Growing up in a fun family with six children and a veritable pet menagerie, Brett was instilled with a love for little ones, laughter, learning, and living out loud. Combined with his innate musicality, word-smithery, and overall theatrical talents, he pursued a life of performing for both stage and film for many years.
Somehow over time, he accidentally became an entrepreneur, which turned out to be another wonderful avenue for him to use his creative energy to do good in the world. Now, he is overjoyed to be returning to his roots and bringing his love for children, music, and silliness to Rocky Mountain Aardvarks.
JimmyHank Williams’ interest in music began as a child pounding out tunes on the family piano and drum kit. Growing up in Austin, Hank fell deeply in love with his local guitar-slinger heroes Stevie Ray and Jimmy Vaughn as well as other types of music.
Hank began his stage life at the age of 15 playing in a friend’s father’s country band and has never looked back. Currently, Hank plays music in Odessa Rose, a Denver based Americana Swing band, and can be seen performing all around the Denver area.
Hank began teaching in 2003 and has found inspiration in the wonder every new student brings as well as in the evolving discussion of what music brings to each of us. Hank now lives in the Regis neighborhood of Denver with his wife, three children and cat (Otis Redding). Check out Hank’s band at www.odessarosewest.com.
Chanel spent her early years singing Rogers & Hammerstein and Lerner & Loewe as well as playing piano and violin. Later she discovered the sweet sound of cello and fell in love. This love continues through today as well as her love of theatre. In 2012, Chanel graduated from University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre. There’s nothing she loves more than to tell a good story or better yet, to tell it with music.
In 2014, Chanel co-wrote her own cabaret and toured in Colorado as well as Paris, France. With this, she realized just how powerful music was to bridge the gap between people of all cultures. The ukulele is one of her newest projects. She enjoys laughing and learning with kids of all ages and looks forward to singing with you soon!
Amanda’s musical journey began at the age of 7 reluctantly taking piano lessons. Little did she know that many years later, she would grow to love all 88 keys. Growing up on the island of Guam, music was naturally part of the lifestyle. From the jams at fiestas to the music-loving family members, she was constantly surrounded by it.
Over the years, she was able to witness the joy and healing that comes from playing and listening to music. Currently, Amanda is studying Music at University of Colorado in Denver. She loves cooking, being outdoors, and rocking-out with her fellow Rocky Mountain Aardvarks!