Howard Parks holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University, having majored in Jazz Performance in Guitar. His formal music training began when he started playing trumpet in his sixth grade band. A few years later, he later added guitar study to his musical pursuits. Throughout high school he played in the Marching Band, Concert Band and Jazz Band.
While at Georgia State University, Howard studied guitar with Peter Hennes and played in the GSU Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Robert Morsch. With that band, he had the opportunity to tour Europe twice, performing at the North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals and many other venues from Germany to Sweden. He also was able to attend clinics by and perform with many great jazz musicians, including Larry Coryell, Rich Matteson, Marion McPartland, Ed Shaughnessy, Don Menza and Max Roach.
Since 1990, Howard has been teaching private lessons and actively performing with many of Atlanta's finest musicians including Sal Gentile, Joseph Patrick Moore, Tyrone Jackson, Gene Howell, Jeff Wilkinson, Jeff Pike and A1A, Jeff Sipe and many others. Many of Howard's students have formed or joined bands of their own and have gone on to study music in college and are now professional musicians themselves.
BILLY GEWIN~ GUITAR, Ukelele, & banjo
Billy Gewin is a rock, pop, and folk guitarist/bassist and recording engineer at his own recording studio called Cave Cricket. He plays with bands and singer-songwriters around Atlanta, as well as a jazz big band and a number of coffeehouse acts. He also plays banjo and ukelele.
He has 3 solo CDs of original material released, and he has produced over a hundred different album projects for singer songwriters in the area.
His current project is an international folk album. He is co-writer and porducer with several musicians from Wales and Switzerland. The album should be out by the summer.
Here are a few samples of Billy playing leads on acoustic and electric guitars: