MEET THE TEAM

CHRIS GRIFFIN

OWNER | FOUNDER

Chris has been playing guitar and singing since he was a kid.  He has performed with several different bands around the Pacific Northwest and loves sharing his love for music with the world. In the summer of 2007, Chris launched Jam Academy as a small music school with only a few private music instructors, but within 2 years, it expanded into the school it is today. By 2010, Jam Academy was offering lessons and rock band classes with many different instructors on a wide range of instruments.  Although Chris is busier than ever running the school, he still takes time to perform, write & record music.

Elliot started at Jam Academy as a student and a member of one of the rock bands.  After a few years, he began teaching private lessons for piano, bass, and guitar.  When he's not teaching at Jam Academy, Elliot writes and performs music around Seattle.

He plays drums, guitar, piano and coaches our rock band programs.

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ELLIOT AUSTIN

GUITAR | PIANO | DRUMS

Riley started playing drums when he was 10 after seeing School of Rock for the first time and has been hooked ever since.  Shortly after that, he began playing guitar and bass.  He formed a band with his friends and began performing around Seattle and participating in Jam Academy events.

 

During his time in college, Riley worked with many nationally touring bands as well as his own band, Fiddafoe while interning for The Blasting Room Studios.  In 2016, He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Communications and Liberal Arts.

 

Riley loves watching the Mariners, teaching music students, playing music with friends, and spending time with family.

RILEY MERLINO

DRUMS | GUITAR | BASS

Audrey is a singer, songwriter, and recording artist based in the Seattle area.  She started playing piano when she was 8 and has been in love with music ever since.  She’s been writing for as long as she can remember, and her music has made it possible for her to perform all along the west coast.  Although she’s busy being a full-time musician, she joined the team at Jam Academy in the fall of 2018 so she could share her love for piano and singing with students of all ages.

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PIANO | VOCALS

AUDREY STOKES

VOICE | PIANO

Aimee started taking piano lessons when she was 8 and began teaching them when she was 16. She later majored in Music Theory and Composition at Naropa University.

She's been at Jam Academy since 2011, first as a parent, and now coordinates and co-teaches the homeschool program as well as helping out behind the scenes around the school.

AIMEE BEAUCHEMIN

HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM | THEORY

Debi has been nestled in the community of Snohomish Washington for over 30 years. She's a mother of four children, a wife for over 35 years and a Grammi to 3 little ones. She is very dedicated to family and friends. In the backyard of her home you will find an enchanted garden that her and her husband have worked diligently to create. When she has time, she loves listening to any kind of music under the stars, on the stage or various venues.

DEBI MEYER

ENROLLMENT DIRECTOR

John began his musical career as a drummer when he was only 13 years old.  Shortly after, he started his first band and has been performing ever since.  He’s toured with his band Asterhouse across the West Coast and spent some time as a paraeducator in the Edmonds School District.  He loves making music fun for his students and sharing his excitement for drums, guitar, and singing with everyone.  When he’s not at Jam Academy, he reads, takes long walks, and makes great construction paper snowflakes.

 

For more info, see brother: Russ

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JOHN THORNBURG

DRUMS | GUITAR | VOICE

Sabrina is a multi instrumentalist and a composer with over 15 years of classical training.  Additionally she graduated from Full Sail University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recording Arts and is now a certified recording engineer.

She teaches piano, guitar, violin, cello, and ukulele.

SABRINA HAMILTON

VIOLIN | PIANO | GUITAR

Elise has been playing the flute since 2004, and the saxophone since 2009. She can teach both classical and jazz styles, including improvisation.
She studied privately for 4 years under Ms. Tobi Stone until Tobi relocated and recommended Elise as her replacement in Spring of 2013. After 2 years in Bellevue College’s highly regarded music program, she is currently a student at the University Of Washington in Seattle.

ELISE PENNY

FLUTE | SAXOPHONE

Russ is an accomplished songwriter, guitarist, and bass player who joined the Jam Academy team in 2017.  He has been writing and performing live since the age of 9 and is currently performing in the band Asterhouse.  He believes music should be expressive and fun to play.  In his spare time, he thinks about reading and then watches Dance Moms.

For more info, see brother: John

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RUSS THORNBURG

GUITAR | BASS | PIANO