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Aimee Fields

Assistant School Director and Music Education Specialist

Aimee was born and raised in Oakland through a family of musicians and artists. At the age of four she decided that in addition to singing, she was going to play the saxophone one day. At 9 years old she learned to play the saxophone and by 11 she was learning to play drums. By the time she reached middle school she was teaching a beginning African drumming and dance class with African-Roots of Jazz Performing Arts Academy and working as a teaching assistant for the beginning orchestra class at her school. Once she reached high school she was playing sax and drums in the Skyline High School Marching Band, and the Laney College Stage band. By sophomore year she was the drum-major of the marching band, Performing Arts Department mentor and a drummer and saxophone player in the award-winning Skyline Jazz Band. Along the way she also learned to play the flute, other percussion instruments, and the ukulele, which she also teaches at Starland.

Aimee recently graduated from UC Berkeley with her Bachelor’s in American Studies. Her main passion in music is encouraging young and returning musicians to enjoy playing and learning and teaching about the effects music can have on cognitive development and behavior. She has been working at Starland since 2012 and is excited to help get you started with your musical experience!

1.Alive or Dead, What Musician would you do anything to see perform/meet?
Hard Question! I love the Jazz greats so I’d see Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Sara Vaughn, John Coltrane and Elvin Jones. I also love all Motown era music so I’d love to meet Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder to name just a few!

2. Greatest Musical Influence?
Percussion-wise, I’d say Elvin Jones, Terri Lyn Carrington, or Sheila E. Vocally, I’d say Eric Benet, Maxwell, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Sara Vaughn, and some other Gospel/Soul singers. For Saxophone I’d say John Coltrane or Charlie Parker. They all always have something awesome to say through their music. And for Uke, of course Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (Somewhere Over the Rainbow)!

3. Any hidden talents besides music?
I can (and love) to DANCE! In my spare time I am an apprentice dancer in Diamano Coura West African Dance Company. I also have my own baking business making all kinds of yummy and pretty treats! I also love to paint, and I can speak French!

4. What did you want to be while you were growing up?
Originally I wanted to be a professional Cheerleader. Then Doctor, then teacher, then film director, then music therapist, then a teacher again!

5. If you could have any ‘Super Power’, which one would it be?
Ability to acquire all known and unknown knowledge. Then I could figure out how to create the rest of the super powers and become a Mega Human with all the powers ever known and unknown to human kind!…of course

6. If you could master any other instrument which would it be?
Bass and Piano. I’m getting there! I have a bit of the basics down on both but I’m ready to dive in! Aside from those, I would LOVE to learn to play the cello. Such a beautiful, warm sound!

7. Have you had what people would consider your “15 Minutes of Fame”, and if so when/what was that?
For 3 years I was the drum-major of the only marching band in Oakland, Skyline High School as well as a player in our regionally recognized Jazz Band. I also had a small band that would play at a few local cafes. Lastly, I played in and co-taught African Roots of Jazz Youth Drummers; my best friend and I would get to sing, dance, and drum every weekend on stages all over the Bay Area. As of now, I perform twice a year with my West African Dance Company and perform on Monday nights at Fireside Lounge here in Alameda. Then of course I also perform at the Annual All-School Recital every year! (In 2015 I performed a total of 32 times!)

8. It’s your last meal: What would it be?
A LOT. Including but not limited to a little Italian, French, Mexican, Thai, and Soul foods. All of my favorite dishes from each PLUS as much ice cream as I could handle.

9. You’re sent to a deserted island, and you only have one album to listen to: Which is it?
Can it be a mixed CD I made? 😉 If not, then Love Supreme by John Coltrane. Every time I hear it I hear something new! Or maybe a Stevie Wonder album! I seem to never get tired of his music.

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Holland Sibley

Music Education Specialist and Music Retail Sales Expert

Holland was born in Oakland, Ca but grew up mostly in Alameda. Ever since she was little she could remember listening to music. Both her grandfather and great-grandfather were Jazz musicians by way of Virginia and Arkansas. Her maternal grandfather was a self taught pianist that would play at night clubs. Since he couldn’t read music he always put importance on music lesson, which is why Holly’s mother learned to play piano, and eventually lead to Holly being enrolled in the Yamaha piano course.

Starting music at an early age encouraged Holly to explore different types of genres. She used to sit in front of her parents stereo with huge headphones and tons of cd’s scattered around her.
After a brief hiatus from music, at the age of 8, Holly moved to Alameda and her mother enrolled at Starland Music Center, where she studied under Dennis Cole. During that time she also began playing the saxophone at Lincoln Middle School under Dan Dooha-Chambers, which she played until her sophomore year in High School.

Wanting to expand her musical knowledge, she approached Thomas Perry the Starland drum instructor, and she immediately switched to drums. She has been learning drums with Thomas for almost 8 years. She also loves to credit herself with being one of his first students. Holland has been with us at Starland since 2011, and is ready to help you start your musical journey right away!

