Born and raised in the "Live Music Capital of the World," Abe The Assassin is no stranger to music. Abe grew up in, and eventually ran the family record store in Austin, Texas. He was dubbed, "The Assassin" for simply "killing" the club, wowing the audiences since day one behind the decks. Abe has been tapped by the biggest hip hop and top 40 KiSSFM stations in Austin to be featured as on air talent, as well as being featured on the small screen as the tv and real life DJ for hit NBC drama, 'Friday Night Lights'. Abe The Assassin is no stranger to accolades, having been tagged as a Scion Emerging Artist, won numerous best of Austin nightlife related awards, and being in demand at some of the best clubs in Austin and around the country as one of the most diverse, sought after DJs in Texas. His biggest award to date is taking home the crown at the 2012 Red Bull Thre3style regional in his hometown, with the national title in his sights. Recognizing his skill, Abe was recruited to the Free Agent Management roster of artists and has since performed at nationally known venues and includes major corporate events like Super Bowl XLV, Bud Light's private island in the Carribbean, BCS national championship, and more. Abe also co produces a party that's arguably the unofficial kickoff to the SXSW music week for the last few years, the Assassin Entertainment/Free Agent Management Showcase. Looking towards the future, expect more mixtapes, bigger clubs, and many, many more press clippings. Sonically speaking, Abe The Assassin is just that. Capable of making dance floors across the country, young to old, square to hip, a target of his musical massacre.
Matt Beio is currently a graduate student at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He started marching drum corps in high school, playing marimba for the Pioneer drum and bugle corps in 2007. He played marimba in the Colts drum and bugle corps from 2008-2010 (section leader in 2010), and in 2009 received the bronze medal at DCI Solo and Ensemble for individual keyboard. In 2011 he aged out of DCI on marimba with the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps. In 2011 he also played marimba for Rhythm X (two time WGI World Champions). Matt's teaching experience includes state finalist for Bloomington High School in 2010-2011 as well as DCI open class finalist Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.
Matt Brusca is currently the Assistant Band Director/Percussion Coordinator for Bartlesville Public Schools. He also works on staff with WGI Independent World Class Finalist, Gateway Indoor and DCI Open Class Finalist, the Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps. Additionally, he serves as the Co-Founder/Director of the U.S.-Serbian Drum Line Exchange, which presented clinics and performances on U.S. marching percussion in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia during the summers of 2011 and 2012. Matt's performing experiences include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Bears Drum Line, the NCAA Cross Country Championships, among others. He has also been seen performing on FOX, TBS, ESPN, and the MLB Network. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Missouri Southern State University and a Master's degree in Percussion Performance from Illinois State University.
Anne Harris, singer/songwriter, violinist and recording artist is one of Chicago's best. She cites her unique "conscious music" genre as a mix between traditional Celtic music, American folk-rock, Afrobeat, soul and chamber music. In 2009 Harris became a guest violinist with psychedelic 70's legend Jefferson Starship and began touring regularly with world-renowned trance-blues innovator, Otis Taylor. Now, between tour dates with Taylor, Harris has been performing with her band, writing, evolving and working on what's next. No less than you'd expect from an artist who's clearly unfolding in the most extraordinary way.
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Jeff Queen, world-renowned percussion performer and instructor, currently works as percussion consultant for Madison Scouts Corp. Jeff has extensive drum corps experience having marched in the Bluecoats, Velvet Knights, Santa Clara Vanguard and Blue Knights. Jeff was the DCI's I&E snare drum champion in 1994 & 1995 and an original cast member of the Emmy award winning Broadway show BLAST! Jeff also travels the world as an active composer, arranger, judge, clinician and performer.