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The Candyman Summer Rock Camp Instructors

Ross Hamlin

Ross, a former professor at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, teaches private lessons in guitar (rock, jazz, funk, classical, folk), electric bass, ukulele, voice, composition and applicable music theory in any requested combination. He has also developed instruction in composing, programing and mixing laptop-based music, including dubstep, techno and house.  He’s an active guitarist in rock, jazz, funk, experimental, and unclassifiable performance groups in Santa Fe and southwestern US. and composes original music for film, theater, dance and commercial projects. He also mixes beats, loops and electronica under the stage name clawdeuS.  While he favors the guitar (as well as jazz and funk), he also play bass, trumpet, piano, ukulele and percussion (in many other genres).


Ross has studied with many teachers in several traditions. He spent five years as a resident artist at Mobius, a 20-year-old Boston mainstay for experimental art of all disciplines.  He has produced works by over 300 Boston artists as Director of the Boston non-profit arts collective Open Faucet Productions, while performing frequently all over the New England and Minneapolis areas.

Ross’ teaching style emphasizes full-brain creativity. His teaching style is patient, detailed, spontaneous, innovative and most importantly, fun! He implements an array of teaching techniques, methods and modalities, understands that each student is different and uses an intuitively guided approach to each student. Ross understands that all students share a need for a supportive, safe, fun and challenging environment where they can stretch and grow.

B.A. Boston Berklee, College of Music

Justin Pucila

Justin is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing and studying music since the age of 14.  His main focus was the guitar for the first few years until he quickly realized that he wanted to play any instrument he could get his hands on, and now plays and teaches guitar, drums, bass, keys, vocals and banjo.  It became clear around age 20 that Justin would be devoting himself to the world of music education and has been teaching steadily for 11 years.  He loves all styles of music and is pleased to work with all skill levels.

Tom Furdon

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Tom Furdon is a musician, multi-instrumentalist, producer and teacher with a diverse musical background focused in Rock, Pop, Jazz, Funk, Theater and Experimental Music.


Beginning in his early teenaged years as a guitarist and bassist, Tom has worked with many general businbands, theater groups and original projects as a collaborator and solo performer including thousands of live performances and studio productions over the last several years. He has performed in rooms such as The Orpheum Boston, The Bitter End, Toad’s Place, The Rathskeller, The House Of Blues, The Middle East, T.T. The Bears Place, The Stomping Ground and countless other bar rooms, night clubs, ski resorts and theaters.

Tom’s productions have been featured on stage, television, in playlists and in art galleries. Check out some of Tom’s favorite and latest productions and performances on his site 


Tom has several years of experience teaching all ages in person and online for individual and group instruction of Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano, Rock Ensemble, Music Theory, Improvisation and Music Production. Tom’s approach to teaching is based on each student’s individual goals, tailoring practice routines and lesson programs designed to meet current needs and skill level of each student. Check out Tom’s lesson reviews on his site. 


After several years in Boston, NYC and CT, Tom has relocated to Santa Fe, NM with his wife Kaelyn and dog Layla where he continues to teach, perform and produce music in person and remotely online. For more information visit his website. 

Chris Riggins

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Chris serves as a musical instrument repair technician while managing The Candyman's Service and Repair Department. He also teaches private guitar lessons in addition to band instruction at The Candyman's seasonal Rock School and Summer Rock Camp programs.

Chris is a multi-instrumentalist who predominantly focuses on guitar and trumpet, although he has been known to dabble on bass, piano, wood winds, and various brass instruments. He has experience performing various musical styles including metal, ska, nuevo flamenco, pop rock, jazz, blues, as well as classical guitar.

Chris graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelors of Science in Music with a minor in Music Technology. In 2009, he auditioned for Kappa Kappa Psi's National Intercollegiate Band on trumpet and was one of 10 trumpet players selected to perform with that years symphonic band. Throughout his musical career, he has been focusing on playing live with hundreds of gigs under his belt covering 8 different states, writing and recording original music, and teaching everything from guitar and trumpet to music theory and composition.

You can find his latest releases here.

B.S. Music | Minor in Music Technology

Andrew Primm

Andy started young, learning the intro to “Jamie’s Cryin’” on a toy drumset from JC Penney at age 7. By age 14 he played his first gig, pit percussion for the musical “The Music Man.” Andy has always had a flair and passion for rock and roll, theatrics, and the importance of a solid musical education, having attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated with a MFA in Contemporary Music from the College of Santa Fe.


A multi-instrumentalist, Andy has played locally and toured internationally for 25 years, entertaining club, concert, and corporate audiences worldwide. Credits include Penn and Teller’s Sin City Spectacular, the Grammy Showcase Awards in L.A., as a featured musician in “$5 A Day” starring Christopher Walken, “Truth Be Told”, a FOX TV movie, and “Best Drummer” at The Candyman’s Drum Battle contest. He has released his own CD, “Mercenary”, and has appeared on and produced a plethora of CDs, commercials, videos, and plays, and in addition to his profession as a music educator works as a writer, director, producer, videographer and radio personality.

Boston Berklee College of Music, B.F.A Contemporary 

Music College of Santa Fe

Eddie Neese 

Eddie started playing the drums at age 10. He was mostly self taught, learning songs by his favorite bands, The Smashing Pumpkins, Led Zeppelin, and Rush. When he was 17 he got his first guitar, and it soon became his primary instrument. He taught himself for a couple of years before attending The Players School of Music for two years, where he studied jazz guitar. Following graduation from The Players School, Eddie earned his associate's degree from Edison State College where he studied classical guitar, music theory, and aural theory. He left Florida for Santa Fe in the summer of 2016 to be closer to his family, and he will be finishing his degree at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

The Players School of Music | Edison State College, Classical Guitar, Music Theory, Aural Theory | Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Contemporary Music

Mark Clark

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Mark is a versatile percussion artist with several decades of experiences in performing, touring, recording and teaching music. His resume is as diverse as his varied abilities and comfort of execution of domestic and global styles of percussion performance practices.


Since the mid-1980s Mark has maintained a touring presence nationally and globally with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West (1986-90), Ottmar   Liebert (1992-2002), Jono Manson (1995-2017) and John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours (2011-Present).  

Representative of his numerous television appearances are performances with   Ottmar Liebert (Jay Leno, The Today Show, Regis and Kathy Lee, Univision Mexico) and John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours (Lopez Tonight).  Additionally, he appears in such films as The Postman, King Pin and Eight Days A Week (with Jono Manson) and In Bye Bye Love (with James Taylor and Ben Taylor.

Mark has appeared on more than 80+ recordings with those by Dan Fogelberg,  James Taylor and Ben Taylor, Ottmar Liebert, John Popper, Jono Manson, Cat Stevens, Crystal Bowersox, Kip Winger and the 2011 Debut of John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours representing his most notable work. 
Prior to teaching at Santa Fe University of Art & Design, he was on the faculty at Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences (2009-2010) and The College of Santa Fe (1999-2009). He is currently teaching at United World College, Motezuma, NM.


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