Instructors

In order of appearance:

Aldrine Guerrero
Aldrine Guerrero

Aldrine Guerrero

Aldrine Guerrero is an ukulele player from the island of Kauai. Originally from Manila, Philippines; Aldrine takes styles of old and new, and mixes in his own formula of playful but yet mature sounds.

Aldrine composes original ukulele music. His vocals are quite unique and his play style of ukulele is described as a mixture of Hawaiian, classical, flamenco, pop, and 8-bit. He is also a multi instrumentalist that range from clarinets and saxophones to guitar and bass.

Self produced and released 4 full length albums (Suite 409, I'm a dreamer, Bandito Tyler, and Acoustic robot love songs) and two EP's (Space suits and The four strings of Christmas) Guerrero has played for national and international audiences including US, Europe, Australia, and Asia with his biggest audience being Yokohama Japan (Estimated over 100k+ in total attendance over the weekend.) His ukulele work has been featured in radio (local and NPR), television (MTV), independent films (A short history of decay), and a major animated film (Hotel Transylvania). Aldrine is also featured on a Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaii's Grammy awards) award winning compilation album called "Island style ukulele vol.2"

Guerrero is the head instructor at ukuleleunderground.com. With over a million hits each month, Ukulele Underground has a massive library of ukulele tutorials and the largest online ukulele forum. Ukulele Underground's forum has almost 2 million posts from over 120,000 registered members.

Pull up a chair and relax. Put on Aldrine's music and drink it in... It always goes down smooth.

Dani Joy
Dani Joy

Dani Joy

Dani Joy is a California based singer/songwriter/instructor and proud featured artist of Ko’aloha Ukulele.

Her world influenced musical style is soothing and romantic, blending old time jazz with Bossa nova/exotica genres. She is most noted for her crooning alto vocals and tasteful ukulele fingerpicking & accompaniment.

Soon after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design (Illustration 2010), her Dad Stu Herreid gave her a ukulele, opening an unexplored world of jazz and endless possibilities on four simple strings. Expressing her art through music, Dani has entranced audiences across the country, inviting them in with her velvet vocals and compassionate style of teaching. . Today she is diligently working on her next album of original songs, using events in her own journey as inspiration. Her second album is set to release in early Spring 2018.

Carla Fontanilla
Carla Fontanilla

Carla Fontanilla

Carla Fontanilla’s eclectic musical styles draw on many influences, starting with her late father, Roland, who started her on the uke at age four. He introduced her to such artists as Eddie Kamae, Ohta San, Chet Atkins, Ramsey Lewis, Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few.

Carla’s musical inspirations are countless. Her greatest modern uke mentors include Peter Moon, Troy Fernandez, Kimo Hussey, Tobias Elof, Herb Ota, Jr., Aldrine Guerrero and James Hill.

Playing lead uke and guitar for Sacramento bands SoLunAire, Iola Rose and Ho’opili, Carla handles jazz and pop vocals while playing refreshing, cool, innovative, groovy music on her uke.

Budd Snell
Budd Snell

Budd Snell

Budd is a ukulele enthusiast and enjoys working with and teaching adult groups. As the Poobah for River City Ukulele Orchestra Budd has led amazing bands of uke players for the past three years.

He is an associate with The Strum Shop and co-founder of Ukes for Schools, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the ukulele and fun music with elementary schools in Northern California (www.ukesforschools.com).

Cliff Johnson
Cliff Johnson

Cliff Johnson

I have played ukulele with various groups for 12 years; I also sing in two choruses, one a barbershop harmony group. I’m in a total of five groups, and lead two of them. I’ve been teaching ukulele, harmonica, and singing classes through Auburn Recreation District for over 4 years. I believe that music is inside everyone, and merely needs be released for joy and inner peace.

Mariann Smith
Mariann Smith

Mariann Smith

Mariann fell in love with the Ukulele in 2009, after experiencing a trip to the Hawaiian Islands for the first time. Her joy for playing Ukulele has only increased with each year that she plays, teaches, and writes songs on this delightful instrument.

Primarily a Piano and Voice instructor, with an Associates Degree in Music, she has recently added teaching beginning guitar and ukulele to her resume. Mariann teaches full-time at her privately-owned music studio in Auburn.  A "Music Lessons," sign hangs in the street front of her cottage- style studio building, at 13148 Lincoln Way. Here, you can find her encouraging students to find the joy in playing and singing, as much as she does.

Julie Holloman
Julie Holloman

Julie Holloman

Julie has loved music her whole life. She started singing on pitch at age 2 1⁄2. She got a Sears-Roebuck steel string guitar for her 10th birthday and taught herself to play. She bought her first ukulele at the Plumas County Fair when she was 15, and continued to teach herself to play both instruments.

Julie studied Music Education at the University of Nevada Reno and taught K-6 Elementary Music for 13 years. In December 2009 she established the Aria School of Music & Art in Reno. Aria is a 501(c)(3) non-profit music school, and is able to help students receive private lessons at little or no cost. Julie is currently the Administrator at the Aria School and teaches piano, voice, mandolin, guitar, and ukulele. Julie plays Tenor Uke in A professional trio and plays solo Flamenco guitar and ukulele.  She is a member of the Luongo Ukulele Experience.

Lorrie Freitas
Lorrie Freitas

Lorrie Freitas

Lorrie Freitas has led the Funstrummers Ukulele Band of Modesto for ten years. They have developed from a simple fun strum band into being able to perform songs that include picking, double melodies, various parts and harmony. Lorrie is also currently participating in the Luongo Ukulele Ensemble led by Peter Luongo formerly of the Langley Institute.

Perry Stauffer
Perry Stauffer

Perry Stauffer

Perry Stauffer is an upright bass player and avid music lover who's focus rests on roots music; jazz, rockabilly and Bluegrass. He works with several groundbreaking groups in the greater Northern California region thriving on communal and collaborative effort's with fellow musicians. Perry easily transports the listener back in time with his smooth walking baselines and upbeat slap-bass rhythms. In his hands the bass is more than simply foundational, it's exceptional.

 



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