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Dan Sawyer

Dan Sawyer is an accomplished musician who has performed all over the world with the likes of Al Jarreau, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin.

Dan is also an award-winning composer for many popular animated series (Nickelodeon’s “Doug”, 101 Dalmatians, PB&J Otter) and has written and produced music for over 300 TV shows. His latest CD is a groundbreaking collection of ukulele tunes.

In the jazz world, Dan has played with many of the top artists including Victor Feldman, James Moody, Tom Scott, John Clayton and Gerald Wilson.

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Tony Mandracchia

Tony began playing guitar at age 9 and started doing gigs in his early 20’s. Along with a USO tour taking him all through Japan, Korea and Okinawa, Tony has played ‘society’ gigs for years performing for President Clinton, Vice-President Cheney and former Israeli Prime Minister Barak. He was a ‘Governor’s Ball’ musician and played the Academy Awards for 5 years.

Tony has played with the likes of
 Ray Charles, David Foster, Nell Carter,
 Edgar Winter, Ruben Studdard, Judith Hill,
 Paul Cotton (POCO), 
even “Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark.” 
He can be heard on numerous albums and on films  such as ‘Alvin and Chipmunks’, ‘5 Flights Up’, ‘Norbit’, Monster-in-Law’, and more. In the film ‘Serenity’ (2005) scored by David Newman, he plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, banjo and even Chinese moon lute!

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Leon White

Guitarist-author Leon White has spent his musical career across a spectrum of music challenges including performing, producing, and composing. He also worked with electronic Foley, and has written or edited over 40 books. He may be best known for co-producing the Solo Guitar album of his friend, Ted Greene as well as for his many books including Styles for the Studio, Sight to Sound and many more.

During his studio mixing years he wrote very early computer software to control studio consoles for film/score syncing. He currently builds custom semi-hollow body guitars under the brand Sunset Guitars.