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.
Eliana’s love for music began at a very young age when she would insist on preforming every night for her family with original music and the coolest dance moves. She hails from Brooklyn, N.Y. where she was a member of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy. During her time in BYCA she had the honor of preforming at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and even with Sir Elton John! Eliana also loves kiddos and has spent considerable time nannying and working at various summer camps. She is also an aunty to three little boys who share her love for music and silly-ness!
Over the years, Eliana discovered a passion for helping people and is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work at Denver University. She loves being a Rocky Mountain Aardvarks instructor and is totally excited to rock on while she’s in school!
Brian started piano lessons and singing at age 6 in small-town Kansas. He performed in churches and theaters throughout his childhood and early adulthood, including stints as the Scarecrow in his high school’s production of the Wizard of Oz, and touring with his college summer-camp band in the early 1990s. He studied theater and music in college, where he first picked up guitar. With guitar in hand, he has entertained children and adults alike wherever he has lived, including Tokyo, Austin, Washington, DC, and now Denver.
Brian first joined Rocky Mountain Aardvarks accompanying classes on the guitar in 2012, and has loved each opportunity to join tots and their grown-ups since then. His other day jobs include freelance photography and writing. When he isn’t working, you’re likely to find Brian hiking in the mountains, or planning his next road trip. He can’t wait to play and sing with you all very soon!