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Musicians Community Center

FACULTY

Marlo Carver

MARLO CARVER

Executive Director ♦ President of the Board of Directors ♦ Volunteer

Marlo obtained her Associate Degree in 1995 from Mount Hood Community College in Gresham Oregon, majoring in Telecommunications. After graduation, Marlo returned to her hometown, Troy, Michigan, and began working for a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization called Community Media Network. Her duties as its Executive Director included managing two Public Access television studios. During her eleven years of employment at the TV station, Marlo developed a deep passion for non-profit organizations and obtained extensive knowledge of how the non-profit sector works.

After taking three years off to raise her daughter, she decided to volunteer her time to start the Musicians Community Center & Rock Academy. With the support of her Husband, Gordon Carver, Marlo incorporated the Musicians Community Center in May of 2012 as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

Marlo is the Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors. She works diligently to assist in all fundraising efforts, managing the staff, organizing and hosting events and shows, and develops a positive educational environment for all of the student musicians, parents, and volunteers. Her favorite part of the job is watching the student musicians perform, as she "truly thinks they Rock."


Gordon Carver

GORDON CARVER

Executive Producer ♦ Facility Manager ♦ Audio Engineer/Instructor

Gordon Carver began playing drums and recording music at a very young age with his father Richard Carver, the owner of Sterling Sound & Video Productions. During his youth, Gordon was in his High School marching band, and took private drum lessons for several years. In the 80's, Gordon played professionally as a studio drummer and performed in his own band (Artist).

Gordon attended the Recording Institute of Detroit, Michigan Tech University, Recording Workshop of Ohio, National Institute of Technology, Sony Institute of Recording Engineers, and Bowling Green University, where he obtained several certifications in Audio Engineering.

Since the early eighties, Gordon has recorded several hundred albums including artists Ted Nugent, George Clinton, Mikey Gibbons of Bad Finger, and Loud House.

In 2000, Gordon took over ownership of Sterling Sound & Video Productions, where he continues to actively film major commercials, documentaries, corporate videos, and special events.

In 2004, Gordon opened up The Hive Colony, a thirty room rehearsal facility located in Warren that he now manages and owns.

Gordon currently is the Head Audio Engineer, as well as a Drum Instructor at the MCC Rock Academy.

Gordon has a deep passion for teaching his drum students and prides himself on finding fun and creative ways to keep his students excelling. He also teaches an Audio Techniques course where students learn how to run sound for live shows and record music in our newly renovated, state of the art recording studio.


TROY GREGORY

Troy Gregory

Lead Music Instructor

At the young age of four, Troy's deep passion and love of music began when he experimented with his late Uncle's guitar and record collection, after discovering it in his parents' basement.

This curiosity quickly developed throughout his youth as he continued to explore his musical endeavors. After his High School graduation, Troy attended the Musicians Institute of Hollywood, where he studied with Joe Pass.

His advanced skills quickly developed into a life-long career as a professional working singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, drums, vocals, cello, violin, upright bass, synthesizers, and piano), filmmaker, actor, abstract painter, author, producer, director, and solo artist.

Former acts Troy has toured and recorded albums with include Crime & the City Solution, The Dirtbombs, Wasted Youth, Flotsam and Jetsam, Prong, Swans, The Stepsisters, Sixto Diaz Rodriguez, Kim Fowley, Larval, Killing Joke, Electric Six, Nathaniel Mayer, Denise James, Monster Island, Medusa Cyclone, Andre Williams, The Volebeats, Spiritualized, and Black Keys.

Troy has several world tours under his belt, where he shared the stage with Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Fifty Cent, Iggy, and Megadeth. Troy has been nominated for film festivals awards for his works scoring films with Producer/Director Barbara Troy. Troy’s current BMI catalog consists of over two hundred songs.

Since 2008, Troy has worked with over three hundred student musicians teaching both private and group performance-based lessons, formerly at The School of Rock (Rochester, MI, & St. Clair Shores, MI) and currently at The Musicians Community Center & Rock Academy (Warren, MI), including teaching students with special needs and/or disabilities.

While actively teaching he is also currently producing several bands albums, writing a book, and performing with his band The Witches.

Troy’s deepest passion is for "writing his own music, as well as composing music with others to make the unseen SEEN, while taking the thoughts in their heads and making them tangible, thus creating a snapshot of their life." His goal is to help his students express a myriad of emotions through creating their own music. To that end, Troy has developed a unique workshop where he educates fellow musicians in the art of songwriting. He welcomes all aspiring musicians desiring involvement in the songwriting process to contact the Musicians Community Center & Rock Academy.

Troy is the Lead Instructor at the Academy, where he also specializes in working with large groups of students. His ability to play multiple instruments assures that each student will get proper training. His students quickly excel and often are stage ready within their first year of training.


Paul Washchuk

Paul Washchuk

Lead Drum Instructor ♦ Office Manager

As a young man with a lot of energy, Paul found drumming to be a great outlet. He purchased his first pair of drum sticks at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago during an eighth grade field trip. Paul later joined his High School jazz band. During his college years, Paul began taking drum lessons with Layla Hall. After seeing a performance by Ike Willis, his passion quickly developed into a desire to become a career musician. Paul attended Macomb Community College, where he studied music theory and ear training.

Paul currently is the drummer with the Detroit band Biloquist, a progressive rock band. His band currently is in production of its first album and actively performing in the Metro Detroit area.

Paul is the Lead Drum Instructor at the Musicians Community Center & Rock Academy where he specializes in teaching his students proper techniques for practicing, practical applications of rudiments in fills, reading drum music, and timing through the use of a metronome. Paul's positive, upbeat attitude helps keep his students motivated to master their craft.

Paul also is the Academy's Office Manager. His fun personality generates a positive offering quality customer service.


Marie Wade

Maria Wade

Lead Vocal Coach ♦ PR Manager

Musician/Songwriter/Performer/Philanthropist Maria Wade has dedicated her life to music & performing to help those in need while inspiring goodwill to all. "I have longed to inspire others through my music and performing," says Wade.

Since 8 years old, Maria Wade has performed venues of all sizes, from record store fronts to festivals, churches, and auditoriums to name a few. As a working performer of over 25 years, she was able to educate herself and gain experience in other parts of the entertainment industry such as acting, modeling, audio/video productions and promotions.

She currently is a vocal coach for the Musicians Community Center & Rock Academy, has been a consultant for many local music venues, bars, small businesses, musical entertainers, has organized several charitable benefits, as well as assisted many, such as friends, colleagues, and associates in learning how to promote their small businesses, events and venues while promoting her own music career and events. Everything in her life revolves around her morality, belief in God, humanitarian causes in combination with the love of music.

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