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EJ Gaub - Piano, Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals, and Strings

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The founder of the RMC Studios, EJ is professionally trained in drums, guitar, bass guitar, vocals and piano. EJ is a graduate of Ramapo College where he majored in Liberal Arts as a cum laude gradate. He has had the privilege of studying under many talented musicians including JoJo Mayer, Joe Morello, Bernard Purdie and Steve Smith and guitar under Tim Quick, Dave Martone and Joe Stump.

EJ has over 15 years of performing experience. He has been composing, recording, and producing original rock & pop songs for the last 10 years.


Bruce De La Cruz - Piano and French Horn

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Bruce De La Cruz is currently a music education major at Kean University where he is studying in the piano studio of Dr. Martha Marchena. At Kean, Bruce has had the privilege to perform in a variety of ensembles including the Kean Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, small chamber groups, accompanying instrumentalists, singers and/or vocal groups and even the Wind Ensemble where he has not only played piano but also currently plays the French horn.


Molly Delonas - Piano, Voice and Saxophone

Molly is the lead vocalist/saxophonist in the New Jersey-based cover band, No Time Lost, and is currently working on her music degree. She also sings and plays keyboards in the Delonas family band called Self Animation, whose music has been aired on several radio stations. Self Animation's music can also be heard in the independent film, The Inventory.

Although Molly enjoys playing pop and rock music, she is classically trained on the piano and also specializes in ragtime. She has been studying piano since the year 2000 with numerous teachers (most recently Chris Nittoli) and has also been playing saxophone since 2004, with teachers such as Dawn Russo. She was the alto saxophone section leader of the Marching Rams in the year 2009.

Molly has been singing her whole life and has studied most recently with Matthew Swiss, and performed solos in his chamber choir and "Poptoberfest." She has also recorded vocals in the famous studio "The Cutting Room," by invitation. When Molly is not performing, writing and recording, she devotes her time to passing on knowledge to her students.


John Giordano - Bass and Drums

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John attended County College of Morris, where he focused on Art and Music Recording. After college John helped start the band Sickwell and he has also been used as a studio bassist for a number of New Jersey based rock bands.

Since 2006, John has been working and sharing his experiences with the students of the Rahway Music Company as a private bass instructor and workshop coach.


Russell Gottlieb - Guitar and Banjo

Thoughtful, passionate, and bold, Russell Gottlieb brings a wistful and propulsive sound to the banjo and guitar by drawing on influences ranging from rock to jazz and bluegrass to minimalism, without adhering too closely to stereotypes. As a performer, composer, arranger, and teacher, he has an attraction to and a fascination for the darker and less explored territories of music.

In 2014, while maintaining a robust touring schedule as a member of The Brummy Brothers, Gottlieb graduated Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, where he studied jazz guitar with Vic Juris and a faculty of jazz masters.

Since 2012, Russell is a banjo player, vocalist, songwriter, and partner in The Brummy Brothers, a rock-infused, improvising string band that tours mostly on the East Coast, playing approximately 115 shows per year.

Today, Russell studies with banjo great Ryan Cavanaugh and continues to bring his own style to the instrument. Still touring with The Brummy Brothers, Russell also performs and records with various groups in New York City, Philadelphia, and the surrounding area.


Alicia Greey - Piano, Voice & Guitar

Alicia Greey graduated cum laude with a BM in Vocal Music Education at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has been trained in classical piano since age four. Before entering college, Alicia performed twice in Carnegie Hall, Weil Recital Hall, as a piano competition winner.

In addition to teaching piano, voice, and guitar at RMC Studios, Alicia a board member of the non-profit organization, IMPACT, whose mission is to bring diverse musical performances in the area. She has over 10 years of performance experience and strives, both in teaching and performing, to inspire others in their love of music.


Dan Hutchinson - Sax, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Voice, Piano


George Maher - Trumpet, Guitar, Bass, Piano and Drums

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George Maher is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in jazz trumpet performance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University. At school, George performs with RU's Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of trombonist, Professor Conrad Herwig. This group has had the privilege of performing at The Blue Note jazz club in New York City, and has performed with guest artists such as, Orrin Evans, Michael Phillip Mossman, Tanya Darby, and Joe Magnarelli.

George originally hails from Connecticut where for three years of high school where he attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, in Hartford, CT. At the Academy, George performed in a small ensemble under the director of Jimmy Greene, and Kris Allen. He also performed in the award winning Academy Big Band, lead by Douglas Maher.


Justin Michael - Guitar, Bass, Drums & Piano

Justin has been playing and studying the guitar since he was 13. Now 24, he has graduated from Rutgers University cum laude, and studied under the tutelage of jazz guitar master Vic Juris, in addition to an all-star faculty. Justin is comfortable playing various styles of music, performs regularly throughout the tri-state area, and has been sharing his love of music through teaching since 2011.


Liz Robbins - Voice and Piano

Liz Robbins graduated summa cum laude from Berry College with a Bachelor's in Music Education. Here, Liz developed her technique for teaching piano and voice. During college, Liz performed with numerous choirs as a professional section leader and soloist. She also performed with Berry's Jazz ensembles, Women's A Cappella ensemble, and participated in several musicals and opera workshops. These experiences helped her created a holistic view of music education.

Currently, Liz is actively performing with the Irish/Scottish band, The BlarneyGirls, where she sings lead vocals and plays the Bodhrán. She also performs at local churches as a professional Soprano. At Berry College, Liz studied voice and choral directing under Harry Musselwhite and piano under Kathryn Nobles. Now, she studies primarily with Sally Wolf at Westminster Choir College. Her goals are to expose students to a wide variety of music and the proper techniques needed to perform it healthily.


