Master Classes -First classes in March!

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1st & 3rd TUESDAYS in MARCH, APRIL, MAY – 7:00pm

Learn from and play with monster players and great minds!

Veterans of the music business, these instructors include Grammy winners, top session players, world-touring artists and sidemen to the stars, and they are here to support you in your music.  Regardless of your music level, you will benefit from this unique opportunity!

These six master classes are designed to work with everyone – all instruments and vocalists will gain an incredible insight into their own music and craft by attending all, as a package.  Gain a lifetime of lessons in a few short weeks

Season Pass $22/class – All 6 master classes, Questions/Answers.

Individual Class Pass $32/class – Attend individual class, Q&A.

Band Jam Pass $5/class – For Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Electric Guitar players – Plug in and jam with the instructor.  Please contact Jon, at Ramona Music, to sign up!  Limited availability, so call now: 760-789-3154

Acoustic Jam Pass $3/class (unlimited) – Bring an acoustic instrument and jam with the instructor.  Pay at the door the day of.


Each master class includes:

  • Presentation
  • Demonstrations
  • Questions/Answers
  • Play as a band, with the instructor (for jam pass holders)



Master Classes

A Musical Conversation – Larry Grano                              Tuesday, March 6th – 7pm

How to play and relate to other musicians, from a front-man and drummer’s perspective, in several different genres:  Jazz, Country, Rock, R&B, etc.  How to listen, what to listen for, and how to apply it.

It’s All About That Bass…and Vocals – Doug Booth       Tuesday, March 20th – 7pm

Why is bass the glue of the band and why is it important to listen to it?  How to sing in a live situation.

Supporting A Solo – Jim Soldi & Marc Intravaia                Tuesday, April 3rd – 7pm

Even if you’re not in the spotlight, as a band member, you are uniquely important to whoever the light is shining on.  Learn how to inspire the other people on stage.

Improvisation – John Rekevics                                           Tuesday, April 17th – 7pm

Delve into the brilliant mind of one of San Diego’s greatest jazz musicians.  John will share his approach to creating a solo.

Building A Song In The Studio – Dennis Caplinger         Tuesday, May 1st – 7pm

Dennis will take you through the process of laying down tracks in the studio to create a song.  How do the different parts weave together?  Why do they work?  How do you determine rhythm and fills?  Each part will be recorded live at the Master Class.  What is the Nashville Number System and how can it assist you?  These concepts are critical tools for live playing as well.

The Heartbeat of The Band – Bob Sale                            Tuesday, May 15th – 7pm

The amazing world of grooving – what it is, what it isn’t ; learn to feel it through rhythm patterns you can play in your chair.  Playing in the pocket vs. overplaying – an important concept for every musician to understand.

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Meet Your Master Class Instructors…

Dennis Caplinger -Two-time Grammy winner, Dennis Caplinger, is a multi- instrumentalist who has toured and recorded with countless artists including Eric Clapton, Vince Gill, Nickel Creek, Chris Hillman (The Byrds) and Herb Pedersen, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Richard Greene, Chris Thile, Sean Watkins, John Reischmann, Ray Park, Ray Price, Rita Coolidge, Tim Flannery, The Academy of Country Music Awards Show Band, and his own band, Bluegrass Etc. His busy touring schedule has taken him all over the world and yielded three critically acclaimed albums to date.A highly sought-after player/producer in the West-coast studio scene, he has worked on countless jingles, commercials, cartoons and movies and has his own production company.   Movie soundtrack credits include the HBO series “Deadwood” ,“Back to the Future III”, “El Diablo”, “Rio Diablo”, and Steven King’s “Apt Pupil” among others. Dennis’ playing is featured on “The Simpsons”, “Pinky and the Brain” and “Histeria” as well as on numerous programs on PBS, A&E, TNN and The History Channel. Recent commercials include “New York Life”, “Supercuts”, “Subway Sandwiches”, “Home Depot”, “St. Joseph’s Aspirin”, “Applebee’s”, “Discover Card” featuring John Lithgow, and “Cingular Wireless.”

John Rekevics:  Saxophonist, John Rekevics, is frequently heard on movie and television soundtracks.  He is a staple to the San Diego music scene and a regular performer at local jazz clubs.  He has appeared with Johnny Mathis, Marilyn McCoo, the Fifth Dimension, the Temptations, and many others. John has recorded nationally on the American Gramophone label and locally with many artists, and has been on the SDSU faculty since 1990.  His playing and soloing are phenomenally musical, and always what is needed in the moment.

“Cactus” Jim Soldi:  The list of artists that Jim Soldi has played with is a Who’s Who of music, including Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Waylon Jennings, Kenny Loggins, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many more.  Recipient of the CCMA Musician of the Year Award, his touring schedule has taken him to over 40 countries throughout the world, where he has performed at the Forum, the Grand Ol’ Opry, and Royal Albert Hall.  His T.V. appearances include The Tonight Show, Austin City Limits, Nashville Now, and BBC TV.

“Jim Soldi is the best guitar player in the business.” – Johnny Cash

Marc “Twang” Intravaia:  Long regarded as a guitar playing “top gun,” Marc has established himself as the go-to guitar guy for sessions and performances from California to the U.K., including the prestigious Abbey Road Studios.  A seven-time San Diego Music Award winner, Marc’s playing and songwriting consistently receive critical acclaim.  He performs with a wide variety of artists like Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes, America, Suzy Bogguss, BJ Thomas, Stephen Bishop, Billy Ray Cyrus, and many others. His guitar playing can be heard on numerous commercials and CD’s.



Larry Grano:  San Diego has many top-notch musicians, but few match the schedule of drummer, singer, front man, Larry Grano.  A multiple threat, Grano is a mainstay of the San Diego music scene, a larger-than-life musician known for his percussive skills, soulful voice, and razor-sharp wit.  With his precision and versatility, he tours internationally, recording and supporting a vast array of musical styles and genres.


Doug Booth:  Bassist/Guitarist/Singer Doug Booth is one of San Diego’s most acclaimed musicians, playing bass with local and international cover band, Rockola, and taking part in a wealth of musical projects, including “The Steely Damned.” You can hear Doug on a variety of national and internationally released recordings.  In addition to his gigging schedule, he is an instructor at Grossmont College and Point Loma High School.


Bob Sale – Session drummer and live player, Bob Sale, currently tours nationally with PFX: The Pink Floyd Experience and The Simon and Garfunkel Story.  He has backed up multiple artists, including Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Peter and Gordon, Vince Martel, America, Juice Newton, B.J. Thomas, Stephen Bishop, Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Elias, Ben Vereen, and others.   His playing is featured on a vast number of recordings, including the soundtrack to the Tom Hanks movie, “That Thing You Do.”