Robert Santelli

was named Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum in 2006. A noted blues and rock historian, Santelli is also the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including Greetings From E Street and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, both New York Times bestsellers. Santelli contributed to Rolling Stone and The New York Times, among other periodicals. In 1993, Santelli was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, moving to Cleveland in 1995 to become the museum’s first Director of Education and Vice President of Public Programs. In 2000, he became the CEO of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the first-ever interactive music museum. Santelli also developed the UK’s first pop music museum, the British Music Experience. Since opening the GRAMMY Museum, Santelli has created “An Evening With…,” a series that features in-depth interviews with artists such as Dave Matthews, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Nicks, Clive Davis, and many more.


Brandon Keith Thomas

(born September 19, 1993) known by his stage name Bam Keith (formerly BamAnakin) is a music producer with AEG Entertainment. In this role, Bam Keith manages a team named WAA (We Are Art formed in 2012) in all aspects of music, including production, writing and promotion. 
A big believer in music, Bam supports Music Cares. 
Bam is also a qualified musician that plays 16 instruments and holds the certification from the Grammy Museums Music Revolution Project. Bam Keith is no stranger to music production, having spent 14 years as a musician and a technological enthusiast, where he played drums in jazz band, piano and organ at churches, won competitions for band and practiced on his old computer on music production religiously. 


Dana Reason

is instructor of Popular Music Studies at Oregon State University in the School of Arts & Communication. She is also the founder and artistic director of Between the Cracks Forum: music, sound & interactivity (2008-present); a cross-disciplinary initiative designed to foster contemporary and creative music performance and development. As a pianist, composer and improvisor, Reason has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe and can be heard on over 11 CD recordings. 

Reason holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University; a master's in Composition from Mills College, and a Ph.D. in Musicology/Critical Studies from the University of California San Diego. danareason.com


Mike Gamble

was born in the U.S. of A’s smallest state, Rhode Island, and has been on the road ever since. Gamble pursued a degree in jazz at the New England Conservatory. He now teaches audio production at Oregon State University and is in and out of his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, touring the states and Europe. While living in New York from 2002-2013, he performed monthly with indie rockers Seequill, his solo project Scrambler, as well as other NYC fixtures like Bobby Previte, The Brooklyn Qawwali Party, and Pete Robbins. For seven years Gamble held down a weekly series he called 4playbar4 in Park Slope. He has also has worked on soundtracks, notably "Manda Bala," an award-winning critical look at the Brazilian kidnapping regime and "Captured." 


Ryan Biesack

is a drummer, percussionist and educator who maintains an active teaching and performing schedule in the jazz, rock and improvised music worlds. He holds both a Bachelor of Music Performance from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. Biesack has been an instructor of music and drum set at Oregon State University since 2009, where he teaches drum set, The History of Rock & Roll, Reggae History, and directs the OSU Jazz Ensemble. Some of Biesack's most recent playing can be heard with NYC based saxophonist Hashem Assadullahi’s Sextet, whose latest Origin Records release, “Pieces," features dynamic original jazz compositions performed by a stellar line-up of musicians, featuring the unparalleled Ron Miles on trumpet.