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OUR MISSION: Notes for Notes® is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with completely FREE access to music instruments, instruction and recording studio environments so that music may become a profoundly positive experience in their lives.

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THE ADVISORY BOARD

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom

Author | Journalist | Screenwriter | Playwright | Radio and television broadcaster| Musician

Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard

My Morning Jacket

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett

David and Jan Crosby

David and Jan Crosby

Crosby, Stills, Nash

Marko DeSantis

Marko DeSantis

Sugarcult

Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan

Luke Ebbin

Luke Ebbin

Producer, Composer, Songwriter

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Joe Galante

Joe Galante

Bio
Zach Gill

Zach Gill

ALO
Jack Johnson band member

Martin Gore

Martin Gore

Depeche Mode

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

Chris Jensen

Chris Jensen

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Hale Milgram

Hale Milgram

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Nina Miller

Nina Miller

AC Entertainment
Bonnaroo Works Fund

Peter Noone

Peter Noone

Herman’s Hermits

P-Nut

P-Nut

311

Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons

Glen Phillips

Glen Phillips

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora

Bon Jovi

Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett

Foo Fighters

Sebu Simonian

Sebu Simonian

Capital Cities

SLASH

SLASH

Guns N Roses

Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band
Conan O’Brien
Bio

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom

Author | Journalist | Screenwriter | Playwright | Radio and television broadcaster| Musician

Frankie Ballard

Frankie Ballard

My Morning Jacket

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa

Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett

David and Jan Crosby

David and Jan Crosby

Crosby, Stills, Nash

Marko DeSantis

Marko DeSantis

Sugarcult

Seymour Duncan

Seymour Duncan

Luke Ebbin

Luke Ebbin

Producer, Composer, Songwriter

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Joe Galante

Joe Galante

Bio
Zach Gill

Zach Gill

ALO
Jack Johnson band member

Martin Gore

Martin Gore

Depeche Mode

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

Chris Jensen

Chris Jensen

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Hale Milgram

Hale Milgram

Brian Miller

Brian Miller

Nina Miller

Nina Miller

AC Entertainment
Bonnaroo Works Fund

Peter Noone

Peter Noone

Herman’s Hermits

P-Nut

P-Nut

311

Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons

Glen Phillips

Glen Phillips

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora

Bon Jovi

Chris Shiflett

Chris Shiflett

Foo Fighters

Sebu Simonian

Sebu Simonian

Capital Cities

SLASH

SLASH

Guns N Roses

Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino

Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band
Conan O’Brien
Bio

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    ABOUT

    Notes for Notes® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that designs, equips, and staffs after-school recording studios inside Boys & Girls Clubs offering youth the opportunity to explore, create, and record music for FREE. Notes for Notes Studios are packed with professional instruments – guitars, basses, drums, keyboards/synths – and equipment – DJ gear, digital music workstations – and full recording facilities. Beyond providing access to equipment and resources, we educate youth about careers both on the stage and behind the scenes. We are expanding throughout the country: please visit The Studios or Contact  to find the location nearest you.
    Notes for Notes® was founded on the core belief that music is the universal language of humankind, with the power to transcend virtually any cultural, racial, or socioeconomic barrier. At the heart of the organization is a dedication to the relationships formed through music. Notes for Notes makes a point NOT to censor lyrics as it is the freedom of expression and respect for the creativity of others that drives an open environment in the studio. Music inspires connection and collaboration, and it is through these relationships that we can make the most impact. Learn more about how it all started at our History.

    THE TEAM

    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO | Co-Founder View Details
    Raymond Jacob

