Dan Welby – Drums / Owner
Dan moved to Los Angeles from Massachusetts in 1999 to attend Musicians Institute, where he studied percussion. After graduating from MI, Dan started teaching and building a solid student base throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. He has enjoyed a solid schedule with an average of 40 students per week for the last 12 years.
Dan’s drumming career began back in 1992, where he was playing music with friends and studying with the local drum teacher. Since moving to Los Angeles Dan has been a part of several bands and projects. He has played live shows throughout the United States while on tour, has been involved in many music videos and has also been involved in many professional recording sessions with top notch producers in Hollywood.
Dan is currently the drummer for: Electra, Time And The Dragon, and Colin Reid.
His past bands include: Hostile Groove, Hell Hath No Fury, Time Out, Damn Hippie Freaks, and Black Moon Dog.
Electra Barakos – Voice / Piano / Owner
Electra Barakos was born in Los Angeles California, but raised in Athens, Greece. Influenced by her father who is a professional Bass player, Electra started her music career from a very early age. She started playing piano when she was 6 years old, wrote her first song and recorded it when she was 8, was involved in a professional children’s choir in Greece, performed for the Greek President, and attended a Performing arts high school in Athens. After graduating she returned to Los Angeles to continue her music studies and to pursue a music career.
Today Electra holds a Bachelors degree in Music – Opera, and is the lead singer/co-songwriter of her original rock pop band.
Electra joined by Hyland Church on guitar/co-songwriter, her father Yanni Barakos on Bass, and Dan Welby on drums, has invaded Hollywood like a storm. For the last 8 years the band has been performing relentlessly all over the Los Angeles and Orange County Area. They have opened up for some amazing artists such as Lita Ford, Berlin, Missing Persons, Great White, Jared Lee, Dilana, and was part of the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival along with Smashing Pumpkins, Slash, Neon Trees, and more, and the 2011 SSMF along with Motley Crue, Public Enemy, Bush and more. Electra currently has an EP available on itunes titled “Problem Child”. Their music video for their single “Problem Child” has currently reached over 65,000 views on youtube.
On February 2015, Electra got invited to compete on the TV show The Voice of Greece, season 2. Her journey on The Voice of Greece ended in May 2015, after making it all the way to the live shows.
On August 11th, 2015 Electra and her band released their full length debut album “These Times”, which was produced, mixed and engineered by Mike Plotnikoff (Papa Roach, Kelly Clarkson, Flyleaf, Three Days Grace, Halestorm). The Album includes “I Can’t Breathe”, a song featuring PHIL X of BON JOVI who played guitar and bouzouki, a Greek instrument on the track. The album also features the two singles “Tomorrow’s Not There”, and “These Times”.
Electra has been teaching voice for over 8 years and is a certified Vocal Power Instructor. She has helped her students get on television singing competitions, accepted in prestigious music schools, and get signed to major record labels.
Darren McGuire – Bass / Sax / Guitar / Vocals etc
“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love…you make.” When your parents met working together at a record shop in the ‘70s, it’s kind of hard to avoid being indoctrinated with music and eventually taking it on as a career. The Beatles, The Police/Sting, Led Zeppelin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Pink Floyd and other similar artists became the aural fabric of my life. I was filled with music from day 1; it got in me, it’s still there and it’s never going away.
From those humble beginnings in Allentown, Pennsylvania, it led me to live in places such as Brooklyn, New York and Los Angeles, where I’ve been based since 2010. It has influenced every decision in my life. I’ve been fortunate enough to tour all over the United States, and perform on cruise ships internationally, all while playing just about every style/genre of music you can imagine. I may have come up with rock, but jazz, Latin, R&B, soul, gospel, reggae, hip hop, country, classical and even musical theatre have all had a major influence on me. I’ve recorded multiple instruments on a multitude of albums. 7 different instruments to be exact, but my biggest love, the bass, is the instrument I have logged most of my work on.
