Meet Our Team

  • Steven Albini

    Steven Albini

    Accordion player extraordinaire Steve Albini is a multi-instrumentalist and singer. His performances of Italian music fused with jazz and world rhythms have brought him international acclaim.

    He has enchanted audiences throughout the United States and Italy with a blend of musical virtuosity and artistic passion. Steve’s live performances span Italian, world, jazz and Latin American genres.

    As a studio musician, he is often called upon by artists, composers, and producers to add his touch to their projects. Steve also has a background in retail music sales.

    Steve resides in Northern California with his family. Steve joined Roland Corporation U.S. in June 2001 and is currently the V-Accordion Product Manager.

  • Alicia Baker

    Alicia Baker

    Alicia Baker is a self-professed music fanatic from Milwaukie, Oregon. She has been playing the accordion since the age of six, as well as studying piano and voice. Alicia attended Oregon State University where she was a triple music major, earning degrees in music education, piano performance, and vocal performance.

    Alicia has had much success on the accordion, winning various competitions including the “Happy Hans Open” at the Kimberley International Old-Time Accordion Competition and representing the U.S. at the Roland International V-Accordion Competition in Rome, Italy. She has performed extensively as an accordion artist including a concert with the Corvallis Symphony. On the piano, Alicia has performed multiple recitals and is also a professional accompanist. Vocally, Alicia was the scholarship recipient of the Brookings Friends of Music Annual Scholarship Competition. In addition to winning the NATS competition for classical voice, she was a finalist in Classical Singer’s National Vocal Competition. Recently, she played the role of “Queen of the Night” in OSU’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute.

    Alicia enjoys many genres of music and strives to show the versatility of the accordion in styles ranging from polkas and French musettes all the way to jazz, pop, and even techno. Alicia currently works for Roland as an accordion product specialist, where she hopes to continue spreading the joy of accordion music and increase the popularity of this wonderful instrument.

  • Scott Berry

    Scott Berry

    Scott Berry started playing keyboards at age 13 when his father brought home a Roland JUNO-60. As soon as Scott began tinkering with the JUNO-60, he was hooked and he promptly dropped his original plan to be the next Eddie Van Halen and began his journey of playing keyboards. That JUNO-60 would become the first in an ever growing arsenal of keyboards and workstations to be used by Scott for years to come.

    By age 14, Scott was already writing his own music and jamming with local musicians. Shortly after his 16th birthday, he got his first taste of a recording studio and started playing the local circuit (Orange County and LA /The Sunset strip). In the years that followed, he opened for such acts as Blue Oyster Cult, Hurricane, TNT, and Warrant, and started working with an A&R rep from CBS Records. Later, Scott enrolled into Orange Coast College and studied Music As a Business and Recording Techniques to further his education—all the while continuing to write music and perform with original bands.

    Over the last 20 years, Scott has also played in church worship bands, worked as a studio musician and in music retail as a department manager and top salesman. He has played on a variety of albums of different musical genres and did a stint as a DJ on a New York-based radio station. He is also an accomplished cabinet maker and business owner in Southern California.

    Scott’s latest musical endeavor is playing keyboards in a progressive metal tribute band that performs in Southern California. He has always enjoyed film scoring, producing and recording, and continues to further his knowledge by reading all the latest materials that he can get his hands on.

  • Catherine Davis

    Catherine Davis

    Catherine Davis is an educator, composer, and performer with a degree in music education from the University of Texas in Austin. She is an active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA), and Austin District Music Teachers Association (ADMTA), facilitating student participation in piano festivals and contests. She has also served as the ensemble co-chair for ADMTA for many years.

    For over a decade, Catherine has taught privately in Austin, Texas where she maintains a studio with more than 65 piano and voice students. As the education director for Capital Music Center, she is instrumental in developing the use of music technology for private and group lessons for hundreds of area students.

  • James Day

    James Day

    James Michael Day is a highly-respected pianist, composer and music producer living in the SF Bay area. His extraordinary musical talent became apparent when he began performing at the age of eight. Now as a full-time musician, James regularly performs throughout the U.S. while also dedicating himself to composing, producing and teaching music. He has had some very cool jobs in the industry including serving as organist for the San Jose Sharks NHL team, playing dueling pianos in many different settings, and now working for Roland as a product specialist. He is also a church music director and owns a recording studio in the Bay area.

  • Ed Diaz

    Ed Diaz

    Ed Diaz is a multi-instrumentalist from Houston, Texas, with over 20 years experience in music, starting at the age of 13.

    Ed has performed on trumpet and keyboards in many diverse styles of music. In 2001, he earned a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Texas in Arlington where he performed with the jazz orchestra. His credits include being Musical Director for the Howard Scott Band and keyboardist for WAR.

    Ed has spent the last four years working in music retail in Texas, California, and Washington, focusing on sales and management. Since 2006, Ed has brought his talent and musical performance knowledge to a wide range of Roland products as an expert clinician.