    Raymond Jacob

    COO - Chief Operating Officer View Details
    Ross Tyler

    Ross Tyler

    CCO - Chief Creative Officer View Details
    David Lee

    David Lee

    National Grants Manager View Details
    Juliana Lee

    Juliana Lee

    Director of Community Relations View Details
    Kristin Myers

    Kristin Myers

    Detroit and SoundBoard Relations View Details
    Jeff Theimer

    Jeff Theimer

    Industry Relations | Partnerships View Details
    Tricia Ward

    Tricia Ward

    Director of Corporate Partnerships View Details
    Dustin Balint

    Dustin Balint

    Regional Director | New York View Details
     Kris Ehrman

    Kris Ehrman

    Regional Director | CA Central Coast View Details
    TJ Guardino

    TJ Guardino

    Regional Director | San Francisco View Details
    Jen Hodges

    Jen Hodges

    Regional Director | Atlanta View Details
    Jarrad James

    Jarrad James

    Regional Director | Nashville View Details
    Cameron Cassell and Will Flores

    Cameron Cassell and Will Flores

    Program Directors | Nashville North View Details
    Carolina Cobo

    Carolina Cobo

    Program Director | Santa Monica View Details
    Dave Hanacek

    Dave Hanacek

    Program Director | Santa Barbara West View Details
    Alex Kies

    Alex Kies

    Program Director | Monterey Park View Details
    David Rojas

    David Rojas

    Program Director | Santa Barbara East View Details
    Patrick Torres

    Patrick Torres

    Program Director | Brooklyn View Details
    Charity Ward

    Charity Ward

    Program Director | Detroit View Details
    Bre Wright

    Bre Wright

    Program Director | Santa Barbara View Details
    Greg Silvia

    Greg Silvia

    Program Instructor | Los Angeles and Ventura View Details
    Jamal Dotson

    Jamal Dotson

    Studio Assistant | Nashville North View Details
    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO | Co-Founder

    Philip grew up in Woodstock, not THE Woodstock , but a small Vermont town more known for maple syrup than music. Always interested in music, he found even at a young age that learning music via traditional methods would be a hurdle. It wasn’t until he was 17 – when he got his hands on a guitar and taught himself how to play – that music became a reality.

    He moved to Santa Barbara in 2004 in pursuit of a career in screenwriting; he still finds time to write, however, it was his desire to immerse himself in the community that led to the formation of the Notes for Notes. While participating in the Big Brothers program he found that his “little brother” was interested in learning drums. Without a kit, the local music store became the only option for impromptu lessons on the demos. It soon became apparent that this was not a sustainable model and from this experience came the idea to form Notes for Notes.

    Raymond Jacob

    Raymond Jacob

    COO - Chief Operating Officer

    Graduating from Santa Clara University focusing on Music Production and Marketing, Raymond found his path to music in the early stages of his life.

    In college he made a living by performing live shows every week and started an in-home recording studio out of his garage. After performing for 5 years, building and starting his own studio, playing a circuit of shows in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and opening for big names such as Diplo, Raymond made the decision to focus primarily on music production and recording. This was his entry into Los Angeles and how he found Notes For Notes.

    Introducing and empowering youth through music has been such a rewarding experience for him. Teaching life lessons through music and being a positive role model is what it’s all about.

    Ross Tyler

    Ross Tyler

    CCO - Chief Creative Officer

    Ross asked for a guitar for his 7th birthday and fueled by his father’s excellent collection of blues, rock, funk, motown and reggae on vinyl he taught himself to play. Growing up he spent time playing in several bands, learning multiple instruments and became obsessed with recording sound. Thanks to his mom, Ross landed a part time job at a local Hot Topic store (seriously she got him the job). The “heavy metal speed polka” band he was playing in was not going to “make it” so… he spent the next 17 1/2 years becoming a retail HR professional while working for Hot Topic and moonlighting in photo, video and audio.

    It was through Hot Topic Foundation member Joe Emory that Ross met Phil (Notes for Notes) and started volunteering to help with multimedia. Ross is a passionate artist who specializes in photography (http://arosstyler.com), video and audio.

    In 2015 Ross joined Notes for Notes officially as the Chief Creative Officer. He will create, guide and curate the aesthetic experience for the youth in our studios and the for the public. Ross believes there is something much bigger than music happening at the Notes for Notes studios. He hopes to capture this feeling and experience and find a way to share it with the public.

    David Lee

    David Lee

    National Grants Manager

    David’s love and passion for music began when he took up the trombone in 4th grade to follow in the footsteps of his older brother. Over the years, he participated in wind ensembles, jazz bands and eventually marching band in high school. Despite not pursuing music as a major or career, David kept music in his life by volunteering with a local nonprofit to teach music and tutor academics in local elementary schools. His experiences as a volunteer inspired him to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector.

