Alfred Sheppard is an accomplished pianist, composer, arranger, and music director. Most recently he’s been playing with Mandy Harvey. Serving as her musical director, he’s been able to tour the US, write for pops orchestras, and play her music in all kinds of venues. Now he’s moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of composing and scoring for films. Hear how he talks about him “cheating on jazz”, surprise Scientology gigs, and his rendition of our theme song.z
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Matt Poynter is an accomplished drummer who actually started out on piano. He discovered his gift at a young age and has been musically active for most of his life. Now he’s part of a band called “The Hip Abduction.” Their star has been rising and they’re playing national stages like Jannus live, and Red Rocks Amphitheater.
Here we talk about how he got started, and how he balances touring with working at home.
Melissa Petrescue is an up and coming pianist in the Tampa Bay area. Today I talk with her about growing up with a classical music background and how that applies to her current musical situation. She realized that music could be more than just a hobby, and is now successfully working full-time as a professional musician.
Erica DiCeglie is a singer/songwriter. Coming from a musical theater background, Erica is now writing her own songs and performing music her own way. Sometimes part of being a working musician is having multiple jobs at the same time. Erica is also an assistant music director at a local church, and this job lets her work on other aspects of her musical career.
Her album “My Blue” will be released in the first week of November and will be available on CD and all digital platforms. Look for news and show updates on her website and Instagram.
Stephen Dornfeld is a pianist, arranger, music director, and educator in Florida. His mild-manner belies his profound musical knowledge and ability, but that depth is evident on stage and in recordings.
I talk to him in this episode about how he got started, how his formal education translated into a practical experience, and about overcoming and managing his Tourette Syndrome as a professional musician.
Joe Cosas is a pianist, composer, music director, educator, and studio owner/producer/engineer. Hailing from St Louis, Missouri, he’s now in Tampa working the wedding and corporate gig scene as well as building his studio clientele.
In this episode, we talk about what brought him to Tampa, how he built his network, how he handles the business side of music, and how he balances family life with work life. He seems to have his financial “ducks in a row” and has been able to navigate the crazy schedule that we musicians tend to have.
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