The AMP Committee is proud to announce our All-Star line up of instructors, specialists, and band coaches. All of our teaching staff are professional musicians, performers, educators, and trained by some of the top academic institutions in the world. Cumulatively, they have centuries of experience teaching and performing, have performed tens of thousands of songs, and are well versed in countless genres. AMP is excited to provide these instructors to the young musicians of the Coachella Valley as coaches, mentors, teachers, and bandmates.
All AMP staff members have been background checked, live-scanned, and are held to the highest of professional standards. They comply with all the California State Department of Justice standards for employment working with children.
Calvin Williams - Guitar
Calvin Williams is a lifelong musician and guitar instructor and performer. Born in the suburbs of Boston Massachusetts, he began his music education at age seven with seven years of classical and contemporary piano study. By thirteen his musical interests had shifted more towards guitar and rock music. He began playing in bands in middle school and got his first experience playing live shows in high school. After high school he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, as a guitar performance major and greatly broadened his musical knowledge and capabilities. During this time he taught and performed in bands professionally throughout the Greater Boston area. In the spring of 2016 he moved to southern California and has continued to perform in multiple groups and teach guitar both privately and at the Academy of Musical Performance in the Coachella Valley.
Humberto Vela - Drums, Percussion
Born in San Jose, California, drummer/percussionist Humberto Vela has been a sought after session player for over 10 years. Inspired by his father who was a Latin drummer, Humberto quickly learned his first beat's at age 7. His passion for drumming would drive him to learn all styles of music before ultimately graduating from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles in 1996. After studying under such great's as Bruce Becker, Walfredo Reyes Jr., and Richie Gajate-Garcia. Humberto turned his focus on playing all rhythmic instruments including percussion, cajon and even steel drum.
Now residing in the Palm Springs area Humberto can be seen fusing both drums and percussion to provide a full rhythm section sound. He has spent many year's touring steadily all across the world, performing in Indonisia, Spain and Germany. Humberto has had the pleasure of performing with such artists as Peter White, Spyro Gyro, Walter Beasley, Chris Botti, Gerald Albright, Erik Darius, Jessy J., Jeff Golub, Jeff Lorber, Kirk Whalum and Gerald Veasley and can be seen on the DVD/CD by Steve Oliver entitled "One Night Live" released on nu groove records and released by Sony.
Courtney Chambers - Vocals / Guitar / Keyboards
Southern California Native Courtney Chambers started singing and making up songs from the age of 5, but it wasn’t until she turned 10 that she began to formally study music on the piano.
At 17, her father bought her a guitar for a graduation present and this is where she finally found her musical voice and began to find her place as a writer on the guitar. She went on to study music at Fullerton College with an emphasis in Classical Voice. She founded Royal Daughter Records in 2001 when she released her debut album “Imperfect Like Me”. In 2003, she began teaching voice, guitar and piano, finding another way to share her passion for music.
Since then, she has released 4 more records on her independent label. In 2010, she joined the ranks of Dog N Butterfly (a tribute to Heart) playing the part of guitarist Nancy Wilson. In 2011, she also joined the country group Jasmine Fields as a guitarist/vocalist. She has also accompanied other artists on guitar and vocals such as LA artist Gabe Lopez and childhood heroine Belinda Carlisle. Chambers continues to make records and tour with several acts.
Abie Perkins - Vocals, Piano, Sax
Abie moved to southern California 20 years ago and has beensharing his gift of music ever since. Starting his own company, Shaken Not Stirred Entertainment, Abie’s diverse range of talents include, charismatic performances, producing, writing, acting, and instructing others in the philosophy in the entertainment of the arts. Whether on stage in front of thousands, or recording in a production studio, as long as it has something to do with entertainment, that’s where Abie will always feel at home.