    Before coming on board with Notes for Notes, David worked for a variety of nonprofits focused on youth, education and the arts. In his downtime, David enjoys cooking, baking and eating all of the foods he cooks and bakes while dreaming of the day his landlord will allow him to have a puppy.

    David works as Notes For Notes’ National Grants Manager.

    Juliana Lee

    Juliana Lee

    Director of Community Relations

    Juliana serves on the Notes for Notes® administrative team, helping manage press inquires, brand recognition, funding opportunities, events, and other “building community” tasks.

    She is thrilled to be based in Music City, influenced by so many incredible friends and colleagues – musicians and their teams, artists, entrepreneurs, health care providers, and business people – all striving to make awesome things happen today and for the years to come.

    Kristin Myers

    Kristin Myers

    Detroit and SoundBoard Relations

    Kristin Myers has mentored youth all her life. As the oldest member of her gymnastics team while growing up, it fell to her to provide leadership and guidance to her younger teammates. After earning a full athletic scholarship to Michigan State University, she majored in Elementary Education. She taught fourth grade in urban Detroit before having kids of her own.

    As a stay at home mom, she fell in love with music when she realized a good playlist could convert chaos in the house to calm. With three kids only two years apart, there was a lot of chaos. So much so that in 2013 she published a memoir entitled: Twin Turbulence: What happened when twins happened.

    Kristin believes all youth should have the opportunity to create and express themselves through music despite a lack of means. Notes for Notes inspired Kristin to jump back into the workforce to pursue the combination of her two great passions: youth and music.

    Jeff Theimer

    Jeff Theimer

    Industry Relations | Partnerships

    Jeff Theimer is Director/Co-founder of non-profit New Noise Music Foundation (NNMF), producing the annual New Noise Santa Barbara (SB) Music Conference & Festival & other community events throughout the year.

    As a Notes for Notes Board Member and now as staff, he fosters strategic partnerships and assists with artist relations.

    Theimer started playing bass and guitar when he was 13; he’s always been passionate about music. As a student at UCSB, he studied abroad in London, working as a broadcast intern for BBC’s Radio 1. After graduation, worked just about every job for 92.9 KJEE before becoming their Marketing Director/Assistant GM. In 2005, Theimer moved to LA & joined the marketing team for the World Famous KROQ. He spent 3 years at KROQ before his entrepreneurial instincts and determination to return to SB led to the formation of NNMF.

    He also serves on the board for Jensen’s Music Foundation and the SB Bowl Education Outreach Committee.

    Tricia Ward

    Tricia Ward

    Director of Corporate Partnerships

    Tricia Ward is the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Notes for Notes. Prior to working for Notes for Notes, Mrs. Ward served as the Foundation Support and Marketing Manager for Angel Eye Camera Systems. Mrs. Ward has 10 years of experience in corporate sponsorships, fundraising, event logistics, marketing and PR. Before Angel Eye, she worked for five years at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as Campaign Director for the Tennessee Chapter’s annual fundraiser, The Light The Night Walk. Ward helped raise over $1 million through the Nashville and Knoxville Walks, representing a revenue increase of 200% since she began working at LLS in 2010. Prior to LLS, Mrs. Ward worked at Creative Artists Agency assisting with artist sponsorships, and spent four years at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) in Washington, D.C., as Manager of the Mosaic Center on Multiculturalism. In this role, she oversaw all of AAF’s diversity and educational programs and events, and raised $600,000 in corporate sponsorships from companies like The Home Depot. Prior to working at AAF, Ward served as a customer service representative for Brede Exposition Services in Washington, D.C.
    Tricia is a native of Nashville, TN, and lives there with her husband Jim, their daughter, Skylar, and crazy dog, Annabelle. In her spare time, she enjoys music, yoga, biking, traveling and spending time with her family outdoors.

    Dustin Balint

    Dustin Balint

    Regional Director | New York

    Dustin Balint is a San Diego-born musician currently living in New York. He joined Notes for Notes in 2013 and started out by running programming in the Nashville studios before returning to develop new studios in NYC. He’s had a deep interest in music starting from an early age when his grandmother started teaching him the piano. He then transitioned to the trumpet in 5th grade and went on to pursue classical and jazz training. Over the next several years he taught himself how to play the guitar, drums, and cello. He has been creating and recording his own music ever since, which has lead him to develop a solid fundamental knowledge of music engineering and production.

