Drums & Percussion
Shant Sarkissian is a well-known studio and live set drummer all over the Los Angeles area. He got his first drum set and started drumming at age 14 and has now been playing for 22 years. Discovering the beats of Buddy Rich and Neil Peart while at Musician’s Institute in 2005 spitited him on to graduate with a 3.5 GPA and continue life long learning from Chris Coleman. Shant has been managed by Velvet Hammer, and has recorded for the major motion picture, “Lords of Dogtown” and the Comedy Central movie preview of “Dumb and Dumber”. He has also recorded at some of the biggest recording studios in the area, such as Indigo Ranch, NRG, and Record Plant. In addition, he has also played at every venue in the Los Angeles area, including The Sports Arena, The Palladium and the Henry Fonda. Having grown up with 4 nieces and a nephew, he naturally loves kids and gets a thrill out of teaching.
Shant is available for private lessons on Sundays and Wednesdays.
Brian Bothwell, originally from Riverside, CA, is currently a full time student at Cal State Northridge where he is studying music as a Jazz Performance major. From the time he was eight, Brian has been studying with some of LA’s finest. These have included Michael Packer, Tony Inzalaco, Ralph Humphrey, Aaron Serfati, Richard Weller, and now currently Gregg Bissonette. Over the past few years, Brian has had the absolute privilege of being able to play and perform with some of the best musicians in the world, such as: Ricardo Quinteros, Tony Melendez, Arturo Sandoval, Tom Scott, Dave Koz, Monica Mancini, and Chris Potter to name a few. You can visit his website to see more of what Brian is up to:www.wix.com/bj_studioworks/brian-bothwell
Brian is Available for Private Lessons on Tuesdays and Saturdays, or by Appointment.
Guitar, Piano, Drum, Bass
Chris Mitchell is a Professional Musician living in Northridge, California. He is a Virtuoso Guitarist and Pianist, and performs around Los Angeles weekly. Chris has recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, and is available for hire on your tracks. Chris is sponsored by Hamilton Steel Guitars, and uses D’Addario strings.
Chris’ passion for teaching is unsurpassed. Giving a child the gift of music is one of the most beautiful things a human being can do, and no one does it better than Chris Mitchell. With years of experience coaching bands, group Master classes, individual drum, piano, and guitar lessons, theory classes, Latin Jazz and Jazz Harmony Instruction, Chris brings his own unique styles of teaching, and breaks everything down into easy to digest, small pieces of information.