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Michael Godwin - Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Bass, Trombone

Bachelor of Science in Music Education
Alabama State Department of Education Professional Teachers Certficate (K-12)
Alabama Music Educators Association
Music Educators National Conference
Association of Jazz Educators

Michael is the founder of the Modern Music Workshop and his musical roots were seeded at an early age by his father, Walter. He began playing banjo at age 13 and continued to study a wide range of musical instruments. Throughout high school, he played with local string bands, school ensembles and toured with the Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. During college he performed with Mr. John Fadis and the Bob Hope Show Band. In 1995, Michael and friend Billy Sandlin played with Bill Monroe at his final show in Tarpon Springs, Florida. His pursuit of a musical career has also enabled him to participate as an opening performer for bands including Crosby, Stills, & Nash, the Pat Metheny Group, Little Feat and Jefferson Starship. Michael had the pleasure to accompany the legendary violinist, Vassar Clements, at the 2001 Florida Folk Festival. Today he shares his talents with a host of regional bands and teaches music locally.

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Nikola Baltic - Classical and Jazz Guitar

Nikola Baltic began studying classical guitar at age 9 and began playing professionally at age 12. He was accepted to Eastern Michigan University at age 17 for classical guitar performance and later accepted to the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Following a Bachelors degree in mechanical engineering (Lawerance Tech. University) he was later accepted to the Manhattan School of Music in New York but declined to pursue other musical ventures. Nikola has studied with guitarist Manuel Barreco, Joe Fava and David Russell to name a few. Nikola has been reviewed in Guitar Player Magazine and is cofounder of the Hot Sun Quartet, A World Jazz ensemble based in Florida.

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Keven Aland - Violin/Fiddle

Keven Aland began his studies with Master Miltiades Siadimas of Athens, Greece (acclaimed soloist of the N.Y. Philharmonic and Metropolitan Opera). Keven gave his solo debut with the Venice Symphony at age 14. In high school, Keven received highest honors in All-State Orchestra and received much recognition from Governor Martinez as recipient of the Southern Bell Fellowship two years in a row. A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Keven had a Fellowship with the London Symphony Orchestra and has played with the South Florida Orchestra, Sarasota Chamber Orchestra, Transylvania Symphony Orchestra, Boulder Philharmonic, and the Shostakovich String Quartet.

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Bob Hillis - Dobro

Bobby Hillis was born and raised in Memphis at a time when lots of things were happening in music. Rock & roll and rhythm & blues was popular and a new style from Great Britain was gaining ground on the airwaves. Memphis was a hotbed of music! Bobby grew up in a neighborhood near Roy Cash, brother of Johnny, Jerry Lee Lewis and at one time lived in the same downtown apartment complex as a young rising star named Elvis. Bobby's mother was bookkeeper for The Blackwood Brothers, backup group for Elvis' early career and he remembers Mom bringing home a Sun Records copy of "Blue Moon of Kentucky" on a 45...and loved it. Bobby played bass and guitar in several R&B, blues and rock bands in Memphis and the Mid-South, driving sometimes for several long hours to barely make enough to pay for gas and food for the trip and get back home, but the love of music kept them on the trail.
Bobby met a friend while in school at UT that played mandolin and a different type of music...Bluegrass! It changed his music tastes forever. Bobby had always loved the sound of Uncle Josh Graves' dobro in the Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys and took instructional lessons regularly every Monday night for over three and a half years to learn the tricks and techniques for dobro. Bobby started attending every dobro seminar, bluegrass festival and hands-on event within driving distance. Bobby's style started to take on a familiar old time Bluegrass sound absorbed from Uncle Josh, Brother Oswald, Mike Auldridge, Phil Leadbetter and others. He met a great picker, Frank Poindexter of Monroe, NC, the uncle of Tony Rice and the Rice Brothers, a well respected figure in the music business as a top player and recording artist. Bobby and Frank became best buddies and Frank has influenced and added to Bobby's style and portfolio of songs and techniques. Around four years ago, Bobby decided to teach private dobro lessons. Bobby says, "Learning to play dobro is a journey with no final destination. The road never ends." He is part of the popular Mountain Memories Bluegrass Band performing at festivals, parties and special events all over Central Florida.

www.mountainmemoriesband.com
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Kristen Holloway - Flute

Kristen began playing the flute at age 10 and continued her musical training in high school and college. Her exposure to music at a young age paved the way for the formation of their family band, "Grass With Class", and later their album, "Friends", as well as other rewarding projects. The influence of David Grisman and the "Dawg" movement opened the door for Kristen to explore another realm of her musicianship. Her vocal influences include Emmylou Harris, Claire Lynch, Nancy Griffith and Shawn Colvin.

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