Patrick Smith is a composer/guitarist/teacher based in Maryland. Although Patrick's passion for guitar performance started at an early age, his interest in composition began to emerge as an adolescent in the form of songwriting. As a guitarist in various bands throughout his young life, Patrick performed an eclectic variety of styles (mostly classic rock, pop, blues, progressive rock, etc.) and could often be found taking on the principal songwriting responsibilities, writing guitar-centric songs in the style of The Who, Led Zeppelin, and Van Halen.
As his musical interests widened, Patrick found a new passion in the composition of art music. He studied composition under Dr. Anna Rubin and Dr. Linda Dusman at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and studied classical guitar under Dr. Zane Forshee. Patrick's music has been performed at UMBC’s Livewire Festival (an annual New Music festival), Carroll Community College faculty recitals, and he has worked with ensembles such as Baltimore’s SONAR New Music Ensemble. His music explores various areas of compositional interest including timbral variety, extended instrumental techniques, imitative counterpoint, and non-functional tonality.
Equally present in his musical life, Patrick has been teaching privately since his early 20s. He has established a reputation as a meticulous, careful instructor who values the individual musical personality of each student, and provides a respectful, productive atmosphere for musical growth. Patrick has been an adjunct music faculty member at Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD since January of 2010, and has been a guitar instructor at Mike’s Music since January of 2010.
Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in music composition from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in May of 2015 where he was also recognized with the 2015 Music Achievement Award, as well as the award for Outstanding Student in Music Composition for 2015.
Dimitri "Meech" Fantini
Dimitri "Meech" Fantini received a drum set for his first birthday and has been playing ever since.He grew up in and around recording studios, and more formal music education began with drum teacher Woody Sutton at the age of eleven.Dimitri was then accepted to the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in 2004 where he majored in percussion and piano studies, performing in several school jazz bands and live shows.Since graduating, Dimitri has been producing, recording, composing, and engineering in professional recording studios, and has recently moved to Maryland after working on a recording project in California.Dimitri specializes in rock, jazz, Latin, and funk drumming. He also teaches guitar, bass, and ukulele.
BS in English and Guitar Performance from Frostburg State University. 7 years teaching experience. Specializes in Classical Guitar, but also teaches Rock, Pop, Funk and Folk guitar. Studied jazz and classical with Scott Elliott and had master classes with The Brazilian Guitar Quartet. Has over 10 years performing experience in a variety of styles. Also teaches bass guitar and mandolin.