Gary Wilkins attended William Patterson College in Wayne N.J. as a Jazz Performance Major under the instruction of Rufus Reid, Barry Harris, Slide Hampton, Dave Samuels, Mel Lewis and more. Other private instructors include Lyle Atkinson, and Kenwood Dennard.
Diversity has been his strong suit for many years, from laying down tracks for Naughty by Nature, 'Hip Hop Hurray' to working with Don Harper and the New Jersey Mass Choir and performing at the Newport Jazz Festival with the Multicultural Ensemble. Other artist he has worked for includes: Cissy and Whitney Houston, Candi Staton, John Pizzarelli, Gary U.S. Bonds, Emil Richards & the Contra Band, Johnny Hiland and more. Gary is currently the Bass Director at the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media where he has been a part of the faculty since 1996.
Anthony East comes from a family of bass players. Music has always been a prominent focus in his life. East started his gigging career in high school playing original music and cover music alike and would continue down this road for the better part of a decade. All the while, focusing on honing his craft to the best of his ability. In 2008 Anthony decided that he was ready to take his bass playing to the next level and enrolled in the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Set to graduate in the summer of 2009 Anthony was offered his first teaching position at the school just weeks before the ceremony.
Anthony is now teaching Rock Performance, Live Sound Performance, Rock Performance Counseling and is the recruiting liaison for the bass department in charge of bass auditions and bass audition counseling.
Anthony shares credits or has performed with Ross Childress formerly of Collective Soul, Marco Minnemann, The Sixxis, Cameron Allen, Carl Verheyen, Randy Hoexter, Carl Culpepper, Creig Harber, Mad Margritt and variety of cover bands.