Masterclass year 2013

In 2001, the Saint Louis Music Center hosted a series of extraordinary Masterclasses taught by national and international artists, students had the honor of learning directly from the best in their field, honing their skills and gaining valuable perspectives. These experiences shaped their artistic paths and helped define the future of music in St. Louis.


Pat Mastelotto started playing drums at the age of 10 and gained his first experiences in some local bands during his high school years. He later worked as a session player in the Los Angeles area, playing for artists such as Scandal, Al Jarreau, The Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle, Kenny Loggins, and Martika.
In 1982 he founded the band Mr. Mister together with Richard Page and Steve George of Pages. The group topped the charts with the singles “Broken Wings” and “Kyrie” from the album “Welcome to the Real World,” before disbanding in 1990 due to some internal disagreements.
Mastelotto has gone on to play as a session player for XTC, The Sugarcubes, Hall & Oates, Cock Robin, Eddie Money, Tina Arena, Hector Zazou, Matthew Sweet, Robyn Hitchcock, The Rembrandts, Kim Mitchell, Björk, and others, cementing his reputation as a versatile and highly regarded drummer in the music industry.


Eric Marienthal moved with his family to San Mateo, California, when he was only 2 years old. His passion for music emerged during his elementary school years, when he took up the saxophone, an instrument that inspired him deeply. Marienthal often cited his father as a source of musical inspiration, a fan of the music of the 1940s and 1950s, with a fondness for artists such as Boots Randolph, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra. Because of the progress in his learning, his father gave him a Selmer saxophone and enrolled him in Corona Del Mar High School. During his education, Marienthal also learned to play guitar (in elementary school), flute and clarinet (both in high school), and later piano. Since 1976 he has studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston.


Stuart Hamm, known as Stu (New Orleans, Feb. 8, 1960), is an American bassist famous for his sessions with numerous artists and for his virtuosity.
He has collaborated with Steve Vai, Frank Gambale and Joe Satriani. It was really thanks to Satriani that Hamm’s talent shone in San Francisco clubs. To this day, he continues his collaboration with the Italian-American guitarist, both in the studio and live. Currently, Hamm is the leader of a rock-fusion band, where he demonstrates his mastery of creating innovative grooves and bass lines. With a career spanning decades of success and accolades, Hamm remains an iconic figure in the music world, inspiring generations of bassists with his exceptional talent.


Tom Kennedy is an American bassist renowned for his brilliant career. He is best known for being a member of the Dave Weckl Band, contributing to their distinctive sound with his mastery on bass. Kennedy also co-founded the supergroup Planet X with Derek Sherinian, Virgil Donati and Tony MacAlpine, demonstrating his versatility and creativity in the world of fusion and progressive music. With exceptional talent and charismatic stage presence, Kennedy has left a significant imprint on the contemporary music scene. His technical skill and passion for musical innovation make him a benchmark for bassists around the world.


Tollak Ollestad is an American harmonica player, singer, keyboardist and composer. He is best known for his signature harmonica performance in the theme of the television series Northern Exposure and for recordings with artists such as Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Earth Wind and Fire, Natalie Cole, Gino Vannelli, Dave Grusin, and Billy Idol, among others. His live performance skills have led him to share the stage with major touring artists. With his mastery of the harmonica and his musical eclecticism, Ollestad has left a significant mark on the music scene, distinguishing himself through his engaging performances and his ability to enrich recordings with his voice and multifaceted talent.


Stanley Jordan is an American guitarist renowned for his contributions to the development of jazz guitar technique, primarily based on hammer-on, pull-off and tapping.
He graduated in composition and digital music from Princeton University in 1981, where he studied with leading digital music artists such as Paul Lansky and Milton Babbitt. Through his innovative guitar technique, Jordan has won admirers around the world, demonstrating exceptional mastery of the instrument and boundless creativity. With his unique style and ability to blend diverse musical influences, Jordan has left an indelible mark on the landscape of jazz and contemporary music, inspiring generations of guitarists with his brilliance and versatility.


I studied at RAMA in Aarhus. I graduated in 1993 with a degree in “Rhythm Guitar.” I also hold degrees in ensemble teaching pedagogy, choir conducting and children’s music, so I have a relatively broad background. Only a year after graduation, I was contacted as a lecturer at the music academies in Aarhus and Aalborg. In 1998, I was assigned the position of “Associate Professor.” In addition to my teaching work at RAMA, I give concerts, compose, arrange, do workshops and master classes. Because of my experience and training, I am able to offer a full range of musical skills both as a teacher and as an active musician.