Peter Marley – Guitar – Acoustic, Electric, All Styles
Peter Marley has been in the professional music business for more than forty years and has traveled throughout North America with rock, country, folk and jazz groups. He also has experience with local and national radio and television, as well as recording experience with many varied artists. He enjoys teaching a great deal and hopes to pass on his knowledge of different styles of music to his students.
Julian Kerr – Piano, Guitar, Bass
Julian Kerr is a professional musician who has played piano, bass, and guitar for over 30 years. Julian has played with such notables as the Original Cast (One Tin Soldier & Mr. Monday – gold record hits) also with Gay Delorme, Bo Diddley, as well as several Calgary bands. Veteran of many recording sessions with various artists, Julian is grateful for the knowledge and experience gained from playing with so many talented musicians. Julian’s been teaching for the past 10 years; and his students enjoy developing their skills with his gentle humor and support.
John Thiel – Guitar
John has been involved in the Canadian music industry for over 35 years. After performing in western Canada for more than a decade, he toured Canada and the US extensively for another 12 years. Recording became a passion and upon relocating to Calgary he focused on session playing and producing projects for artists, while continuing to perform with many of Canada’s top artists. John has appeared on over 75 full albums, and has produced over half of those projects.
In addition, he has played on and produced hundreds of demos, EPs, jingles, commercials, documentaries and soundtracks.
Neil Bentley – Bassist/Discovery Music Owner
Neil began his career as a bassist in the thriving Calgary Jazz and Pop music scene of the early ’70s. He developed his love of country music playing with Debi Lori Kay of the Tommy Hunter Show and Kenny Rogers & The First Edition TV shows. Neil was also a founding member of the critically acclaimed Great Western Orchestra and became an in-demand studio musician. He toured and recorded with Jann Arden, Johnny Gimbal of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys, and then Ian Tyson during his successful Cowboyography period, in what Ian described in his book as a serendipitous combination of notable musicians. From there it was on to George Fox with many TV and radio performances.
Neil enjoyed a long and accomplished career recording, performing and in musical theatre and eventually settled in Calgary with his wife Darcie. The Bentleys opened Discovery Music over 15 years ago and Neil continues to play bass professionally when the demands of running a busy music store permit.