MARTY FOUTS
Co-OWNER & INSTRUCTOR

Marty FoutsMarty was born in 1957 outside of DesMoines Iowa. He spent the first 31 years of his life in all of the “I” states–Iowa, Indiana and Illinois. In 1988 Marty moved to St. Petersburg.

Marty brings a lifetime of working- musician experience to the factory. He’s played in bands since his teenage years–everything from rock, to country, to blues. His current band is Delta 88 and he also often plays around town with his talented wife Bonnie Kesler.

Marty has recorded and produced two full-length CD’s of his own songs, 2006′s After the Crash  and 2010′ Labor and Love  . You can see more at www.martyfouts.com

But along with his musical chops, Marty has the disposition of a great teacher. He brings both passion and patience to the Factory, teaching a wide variety of instruments and coaching student bands.

Besides overseeing the day to day operations at the Factory, Marty also hosts the Open Mic nights, sponsored by the Factory at Everything Dolce in St. Pete. Come on down on Monday nights and take a listen or take the stage!

Over the years, Marty has had a variety of careers, but says he’s finally found his calling with St. Petersburg Music Factory. He’s co-owner and excited about the future of the Factory: Where music is hand-made and hand-played!

Besides his wife Bonnie and music, Marty does have another love. It’s his daughter Shannon, who is now pursuing a degree in education at USF St. Petersburg.

You can hear more from Marty here.

Have a listen to Marty’s song One and One, from his album “Labor & Love”.


MIKE MARTIN DSC_0832

Mike Martin was born in 1988 to a songwriter and as such, has been a lifelong musician and music lover. Mike started playing guitar at the age of eleven and by thirteen was cutting his teeth playing in blues clubs and also playing lead guitar with his father’s trio.

Mike graduated from the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) at Gibbs High School where he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music theory, sound engineering, and composition. However, Mike found himself bored with classical guitar method and so he immersed himself in the players he found himself listening to like Frank Zappa and John McLaughlin. Mike also began nourishing a passion for jazz, passed down to him by PCCA instructor and saxophonist David Pate.

In 2008, Mike began teaching guitar at what was then called the Rock ‘n Blues Academy and he later began coaching many of the academy’s student bands.

Mike teaches students of all ages and skill levels with fantastic results. He places a high premium on technical proficiency, so if you’re looking to burn on your instrument– Mike’s your man! With a diverse and extensive background in rock, blues, country, metal, punk, alternative, jazz, funk, and ska, Mike is ready to show you everything you wanted to know about the music you love. Mike encourages students to learn their favorite songs. Armed with a wickedly sharp set of ears, Mike can figure out most any song’s structure.


CHRISTINA

ChristinaHey guys, this is Christina from the St. Petersburg Music Factory. Just letting you know a bit more about myself.

I was born and raised right here in St. Pete. I began showing an interest in music at a young age. I guess I have both my parents to thank for that. My mother was a classical influence, while my father a bit more alternative.

I began writing and performing for my family and in churches at a young age. In 4th grade I decided to be a drummer. I joined the school band as a percussionist and started learning my technique. By the time I reached middle school, I was done with ballet and ready to “dedicate” myself to music. That’s when I began taking drum lessons from Dave Shepard and I owe much of my musical growth to him.

I began teaching my first student at age 13 and have now been teaching for eight years. I am so thankful to have such a wonderful opportunity to work with kids and share my passion for my music.

I am currently attending St. Petersburg College and studying drums with Dr. Patrick Hernly. I’m aiming for a career that mixes social work and teaching.

I am excited to start this new chapter with the Music Factory. I believe this school is taking a step in the right direction and I’m glad to be a part of it.

I teach drums, bass, guitar, a bit of piano, and vocals too. I want my students to learn theory, technique, and to have fun doing it. If my students aren’t happy, neither am I. I look forward to all that is to come and I’m proud to be an instructor at the St. Petersburg Music Factory.