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Greg Whittemore

Greg Whittemore (Double Bass/Electric Bass) is a versatile and multifaceted musician who plays double bass, electric bass, piano, and hand percussion, and also enjoys the opportunity to sing, conduct, and arrange music whenever possible. He hails from Penfield, New York and has been actively studying and performing music since the age of five. After transferring from the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, Greg completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatory of Music ...
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Greg Whittemore

Greg Whittemore

Greg Whittemore (Double Bass/Electric Bass) is a versatile and multifaceted musician who plays double bass, electric bass, piano, and hand percussion, and also enjoys the opportunity to sing, conduct, and arrange music whenever possible. He hails from Penfield, New York and has been actively studying and performing music since the age of five. After transferring from the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University, Greg completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the Conservatory of Music ...

Michael D. Weisberg, CISSP, CSM

Michael is the Vice President of Information Security and Assurance Services at Garnet River LLC, and the Director of Cyber Security Programs at the School of Professional and Continuing Education at the Sage Colleges in Albany New York.  As a contractor, he served as the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) of the Capital Region BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services.)  Michael did a stint as the CISO for the New York State Office of Information Technology Services ...
Technologies
Technologies
Michael D. Weisberg, CISSP, CSM

Michael D. Weisberg, CISSP, CSM

Michael is the Vice President of Information Security and Assurance Services at Garnet River LLC, and the Director of Cyber Security Programs at the School of Professional and Continuing Education at the Sage Colleges in Albany New York.  As a contractor, he served as the CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) of the Capital Region BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services.)  Michael did a stint as the CISO for the New York State Office of Information Technology Services ...

Frank Valente

Frank Valente has earned a degree in Music Education with a Concentration in Percussion Performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia. During his time there he studied with Dr. Kay Stonefelt, Dr. John Bacon, Alec Dube, and Dave Kayne among many others. During his College Career he was able to perform in concert with The New York Voices, Bruce Johnstone, and Christos Rafalides, just to name a few. As a freelance musician Frank has performed with the Western New York Chamber Orche...
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Music

Frank Valente

Frank Valente has earned a degree in Music Education with a Concentration in Percussion Performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia. During his time there he studied with Dr. Kay Stonefelt, Dr. John Bacon, Alec Dube, and Dave Kayne among many others. During his College Career he was able to perform in concert with The New York Voices, Bruce Johnstone, and Christos Rafalides, just to name a few. As a freelance musician Frank has performed with the Western New York Chamber Orche...

Omar Tekbilek

Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK is now one of the most sought-after musicians, whose work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities in a way few artists can manage. Omar Faruk was a musical prodigy. He was born in Adana, Turkey to a musical family who nurtured his precocious talents. At the age of eight, he began his musical career by developing proficiency on the kaval, a small diatonic flute. At the same time he studied religion wit...
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Music
Omar Tekbilek

Omar Tekbilek

Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK is now one of the most sought-after musicians, whose work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities in a way few artists can manage. Omar Faruk was a musical prodigy. He was born in Adana, Turkey to a musical family who nurtured his precocious talents. At the age of eight, he began his musical career by developing proficiency on the kaval, a small diatonic flute. At the same time he studied religion wit...

Murat Tekbilek

Murat Tekbilek was born into a family of musicians. Since the age of 5, he has studied with his father Omar Faruk Tekbilek (a world renowned music artist), and his uncle Ibrahim Turmen (a master percussionist). With a focus on darbuka, def, bendir and bongos, he has performed in numerous concerts and camps all over the  world. He has had the pleasure of performing with a variety of Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Israeli, American and Lebanese musicians. For the past 20 years he has been on tour with...
Music
Music
Murat Tekbilek

Murat Tekbilek

Murat Tekbilek was born into a family of musicians. Since the age of 5, he has studied with his father Omar Faruk Tekbilek (a world renowned music artist), and his uncle Ibrahim Turmen (a master percussionist). With a focus on darbuka, def, bendir and bongos, he has performed in numerous concerts and camps all over the  world. He has had the pleasure of performing with a variety of Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Israeli, American and Lebanese musicians. For the past 20 years he has been on tour with...

Bryan Sullivan

Screenwriter, entertainment litigator, entrepreneur, sports lecturer. Bryan M. Sullivan is an attorney, writer, producer, activist, and investor. As a lawyer, Bryan has had great success. Indeed, in January 2015, Bryan was recognized as one of the Top 20 Attorneys Under 40 In California by California’s legal industry newspaper, the Daily Journal. And, previous to that honor, in April 2013, national legal publication Law360 named Bryan one of the top 100 lawyers under 40 in the United States. S...
Business
Business
Bryan Sullivan

Bryan Sullivan

Screenwriter, entertainment litigator, entrepreneur, sports lecturer. Bryan M. Sullivan is an attorney, writer, producer, activist, and investor. As a lawyer, Bryan has had great success. Indeed, in January 2015, Bryan was recognized as one of the Top 20 Attorneys Under 40 In California by California’s legal industry newspaper, the Daily Journal. And, previous to that honor, in April 2013, national legal publication Law360 named Bryan one of the top 100 lawyers under 40 in the United States. S...

Brian Stotz

Brian Stotz has been a member of the Percussion section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977. He frequently performs “in the pit” as Timpanist and Percussionist with the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. Brian is one of the founding members of the RPO Marimba Band and has been with the group since 1979. He has also performed with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Chamber Music Rochester, and Pangaia Steel Band. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Jo...
Music
Music
Brian Stotz

Brian Stotz

Brian Stotz has been a member of the Percussion section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra since 1977. He frequently performs “in the pit” as Timpanist and Percussionist with the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. Brian is one of the founding members of the RPO Marimba Band and has been with the group since 1979. He has also performed with the Rochester Oratorio Society, Chamber Music Rochester, and Pangaia Steel Band. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Jo...

VJ Stanley

VJ Stanley played three sports in high school and won the school's first ever Leadership Award. He played soccer, hockey, and baseball and did not play freshmen or J.V. in any of those sports. VJ won the high school hockey league scoring title as a junior and was a First All-Star Selection. In his senior year, his team was lacking defensemen so he volunteered to switch to defense and played the whole game, every game, and received Second All-Star Honors. VJ played junior hockey for the Rochester...
Sports
Sports
VJ Stanley

VJ Stanley

VJ Stanley played three sports in high school and won the school's first ever Leadership Award. He played soccer, hockey, and baseball and did not play freshmen or J.V. in any of those sports. VJ won the high school hockey league scoring title as a junior and was a First All-Star Selection. In his senior year, his team was lacking defensemen so he volunteered to switch to defense and played the whole game, every game, and received Second All-Star Honors. VJ played junior hockey for the Rochester...

Herb Smith

Herb Smith is a master of many worlds.  As a young trumpet student at the Eastman School of Music, Herb chose the difficult path of pursuing both the structured classical track as well as the improvisational jazz track.  The result is a professional that feels as comfortable in his philharmonic orchestra as he is in his jazz quartet.   “Thirty minutes ago I was onstage playing Mahler. Now I’m onstage playing reggae.”    -Herb Smith   Herb is currently third trumpet in the Rochester Philharm...
Music
Music
Herb Smith

Herb Smith

Herb Smith is a master of many worlds.  As a young trumpet student at the Eastman School of Music, Herb chose the difficult path of pursuing both the structured classical track as well as the improvisational jazz track.  The result is a professional that feels as comfortable in his philharmonic orchestra as he is in his jazz quartet.   “Thirty minutes ago I was onstage playing Mahler. Now I’m onstage playing reggae.”    -Herb Smith   Herb is currently third trumpet in the Rochester Philharm...

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