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.
Matt Forsyth - Drums, Percussion
Los Angeles native Matt Forsyth has been active in the music community for over 25 years as both a player, producer and engineer. He began his playing career as a drummer on the LA music scene in 1986. In 1989 he became a founding member of the progressive rock band “Cornerstone” during which time he worked with famed producers Peter Carson and Beau Hill. Honing his production chops Matt went on to work with super star singer Jackie Deshannon as both drummer and musical director. Over the next 15 years Matt would work with multi Grammy award winning artist such as Chick Corea and the Electric Band, Macy Gray, Ricky Minor, Blood Sweat and Tears, En Vogue, Marvin Hamlish, Lee Ritenour, Simon Phillips, Dave Weckl, Mike Stern, and many many more.
In 2017 Matt was accepted into the prestigious jazz studies program at California State University Northridge where he is currently working towards his masters degree in jazz performance and music education. He spends his time teaching privately, doing national clinics sponsored by Remo, and performing with various artist both in the studio and on stage.
Rosie Tucker - Bass
Rosie Tucker is a songwriter, composer, and performer based in Los Angeles.
She has performed her songs in a great variety of venues in Los Angeles and around the country and received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California in May of 2016. During her time in university Rosie co-founded Musicians Unite in Support of Equality, a student group dedicated to connecting and educating aspiring female & nonbinary music professionals. Inspired by MUSE, Rosie’s undergraduate thesis project investigated gender disparities in post-secondary audio-technology education in the United States.
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.