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Bantam Studios
Brooklyn, NY

Bantam Studios is the home of "Booze Violin and Booze Guitar", low-cost group violin and group guitar classes and lessons for adult beginners.

Founded in 2012 by Ginger Dolden and Pete Lanctot, Bantam Studios is a haven for a cross collaboration of Music, Graphic Arts, Creative Consulting and Music Education.

Instructors

PETE LANCTOT

Pete Lanctot is a Suzuki certified violin teacher and Music Mind Games certified music theory teacher with 8  years of  teaching experience. Pete has taught in a wide array of settings from private lessons, to  group instrumental lessons to theory and composition classes.

As a bandleader and a sideman, Pete has played venues that include: The Whitney Musuem of American Art, MoMA, the American Folk Art Museum, Littlefield, Joe’s Pub, Jalopy, Barbés, The Ace Hotel, Issue Project Room, and Shanghai Mermaid and has worked with artists including The Hot Sardines, Iris DeMent, John Cale, Tony Conrad, Anthony Coleman, Chris Donohue, Jason Mercer, Adam Brisbin, Bob Parins, and Sean Cronin.

RICK SNELL

Rick Snell is a NYC-based guitarist and singer who specializes in bluegrass, jazz, and rock n roll. He currently plays with Only Son who has been busy opening for Regina Spektor for a few years. Rick Snell's bluegrass band Six Deadly Venoms was a featured finalist at the Telluride Bluegrass Band competition and has toured nationally for a few years, releasing two albums along the way. Recently Rick has recorded TV Ads for GEICO that have been seen by millions of people the world over. Rick has played at the Beacon Theatre, Town Hall, The United Nations, Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and the Greek Theatre in L.A. When he is in New York, Rick hosts the legendary weekly bluegrass session at Mona’s Bar in the East Village; after five years it is now a destination for many great pickers passing through the area on tour and is a vibrant hub for the exploding acoustic music scene here. 

CALEIGH DRANE

Caleigh Drane maintains an active career as a cellist and music educator. She has taught privately for over 10 years to students of all ages and skill levels.  She served on faculty and administration at the Larchmont Music Academy. There she maintained a busy teaching schedule while managing the office, scheduling, and registering new students. She has also served on faculty with the American String Teachers Association Chamber Music Institute at Rutgers University, and the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts.

Caleigh has recorded on Sony Classical and has performed, recorded and collaborated with nearly 100 artists spanning all genres. As a chamber and orchestral musician, she has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall and Auditorio Nacional of Mexico

ADAM BRISBIN

Upon moving from Texas to New York City in 2012, Brisbin began working with Jolie Holland on her upcoming release, "Wine Dark Sea", out May 20th 2014 on ANTI- Records. Recently he worked with Hal Willner to create the music for Robert Wilson's "The Old Woman". In August 2013 Adam performed at the Museum of Modern Art as part of the summer concert series MoMA Nights. His new band OLD WOMAN features Doug Wieselman (Lou Reed) and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof).

GINGER DOLDEN

Ginger Dolden is a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and teacher based in Brooklyn New York. Recently, she has performed at Roulette, Issue Project Room, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Ace Hotel, La MaMa, Joe's Pub, Jalopy, Barbés, and The American Folk Art Museum. She has worked and recorded with artists including: Anthony Braxton, John Cale, Anthony Coleman, Yoshiko Chuma, Tony Conrad, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Chris Donohue.