Meet The Team

Volunteers, Consultants, Studio musicians and instructors...
 Marie Deforge
Project Manager
As a project manager serving Artists Supporting Artists, Marie helps to organize events that the studio is involved with, and nurture the connections with the community. She assists our clients in finding the right instructor while supporting the staff at our studio and helping artists of all kinds to move beyond blocks and meet their creative goals.
"Helping people live their dreams is my passion in life"

Jr Garritt
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Nashville Recording Artist
Sound Engineer, Recording
Instrument: all​​
At what age did you start playing music? I was playing drums at 13.
What is your fav. music to listen to at home? Classical
What is your fav to play? American Roots
3 Musicians that have had the most positive influence on you? Johnny Van Zant, Toy Caldwell, Charlie Daniels
What advice do you have for beginners?
Get a college degree first, then music. That way you have something to fall back on when you need it.  Move to Nashville, LA or NY when you are ready to take it to the next level.


Richie Bartolo
Studio Musician / Instructor

Mark Merrill
Dan Deforge
Bass Player / Instructor
Drummer/percussionist player / Instructor
​Instrument: Bass
At what age did you first start playing music? At 12 or 13 I got my first guitar at home.
What is your fav music to listen to? english blues.  To play? Classic rock late 60s 70s and 80s.
3 Musicians that positively influenced you? James Jameson, Donald Duck Dunn and Billy Sheehan
What advice do you have for beginners?
Practice, practice, practice, "If you want it bad enough, you have to live it."
​Instrument: Drums
At what age did you first start playing music? At 10
What is your fav music to listen to? classic rock, jazz & blues.  To play? Blues and some jazz.
3 Musicians that positively influenced you? Danny Seraphine, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr
What advice do you have for beginners?
"Keep an open mind and learn from other musicians as well as teachers. Go to see local bands and open mics.
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