Name: Bart Wells
Bart Wells is a versatile multi-instrumentalist returning to southern California by way of Miami, FL. Bart picked up the Guitar and Bass at age 14, and by 16, was playing gigs at Hollywood venues such as the Whiskey A-go-go, and Key Club. While studying Bass in the Jazz program at California State University Northridge, he began to expand his repertoire, adding gigs/sessions on Piano, Drums, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Banjo. From Rock, Reggae, Jazz, and Bluegrass, to Classical, Latin, Pop and R&B, any genre with a good melody and solid rhythm section has served as an inspirational influence. Throughout his career, Bart has performed across the country, working with many great musicians, including Artifice (signed to Universal), Phase, Atomic Odyssey, Dinah’s Hourglass, Red Carlon, The Trailseekers, and Miami classic rock power house Metropolis (with Grammy Award winning pianist Augustine Espina and guitarist Scott Emmons). Bart has also written/produced/recorded various albums, including Joe Carvers “Carver Country”. With a focus on fundamental techniques, music theory, and his student’s favorite songs, Bart is sure to help aspiring musicians of any age.
Background/ Experience: Gary Hess began his professional music career in 1971, playing clubs throughout the United States and Canada. In September of 1980, he became the first enrollee at the Percussion Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute. Gary has been a teacher at MI since 1981. Besides having years of extensive hands-on teaching experience, he is also the author of The Encyclopedia of Reading Rhythms (MI Press/Hal Leonard). Gary’s expertise in a wide variety of styles and techniques has made him an invaluable part of the MI staff. He has conducted drum clinics in Japan and the U.S. and continues to maintain a full schedule of freelance work and teaching. Gary’s specialties are R&B, blues, funk, country, reading, and interpretation.