Meet Our Team
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 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 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.
Peter has collaborated and produced electronic music from Hollywood films to indie games. His recent accomplishments include creating horror-scapes for the film The Quiet Ones, as well as the ambient techno soundtrack for the game Reassembly. Peter also creates music under the artist alias Peaks, utilizing Roland's AIRA line in both production and performance.
David Cannava is a professional drum set artist based out of Los Angeles, California. Well versed in many genres, David is both highly skilled and exceedingly professional. He has a viral YouTube channel performing pop song covers with nearly two million views, and has worked with the likes of Jutty Ranx, Tyler Ward, Natalie Walker, Alex G, David and Devine, Bobby Yang, Bop Skizzum (opening for OneRepublic, the Fray, Mayer Hawthorne and Chiddy Bang), producer Mike Binder, and many others.
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.
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, 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.
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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.
Guitarist Aaron Marino is the BOSS and Roland Sales and Product Specialist for the Western United States. You can regularly find him supporting BOSS and Roland gear on the Product Support phones and in local music stores, as well as clinics, showcases, and trade events.
An all-around “music-is-his-life” kind of guy and self-confessed gear geek, Aaron has been involved in many facets of the business throughout his life. After graduating from Musicians Institute, he went on to perform and record with many original bands throughout Southern California, playing at legendary clubs on the Sunset Strip and tracking in some of L.A.’s most prestigious studios. He also developed his audio engineering chops as co-owner of a recording studio in Orange County and live sound engineer for a number of local churches. Along the way, Aaron’s always found time to help other musicians as a guitar and tech instructor as well.
Involved in the retail business side of music since his youth, Aaron has worked for many independents and managed locations for Guitar Center and Sam Ash Music. He’s kept a foot in this part of the industry, and is always at home in a music store.
This Virtuoso guitar player from Long Island, NY, has been playing music and performing for over 10 years. Austin Sandick graduated Nassau Community College in 2010 with an AAS in Music Performance and in 2013 completed the Bachelor’s Program for Classical Guitar Performance at Molloy College. Over the years, Austin has played in many bands, been featured on several studio albums, while still producing his original music. Austin's love for music led to have a knack for the gear and equipment. He has worked as a sales associate for Sam Ash as well as an inside salesman for Samson Technologies and Hartke. Now Austin is happy to be a member of Roland Corporation as the new East Coast Product Sales Specialist for BOSS and Roland Guitar Products.
Peter Swiadon is a veteran musician who plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and a bit of drums. He has a great deal of music industry experience, including performing live in many bands—some with top selling records—and studio work in Los Angeles working on everything from video music production to gospel albums and even some Hanna-Barbera themes. As Product Manager of Roland and BOSS guitar products and Division Manager of Roland guitar products, he was involved in the development and marketing of some of the most iconic guitar products in the world, such as the BOSS TU-2 tuner pedal and the Roland Micro Cube amp—the world’s best selling battery powered guitar amp. Peter is a recognized expert in guitar effects, processing, and guitar synthesis, and has performed clinics, demonstrations, and trainings on these products all over the US.
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.
Jordan West is a drummer, vocalist, and songwriter from Fort Wayne, IN, based in Los Angeles, CA. West works as a freelancer and studio musician as well as playing, singing, and writing for her own group, Trackless, On drums, her roots lie in jazz and R&B, but West is comfortable in all genres, from ragtime to progressive rock and everything in between. Her list of favorite drummers includes Steve Gadd, Steve Jordan, and Chris Dave. As a songwriter and vocalist, she is driven by emotion, drawing influence from a wide array of musical interests—she listens to everything from Cher to System of a Down to Herbie Hancock. Her original music has been featured on several radio stations and podcasts. She recently won a songwriting contest sponsored by Avid and Sweetwater Sound, Inc. for her song “Hold Me Close.” West relocated to Los Angeles in 2015 to continue her career in music and is currently working as a Product Specialist for Roland U.S.