    He continues to create music in his free time and donates half of any profits from his music to Notes for Notes. He loves working with youth and gaining inspiration from their energy and creativity, as well as helping them develop both as artists and as people.

     Kris Ehrman

    Kris Ehrman

    Regional Director | CA Central Coast

    Kris grew up in Seattle, WA. Coming from a musical family, he learned to play drums and guitar by the age of 6. His interests eventually led him to pursue a college level music education, completing University of Washington’s Sound Engineering program and the Music Major requirements at Santa Barbara Community College.

    His experience as a music educator began in San Diego where he worked as Music Director for the Toussaint Academy of Arts from 2004-2008. Here he taught the fundamentals of songwriting and music production in a licensed group home for youth ages 14-18. He soon realized that by taking a global empathetic approach to music education, moments would often invite lessons in both ethnomusicology and emotional intelligence.

    ​As a Notes for Notes Program Director, Kris hopes to facilitate a rite of passage for developing young musicians in the community by sharing his musical influences and experiences.

    TJ Guardino

    TJ Guardino

    Regional Director | San Francisco

    T.J. was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Growing up, he took careful notice of his parents’ Michael Jackson records. Though basketball was his first love, he signed up for a beginning guitar class during his freshman year of high school and fell in love with music. He went on to receive his BA in Music and spent several years after college working in production, recording, songwriting, and session work as a guitar player in Nashville and L.A. He is extremely excited to be back home in San Francisco, and is even more excited about what Notes for Notes is doing in the community.
    When he is not working on a new hip hop or jazz project, he’ll probably be watching the Golden State Warriors dominate the western division. With Notes for Notes, he hopes to pass on his passion for music to a new generation of Bay Area musicians.

    Jen Hodges

    Jen Hodges

    Regional Director | Atlanta

    Jen has been playing music since she was six years old. She started with classical piano, then moved to bass at age ten. At eleven she learned drums, and at twelve, guitar, and started teaching lessons in 2001.

    She took college credit courses in electronic music and recording techniques in high school and was awarded several scholarships to Berklee College of Music. In 2008 she graduated Berklee with a degree in music business with electric bass as her principle.

    She has been gigging since age ten with four tours under her belt, including one Tragic Hero tour in 2004.

    Jen started recording at age sixteen, and has worked on projects for Red Clay Records, Tragic Hero, The Mikel Knight Band, American Idol finalists.

    She now works with hundreds of young musicians through Notes for Notes: teaching, recording, and producing.

    Jarrad James

    Jarrad James

    Regional Director | Nashville

    Jarrad started his music career as an air drummer in the back of his parents yellow Z28 Camaro. Raised on a strict diet of Classic Rock radio, he taught himself to play drums and has been in a band ever since. He currently drums for Nashville rockers Hotel War.

    Jarrad graduated with a BFA in Electronic Media from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.

    After working up the college radio station ranks to General Manager of Bearcast Radio, he moved to NYC and began his professional journey as Artist Development Rep with Universal Music for Interscope/Geffen developing Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Weezer, M.I.A, Pharrell & N.E.R.D, Maroon 5, and more. Drawn back to his passion for percussion and sound, he joined the Blue Man Production’s Creative Development team, coordinating their audio/video labratories.

    Jarrad’s excited be part of the Notes for Notes team and pass on what he’s learned to the next generation of great musicians.

    Cameron Cassell and Will Flores

    Cameron Cassell and Will Flores

    Program Directors | Nashville North

    Coming Soon

    Carolina Cobo

    Carolina Cobo

    Program Director | Santa Monica

    Born and raised in Colombia, Carolina graduated as a professional singer from Universidad de Los Andes. Before she left, she performed as her favorite opera role, Carmen.

    She then moved to France following her passion for classical music. While traveling Europe, she discovered a broad spectrum of musical genres, opening her mind to new approaches to the creative process. She then completed a Master’s degree in Music at Oxford Brookes University, focusing on Composition and Sonic Art. Inspired by the two things she loves the most, singing and composing, she started a project called Sounds and Cities. Carolina also collaborated with German composer, Christina Kubisch, on a project called Electrical Walks for the Audiograft Festival.

