Mark Michaels – Sr. Guitar

Guitarist Mark Michaels has over 30 years experience teaching and performing in New England. A graduate of New England Conservatory (Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Jazz Studies), he has also studied at Berklee College of Music. His private instructors have included guitarists Mick Goodrick and Vic Juris, as well as saxophonist Eric Kloss. He has traveled abroad performing on cruise ships and has performed in pit orchestras for theatrical productions including, “Grease,” “Tommy,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret” and “Footloose.” He has performed with jazz legends George Russell, Gil Evans and Jaki Byard and with well known jazz artists including vibraphonist Steve Nelson, keyboard virtuoso Rachel Z and guitarist Jon Wheatley. He has also performed with many regional bands, including Lois Lane & the Daily Planets, Blueswagon, and Hypnotic Clambake. Mark has been on the music department faculty at UMass Lowell for 18 years.

Joe Cincotta – Sr. Percussion

Percussionist Joe Cincotta is as comfortable performing classical music as jazz, pop, and big band swing. Joe’s private studies included work with Fred Buda, Alan Dawson, Bob Gulotti and Jeff Fischer. He also studied at the New England Conservatory and the Longy School of Music before earning a bachelor degree in music from UMass/Lowell in 1981 and masters in music performance from UMass/Lowell in 1993.

Since 1986, Joe has performed in international jazz and blues festivals, worked on cruise lines in Alaska and the Caribbean and performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Eastwood Swing Orchestra, and Bellevue Cadillac. Cincotta’s recordings include “Live in Athens” and “Love Always,” which garnered seven Grammy Nominations. Joe’s teaching career includes private lessons as well as work in a variety of public school systems. As a member of the Berklee City Music Faculty Outreach curriculum committee, Joe helped develop sequential guidelines for both teachers and students.

Robert Bell – Guitar/ Bass Guitar/ Ukelele

Robert Bell has been performing and teaching guitar for over ten years. A Native of Southern California, he has been active in the West Coast and Northeastern music scenes as a guitarist and instructor in a variety of styles. Robert began his musical studies as a child, learning the blues, jazz, pop, and rock standards that we have all grown to love.

As a classically trained musician, Robert holds a Master’s of Music Degree from New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor’s of Music from University of California in Music, both in guitar in performance. Robert spent his time in Boston studying classical guitar with virtuoso Eliot Fisk. In California, he worked with Grammy award winning classical, Celtic, and steel string guitarist William Coulter and Turkish guitarist and composer Mesut Ozgen. Robert has performed on WGBH radio in concert with Eliot Fisk and recently recorded Boston based reggae band Java Jukebox’s soon to be released EP.


Jason Yost – Guitar / Bass Guitar/ Ukelele

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    • Jason began playing guitar at age 12.  He began teaching guitar in high school and was awarded the Harry Jones Music Scholarship upon graduating high school.  Jason studied music at Berklee College of Music and earned a B.A. in music at the University of New Hampshire. He is an active performer in the Boston area, versatile in many styles of music including funk, jazz, rock, blues, metal and hip hop. Jason has performed with many bands including Mighty Sam McClain, Sam Kininger Band, 2nd
    • Power, Bellamy Bros., Vitamin C, The Aaron Katz Band, and Headshaft.  Jason has performed across the US and in Europe and his bands have shared the stage with Earth, Wind, and Fire, Chicago, Arrested Development, Pete Francis (Dispatch), Salt and Pepa, and Run DMC.  Jason has also performed with band members from The Trey Anastasio Band, John Scofield Band, Beyonce, Eric Benet, and Soulive.  Jason taught guitar in New Hampshire, at Hampton Academy Jr. High, Rye Jr. High, Winnacunnet High School, and Newmarket Jr. and Sr. High School in NH and at Franklin High School and Brookline Music School in Massachusetts.  He has experience as a special education tutor/aid and currently volunteers as with the Bretton Woods adaptive program, teaching people with handicaps how to ski and snowboard.


Wendy Eisenberg – Guitar/Ukelele

Guitarist, improviser and composer Wendy Eisenberg makes music informed by the languages of jazz, heavy metal, classical art song, Brazilian, folk and pop music. Under the tutelage of Joe Morris, she completed her Master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory; her bachelors degree in Jazz Guitar and Contemporary Music was completed at the Eastman School of Music. She has premiered works by and performed with John Zorn and Maria Schneider, and has toured all over the United States as a guitarist and singer with her solo project Wendy Alembic, and current main focus, Birthing Hips.

Wendy has taught guitar, improvisation and theory to students age 3-73 in both group and private settings. As a teacher, her focus is on providing a solid technical background from which students can draw to make their own musical statements. Focused on both mastery and creativity, her unique, energetic and inspiring teaching style has empowered students to make the music they truly yearn to make.