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  • Bart Dahl lends his skills to DIME Denver as our General Manager and Music Industry Studies Instructor of the Domestic Music Market. If you’ve ever enjoyed listening to Nathaniel Rateliff or the indie rock legends Dinosaur Jr, then you already know how pivotal Dahl has been for the independent...
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    Bart Dahl
    DIME Denver General Manager & Instructor
  • Joslyn is a multi-genre singer, songwriter & producer with three Grammy nominations to her name as a contributing vocalist. A Denver native, Keel earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music: Technical Voice from Fisk University, a historically Black college in Music City USA: Nashville, TN.
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    Joslyn Ford-Keel
    MSU Denver at DIME Denver Campus Manager & Instructor
  • Matt Hoffman has been teaching music for 13 years at various institutions, including Indiana University, CU Denver, MSU Denver, and MSU at DIME Denver. Matt is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a music theory and composition background. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of Colorado and his Masters of Music at Indiana University.
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    Matt Hoffman - Music Theory
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  • Kaitlyn Williams is a singer-songwriter, educator, and award-winning vocalist. She studied at the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is an active member of the local music scene. She’s played some of the most prestigious venues in the country like Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Jazz at Lincoln...
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    Kaitlyn Williams - Vocals
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  • From 1996-2019, Doe Phillips toured the world as a Tour Manager, Production Manager, Production Assistant and Tour Publicist for many International artists, including, Oasis, Corinne Baily-Rae, Anastasia, Nancy Sinatra, Travis, KT Tunstall, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, The Finn Brothers, Jake Bugg, Benjamin Clementine, Laura Marling and most recently...
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    Doe Phillips - Music Industry Studies
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  • Born and raised in the small town of Brighton, CO, Patrick Scott Unruh turned to the least quiet thing he could find: the fuzzy crunch of amplified guitars. With his unrelenting drive to master the guitar, Unruh soon turned to overdrive pedals by founding and managing his own heavy...
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    Patrick Unruh - Guitar
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  • Mike Stausbaugh is a guitarist, composer and arranger with three Masters' of Music in Classical Guitar, Composition, and Jazz Performance & Pedagogy at the University of Missouri, where he was able to pursue all manner of music nerdery dreams. Mike really got to stretch his legs musically at Mizzou,...
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    Mike Strausbaugh - Guitar and Songwriting
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  • Vic Stauffenberg has been playing drums since 1994 when he got his start in middle school band. Growing up in the musically fertile Dallas Fort Worth area, his instructors were alumni of the prestigious University of North Texas.
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    Vic Stauffenberg - Drums
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  • John specializes in many different styles of drumming including traditional African, Latin, Afro-Cuban, jazz, blues, rock, punk, metal, country, funk, soul, r&b, gospel, hip-hop, and electronic.  He has played percussion and drums with the Pink Hawks and the Dendrites, who are both award winning local Denver bands. He is...
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    John Olsson - Drums
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  • Blake received his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Bass at Columbia College Chicago where he was honored as the valedictorian of his graduating class. He divides his time teaching and touring with his other passions: playing basketball, reading, carpentry, and volunteering in the Paleontology lab at the Denver Museum of...
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    Blake Stepan - Bass
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  • Ron Bland lends DIME Denver 40 years of talent—four decades of being a professional musician and playing the bass guitar. On the stages of concert halls and theaters, or in the padded walls of recording studio rooms, Bland has played virtually every stile of music under the sun. Bland...
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    Ron Bland - Bass
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  • George has been playing bass guitar since he was 17 years old, and cut his teeth playing in local bands in St. Louis, Missouri.  He moved to Denver to study music at the University of Colorado,  continuing his study of Bass Performance, Music Theory and Music History.  He has...
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    George Lacson - Bass
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  • Jim Farrell has been directing choirs at both the high school and university levels since 1985.  He recently retired from full-time teaching and will now be dedicating his time to working with the choirs and vocalists at DIME Denver.  His career as a teacher includes time at Greeley Central...
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    Jim Farrell - Vocals and Pop & Soul Choir Ensemble
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  • Deborah De La Torre has is an award-winning music career as a pianist, music composer/arranger, instructor, classical performer, art festival founder, film producer and recording artist/producer. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Miami, Florida, and a Master’s  in Business Administration from Regis University in Denver.   
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    Deborah De La Torre - Piano
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  • Pianist, composer, recording artist and teacher from Boulder, Colorado, Ben Raznick has trained with piano professors in the United States, Argentina, Brazil and Spain. Raznick was selected in 2019 as a 2x The American Prize semi-finalist in the Professional Solo Piano Performance division, and Composers (Instrumental Chamber Music) division....
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    Ben Raznick - Music Theory
  • Heath is a musician, music educator, and social scientist. He holds a B.A. in Music from Metropolitan State University of Denver and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado Denver. His research centers around music and social and political change, and the arts in general as...
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    Heath Ellis - Music Industry Studies and Intro to Music
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  • Erin McDonald teaches Art History at MSU Denver at DIME, with her specialty being in African Art History and History. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Northern Colorado and her Master’s of Arts in Art History and Visual Literacy.
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    Erin McDonald - Art & Visual Literacy
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  • Eric Morgenson is a PhD candidate at the State University of New York at Albany where he studies Modern American History.
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    Eric Morgenson - American History
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