Justin Rosin - Guitar, Piano, Violin & Viola

Justin has been teaching at RMC since 2011. In May of 2014, he graduated from Drew University with a B.A. in music – focus Composition and Guitar. Since then, he has been studying composition through private lessons, retreats and music intensives with Amanda Harberg, John Kaefer, and Martin Bresnick. He has also released a self-produced album.

Justin is a freelance composer and has scored many student films and animated shorts. He also is a part of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program where he became a mentor to a less fortunate child. Lastly, he will be attending Mannes School of Music in the Fall to work towards his Master’s of Music in Composition.


Dustin Sebes - Guitar and Piano

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Dustin Sebes is a professional guitarist, songwriter, performer, artist, and teacher. He has been playing guitar and performing original music in the NJ/NYC area for more than 20 years. After graduating Cum Laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 1999 with a degree in the fine arts with a concentration in music, Dustin toured around the world with the band Electric Light Orchestra II as their guitar tech.


George Sheehy - Piano and Guitar

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George has studied the guitar for nearly 20 years. George was a founding member of long-time local stalwart Particle Zoo. With the establishment of RMC Studios in 2003, George found the avenue to combine his two great passions—music and teaching.


Rachael Siegel - Piano, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Flute

Rachael graduated from Hofstra University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education. At Hofstra, Rachael studied the oboe with Judith Dansker and played oboe in a number of ensembles including the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, and assisted in a few composer concerts. Rachael has also doubled on English horn when needed in band and orchestra. As a versatile instrumentalist, Rachael has not only been limited to the oboe and English horn. Rachael played various percussion instruments in the percussion ensemble, was an alto in the University Choir, played trumpet in Jazz 20 and tenor recorder in the Recorder Ensemble.

For the 2015-2016 school year, Rachael took a gap in her studies and worked at the Westfield Area YMCA in the School Aged Child Care department. She joined four ensembles; The Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey, Chatham Community Band, Westfield Community Band and the Majestic Wind Players of which she has played oboe in. Rachael has also had the privilege; however of playing English horn in the Metropolitan Orchestra, and clarinet and most recently, mallet percussion, in the Westfield Community Band. In September 2016, Rachael plans on starting her graduate studies at New Jersey City University to fulfill a Masters in Music with a concentration in Multiple Woodwinds on oboe, clarinet and saxophone.


Abel Tabares- Drums

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Abel Tabares is a New Jersey born-raised drummer based in the tristate area. He graduated cum laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University where he studied under the legendary drummer, Victor Lewis.


Marie Trudeau - Oboe, Woodwinds and Piano

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Marie attended the Cleveland institute of Music for her master’s degree and Michigan State University for a bachelor’s degree. She currently holds an assistantship at the Mason Gross School of the Arts where she is pursuing a doctorate on oboe.

Marie has performed with orchestras such as the Jackson Symphony, Akron Symphony and Opera Circle in Cleveland. An affinity for teaching has led her to find extensive amounts of experience in the realm of private lessons, coaching and mentoring youth orchestras.


Devin Wason - Voice and Piano

Devin has been singing for as long as she can remember. Once going into her first musical in 5th grade singing became a much bigger part of her lifestyle. From then on out Devin studied theatrically. It was not until her junior year in high school that she had considered singing classically. After beginning to study classical voice Devin decided she wanted to study music education. Currently, Devin is a junior at Montclair State University majoring in Music Education with a concentration in Voice.

Devin is very active in both of the main choirs at Montclair State. In the Chorale, she is the Alto 1 section leader. She has been a member of the schools chamber choir, University Singers, since her first year at Montclair. Devin has performed with these groups in multiple venues such as Carnegie Hall and NJPAC. She has done a number of collaborative works with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since her freshman year.

Devin is an active Leader of Song at St. Stephen’s Church in Kearny, NJ and she has been cantering and singing in church choirs for the past two years. Along with cantering, Devin is the tentative children’s choir director of St. Stephens’s church and will be accepting this position in the Fall of 2016.


Mike Winnicki - Drums / Percussion

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Michael currently studies with jazz legend Victor Lewis (Woody Shaw/Dexter Gordon), as well as 1st call NYC freelancer Joe Tompkins (NYC Ballet/NY Phillharmonic) at Rutgers University as the first double major in both jazz and classical performance. Michael has a vast amount of performance experience playing with various Rutgers Ensembles, The Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, Bravura Philharmonic, Komeda Project, Sinfonietta Nova and New Jersey Youth Symphony through which he made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 17. Through playing with Komeda Project (tribute quintet to the great Polish film composer Krszysztof Komeda) he has had the oppurtunity to perform along side many great jazz musicians of the NYC scene such as Jeremy Pelt, Russ Johnson, Michael Bates, and Don Falzone among others.


Julie Zedeck - Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba & Baritone

Julie Zedeck is currently a Music Education Major with a concentration in Trombone at Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts. At Rutgers, she is studying in the trombone studio of Dr. Noreen Baer, and is studying in the brass department run by the principal tuba player in the New York Philharmonic, Alan Baer.

Throughout her time at Rutgers so far, she has played in the Rutgers Symphony Band, Trombone Choir, small chamber groups, various pit orchestras for musicals on and off campus, and more. Julie is also a member of the award-winning Rutgers University Marching Scarlet Knights, where she marches trombone and performs at all home football and basketball games. She is also the Treasurer of the Rutgers chapter of the National Association for Music Education.

Ever since starting piano lessons in 3rd grade, Julie has been very passionate and dedicated to music and her ultimate career goal is to play trombone in Broadway pit orchestras and to be a music teacher.


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