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Coenraad Appelgrijn

Guitar, Drums. Coenraad was born in Durban, South Africa and began playing guitar at age nine. He was self-taught for six years after which he began lessons in jazz guitar. In 1997 Coenraad moved to the United States. Two years later he acquired his first recorder and began a self-study of recording technology. In 2000 Coenraad formed a band named Cradled with then fiance Rhiannon. In 2001 they were married and Cradled performed at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio for the MTV Series Live at the Rock Hall. The following year Cradled spent time in the studio working with producer Buddy Pendergrass who shared many recording tips with Coenraad. Currently, Coenraad is the worship arts director at Hope United Methodist Church and performs and teaches privately in the Tampa Bay area.

Benjamin Beckwith

 

Piano, violin B.F.A., Southeastern University. Originally from Western Pennsylvania, Benjamin has been studying music since the 3rd grade. Specializing in piano, violin, and choral ensembles, he graduated from Southeastern University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music in 2010. He has held such positions as Director of Worship Arts for Calvary Chapel Worship Center in New Port Richey, Program Director for the Forte School of Fine Arts, and violinist in the Richey Community Orchestra. Benjamin is currently the Music Director for Dayspring Academy Secondary School, and continues to participate in community performing arts projects, teach private lessons at Mullins Music, participate with local worship teams/church music programs, and play as a hired musician. He is dedicated to the community and is blessed to have a hand in developing the Arts in our area. 

Eric Mullins

 

Executive Director, Saxophone, Clarinet, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Theory, Composition. B.F.A., Jazz Studies, New School University. Eric started piano lessons at a young age and took up the saxophone at age 12. After high school, Eric spent a year studying music at the University of Louisville during which time he played in the music department's jazz band, backing up vocalist Kevin Mahogany and jazz legend Clark Terry. In 1999, he joined the Bobby “Blue” Bland band and spent the next year and and a half playing the blues across North America in nightclubs and at festivals like the Monterey Jazz Festival, The Chicago Blues Festival, and the Essence Festival in New Orleans. In 2000 he toured the U.K. with Bobby “Blue” Bland and Van Morrison. In 2003, Eric graduated with a B.F.A. from The New School in New York City, having studied closely with many teachers such as legendary jazz bassist Reggie Workman and Saturday Night Live percussionist Valerie Naranjo. He has performed at the University of Ghana in West Africa and in Tokyo, Japan with the Gospel Voices of Memphis. Eric has taught in the Memphis City Schools, Florida's Pasco County Schools, and currently teaches at Genesis Preparatory School where he has developed a band, jazz band, and diverse instrumental music program. In 2007 Eric and his wife Marina founded Mullins Music, continuing to follow their passion for music and striving to pass it on to future generations. 

Marina Mullins

Artistic Director, Piano, Keyboards. B.A., Theology & Music, Trinity College of Florida. Marina was born in Durban, South Africa. She started playing at about four and began lessons at the age of six. Throughout her high school years she was a frequent performer in church. After high school she continued her study of music at the University of Natal in Durban where she honed her skills as a jazz pianist. She performed as a solo pianist at local venues. In Durban, she taught college level music theory and piano at POPS Ministries. At the age of 21 Marina moved, with her family, to Florida. In Florida she studied at the University of South Florida and at Trinity College. She was pianist at Palm Harbor Christian Center and later Riverside Fellowship. She taught private piano lessons for adults and children. Marina performed with Entheos music team from Trinity College. In Tennessee she taught college level music at the Visible School and later served as co-director of music and pianist for Memphis Christian Center and co-director of VIP Summer Music Camp. Marina also performed in Memphis with jazz groups including Southern Lights and Kwest. Marina holds a B.A. in church music from Florida Theological Seminary and a B.A. in theology from Trinity College in Florida. Marina also taught music for five years at Dayspring Academy, a charter school for education and the arts. She and her husband, Eric, are co-founders and directors of Mullins Music located in New Port Richey, Florida.  

Sam Williams

Rock Week instructor. Sam started touring professionally at age 17 with international punk band Down By Law. Sharing the same stage with such bands as NOFX, Bad Religion and the Descendents both in North America and overseas. Now having branched out into other genres such as metal, pop and acoustic with over 10 full length releases, he continues to tour worldwide and record constantly.