Justin Sakogawa is an exceptionally active Bay Area musician and virtoustic guitarist. He specializes in heavier music, including all forms of metal, but is also very knowledgeable in the rock and blues genres. An innovative teacher with over a decade of experience, Justin teaches 6, 7, and 8 String Guitar as well as Drums, Bass, and Ukulele. Since earning his Associates in Music, Justin has dedicated himself to teaching young musicians and performing and recording in extreme metal bands. His playing can be heard in his own original group, Warscythe, as well as a number of other bands, such as From Hell and Splattered. Students will enjoy his cheerful personality and passion for rocking out.
It’s hard to find a true blues guitarist in today’s musical landscape, but that’s exactly what you get with Jules Leyhe. Armed with a degree in Guitar Performance from the esteemed Berklee College of Music and with the old soul of a blues veteran, Leyhe combines classic blues guitar with modern electronic instrumentation and creates a sonic mesh you’ll surely feel in your core.
Leyhe currently performs with his own group, the Family Jules band, San Francisco based Tracorum, Nancy Wright and the Rhythm and Roots band, the Allmond Brothers Clan as well as being a solo performer.
An enthusiastic music teacher and performer with over 10 years of experience, Chris teaches students of all ages to love music and excel on their instruments. He has played in a number of rock, jazz, and flamenco groups, recorded on many records, and performed in numerous venues including Yoshi’s Oakland, Bottom of the Hill, 924 Gilman, and Checkpoint Charlie’s in New Orleans. He is the bandleader, singer/songwriter, and guitarist for original rock group Loudtalkers as well as the producer for his own solo work.
In 2011, he graduated summa cum laude from Cal State University East Bay with a BA in Jazz Performance. Of his experiences Chris says, “They have served as great tools for teaching my students. Since my teaching began with friends and developed from there, I work with the goal of creating a friendship with each student in a relaxed learning environment.”