Music Leaders

ERIN OSBORNE - Music Leader

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What do you do for PMZ?
I am a music leader for PMZ. My expertise is in band development and jam band scenarios, but I constantly strive to expand my knowledge to lead in all of our wonderfully eclectic programs.

Do you play any instruments?
My voice is my favourite instrument, but I also play guitar, bass, and piano.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
I would say the bass is my spirit instrument! I am funky, and have a booming personality and voice! Also I am a good staple to any group by helping to keep everyone in sync.

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has made me a more confident empathetic person. Since I’ve started teaching and leading I have become infinitely happier and more fulfilled.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The best part of working at PMZ is that as a musician and person I am constantly growing. I am challenged to always work harder, to make sure all of our participants get as much as they can out of their time with us. It is also great being part of a team that is so focused and supportive of one another. I feel encouraged to be as great as I can be at PMZ!

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
The first album I bought was The Rembrandts L.P. I really loved the TV show “Friends”, and around age of 7, I was singing the harmony to the theme song, not even knowing that I was singing something different than the melody.

 


DEBORAH WOOLLASTON- Music Leader

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What do you do for PMZ?
I'm a music leader on various projects at PMZ, including ‘Digital Orchestra’ an ensemble for people with disabilities who have experience of making music at PMZ using a wide range of digital technology.

Do you play any instruments?
I'm a bit of a Jack of all trades, I play saxophone, piano, guitar, accordion, ukelele but my specialism is electronic gadgetry. I like to think I can make music out of anything.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

Something electronic with lots of settings to accommodate my short attention span.

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has given me a purpose, a way of communicating and the ability to assault people's ears with the more "interesting" elements of my output!

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The best thing is the amazing team! And the opportunity to work on such a wide range of projects.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Blondie's Parallel Lines and Adam Ant's Prince Charming.
 


RACHEL THAME - Music Leader

 

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What do you do for PMZ?
I work as a music leader with a speciality in early years. I am also currently loving music making with participants with dementia.  The cycle of life in a musical day!

Do you play any instruments?
I play piano, sing, a bit of guitar, clarinet, recorder and always have a suitcase full of percussion!

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?

Maybe a marimba - I blend well with others, aspire to be versatile and harmonious, love to hold a melody but equally love huge handfuls of sumptuous chords.  

What has music done for you in your life?

Music has shaped my life in so many ways; given me focus and direction, solace, strength and security, brought me love and friendship, underpinned my family and helped me define what's important to me.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?

Sharing music, making music, lots of laughter, occasional tears too.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
"Kids from Fame" and Michael Jackson’s "Thriller"
 

 

Laura LoftLAURA LOFT  - Music Leader 

 

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What do you do for PMZ?
I am a music leader running sessions with mainly young adults from 14 – 19 years old.

Do you play any instruments?
I play piano, sing, strum a bit of guitar and scrape away on the cello.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?

Hmm, that’s a hard question.  I reckon it would be the piano for its range.  I can be quiet, mellow and thoughtful if you play the top octaves with the sustane pedal yet really fun and loud when the flow takes me.

What has music done for you in your life?
It’s been a loyal friend; always there when I needed it. It keeps me uplifted and has been a tool to express myself and to find my voice.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Working with such lovely, inspiring people in an amazingly creative place. Also having the knowledge and satisfaction that using music really has made a difference .

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I was given some pocket money and went into the CD shop  with my big sister. I saw on the shelves that the new Pulp album ‘Different Class’ had a Brit Awards sticker on it and decided that meant it was good. I wanted to be as cool as my sister who was buying the new Blur album so I thought that Pulp was a suitable indie kid purchase (even though I didn’t really know who they were at the time!)

 

Josie NewtonJOSIE NEWTON - Music Leader

 

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What do you do for PMZ?
I was an apprentice last year with PMZ and then went on to become a Music Leader! 

Do you play any instruments?
My voice box and guitar although I wish I could list so many more...

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
The piano, as it can sound really sunny and optimistic just as well as it can sound thoughtful and serious!

What has music done for you in your life?
It's made me find me. When people ask what I would be doing if not music, I have no reply. No music, no me.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Trying my best not to sound too sappy but it's because of the amazing feeling that surrounds the work, the people and the music. Being just a tiny part of it is amazing and so inspiring!

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Err, Mr Blobby was the first CD I was ever given, and All Saints - Never Ever was the first CD I ever bought with my pocket money!


Paul Lacey

PAUL LACEY - Music Leader

 

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What do you do for PMZ?
I am a PMZ Music Leader who specialises in rap and beatboxing. 

Do you play any instruments?
I like to bang the drums.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
The drums because I'm loud and made up of a lot of sections. 

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has given me the tools and craft to express myself. 

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Being part of an awesome and talented team who are all passionate about music of all types.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
I bought two on the same day, MJ - Bad and N.W.A Straight Outta Compton


Holly Bench

HOLLY BENCH - Music Leader 


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What do you do for PMZ?
I mainly work in the sensory room (lucky me!) with young disabled people creating music and having fun. I also run a few Early Years workshops for 0-5 year olds. I can often be found running SEN workshops in the school holidays.

