MIKE CILLIERS

OWNER AND FOUNDER OF JAM-OLOGY

PATRICK MURPHY

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the music business and has always had a passion for helping people "be the best they can be".

His journey started in South Africa, where he founded the World Song ‭Contest, which was a massive success! He became the International Delegate for the Eurovision Song Contest and later the Director of South African Music and Art, where he developed, managed & recorded amateur and professional artists.

Mike emigrated to England where he founded The Muse Collective: a creative artist/music program for amateurs and professionals alike.


Mike has managed and owned music stores, a recording studio, publishing house and an artist & events management company. He has presented "Live" sound engineering and performing artists workshops.

JOURNEYMAN, SINGER/SONGWRITER, MUSIC TEACHER

RUSS DE FILIPPIS

Patrick majored in music theory and composition at Northern Kentucky University and teaches all stringed instruments and anything with strings on it as well as piano/ percussion / bass theory / voice /  harmonica (straight harp and blues harp / lead guitar improvisation / finger picking / banjo (5 string and 4 string) tenor guitar / dulcimer and other instruments that instruction is generally not requested. Pat offers free style lead guitar improvisation and all styles of instruction, finger picking, etc.


Patrick has worked with or his bands have fronted  James Brown,  Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Foghat, Foreigner, Clarence Carter, Johnny Lee, Alias, Confederate Railroad  various Lynyrd Skynyrd incarnations, 38 special, Curtis Willis band, Alligator Cowboys, David Allen Coe, The Platters, Junior Walker, Little Joe Williams, Melanie, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Tabula Rasa, Jocko Pastorius etc...

GUITAR, SINGER/SONGWRITER, MUSIC TEACHER

CALEB SMITH

Russ is a graduate and former Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. He majored in Applied Performance under three inspiring guitar educators, William Leavitt, Mark French and Mick Goodrick.  He went on to study for several years with two of the world’s most renowned jazz educators, Charles Banocosand Dennis Sandole.


He played and toured with Bob Hope, Dick Clark, Joey Bishop, Martha Reeves, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, Lil Anthony, George Benson etc.

He was the assistant to his long time friend and mentor - 10 time Grammy Award winner - George Benson, assisting with his Warner Brothers Records releases of "Tenderly," "Big Boss Band," and "Love Remembers.

AUDIO / VIDEO ENGINEER, KEYBOARD PLAYER, SINGER/SONGWRITER

JEFF GANZ

Caleb has been playing piano as his main instrument for 10 years. Aside from piano, he also plays guitar, sasxophone, drums, and bass. He was clasically trained by some of the best teachers in the country and studied classical singing and piano in Hawaii for 2 months to be a part of the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. He has been at Jam-ology as a producer, teacher, and audio & video engineer for the past 3 years. He has been teaching for 5 years and works well with students of all ages. Caleb writes and produces his own music as well as producing music for several other artists.

BASS / DRUMS / KEYBOARD, PRODUCER, ENGINEER 

Jeff has toured and recorded with such legends as Johnny Winter, Roy Buchanan, John Lee Hooker, Gerry Mulligan, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Tito Puente, Chuck Berry, Joe Morello, Eddie Fisher, Melvin Van Peebles, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Dr. John, Larry Coryell, Eddie Money, The Mamas And The Papas, Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult), Jim Dawson, Christine Lavin, Edgar Winter,Marilyn Michaels, Vanilla Fudge, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.


Jeff’s resume reads like a who's who of popular American music. He has occupied the bass chair on television, in concert and on CD for such artists as Rita Moreno, Howard Levy, Bernard Purdie, Melanie, SammyCahn, Al Cohn, Johnnie Johnson,Village People, Billie Joe Royal, Marvin Hamlisch, Cleo Laine, Liza Minnelli, Clint Holmes, Andy Williams, Kenwood Dennard,Donna Pescow, Chris Montez, Martha Davis (The Motels), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)and Ben Vereen, amongst many others.


Jeff's freelance credits include movie soundtracks,Broadway musicals and national television commercials. He appeared on Grammy-nominated recordings with Johnny Winter and John Lee Hooker, as well as the Tony Award-winning original cast album of Roger Miller's "Big River".Now based in Saint Augustine, Florida,Jeff is busy with various solo projects and continues to guest with internationally known acts.


MIKE CILLIERS

OWNER AND FOUNDER OF JAM-OLOGY

PATRICK MURPHY

Mike has over 30 years of experience in the music business and has always had a passion for helping people "be the best they can be".

His journey started in South Africa, where he founded the World Song ‭Contest, which was a massive success! He became the International Delegate for the Eurovision Song Contest and later the Director of South African Music and Art, where he developed, managed & recorded amateur and professional artists.

Mike emigrated to England where he founded The Muse Collective: a creative artist/music program for amateurs and professionals alike.


Mike has managed and owned music stores, a recording studio, publishing house and an artist & events management company. He has presented "Live" sound engineering and performing artists workshops.

JOURNEYMAN, SINGER/SONGWRITER, MUSIC TEACHER

RUSS DE FILIPPIS

Patrick majored in music theory and composition at Northern Kentucky University and teaches all stringed instruments and anything with strings on it as well as piano/ percussion / bass theory / voice /  harmonica (straight harp and blues harp / lead guitar improvisation / finger picking / banjo (5 string and 4 string) tenor guitar / dulcimer and other instruments that instruction is generally not requested. Pat offers free style lead guitar improvisation and all styles of instruction, finger picking, etc.


Patrick has worked with or his bands have fronted  James Brown,  Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Foghat, Foreigner, Clarence Carter, Johnny Lee, Alias, Confederate Railroad  various Lynyrd Skynyrd incarnations, 38 special, Curtis Willis band, Alligator Cowboys, David Allen Coe, The Platters, Junior Walker, Little Joe Williams, Melanie, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Tabula Rasa, Jocko Pastorius etc...

JOURNEYMAN, SINGER/SONGWRITER, MUSIC TEACHER

Patrick majored in music theory and composition at Northern Kentucky University and teaches all stringed instruments and anything with strings on it as well as piano/ percussion / bass theory / voice /  harmonica (straight harp and blues harp / lead guitar improvisation / finger picking / banjo (5 string and 4 string) tenor guitar / dulcimer and other instruments that instruction is generally not requested. Pat offers free style lead guitar improvisation and all styles of instruction, finger picking, etc.


Patrick has worked with or his bands have fronted  James Brown,  Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Foghat, Foreigner, Clarence Carter, Johnny Lee, Alias, Confederate Railroad  various Lynyrd Skynyrd incarnations, 38 special, Curtis Willis band, Alligator Cowboys, David Allen Coe, The Platters, Junior Walker, Little Joe Williams, Melanie, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Tabula Rasa, Jocko Pastorius etc...


CALEB SMITH

AUDIO / VIDEO ENGINEER, KEYBOARD PLAYER, SINGER/SONGWRITER

The youngest member of our team, Caleb is a very talented musician and engineer. He has