    In 2015, Carolina moved to L.A and joined the Notes for Notes team. She teaches voice lessons, arranges music, manages recording sessions, coaches young artists, and operates programming at our Santa Monica studio. She’s happy to have found a place where she can inspire youth to believe in music as a powerful force that creates a bond among people around the world.

    Dave Hanacek

    Dave Hanacek

    Program Director | Santa Barbara West

    Dave started playing in his first band while in Jr. High and quickly knew music was and would be an essential part of his life. After touring the Goleta, CA garage circuit (thanks for the ride, Mom!), Dave and his friends (who include Foo Fighters lead guitarist and Notes For Notes advisory board member, Chris Shiflett), helped cultivate a lively local music scene in their hometown of Santa Barbara (SB), CA.

    After years of eating top ramen and touring the world, Dave decided he needed to hop off the tour bus and settle down. He quickly joined a [then] new, independently owned Alternative format SB radio station called 92.9 KJEE. What started as a cool weekend gig as a DJ turned into a 15+ year career at the station he still calls home. As Music Director, Dave is responsible for picking all the new jams you hear from some of your favorite (and soon to be favorite) Alternative artists. If you are in the SB area, tune in to 92.9FM weekdays between 9am-2pm to hear Dave.

    If he’s not working or hanging with his kids, you can usually find him hiking in the hills behind SB, supporting his favorite local bands, or, most likely, at the beach with his toes in the sand.

    Alex Kies

    Alex Kies

    Program Director | Monterey Park

    Born and raised in Missouri, Alex began playing the piano at the age of 6. By 13, he was teaching himself to play Beethoven and Chopin as well as pop songs from his favorite artists. Alex’s love for music continued to develop during high school when he learned to play the trumpet, guitar, and bass.

    As Alex began to spend more of his time writing and producing music, it soon became undeniable that music was his true passion. In 2013, Alex moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of a career in music. At the Los Angeles College of Music, Alex was given the opportunity to delve into other aspects of music, learning to play the drums and developing his skills in composing and music production. In 2015, Alex graduated from the Los Angeles College of Music with a degree in Music Producing and Recording.

    Alex is excited to be a part of the Notes For Notes team where he has the opportunity to work with students who share his passion for music.

    David Rojas

    David Rojas

    Program Director | Santa Barbara East

    David Rojas has been studying and playing music for 9 years. He began singing and playing guitar at 19 years old. Rojas was first self-taught on guitar before taking private lessons. Motivated by his progress in musicianship and music theory, he decided to undertake Santa Barbara City College’s (SBCC) music program. During his time at SBCC he studied the art of recording music, proper singing technique, advanced music theory and musicianship, and songwriting. He also participated in the college’s jazz combos for performance.

    He’s now a founder, band leader, and member of two bands named Freakin On Speakers & Rent Party Blues Band. He’s also a conductor, songwriter, and music arranger for both bands.

    Rojas is very passionate about music and enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge through teaching, coaching, and mentoring. He is very happy to be part of an organization that helps serve our community in a positive, healthy, and musical way.

    Patrick Torres

    Patrick Torres

    Program Director | Brooklyn

    Born to Chilean parents in the land down under, Australian musician Patrick Torres has since moved to NYC to follow a career in music and education.
    Patrick’s passion for music has led him to perform as a live multi-­‐instrumentalist for over 16 years throughout Australia and New Zealand. He has recorded on several albums and played a large array of gigs from intimate shows, festivals, main supports, headline spots and ‘round-­‐the-­‐clock tours. Despite his busy schedule, Patrick also taught music and performance at an afterschool program and learned studio and live audio engineering.
    In 2011 Patrick completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music from the Australian Institute of Music and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
    Patrick now works as Program Director at the Notes For Notes studio in Brooklyn. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Patrick hopes to inspire and empower the future artists of New York City.