Do you play any instruments?
Yes! I play mainly woodwind; clarinet, alto sax, tenor sax, soprano sax and a bit of flute and piano.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
Umm, the clarinet as it is versatile playing both jazz and classical music - I like to think I am a versatile music leader!

What has music done for you in your life?
Kept me sane! It's allowed me to meet, understand and communicate to a wide range of people.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
PMZ is like my second family complete with numerous brothers and sisters! The best thing is knowing that I am making a real difference with the young people I work with. Music really does make a difference at PMZ!

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Classical geek moment coming up.. my first cd (record?!) was Pachelbel's Canon - it's still one of my favourite pieces of music and it was played at my wedding, aww..


Bernie Artuso

BERNIE ARTUSO - Music Leader 

 

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What do you do for PMZ?
I lead the vocal units of the Soundskills training courses and also do music leading, especially in the area of working with the elderly and dementia as well as doing advanced progression projects with younger people. 

Do you play any instruments?
Voice, piano, violin, guitar.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
I’ve been described as eccentric, so I’m going to say the piano...although it’s a conventional instrument, it has the most notes/octaves, which may reflect the many sides of my personality, life experiences and moods. I also find I am full of contradictions, so the black and white notes illustrate this.

What has music done for you in your life?
Many things: given me reason to carry on when life seems too challenging, employment, self expression, having a voice in the community.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
The laughter and ease at feeling accepted and valued.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
‘The Rainbow Connection’ by Kermit the Frog :D – though I think this was a gift, and the single was green!


 
Steve Becket

STEVE BECKET - Music Leader 

 

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What do you do for PMZ?
I lead workshops surrounding music technology, mainly music production, sound recording and engineering and also do filmmaking on some bigger projects.

Do you play any instruments?
Yes Cubase.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
(Steve conveniently forgot to answer this one!)

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has allowed me to make new friends and express my feelings.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Plymouth Music Zone manages to combine work with a personal approach in a unique way.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
MC Hammer - you can't touch this! 


 

Shane Gray

SHANE GRAY - Music leader

 

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What do you do for PMZ? I am now building up my work as a Music Leader having been a Music Leader Apprentice last year. 

Do you play any instruments? The guitar.

What musical instrument would best describe you and why?
The drums because I can be extremely loud, yet have the most catchiest of beats!

What has music done for you in your life?
Music gave me my first love, a passion and the courage I thought I could never possess.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
Seeing how music affects everyone and seeing how it can change their lives forever. Just like it did MINE!

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
Waking the Fallen by Avenged Sevenfold.
 

Paul WhitePAUL WHITE - Music Leader


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What do you do for PMZ?
I am a music leader, at the moment working mainly with older
people and with teenagers.

Do you play any instruments?
I sing and play guitar.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
The Kazoo.  It’s cheap, simple and makes people laugh.

What has music done for you in your life?
So much.  It has brought friendship, creativity and masses of fun. 
And with my band I get to make a lot of noise!

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
When you have a breakthrough moment with someone and you see their face light up.  I call it ‘switching on light bulbs’.  Music making a difference.  And it’s great to be part of a team of like-minded people who are all so very different.

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
David Bowie - Space Oddity


HANNAH-JASMINE BRUNSKILL - Music Leader

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What do you do for PMZ?
I’m a music leader, with a focus on percussion.

Do you play any instruments?
I play taiko – Japanese drums – and still remember how to play the piano from my school days, and have recently started learning to play classical guitar (very slowly!).

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
I’d have to say a taiko drum – I’m easy to get to know, can be loud and fun but have a sensitive side, and what I really want is to inspire people to be the best they can be.

What has music done for you in your life?
My life without music would have been a lonely place…so many bands and albums that have been like my close friends; always ready to relive fond memories, and always holding the promise of fresh, new adventure in the future.

What's the best bit about working at PMZ?
It’s like everyone’s been let in on the same secret - that music makes a difference.  The smiles, the people, the feeling that nothing is impossible…

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
My first CD was The Specials, but my first album was Michael Jackson’s Dangerous on cassette proudly purchased at a car boot sale.


 

HECTOR MAZZOTTI - Music Leader

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What do you do for PMZ?
I'm a Music Leader apprentice.  I just have finished my first project now, and it was an amazing learning process.
 
Do you play any instruments?
Yes, I play electric and acoustic guitar as my main instruments.  I can also play bass, some other string instruments, and a little bit of keys and drums as well.

What musical instrument would best describe you as a person?
That's easy.  Electric guitar, for sure!

What has music done for you in your life?
Music has been my job and passion all my life.  I've done a lot of different projects, played in a wide range of bands/musical genres, recorded many CD's with different bands, and had a music school in Brazil for almost 14 years. I find myself a lucky person to be able to work on what I really enjoy doing.  I think one of the greatest things I have seen about music is how much it can change peoples' life.  As a music teacher I have experienced many situations where music had made an incredible improvement on my pupils behaviour, self confidence, etc. 

What is the best bit about working at PMZ?
PMZ is an amazing challenge for me.  It has opened a new door about how to work with music.  In Brazil, unfortunately we don't have anything like this (using music to bring a better life for disabled people).  It has been a day by day learning process for me, which I'm enjoying very much. 

What's the first record/CD you ever bought?
My first record (it was a cassete tape, in fact - old days lol) was Creatures of the Night - Kiss.  Literally blew me away.