MEET THE STAFF
Founder & Instructor
Dae Han is a music teacher by day and a musician-for-hire by night. He has taught drums and piano at his own establishment, Dae Han Music School. His most notable features include drumming for Japanese-American rapper Shing02 and soul singer Ron Artis II, along with having a solo career as a signed artist for local record label Aloha Got Soul. It has always been an aspiration of his to teach larger groups and continue to inspire the youth.
Alika Lyman is a bassist, guitarist and teacher with over 20 years experience from Honolulu, HI. He has lived and worked professionally in Seattle, WA and more recently NYC as a sideman and leader. Alika has studied Classical Guitar with Peter Frary, Orchestral Bass with Randy Wong and private jazz lessons with bassists Steve Laspina, Phil Palombi, Jim Cammack and guitarists Milo Peterson, and Mark Oi.
Alika is proficient in many styles and has shared the stage with: Bobby Broom, Valery Ponomarev, Tommy James (Duke Ellington Orchestra), Bobby Watson, Delfeayo Marsalis, Paula Fuga, Eli-Mac, and Shing02 (Nujabes). Alika was also Bassist for the Broadway production of The Who's Tommy at Manoa Valley Theater (2015 season)
In 2014 Alika paid tribute to his grand-uncle; vibraphonist Arthur Lyman with Leis of Jazz vol. 2 which was nominated for best jazz album of 2014 at the Na Hoku Hanohano awards and is available on Cd and Vinyl Lp through Dionysus records.
4 Time Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominee Erin Smith has performed in stadiums and concert venues with several major acts including Panic at the Disco, Train, The Fray, Bad Brains, The Dirty Heads, Matisyahu and many others. She is a vocalist and multi instrumentalist & is the front woman of The Throwdowns and her namesake band. Erin’s performance-focused and confidence building style of music coaching has made her program popular. Erin has a busy coaching and songwriting schedule and also oversees a team of 5 music coaches under her wing at two locations on the island of Oahu.
Clay Campania, front man of the band, Friends of Adam, is a veteran of the music scene in Hawaii and Texas and has toured across the US. John Berger, journalist for the Honolulu Star Advertiser writes, "Campania is a competent vocalist and impressive on guitar; most important, he sounds like he is singing from his heart rather than trying to be a "blues singer." John Heckathorn, editor for Honolulu Magazine, "When Campania picks up his guitar, he channels Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan." Campania and his band has opened for many acts; Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, Pablo Cruise, Darby Slick, Los Lonely Boys. After being an Austin favorite for 8 years, Clay moved back to Hawaii and brought with him a new, matured sound, a mix of gospel, blues, R&B, jazz and soul.
(DJ) Packo is a deejay and producer currently working and performing in Hawaii. As a practitioner of the turntables, Packo has been a staple in the underground hip hop and electronic dance culture since 1999. Amongst the pool of deejays in today’s society, he’s found his niche as being Hawaii’s most distinguished “scratch artist,” or turntablist, bringing more to the table than just mashing buttons and moving a crowd. Instead, utilizing the ‘tables as an actual instrument, alongside live bands and as a medium for percussive textures, or solo instrumentation.
Packo’s recent explorations into production revisits the art of instrumental storytelling. He runs his own record label, Skratchmore, having several releases over the past few years: “Oneironauta”, “Verses Undefined”, and the “Pocketbook Collection” vinyl series.
A dynamic and free-spirited pianist with jazzy technique, Ethan Capone plays the piano with his heart and soul. He fully immerses himself in the music he plays, and his beautiful modern touch makes you want to sing. Ethan has a way of bringing out the best in vocalists, other instrumentalists, and anyone sharing the stage with him. He has shared the stage with countless talented musicians including Jack Johnson, Wayne Brady, Mick Fleetwood, and has opened for plenty of well-known artists such as Allen Stone, Common, and Chris Bode.
Currently residing in Hawaii, Ethan collaborates with the top artists there including Paula Fuga, Mike Love, Kimie Miner, and Henry Kapono. You can find Ethan’s playing featured on albums for artists across the Pacific, like New Zealand’s Pere Wihongi, San Diego’s Jarred Matthew from The Voice, and San Jose’s DeAndre Brackensick from American Idol. Serving as Musical Director for several shows and productions, Ethan enjoys producing and arranging for both large and small ensembles.
Fun fact: Ethan’s mother was a piano teacher and his father a piano technician, so there is undoubtedly a deep love for piano in the family. Check out his Performance Calendar for a full list of his live performances on his website: EthanCapone.com