    Charity Ward

    Charity Ward

    Program Director | Detroit

    Charity grew up in Detroit where her love for soul music was birthed. Her adolescent appreciation for Stevie Wonder and John Mayer led her to songwriting and the guitar. She majored in English and Africana Studies and earned a minor in Commercial Music at the historically Black college Tennessee State University where her passion for culture and community grew immensely. After graduating and spending three years serving underprivileged youth in Nashville, Charity returned to her hometown to continue serving youth through the means of music in her native community as the Program Director of the Notes for Notes Detroit Studio.
    Charity is also pursuing a career in music as a performing and recording artist and is currently signed to Detroit based label Original 1265 Records where she recently released her debut EP entitled “Yellow” which offers to her beloved city and to its listeners a sentiment of happiness and of love.

    Bre Wright

    Bre Wright

    Program Director | Santa Barbara

    Bre has experience in songwriting, performing, and recording, and is mostly self-taught in all three, having learned to read music in her childhood from taking piano lessons for years and then continuing to explore music more creatively during her time at UCLA. Bre lives in Painted Cave Community above Santa Barbara with her boyfriend, two dogs, 6 chickens and cat, keeping nature as relevant in her life as is music.

    Bre was asked to join the Notes for Notes team as an instructor and songwriter after volunteering time for the organization, and is currently the Program Director at the Notes for Notes Studio Santa Barbara West.

    Greg Silvia

    Greg Silvia

    Program Instructor | Los Angeles and Ventura

    Coming Soon

    Jamal Dotson

    Jamal Dotson

    Studio Assistant | Nashville North

    Jamal Dotson is currently a studio assistant in the Notes for Notes Nashville North Studio. He started with the organization as an intern in 2013, received mentorship from the studio Program Director, and shortly thereafter earned the position as studio assistant.

    During his time with Notes for Notes, he has engineered studio sessions, produced beats and arranged music, scheduled and managed recording sessions, tracked vocals, mixed, and taught musical concepts.

    Jamal is also a full time college student at Tennessee State University, and an aspiring producer, rapper, and saxophone player.

    He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and a graduate of Hueytown High School.

    Program Director | Detroit

    Born and raised in Detroit MI, LaRue was raised by his single mother C.J Brown who exposed him early to the importance of giving back. Since the age of 13, LaRue has participated in youth development programs through local community organizations including YouthVille Detroit. With a Passion for music In 2005, LaRue began teaching free after school music production classes with YouthVille to help youth further develop their gifts. Northern High school and Specs Howard School of Media Arts Graduate, LaRue began interning with Clear Channel Radio Stations Mix 92.3 and FM 98 WJLB.
    Additionally, he has been fortunate to travel around the world leading training workshops impacting youth locally, nationally and internationally. Some places include traveling to Paris & Marseille France, South Africa, Shanghai & Hong Kong.
    Words he lives by are, “A small step is still a step. Keep moving forward.’’

    Program Director | Ventura

    Andre is a self taught multi-instrumentalist; and alumni from Musicians Institute College Of Contemporary Music. He discovered his passion for music at the age of 8. After composing his first songs during high school, he took his vision to the next level and moved to Hollywood, CA, where he took a wide variety of classes including Production, Scoring For Film and TV, and Music Business & Marketing.

    During college, Andre provided original music for Film students in the area, and joined numerous bands of different genres. Spending most of the week in LA and the rest in Ventura, he was still able to work with his hometown’s local church youth choir. He was playing out every weekend all over Ventura and LA County, and opened up for big names such as Zapp & Roger and SOS Band.

    Now that he has a privileged amount of experience and knowledge, he’s excited to guide the next generation of musicians and producers.

    Christopher Aldrich

    Program Director | San Francisco

    “One of the first things I remember saying when I started teaching fifteen years ago is ‘inspiration is key to success’. I never realized how that would come to define the way I taught. I grew up in a mentoring environment, with a family of professional musicians to look up to. A dynamic I strive to re-create everyday. Music has always been there for me. And I try to play that forward whenever I can.”

    Chris started out on guitar, producing his first EP at fourteen. At sixteen, he enrolled as a Jazz/Classical major, leaving with a degree in Jazz Studies. He spent years working with independent and major label artists across various genres. He has worked as a guitar player, bass player, vocalist/songwriter and does occasional work in other parts of the industry. As a private instructor, he has taught guitar, bass, voice, recording/production and songwriting. He has coached VH1/MTV featured artists and is currently working on new music.

