Gabriel Whitney, or Gabe, or Mr. W, or whatever you
want to call him, has been working with children for over twenty years as a
teacher, coach, and musician. He began playing percussion in the fourth
grade and never looked back. Music has always been a major part of his
life, and with NoiseMakers he has found a way to share his love of music
"I'm not a music snob," said Gabe. "I don't want to intimidate anyone out
of learning how to play music. I've had a lot of teachers over the years
who were great musicians (and they loved to show you that they were),
but they weren't teachers. We're all different in many ways -- not
everyone likes the same music. It would be boring if we did. I love
teaching someone something I've never heard before. It's great. I have
learned to like different genres of music over the years, but, of course, I
still have my favorites."
Gabe teaches guitar, drums, piano, ukulele, violin, voice, bass, music
theory, songwriting, and more.
Megan started as a drummer and advanced at a rapid
pace. She quickly took to guitar, ukulele and piano as
well. Currently a student at Osceola High School,
Megan is looking forward to playing music with her
students, and maybe starting a band in the near future.
She also helps out with a lot of creative work at
Noisemakers, including flyers and videos.
The "First" Noisemakers. Cassidy and her sister, Abigail,
were the first two students at Noisemakers when they started
in 2008. Cassidy has played and taught guitar, bass,
ukulele, piano, violin, clarinet, drums, and a wide variety of
other instruments. She was promoted to Junior Leader in
2015, and then promoted again to Rock Camp Director in
the summer of 2016. Cassidy has been a part of every Rock
Camp at Noisemakers since 2009.
Abby has been a Noisemaker for six years. She
specializes in guitar, ukulele, and voice, but enjoys
playing the other instruments as well. She wrote the
Punkertown favorite "Chillin' with my Best Friends."
Currently a student at Osceola High School, Abby is
working on new songs, and will hopefully release a CD
in the coming months.
Dakota has been playing music for ten years. He graduated from PCCA in
2015. He has played guitar in several touring bands, including his current
project, Orion, in which he is both lead guitar and vocalist.
Zoe is a classically trained vocalist and
violinist. She also likes working with students
on guitar, drums, and piano. She is currently a
student at Eckerd College.