Advisory Board

Rick Derringer

Grammy Award winning producer, singer, songwriter and rock & roll guitarist with hits such as “Hang on Sloopy” and “Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo.” Rick has produced platinum records for artists such as Johnny & Edgar Winter, “Weird Al” Yankovic and others. Rick recently returned from a world tour with Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band.

Jenda Hall Derringer

Jenda is the wife of Rick Derringer and an accomplished singer/songwriter, having written hits recorded by Rick and others. Jenda just released her first solo CD of originals and standards and is a certified, sought after vocal coach and mentor to many of the local talented students.

George Wallace, Jr.

Author, songwriter, singer, and guitarist, George served as the state of Alabama’s Treasurer and Public Service commissioner before retiring in 2010 and writing a book about his father Gov. George Wallace. George had a # 1 hit as a young man with Mike Curb as his producer and is a member of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.

Dave Franz

Dave is a Berklee College of Music instructor, producer, and studio owner of Underground Sun in Los Angeles and author of “Producing in the Home Studio with Pro Tools,” now in its third edition. Dave is a multi-instumentalist and performs at events throughout the U.S.

Billy Rice

Vocalist, songwriter, guitarist, and founder of the Billy Rice Band, Billy has written hits that have been recorded by major artist such as David Lee Murphy and others. Billy is a community leader and highly respected businessman in Manatee County and performs at events all over the State of Florida with his band.

Henry Lawrence

Henry retired from the NFL after 13 years with the Oakland Raiders and winning three Super Bowls. He is the founder of The Henry Lawrence Youth Foundation, sings with the NFL gospel choir, and his own Henry Lawrence Band at charity events throughout the country.

Dr. Jessica Couch

Jessica is a neuroscientist working in genetics and brain research with the biotech company Genentec in San Francisco, Ca. Jessica provides the foundation with insight into the programs that the foundation uses as it relates to music education and its effects on the development of individual skills and behavior.

Saul Fineman

Graphic designer, creative strategist, and partner in Fineman Communication, Saul has worked in the entertainment industry for clients such as 20th Century Fox, MGM, Chrysalis Records, Warner Bros. Records, and Billboard Magazine creating film/CD/DVD packaging and marketing materials. In his youth, Saul was also a singer/songwriter/keyboardist and worked on various commercials and film scores.

Laura Rae Fineman

Operations manager and partner in Fineman Communication, Laura is also currently working as Sam Woolf’s manager and helping him to build his career. Laura previously worked as the Operations Manager for Tri-Star Electronics, as well as assisted with Hollywood events such as the American Cinematheque Awards, The Women in Film Awards, and the Lucy Awards.

Dr. Elroy Woolf

Dr. “Papa Roy” Woolf, DDS is the grandfather of Sam Woolf, the season 13 American Idol finalist from Bradenton. Roy has been a successful businessman and entrepreneur, having started as a dentist and owning a number of business enterprises over the years, including a roofing company. He and Jackie, his wife (a visual artist) relocated full-time to Bradenton 14 years ago while raising Sam and his sister.


Erol (Dr. Oz) Ozsever

Erol Ozsever began studying classical guitar at 14. His passion for music of all genres has led him on such creative pursuits as rock bands, jazz ensembles, and producing popular music. During his senior year at MTSU, Dr. Oz was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award in guitar performance. He continued his studies at the Jacobs School of Music to complete a Doctor of Music Degree in 2014. Erol is currently residing in Bradenton, Florida and teaches guitar at Manatee School for the Arts in Palmetto and Patel Conservatory in Tampa.

Kenny Crawley

Born in Sheffield UK he now lives in Florida, Kenny writes Trance music pop and has been a Drummer for 30 yrs. In the USA he has done mostly session work and performed with Bo Diddley, Alex Ligerwood (Santana) vocalist Black Magic Woman, Brian Johnson AC/DC and toured 2005,2006, and 2008/2013/2014 with Dickey Betts [Allman Bros]. Most recently he performed With Randall Hall (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Fergi Frederiksen (TOTO), and Jeff Cook (Alabama Band).

Robert Lischetti

Bob graduated from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY in 1974 with a degree in Music Education, and began his singing career as an apprentice artist with the Lake George Opera Festival. His repertoire spans from the lyrical roles of Mozart and Rossini to Verdi, Puccini, and Gounod, and to more modern works, and he is also well versed in operetta and oratorio. He currently holds the positions of Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, and Conductor of the “Humanaires”, the choir of the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, in Sarasota.