UKULELE INSTRUCTORS

RANDAL AMES

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

ONLINE, LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

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).

JEROME SIBULO*

Voice | Ukulele

ONLINE, LITTLETON STUDIO & CENTENNIAL STUDIO

Baritone Jerome Síbulo received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he also completed the coursework for a Doctor of Music degree. Jerome also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Ateneo de Manila University, in the Philippines, where he was born and raised.

 

Most recently, Jerome finished a four-year tenure as a Principal Vocal Artist with Heartland Sings in Fort Wayne, IN. With Heartland Sings, he performed a variety of genres of music, including opera, oratorio, musical theatre, pop, jazz, and a cappella. In Heartland Sings' summer 2019 season alone, he sang in an a cappella quintet concert, performed in a semi-immersive, fully acted Cole Porter revue, and was the baritone soloist in Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem. As a teaching artist with Heartland Sings, Jerome taught private voice lessons, coached choirs, and co-created their Vocal Arts Institute, a high school summer intensive with workshops, classes, voice lessons, and performance opportunities geared toward training well-rounded vocal artists.

 

Jerome has performed roles with Intimate Opera of Indianapolis, Reimagining Opera for Kids, IU Opera and Ballet Theater, IU Latin American Music Center, the Sieur Duluth Summer Arts Festival, and Monroe County Civic Theater. He has also appeared on concert stages in the US, Canada, and the Philippines.

 

Jerome is now a Colorado resident and has started singing with Opera Colorado's chorus. He sings and teaches voice lessons in the area, and sometimes he even brings along one of his ukuleles to change things up a bit.

 

AIDAN PAGNANI

Piano | Guitar | Bass | Ukulele | Group Guitar

ONLINE & STAPLETON STUDIO

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.

BRANT WILLIAMS

Guitar | Piano | Ukulele

ONLINE & STAPLETON STUDIO

Guitarist, pianist and composer Brant Williams (b. 1988, Wesbster City, IA) graduated from Iowa State University in spring 2011, earning a B.A. in psychology. Williams has studied jazz and composition with John Albaugh (Guitar Institute in Hollywood), Dan Schwindt (Denver University) and Fareed Haque (University of Chicago) as well as taken private lessons with Dweezil Zappa (Zappa Plays Zappa), Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy) and Chris McQueen (Snarky Puppy). Since 2009, Brant has been teaching Jazz and Rock to students of all ages throughout multiple states, and has played many styles -- including Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Punk, Classical -- professionally for almost 10 years, touring nationally and also taking the stage at local Colorado venues such as The Ogden Theatre, The Gothic Theatre, The Fox Theatre as well as performing in several festivals like Wakarusa (AK), 80/35 (IA) and the Bella concert series (MN). Brant is currently crafting new music in several groups: notably all star funk group Judo Chop and the nationally touring rock/fusion group The Workshy.

FELIPE CANTUARIA

Guitar | Bass | Ukulele | Group Rock Band

ONLINE & STAPLETON STUDIO

Felipe is an enthusiastic instructor whose passion for teaching shines clearly through his lessons. With a B.A. in guitar performance under his belt, he has been teaching full time for the last 5+ years. Basing his curriculum around each individual student, lesson plans are completely tailored to the student’s goals. From beginner to technically advanced technique, introductory and more complex music theory, Felipe can send you in the direction you’d like to go in. His demeanor and knowledge makes Felipe a great teacher for all ages!

 

Originally from Maryland, he moved to Colorado in late 2018 to pursue his music career. “I love the sense of community the city of Denver offers! I’ve felt welcome by my peers since the day I arrived… it's unlike any music scene I’ve experienced before”. You can catch Felipe performing regularly around the Denver area, or by reaching out to the studio and booking a session with him at Stapleton Music Lab. “Come hang out! I’d love to join you in your musical journey!”

REBEKAH MORANO

Piano | Guitar | Ukulele | Clarinet

ONLINE & STAPLETON STUDIO

Rebekah Morano has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology from Augustana College, and she is currently completing an Equivalency Certificate/Master’s Degree in Music Therapy remotely through Western Michigan University. A Colorado native, she began playing piano at the age of five, the clarinet at the age of 10, and guitar and ukulele during her undergraduate studies. While in college, she served as the principal clarinetist in the orchestra and symphonic band, along with studying piano privately and teaching clarinet lessons. 
 

During her graduate studies, Rebekah has taught private piano lessons, along with accompanying a children’s chorus and serving as the organist/accompanist at a local church. As an aspiring music therapist, she has worked with a variety of populations and diagnoses, using music to address non-musical goals within a client-therapist relationship. Her experiences while training to be a music therapist have taught her the importance of meeting students at their level and fostering an encouraging environment for making music. While a strong theory foundation and understanding of music is emphasized during lessons, she also incorporates multiple opportunities for client preferences and success.

JAKE STANBRO

Piano | Guitar | Ukulele | Bass | Voice | Harmonica

ONLINE & STAPLETON STUDIO

Jake is a bassist, singer and harmonica player. New to Denver in 2019, he is experienced in a broad variety of music performance avenues, from pit orchestra to stage opera, playing bluegrass to leading corporate jazz gigs. Jake received a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Iowa in 2013. While at the university he was part of a number of published recordings as a bassist and as a singer. He also played lead and chorus roles in the opera program, and recently appeared in the chorus with Opera Colorado for two productions.

ALEX TRUJILLO

Piano | Guitar | Ukulele 

ONLINE & STAPLETON STUDIO

Alex Trujillo teaches acoustic/electric guitar, electric bass, ukulele and beginning piano. He began playing in his teens and has been playing the guitar for 20+ years. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Colorado. With over 12 years of experience as a professional musician, Alex has toured and performed throughout the US. He can teach a variety of musical styles including rock, pop, jazz, country and blues. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, Alex strives to help each student discover the joy in music! When not teaching, Alex keeps a busy performance schedule with a myriad of musicians and bands throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Alex also likes road trips, reading westerns and jogging in the park.

*Denotes teachers that donate lessons for our Scholarship Program. 

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