1.Alive or Dead, What Musician would you do anything to see perform/meet?
Stevie Ray Vaughn

2. Greatest Musical Influence?
One influence leads to another, but my first bit of inspiration came from Sam Cooke.

3. Any hidden talents besides music?
Sports and I am hilarious, like people should pay me funny.

4. What did you want to be while you were growing up?
Retired .

5. If you could have any ‘Super Power’, which one would it be?
Toss up. Speed/Flight/Strength.

6. If you could master any other instrument which would it be?
Guitar.

7. Have you had what people would consider your “15 Minutes of Fame”, and if so when/what was that?
Not yet, but I’m having my agent look into it…

8. It’s your last meal: What would it be?
A buffet.

9. You’re sent to a deserted island, and you only have one album to listen to: Which is it?
Not fair.

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Stefan Warmuth

Music Education Specialist and Music Retail Sales Expert

Stefan is from down south in Santa Cruz, C.A. and only recently moved into the area. He started playing recorder In grade school and kept with it. Everyone else in his class threw the instrument away but he practiced all summer and was soon taking private lessons. He fell in love with celtic music at age 8 and has been focusing on the genre ever since. Recorder is still his best instrument, but at a celtic music camp he fell in love with bagpipes. He has been back every year since playing highland pipes. He focused on technique with his teacher David Brewer and soon was competing with the Monterey Pipe Band. In high school he played with the Santa Cruz Pipes and Drums and the SCHS Marching Band. Moving forward, He was one of the founding members of the Ninja Pipers and ordered a set of Uilleann pipes.
His love of music brought him to dance. The dancing community in Santa Cruz is small so his dance teaching brought him to Oakland and to Starland. Now that his new pipes have arrived he is working on singing and bagpipe accompaniment. Stefan brings with him these 18 years of musical training and the musical experience that come with it. He has been working at Starland since 2015 and is excited to help get you started with your musical experience!

1.Alive or Dead, What Musician would you do anything to see perform/meet?
Turlough O’Carolan the last great blind harper of Ireland.

2. Greatest Musical Influence?
David Brewer From the band Molly’s Revenge.

3. Any hidden talents besides music?
I teach partner dancing.

4. What did you want to be while you were growing up?
I wanted to drive the big red truck and be a fireman.

5. If you could have any ‘Super Power’, which one would it be?
Ability to speed up and slow time. Time travel is far too dangerous with potential paradoxes.

6. If you could master any other instrument which would it be?
I kinda have my heart set on cello next.

7. Have you had what people would consider your “15 Minutes of Fame”, and if so when/what was that?
Bagpiping with the Santa Cruz Ninja Pipers in kilts and ninja costumes on Halloween in downtown Santa Cruz.

8. It’s your last meal: What would it be?
Homemade lasagna, corn on the cob, sauteed green beans, salad with pretty much everything in it, chocolate mousse cheesecake, and lemon meringue pie.

9. You’re sent to a deserted island, and you only have one album to listen to: Which is it?
This is an impossible question I want so many different artists for so many different reasons. Right now I think Blind Threshold by Beats Antique but after a week I’d probably want Olafur Arnalds’ Living Room Songs.

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Holly Scheld

Music Education Specialist and Music Retail Sales Expert

Holly is a Bay Area native who’s been involved in music her whole life. Her first musical performance was in Kindergarten when she sang the “Star Spangled Banner”, and she’s been singing ever since. She soon after joined several Bay Area choirs including the Redwood Christian Choir, and Cantare con Vivo.
In middle school she started learning guitar from her choir teacher and fell in love again. Holly is currently studying music at Laney College in Oakland, and plays guitar and sings in a number of combos around the area. She is currently working on recording with her own band, Honey Orbison.

Holly’s favorite thing about music is that listening and playing eases problems, and has given her direction in life, and constantly inspires her. Her ultimate goal is to own and operate a destination recording studio in the Pacific Northwest.

In her spare time she loves to do photography, play music, sew, cook, and spend time with her puppy! She has been working at Starland since 2016 and is excited to help get you started with your musical experience!

1.Alive or Dead, What Musician would you do anything to see perform/meet?
Alive: Carole King!
Dead: Nina Simone!!
Women that make me sing!

2. Greatest Musical Influence?
I am influenced by a wide range of music, lately by ambient and instrumental music. I try to be open to different styles of music. There’s an endless amount of new and old music out there that I have yet to hear.

3. Any hidden talents besides music?
I shoot film photography! I shoot primarily 35mm film but I also dabble in medium format, and develop my own film. I shoot a lot of landscapes, portraits and have recently been experimenting with double/multiple exposures.

4. What did you want to be while you were growing up?
I wanted to be a vet, a nurse, a teacher, a movie star and a mommy, all at once!

5. If you could have any ‘Super Power’, which one would it be?
I have definitely weighed the options and I would choose the power of shape-shifting like a changeling.

6. If you could master any other instrument which would it be?
I would want to master the piano. I have played a bit here and there for a while now but I think I could really dedicate myself and improve my skill set.

7. Have you had what people would consider your “15 Minutes of Fame”, and if so when/what was that?
Definitely not. I only hope to be respected for my achievements. Although I enjoy performing for others, being in the spotlight off the stage does not seem very appealing to me.

8. It’s your last meal: What would it be?
Seafood buffet, for sure. With some Loard’s ice cream 🙂

9. You’re sent to a deserted island, and you only have one album to listen to: Which is it?
Oh my..a difficult situation. Close to the Edge by YES. Their songs are like fairy tales lyrically and they are a really talented group of musicians. Always hear something new when I listen to it.

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