music, and performing with various groups in the jam, funk, rock scenes. In February 2018, Aidan moved to Denver, Colorado where he can be seen performing regularly with members of The Motet, John Brown's Body, Dopapod, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and many other Colorado legends. His instrumental cover band, the Aidan Pagnani Band, can be seen playing weekly in the Denver/Boulder area.

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