Gary Joseph Potter Jr-
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Since graduating I have immersed myself in the world of music and entertainment across all mediums and genres. I have worked as a touring guitarist for over 20 years having performed nationally and internationally with bands that include: Daughters, The Midnight Renewal, Imprint, The Jessica Lewis Band, The SOS Swing Band, The Coastline Swing Band, The New Providence Band, and the Australian rock band Bellusira. In addition to touring I have numerous recording and live theater pit orchestra credits. As an educator I have created stylistically diverse instructional content for Guitar World magazine and the app Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day”. In addition to these published instructional applications, I am the owner of Amped Music School in Rhode Island where I not only teach guitar in a private one-on-one setting but I manage the instruction of other guitarists along with drum, bass, saxophone, flute, clarinet, violin, keyboard and vocal professionals. Rounding out my true commitment to the world of music I have created a one-of-a-kind web-based guitar instructional site that promotes my unique instruction techniques and allows me to work with a worldwide audience (www.PracticeTheGuitar.com).
Mike Murdock is a drummer well versed in many styles including rock, jazz, funk, afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and more. After studying at the University of Rhode Island for a short time, Mike took his studies to Berklee College of music. He has studied with the likes of rock heavyweights Rod Morgenstein and Mike Mangini, to jazz/Latin greats Mark Walker, Ricardo Monzon, and Neal Smith. Since graduating from Berklee in 2011, Mike has set out to make a name for himself as a serious drummer and educator. Mike's most current performance gig is with folk/rock act Rich Ferri and the Wealth on the Water, where he plays drums/percussion, keyboards, and backing vocals. Mike currently serves as the resident drum instructor at Trinity Academy of Performing Arts in Providence, RI, and as a Providence CityArts teaching artist, and is looking forward to his role at Amped Music School.
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Tommy Garcia, a graduate of Berklee College Of Music teaches many styles of guitar, and is a really great guitar player.
Joe Grilli began his musical journey playing trumpet in the middle school band. Eventually, in eighth grade, Joe began playing tuba and electric bass. He continued to play both instruments throughout high school under the direction of Metro Narcisi. As a junior, Joe decided he wanted to pursue a career in music and began playing the upright bass. He studied upright with Warwick native Dennis Pratt while in high school before deciding to continue his education at the University of Rhode Island. At URI Joe studied jazz with the legendary Dave Zinno for 5 years and received a Bacholer of Arts in Jazz Studies. Joe currently gigs around the state of Rhode Islabd in various ensembles in a range of musical styles.
Corinne is a graduate of Rhode Island College where she received a B.A. in Vocal Performance. She specializes in classical technique but has experience with many contemporary genres such as Jazz, Musical Theatre and Pop/Rock music. Since beginning her career in music she has studied several roles both classical and contemporary. At RIC she often played the roll of The Countess from “Le Nozze di Figaro” (2012-2016) as well as Ulla from “The Producers” (2011) for Encore Repertory Company. She began teaching in 2017, her roster includes young men and women interested in taking classical fundamentals and applying them to all genres.
Nathan Guillemette Nathan began playing trumpet in the middle school band in 5th grade and hasn’t stopped since. He has placed highly in the RIMEA All-State competition every year since the 7th grade, and has therefore played in the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Ensemble as a part of the competition. He has opened up for the Newport Jazz Festival as a part of the All-State Jazz Ensemble and will do so again this summer. He has also been involved with the University of Rhode Island as a substitute for their band and has auditioned and placed in the Southern New England Concert Band competition hosted at URI.