    Ryan Andersen

    Program Director | Ventura

    Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Ryan Andersen currently lives in the southern California area where he works as a music writer, producer, drummer, and teacher. In addition to being a part of Notes For Notes, Ryan is also the Music Coordinator for a non-profit organization called The Turner Foundation in Santa Barbara. Prior to working with the foundation, Ryan worked as a Composer’s Assistant, Project Coordinator, and Video Editor on multiple projects including the USA Network television show Suits and Grow Music Project.

    Ryan was a music editor on two PlayStation titles: God of War: Ascension and The Unfinished Swan (winner of two BAFTA awards) at SCEA Santa Monica Studio. He has previously worked as the producer for the benefit CD Way Back Home for Habitat for Humanity’s Musicians’ Village in New Orleans and on an EP of original songs.

    Originally from Houston, TX, Taylor moved to New York City at the age of 17 to attend the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. While in school, Taylor became the youngest College and Lifestyle Marketing Representative at Sony Music. There she oversaw the college marketing campaigns for artists such as The Clipse, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Maxwell, Sade and others. Upon graduating, Taylor was offered a position with Starpower Global Management where she worked as the Artist Coordinator for New York rapper, Fabolous. After 5 years of music business experience, Taylor decided to use her business acumen to further her career as a Songwriter/Producer/Engineer and was blessed with opportunities to write and engineer for companies and artists including Atlantic Records, Justin Bieber, Ty Dolla Sign, and Elle Varner to name a few. Taylor fervently believes that as a musical creative, it is her duty to help guide the next musical generation, and to help them realize their full musical potential. As the Program Director for the Santa Monica Notes for Notes Studio, she hopes to inspire and empower youth to do just that.

    Program Instructor | Santa Barbara

    Dalia Khan is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara while pursuing her career in music. At 18 years of age, she has been a member of Notes for Notes for 4 years, working on both her guitar playing and her songwriting skills. She has recently taken on a staff role at Notes for Notes, with the plans of giving back to the program that has given so much to her.

    Ohio | Pennsylvania Development

    Coming Soon

    THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Roderick Hare

    Roderick Hare

    Board Chair/ Co-Founder View Details
    Ian Smith

    Ian Smith

    Treasurer View Details
    Jeff Cuellar

    Jeff Cuellar

    Board Member View Details
    Matt Kettman

    Matt Kettman

    Board Member View Details
    Natalie Noone

    Natalie Noone

    Board Member View Details
    Evan Skopp

    Evan Skopp

    Board Member View Details
    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO/ Co-Founder View Details

    Anna Gott | Michael Marans | Jeff Theimer View Details
    Roderick Hare

    Roderick Hare

    Board Chair/ Co-Founder

    Rod serves on the board of directors of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, as well as their Education Outreach committee. He is Founding Board President and current board member of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, a non-profit organization dedicated to collaboration and economic sustainability for artists and arts organizations. Rod is also a board member of New Noise Santa Barbara, and Founder and CEO of Mission Ridge Capital – an investment firm – and Chairman of PulseOne Group – an IT consulting firm.

    Ian Smith

    Ian Smith

    Treasurer

    Ian Smith is an Attorney with Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP. He also is President of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum.

    Jeff Cuellar

    Jeff Cuellar

    Board Member

    Jeff Cuellar has been an integral part of the AC Entertainment team for 12+ years and currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. In this role, he works to establish and build mutually beneficial relationships with all of the communities in which AC Entertainment does business, creating key connections with community leaders in government, business and civic organizations in order to ensure a lasting and positive impact. Cuellar also manages strategic brand partnerships, revenue generating programs, as well as the on-site/digital experiential components of event partnerships. A key player in the success of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival®, Cuellar oversees community relations, volunteers, catering, marketing and the Bonnaroo Works Fund (Bonnaroo’s charitable program). Cuellar is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He also enjoyed a successful stint as an account executive at the advertising, public relations and design firm archer>malmo.

    Matt Kettman

    Matt Kettman

    Board Member

    A journalist with more than 15 years of experience in all aspects of media, Matt Kettmann is senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent, contributing editor of Wine Enthusiast, and has written for the New York Times, TIME, Smithsonian, Wine Spectator, and other magazines.

