Meet the Teachers

Benny Martin

Benny Martin teaches the 1-on-1 lessons & Little JAMmers, leads KinderJAM with Rachel and is the maestro of The Luminescent Often Magnificent Joyful Awe Music Fun Band, aka. JAM Band with Kala, Fito & Tom.

He has close to 20 years experience teaching music lessons. He has taught guitar, piano, ukulele, drums, flute, recorder and subbed as a school band teacher.

Benny has worked as a church music director and developmental support worker and LOVES singalongs and jam sessions.

All of that experience has come together to create a unique philosophy and method of teaching that emphasizes lighting a spark and learning by doing.



In addition to Benny, we have three wonderful, talented teachers/band members, who allow us to give the young band members time and attention, and add skill and experience to the band.


Kala Bechard

Kala Bechard - Vocals, loop pedal & tea cup


Fito Patiño

Fito Patiño - Piano, bass & Latin beats


Tom LaBonte

Tom LaBonte - Drums, guitar & cowbell



 Rachel makes KinderJAM 134% more awesome and 100% more Missourian.

Rachel Beasley
Rachel Beasley - Maracas, photos & fun