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Travis Rankin

Is an RIT graduate with a
degree in Music Technology,

Music Performance,
 Visual Culture
and studied 
Communication & Media
Arts and Adolescence Education at MCC. In addition to playing and touring in bands and playing in concert, jazz and steel drum ensembles, he interned as an Audio Engineer at WXXI and facilitates
drum circles through the
TIES Program in Rochester


Jilli Walch

Graduated University of Rochester where she studied Music and
Brain & Cognitive Sciences. Since a young age, she has played and sung in jazz bands, orchestras, and choirs. She also facilitates drum circles through the TIES Program in Rochester.


Jim Dewitt

Graduated RIT after studying information technology and music. He has been a part of several bands in the Rochester area as a bassist and produces electronic music for video games, films, podcasts, and personal enjoyment. He has been using Ableton Live to produce and perform music since 2006.


Is a Duquesne University graduate with a degree in music therapy. As a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC), Andrea specializes in working with people that have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Andrea has experience teaching voice and piano to people of all ages and ability levels. In addition to teaching, Andrea loves writing music and is currently learning how to use Logic Pro. 


Andrea Schaertel

Is an RIT Graduate with a degree in Computer Science. He is passionate about sharing traditional West African music and polyrhythms and has studied djembe as a hobby since 2001. He began facilitating drum circles through the TIES program in Rochester, NY back in 2003. In addition to djembe he plays the bass guitar around the Lab.

Zak Spath

Ryan Gaynor

(RPG) has been passionate about electronic dance music for the past 15 years. He has DJed at clubs and events in the Rochester and Buffalo areas and has taught multiple levels of Electronic Music Production courses at RIT. He has run a mix show on iTunes/Apple Podcasts called The Trance Journey Podcast since 2007. He has also released original productions through an international EDM record label Blue Soho Recordings, and has self-released music production templates and remixes. For more information, check out:,, or

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