However, my two most favorite things to do in music are write, and teach. Why? Because I get to utilize the vast knowledge I’ve gained along the way. I received my bachelor’s degree in Bass Performance from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2013, receiving the Outstanding Student Award. I learned much about writing songs, music theory, and the business of music. So why not share? Music is fun, it is inspiring, and it is moving. It’s sewn into the fabric of our lives. It tells our stories, and mine is no exception. As a musician, I feel it is my duty to share what I know and pass on the great tradition of music, so that it may live on with us.
Johnny Tredent – Piano
Johnny Tredent, grew up in Calabasas, CA and from a very young age developed a huge passion for music. He started by playing drums in various bands, and then switched to piano while studying Songwriting at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Johnny, Berklee College graduate can now play 6 instruments including including piano, singing, guitar, bass, and as he himself states “the computer, it’s now an instrument right?”… When he is not teaching, he composes music for his project “Walk Forever” and performs regionally.
With a 1000 + songs so far under his belt, a really good ear, a deep understanding of music theory, and a passion for teaching, Johnny can have you playing your favorite songs within minutes.
William Grundler – Vocals / Piano
William Grundler earned his BM in Classical Vocal Performance at California State University, Northridge, studying with Dr. David Sannerud. During his studies at CSUN he achieved honors and awards for his many performances, both as a leader and as a solo musician*. Since beginning his musical journey at the age of 9, where he was playing and composing on the piano, William has expanded his playing and composing using guitar and bass guitar. His 7 years of practice on those instruments along with his unique left handed approach on the right handed guitar, have expanded his composing and playing into various genres including rock, jazz, film cues, modern, classical and musical theater.
William has performed his compositions, as well as timeless classics, in over 50 venues throughout southern California including “Valley Performing Arts Center” and “West Valley Playhouse”. He has performed the role of Motel in the musical classic, Fiddler On The Roof and has performed with the Ventura College Jazz Band. He composed and recorded an EP and arranged a series of successful concerts with a friend to raise thousands of dollars to build a new school in Sierra Leone.
*Achievements: Outstanding Student: Northridge Singers Award Steven M. Williams’ Memorial Scholarship Endowment Tenor solo, Olim Lacus Colueram from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, The Impresario in Mozart’s Der Shauspieldirektor, Tinca in Puccini’s Il Tabarro, Studio work as a vocalist for Mike Reagan, composer of Any Given Sunday, Studio work as a pianist for Our Lady of Assumption.
Josh Steck – Guitar / Bass
With nearly 20 years of experience in music performance and education, Josh’s lessons are a sure way to get you playing guitar and learning music. He is well-versed in multiple musical styles ranging from Contemporary Fingerstyle, Hard Rock, Jazz and Blues.As a guitarist, Josh has performed and produced music with several artists* and has performed in many great venues throughout Pennsylvania and southern California. As a teacher, he has been working with an average of 15 students every week, most of which perform in his Performance Showcases.
Before moving to California in 2004, Josh cut his teeth in the music business working alongside the likes of Pat Martino, Larry Coryell, Abraham Laboriel, and Benny Golson while serving as a technical stage supervisor on the Annual Jazz Seminar and Concert, Pittsburgh’s pre-eminent jazz music event.
Josh holds a BA in Music from the University of Pittsburgh and is also an accomplished vocal/choral musician.
Kayla Bailey – Vocals
Kayla Bailey is thrilled to be joining SoundCheck Music School! Kayla received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from California Lutheran University and her Masters degree in Vocal Arts at California State University Northridge
Her Opera/Theatre credits include: Into the Woods (Rapunzel), Pericles Prince of Tyre (Thaisa), Signor Deluso (Celie), Cendrillon (Noemie), Die Fledermaus (Adele).
This past summer, Kayla performed internationally, entertaining thousands of guests on the high seas for Silversea Cruises in the Mediterranean. In addition to performing, Kayla serves as rehearsal assistant for Los Robles Children’s Choir, music specialist for Los Cerritos Middle School, and is very thrilled to be teaching and sharing her passion with our students at SoundCheck Music School.