Tony Coleman has toured around the planet performing with some of the best R&B and blues musicians ever. Tony can attest to playing drums with B.B. King, Otis Clay, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, James Cotton, Katie Webster, Z.Z. Hill, O.V. Wright, Buddy Guy, and many more
Tony now tours, records, plays golf and writes songs for various blues artists. In addition, he has written jingles for Northwest Airlines and Calloway Golf Company; he's also featured in a television commercial for Calloway Golf introducing the Odyssey White Hot Putter. But Tony is most at home when he is behind a drum set playing the blues.
Domonique Mitchell possesses more than 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Mr Mitchell has been an instructor for his entertainment music bootcamp for over 10 years. Domonique’s bootcamp is all about music artists being mentally and physically fit for success in the music industry. NSYNC, TLC, DRU HILL, BOYZ II MEN, 112, ESCAPE, KEITH SWEAT, GERALD LEVERT, NEW EDITION and hundreds more.
Blues Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter Producer, and Entertainer… are just a few of the titles that describe the phenomenon of Theodis Ealey. a Mississippi native.
His credits include a star turn as Guitar Man in the theatrical production of Spunk, which is based on works by Zora Neale Thurston. He also appeared on television in the movies Miss Evers' Boys on HBO and A Kiss to Die For on NBC. In addition, he was featured on Ghetto Mafia's On da Grind CD. He toured the world with his band.
Born and raised in Mobile, AL, Carlett is a graduate of Alabama State University (ASU). She’s been in the music industry since the early ‘90s. In 1994, Carlett was signed to Mercury Records as part of a girl group, Female. Her real strength came though, through writing songs for various other music artists She’s also written music for television and film, as well as working as a vocal coach. Artists who have experienced her skills set include Shaq, Paula Abdul, KRS-1, Usher, Kid Rock, Christina Aguilera, David Archuleta, Hilary and Haley Duff, and many others
is a native of Los Angeles, California, a graduate of UCLA, and has a Masters of Education Degree from Jackson State University with more than 25 years of providing education and training at the collegiate, technical and vocational levels. She authored themanual Job Search Techniques: A Manual for Developing Skills to Secure Gainful Employment, which provides a curriculum of employability soft skills training and strategies for those seeking gainful employment and having fun in the discovery. She also facilitates job search and career workshops to assist with developing a plan that markets participants’ skills among employers
Gareth Hunter is a musician, song-writer, composer, producer, and philanthropist. Prior to his first composing contract at age 19 with H&H Records (a branch of A&M Music), Gareth was known to many as a child prodigy. He began playing percussion instruments in his father’s band at age three. By age four he competed in his first national competition in Denver, Colorado, placing third amongst adult competitors. He has performed and worked with Clarence Carter, Bobby Womack, Bobby Byrd, Zure' Craig, Jeffrey Lewis (of Tyler Perry), Beenie Man, Anthony Malvo.
Sandra "SaNa" Foster -Phd, Bandleader, Bassist, Vocalist
Sandra earned a MSSW in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare in 1984. After graduating, SaNa taught in Schools of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas from 1984-85; Grambling State University in Louisiana from 1985-87; University of Southern Mississippi in Hattisburg from 1987-1991; Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N. Carolina from 1991-97. She has been employed at The Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University since 1994. She is an Associate Professor. The SaNa Band has performed at the Auburn Street Festival, Black Arts Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Underground Atlanta Heritage Arts Festival, Reynoldstown Wheelbarrow Festival, Dekalb Down Home Blues Festival, Greater Atlanta Blues Festival, WRFG Radio Station's Birthday Party and Blues Barbeque, The City of Atlanta Arts Program, Auburn Avenue Spring and Garden Show, Link Juneteenth Festival, Hammond's House Galleries Juneteenth Festival, Darwins Back Porch Blues Festival, Centennial Park Wind Down Wednesday, and the Montreux Atlanta Music Festival.
The mission of B.E.S.T. Academy High School is to facilitate excellence in student achievement, culture, climate, and stakeholde involvement through the development of a high functioning community of learners.
The vision of B.E.S.T. Academy High School is to facilitate the development of a community of learners who are globally competitive leaders.
JUNE 22nd – 23rd
1st Day - Classroom Workshops/Demonstrations
Live Band Clinic
2nd Day – Classroom
Developing Job Preparedness
Blues Drum Clinic
Blues Camp Certificate Presentation
Blues Artist/Mentors Demonstrations
Youth Blues Juke House Jam Session
Guest artist to perform with youth
Performance by the Belmont Youth Band
Students will receive BGAS Certificate of Completion
BELMONT YOUTH BAND
The Belmont Youth Band is a continuing free music instruction program, that works with youth of all backgrounds, all musical talents, and all levels. Participating with an organized band, gives children a skill that will carry them throughout their young lives, and beyond to adulthood. Students are provided the instrument of their choice and each class build on basic fundamentals that lead to great futures. Vivian Lamont and Rudy Pendleton, Program Co-Directors organized the youth band at the Belmont Arts and Cultural Center in January 2003. Children participating in the program start from ages 8 - 18 years old. The group performs in various concerts each year at venues such as, The Public Library, The Pensacola Cultural Center for Performing Arts, WEAR Channel 3 Broadcasting, Gulf Coast Arts Festival, and many other community functions. Our program also care for the youth while at classes and at their performances, with transportation and food provided. So anyone can relate, that their donations will be put to very good use. Parents of the Belmont Youth Band, will tell you that our program has helped keep many children out of trouble by giving them something positive to do in the community. Music education is a great opportunity for children socially, and academically. A college education that might be attained through our scholarship program, or our college preparatory program through music that could lead to college. Memberships make it possible for disadvantaged youth to participate in these music programs because of their families economic status. I hope that knowing about the Belmont Youth Band and its Program will compel you to support our Youth Band today!