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

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.