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Guitar Faculty

Brian Russell, UM Faculty, Director of Contemporary Guitar Studies, Masterclass Faculty

Brev Sullivan

Christopher Medina, Jazz Guitar, Elementary and Middle School camp session A

Lyndall Vickers, Jazz Guitar, Elementary and Middle School camp session A

Rob Friedman

Chris Medina, Jazz Guitar

Aaron Lebos, Jazz and Rock Guitar


Brian E. RussellBRIAN E. RUSSELL

A multifaceted musician, researcher, educator, and lecturer, Brian E. Russell, Ph. D. serves as Director of Contemporary Guitar studies, Director of Assessment and Lecturer at the FROST SCHOOL OF MUSIC. A second generation Miamian, he has devoted his career to playing and teaching the guitar. His musical background in a variety of contemporary genres, from rock, pop and heavy metal to jazz, country and bluegrass, has made him a valuable and versatile musical contributor on both the stage and in the studio. Apart from recording with the legendary Julio Iglesias and adding his accompaniment to such popular modern musicals as "Rock of Ages," "Wicked," "The Last Five Years," and "Tommy," he also writes and produces original music with his group, the Brian Russell Alliance.

Dr. Russell's dedicated approach to mentoring musicians and motivating them to pursue success careers has been a hallmark of his teaching style. The Grammy Foundation recognized him as a Quarterfinalist for the prestigious Grammy Music Educator Award.


Brev Sullivan is a Miami based guitarist and tours with several rock groups and plays jazz as well with grammy nominated jazz legend Ira Sullivan. He is currently the guitarist of the rock musical M3tal. Brev will be appearing with the Miami Symphony Orchestra for the 2016 season in a series called Symphony Rocks. He was also the guitarist in the band Arsenal for Tom Cruise who played Stacee Jaxx in the 2012 film Rock of Ages and was featured in the Jan 2012 issue of Guitar Player Magazine. Brev's recent tours include KISS KRUISE IV, and performances with 80's icons Lita Ford, and Kip Winger. He is currently endorsed by Floyd Rose, Seymore Duncan pickups, DV mark Amps, Spectraflex cables, SIT Strings, Xotic Pedals and Revolt Amps and pedals.


Christopher Medina, born and raised in Miami, FL, has been an active member of the music scene since the age of twelve. Christopher originally found his love of music through playing the clarinet in various classical ensembles. As Christopher's technique developed so did his musical taste which led him to picking up the guitar. His influences, varying from classical to heavy metal, have led him to become proficient in a wide variety of genres. Christopher recently made the move from Miami to Orlando, FL to pursue his studies in jazz at the University of Central Florida. There he is studying under the direction of Professor Jeff Rupert and Jazz guitarist Bobby Koelble. Christopher is set to graduate in the Spring of 2019 with a B.M. in Jazz Studies.

Prior to pursuing a Bachelor of Music at UCF, Christopher has done various work as an educator and free-lance guitarist. Christopher has taught guitar and theory privately and in group settings across central and southern Florida. In recent years, has been performing in the central Florida area with multiple combos and ensembles. Along with playing in University of Central Florida's Jazz Ensemble, Christopher has led various jazz trios and quartets. Christopher, as a studious musician, regularly composes/arranges for a plethora of ensembles including his own jazz combos.


A graduate of Stetson University, with a BM in Guitar Performance, Lyndall studied classical guitar with Dr. Stephen Robinson. He has appeared on and off the Stetson campus, performing classical, jazz, gospel, and contemporary rock. As a classical soloist and collaborative guitarist, he has performed in Stetson's Lee Chapel, Gillespie Museum and Hand Art Center, as well as in the master classes of renowned guitarists, Benjamin Verdery (Yale University) and Amadeus Duo (international guitar duo). As a jazz guitarist, Lyndall has been a member of the Stetson Jazz Band, and as Leader of the Stetson Jazz Combo, he has organized and appeared in fundraising events, and has performed for Stetson Administration, Donors and Faculty. Lyndall received Stetson's William E. Duckwitz Talent Scholarship and was a Presidential Scholar, while attending Stetson. Lyndall Vickers continues to maintain a diverse career as a performer, an organizer and arts advocate, using his instrument as a platform to transform the lives of others.


Well versed in all styles of music, from reggae to rock, blues to classical, jazz to bossa nova, guitarist and educator, Rob Friedman has performed throughout the Miami area for the last 40 years. He received a Bachelor's of Music degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Miami in 1991. This led to an adjunct professor appointment to the University of Miami in 1996, teaching in the jazz guitar department and taught the guitar class at Westminster Christian school that same year. From 1997 - 2005 he was the guitar director at Palmer Trinity School in Miami. During his tenure the guitar ensemble performed in Salzburg and Vienna, Austria.

From 2008 - 2014 he was asked to be an adjudicator for the Young Arts Program in the jazz department. Rob taught private guitar lessons and the adult guitar classes as an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College between 2010 - 2012. From 2011 - 2012 he taught music theory, guitar theory, 3 guitar ensembles and directed the jazz band at the Academy of Arts and Minds charter school in Coconut Grove, Fl.

Rob has had the pleasure of teaching at the Young Musicians Camp at the University of Miami since 2005. He has taught music theory, guitar ensemble, jazz rock ensemble, blues ensemble, rock and jazz improvisation, songwriting , performance workshops and private lessons. Rob currently performs as a solo guitarist and band leader of the Rob Friedman Group.


Aaron Lebos is a well-known, versatile guitarist born and raised in the South Florida area. He received his Bachelors from the University of Miami and a Masters at Florida International University, both in Jazz Performance. Aaron developed much of his versatility playing gigs, touring and recording in the diverse South Florida music scene. He currently also plays with some of the biggest names in South Florida such as Nicole Henry, Nu Deco Ensemble, The Spam All-stars as well as doing many other gigs and sessions. In 2010 he recorded an album of jazz standards and his first all original album called Jazzilla. In 2012 he formed Aaron Lebos Reality and has since recored 3 original albums and the next one is due mid 2018 making it his 6th album. During this time the group has been touring, playing festivals and growing in popularity locally and nationally.