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.
Kevin Casey - Band Coach
Kevin Casey is an accomplished songwriter, lead vocalist, guitar player, performer, producer & engineer in the 70’s rock style. His band RubberSideDown (2000 - 2014) played over 800 shows, released 5 albums, had over a dozen songs licensed for TV and film, and shared the stage with many top 70’s rock acts including Joe Perry Project, Gin Blossoms, Eddie Money, Montrose, Y&T, NightRanger, George Lynch, Gilby Clark, LA Guns, The Romantics, and many others. In 2011 he was the lead vocalist for Ronnie Montrose Band on West Coast Tour dates.
He is a voting member of the Recording Academy (Grammys) LA Chapter. He has served as a band coach and vocal performance coach for all age groups in the SF Bay Area.
Kevin relocated to Palm Springs from San Francisco in July 2017. He now performs with a new band, The Desert Crows, in the Coachella Valley. He has 2 adult daughters and a 2-year-old granddaughter.