  • Paul Hanson

    Paul Hanson

    Paul Hanson, guitar clinician for Boss® and Roland®, produces and hosts a guitar talk radio podcast called Boss Tone Radio. Find it on iTunes and www.BossUS.com.

    Paul tours with major bands – and he works as a guitar coach in Hollywood teaching guitar for leading actors and actresses including George Clooney, Michael J. Fox, Eric Stoltz, Mitch Pileggi (The X Files), Maria Conchita Alonso and Charlotte Ross.

    Paul also writes and records music for TV and film. You can hear his music on the main menu of the first Matrix DVD, and on numerous movie previews, including The Fantastic Four and Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

    Among Paul’s published work are the best-selling guitar instructional book and CD set Shred Guitar (Alfred Publishing), Metal and Rock Improvising (Video, REH), Hard Rock Solos (REH), and Arpeggios for Lead Guitar (Video, Hal Leonard).

    At Musicians Institute (GIT) in Hollywood from 1985-2000, Paul was an instructor specializing in rock guitar. In the 1990s, he was director of the Rock Guitar Dept at the American Institute of Music in Vienna, Austria, where he also toured supporting his solo album The Visitor.

    Paul has three more solo albums, Paul Hanson Orchestra, Mojave Green, and coming soon Mindscanner, available at www.paulhanson.net.

  • Ric Iannone

    Ric Iannone

    Ric Iannone has been involved in music his entire life. He began playing the piano and accordion at the age of two and a half. By the time he was seven, Ric was performing public and private engagements with his musician father.

    For more than 20 years, Ric has performed and traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe delighting audiences with his unique playing style and music arrangements. As a concert artist and product specialist, he is equally comfortable playing the organ, piano or keyboard.

    Ric enjoys teaching, arranging and conducting workshops. His free time is devoted to creating General MIDI software for his company IM Music. Ric and his wife, Connie reside, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

  • Gary Lenaire

    Gary Lenaire

    Gary Lenaire is a guitarist and composer and is mostly known for his work with the bands Tourniquet and Echo Hollow. He has released 12 records and was nominated for six GMA (Dove) Awards. He received HM Magazine’s “Guitarist of the Year” award from 1994-1996. He has published over 90 songs worldwide, including those found in the Roland VS-2480, BOSS® MICRO BR and BOSS BR-800. Gary continues to make appearances at popular music events.

  • Don Lewis

    Don Lewis

    “Music is the most powerful way to inspire the human spirit.”

    Don Lewis is a visionary who believes that music can and does make a difference in the world. As a child in Dayton, Ohio, music became Don’s “magic carpet” transporting him into a world filled with possibilities of concerts, recordings, and education. Whether performing in Carnegie Hall or touring with The Beach Boys, playing concerts in European cathedrals or jazz clubs in Chicago, Don’s music always brings a message of hope, peace, and inspiration. With his musical roots in church, music became a way of life throughout Don’s school years and adult life.

    As a recording artist Don has worked in the studio with the likes of Quincy Jones, Sergio Mendes, Michael Jackson, The Brothers Johnson, and Marvin Hamlisch. He also has scored and produced music for television, film, and commercials. Don has several solo albums available on cdbaby.com.

    An early interest in synthesizers and organ led Don in 1977 to create LEO (Live Electronic Orchestra) which Mr. Ikutaro Kakehashi credits as being the “inspiration for MIDI.” It is currently on exhibit at the NAMM Museum of Making Music. Don has led many seminars throughout the world, as well as at Stanford, UC Berkeley, and San Jose State University in music technology. Today, he continues his interest in new technology as a consultant and performing artist for the Roland Corporation.

    Don’s commitment to youth resulted in 1987 in the Say “Yes” to Music! program, bringing the importance of dreams, education, and community to children through music. Most recently, he has co-produced the annual “Young Expressions” concerts featuring talented high school students, while mentoring them in the process. An enthusiastic instructor, Don Lewis teaches the course, “Gospel Music a Passionate History,” to students of all ages and continues his music ministry in churches throughout the world. Visit Don’s website at www.donlewismusic.com.

  • Robert Marcello

    Robert Marcello

    Robert Marcello is a masterful guitar artist from Sweden. His skill and stylistic range have made him a sought-after tour and studio player for such artists as John Corabi (Motley Crue), Bobby Blotzer (RATT), Mike Vescera (Yngwie Malmsteen), Tony Montana (Great White), Fergie Frederiksen (Toto), George Lynch (Dokken), Twisted Sister, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Stet Howland (WASP) and many others.

    Robert has toured internationally with the band Danger Danger since 2002, including a performance at the famous Sweden Rock Festival in 2004 before an audience of 25,000.

    Robert is also a highly-regarded teacher and clinician, and currently travels the country - training guitarists and amazing audiences as a Roland/BOSS artist.

