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Percussion

Morgan Asher

Morgan Asher cannot remember life before music. At the age of 3, he started playing the classic beginners kit, pots and pans on the kitchen floor. He received his first real drum kit at the age of 4 and haven’t stop playing since. Morgan grew up playing in multiple bands and performing at various venues from the age of 10 with bands such as Thunderhead (including various members of The Blessed Union of Souls). Around the age of 12 he started recording in studio and writing originals with various bands he was affiliated with gaining experience in musical composition. Being consumed by the idea of recording records, Morgan furthered his education by attending The Warren County Career Center for Digital Design for 2 years and taking as many music course that his high school had to offer from music theory to choir and jazz band. After high school Morgan decided to make music his life pursuit by attending Sinclair Community College for 2 years for music production and various music theory and composition classes, eventually leading him to UC for Electronic Media and Jazz Studies. While enrolled in college pursuing his education and passion, Morgan co-owned and co-operated This Is That Recording studio located in Maineville, gaining experience and knowledge that would be a defining movement in his development in life and as a musician.  Being the head engineer and the drum session musician of This Is That, Morgan was challenged with having to understand and be completely comfortable with almost every type of musical genre such as R&B, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Metal, Hip-Hop, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Blues, Indie, Country, Electronica, Fusion, and Classical. Through opening the recording studio, he has been introduced to many great opportunities such as recording drums on Roy Orbison’s song “Evergreen” for the “Sun Records” label’s archive in Nashville, performing with Oregonia,  appearing on Cincinnati’s own television show “Cincinnality”and performing at the Freedom Center on the 4th of July celebration in front of 5,000 people. He has recorded over 20 albums and has performed either drums and percussion or background instruments on 15 of those albums. In the 20 years of experience that he has accumulated, with the innumerable performances, recordings, extensive education and research in music, Morgan Asher is able to craft lessons that suit each student’s learning style. No one person is alike nor should they’re path to understanding be the same as any other.

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Shawn Steele

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Shawn Steele’s music career began at the age of 11 after catching a live performance of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny” on TV just before an early bedtime. Shawn instantly began to learn how to play the guitar. By the time middle school came about, he began to develop music fundamentals by joining concert band playing Trombone.Through High School, Shawn was a part of every music oriented program offered, having completed 4 years of Jazz band, Marching Band, Concert Band, Winter Drumline, Singers, Advanced Music Theory and Music History. Shawn regularly received first chair position for his section and won multiple jazz solo awards at the Miami University Jazz festival.Outside of the High School curriculum, Shawn began performing at a young age in various groups playing guitar, bass and trombone. Since 2006 Shawn has steadily been playing, recording and performing with groups such as Ok To Drive, Sirens On Sunday and his latest, Nicholas and The Pessimistics. He has performed all across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, down to Nashville, TN. In 2008 Bootsy Collins, former bassist for James Brown, caught ear of the studio work done by Shawn and was asked to become a studio guitarist for Bootzilla Productions. Working with Bootsy allowed Shawn to contribute guitar work on albums featuring Bucket Head, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Charlie Daniels, Bela Fleck, Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Jordan, Snoop Dog, Victor Wooten and George Duke. Shawn’s Studio guitar work has since been released under Mashamug and Mascot Records. Combining disciplined courses of study and industry experience, Shawn is able to not only teach music fundamentals, but character building as a performer as well.

Katie Oliver

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Katie doesn’t remember a time without music not being a focal point in her life. Starting at age 8, she studied in piano and a few years later the guitar. At the age of 13 she switched over to study at the academy and it kickstarted her passion. She quickly started learning every instrument she could get her hands on. Including the guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, and piano.  Since then she has found her sound as a vocalist and has started studying audio engineering. Katie's lessons keep students engaged and always ready to learn more!

Jacob Boldman

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A young up-and-comer in the rock world, Jacob Boldman is ready to pass down his years of experience and industry knowledge to aspiring musicians at any age. First picking up the guitar at 8 years old as an academy student himself, Jacob quickly immersed himself into the professional music industry. He began recording both guitar and mandolin in studios at age 10, and finally found his big break recording on the viral video “Kids Cover 46 and 2 by Tool” at age 12, garnering over 20 million views. Today, Jacob Boldman plays with his band Saving Escape at some of the biggest and most recognized venues and events in the area including Bunbury Music Festival, The Reds Stadium, and Bogarts, both as headliners and the opening band for several national acts. He has also worked with some huge names in the industry such as 6 time Grammy award winning audio engineer Brian Lucey and Mike Finnigan, an organist known for his work with artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Ringo Starr and Etta James. Whether it be learning how to strum along to campfire songs or shred along with the likes of Van Halen, Jacob is excited to not only help you reach your individual goals, but to help you learn more about yourself through music as well.  “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” – BB King

Charlotte Graham

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Charlotte’s first love has always been performance starting with piano in grade school and theatre throughout school with both lead and supporting roles on stage. She began learning guitar at 13 and bass soon after, studying under Aaron O’Keefe and Josh Cole as a Loveland/Lebanon Academy student and continues to study bass and music theory. She played bass guitar in OMF music videos including Tool’s ”The Pot” versions 1 and 4, The Rolling Stone’s “The Worst” and The Cure’s “Burn”. In 2014, she joined as bassist with fellow academy students Kala Rose (vocals), Jacob Boldman (guitar), Ben Swift (guitar) and Alex Muccino (drums) forming the band Saving Escape. After much hard work and dedication, Saving Escape began playing local festivals and music venues like Bogarts, Bunbury Music Festival and The Reds stadium, all while still in high school. The band has had the privilege of opening for The Dead Daises, Palaye Royale, Nashville’s Them Vibes and Broadway’s guitar prodigy Taz Niederauer.  In addition to lessons on guitar, bass and ukelele , Charlotte brings insight to young students for onstage performance, confidence, balancing practice with schoolwork and other activities and loves to talk about bands/music in general!