    In 2009, he co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music conference and festival. As a N4N board member, Matt’s helped gain attention for the organization in both Santa Barbara and Nashville, and looks forward to spreading the message to other communities.

    Natalie Noone

    Natalie Noone

    Board Member

    Natalie is an accomplished singer-songwriter currently performing and recording in Nashville. A Santa Barbara native, Natalie has been playing music and singing since age 4 beginning with violin, then moving onto piano and finally guitar. Like writing a song, it all begins with a good idea. Natalie was introduced to founder Philip and his brilliant idea as Notes For Notes was being formed and became passionately involved thanks to firsthand experience of music being a transformative and positive experience that carried her through childhood, her teens, and into adulthood.

    Evan Skopp

    Evan Skopp

    Board Member

    During his two decades at Seymour Duncan, Evan Skopp headed the company’s Marketing, Sales, Product Development and Artist Relations efforts.

    He currently serves as President of Inside Track, a musical instruments sales rep firm. Committed to music education, Evan is Past-President and Advisory Board member of GAMA, the primary focus of which is integrating the guitar into school music programs. He’s also a board member of Musician’s Institute, the Hollywood-based modern music conservatory.

    Evan’s wife Doreen, who’s an accountant, serves on the Notes for Notes Finance Committee.

    Philip Gilley

    Philip Gilley

    CEO/ Co-Founder

    Philip grew up in Woodstock, not THE Woodstock , but a small Vermont town more known for maple syrup than music. Always interested in music, he found even at a young age that learning music via traditional methods would be a hurdle. It wasn’t until he was 17 – when he got his hands on a guitar and taught himself how to play – that music became a reality.

    He moved to Santa Barbara in 2004 in pursuit of a career in screenwriting; he still finds time to write, however, it was his desire to immerse himself in the community that led to the formation of the Notes for Notes. While participating in the Big Brothers program he found that his “little brother” was interested in learning drums. Without a kit, the local music store became the only option for impromptu lessons on the demos. It soon became apparent that this was not a sustainable model and from this experience came the idea to form Notes for Notes.

    Anna Gott | Michael Marans | Jeff Theimer

    Emeritus Board Members
    Anna Gott
    Michael Marans
    Jeff Theimer

    Anna Gott

    Board Member Emeritus

    Coming Soon

    Michael Marans

    Board Member Emeritus

    Coming Soon

    THE STUDIOS

    Notes for Notes® Studios are drop-in recording studio environments where youth (6-18+yrs) can gain regular, FREE access to a wide variety of musical instruments, expert instruction, and the tools to create and record their own music. Staffed by Notes for Notes team members, the studios offer a knowledge base of engineering, instrumentals, theory, and songwriting, ingrained in a culture conducive to collaboration and communication. We DO NOT censor lyrics as it is the organization’s policy to inspire unrestricted creativity and provide a positive outlet for expression.

    Notes for Notes Studios are stocked with a variety of electric and acoustic instruments, including guitars and basses, keyboard synthesizers/electric pianos, drums, percussion instruments, turntables and state-of-the art digital recording equipment. Beyond instrument and production exploration, N4N provides opportunities to learn about professional musicianship and other careers in the industry thanks to our partnerships with local venues, universities, and companies like CAA, CMA, SESAC, and more.

    Notes for Notes membership and all related programs and opportunities are FREE, however, we ask that members also become Boys & Girls Club members at a nominal yearly fee.

    SUPPORT

    DONATE MONEY:

    You can “Produce Tomorrow’s Musicians”SM! Click to donate through a secure transaction. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.

    DONATE GEAR:

    Have a dusty guitar lying around? How about a keyboard in storage? Or perhaps brand new instruments or gear that will facilitate the musical dreams of the next generation. Click to get in touch with us about giving your gear new life in a studio! 

    DONATE TIME:

    Have a little time and want to volunteer in our studios or for special projects? Maybe you want to lead a workshop or do a small show for an eager young audience. Click HERE to complete a volunteer form or send us an email on the Contact page! 

     

    SPONSORS

    Hot Topic Foundation
    CMA Foundation
    Gibson Foundation
    Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
    Bonnaroo
    Seymour Duncan
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    CONTACT

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    1.888.390.0493

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