  • Johnny Rabb

    Johnny Rabb

    Johnny Rabb is a popular global clinician and product specialist for the expressive and powerful Roland V-Drums®. In his productive tenure with the Roland team, he has programmed drum kit patches for the Roland TD-12 and TDW-20 Expansion Board. Johnny also has been featured in or hosted the HD-1 DVD Manual and new DVD representing the flagship TD-20KX V-Drums. He continues to work closely with Roland Japan and the R&D team on product innovation.

    Johnny is formally trained and extensively road-tested. Now based in Chicago, he continues to refine his music production, including performance, writing and recording, as well as stick design and digital applications. In his Nashville days, he toured with artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Tanya Tucker, Hank Williams III, SHeDAISY, Deana Carter and Mindy McCready.

    Today, performing for Roland and with his ingeniously progressive bands BioDiesel and DrumJockeys, Johnny is a favorite with audiences from Tokyo to New York to Madrid to Vienna, from Pittsburgh to Torreon to Atlanta to West Chester.

  • Fredrick Sanders

    Fredrick Sanders

    Fredrick Sanders’ masterful piano style has brought him before a wide range of enthusiastic audiences, from heads of state to young students at elementary schools. He began studying classical cello at the age of 10, going on to win awards for his outstanding playing. While attending the Dallas Arts Magnet High School, his passion for jazz piano took over.

    In his long career, Fredrick has served as a sideman for jazz greats such as Clark Terry, David “Fathead” Newman, and James Clay, and performed at the Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals. In 1998, he joined the world-renowned Dirty Dozen Brass Band, opening for groups such as the Dave Matthews Band, Widespread Panic, and The Neville Brothers. In recent years, Fredrick has been commissioned by Wynton Marsalis to accompany and record with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on piano. He has also recorded with notable artists such as Norah Jones and Dr. John, and released two solo albums.

    Hearing great music played with passion and integrity has inspired a life of learning that is ongoing for Fredrick. His vision is to reach artists and help them with the process of communicating melody and song with others. By bridging the gap between non-formal and formally trained artists, he believes the present and future arts community will be enriched. Fredrick’s heartfelt desire is to share his gift and understanding with others, helping them to efficiently get the most from their own talent.

  • Mike Snyder

    Mike Snyder

    You may not know it, but you’ve heard Mike’s work. For 10 years, he was a regular on the Los Angeles recording scene, bringing his special talents to many film and television soundtracks. In addition to every Mel Brooks movie from Spaceballs to Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Mike’s playing may be heard on many popular, syndicated television shows, including Home Improvement, Dinosaurs, and The Little Mermaid. His recording work is included in countless jingles, record projects, music for video, and lots of music and loop libraries.

    Returning to the sanity of the Northwest after 10 years of life in Southern California, Mike continues to develop his unique talents. His varied performance abilities keep Mike busy recording, creating drum loops, and giving drum clinics in the U.S. and abroad. Mike holds a Master’s degree in Percussion from The University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion from The University of Oregon. He is the author of All About...Electronic Percussion, published by Hal Leonard, and a frequent columnist for DRUM! magazine. His continued album tracking and national jingle work as a drummer, programmer, hand percussionist, and composer can be heard on music for Hewlett-Packard, Jeld-Wen, Microsoft, Westin Hotels, and Nike.

    Mike has been heavily involved in electronic percussion design since the mid-80s, and his ideas and designs continue to influence the direction of electronic drums and percussion. DRUM! magazine’s Drummies readers’ poll named him runner-up electronic drummer of 2003. Mike continues to enlighten musicians about electronic percussion as a product specialist for Roland Drums and Percussion.

  • Scott Tibbs

    Scott Tibbs

    Scott began his musical career at the age of 11 working for Bill Cosby in Las Vegas. By the time he graduated high school, Scott was a seasoned veteran in both writing and performing, working with numerous entertainers such as Lola Falana, Cher, Diana Ross, Wayne Newton, 5th Dimension, Dionne Warwick and many others. It was also in Las Vegas where he began conducting his own orchestra and big band arrangements in the showroom.

    After high school, Scott dedicated his time to education, receiving a B.A. in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, and an M.A. and Ph.D in Composition from UCLA. During these years, he also continued his commercial writing pursuits outside academia. Scott became a very in-demand writer and orchestrator for several films and television shows from the early 90s.

    Scott’s music and orchestrations have been played (and conducted by him) by the London Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Polish National Radio Orchestra, not to mention every session orchestra in Hollywood. From BET, the Grammys, television’s “One Tree Hill,” to commercials and film trailers, his music is everywhere in today’s media.

    Scott has amassed a large body of music with numerous recording artists such as Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Howard Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Nelly, Lil’ Wayne, Robin Thicke, Bette Midler, Destiny’s Child, Jazmine Sullivan, Amerie, Jamie Foxx, Teddy Riley and more.

    Scott joined Roland Corporation U.S. in 1993. Scott currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and family.