MEET THE STAFF
Justin Hucker (Owner/Operator)
Moving to South Florida in 2005, Justin worked most notably as Music Director at a School of Rock and as a sound engineer at Swampgrass Willy's and occasionally for the iHeartRADIO™ Theater in West Palm Beach. Justin has been a sound engineer for acts such as A Great Big World, Echosmith, Rixton, The Bastard Suns, Oh Honey, Austin Mahone and many others.
Referring to himself as a "Kurt Cobain Impostor," Justin took the stage as the guitarist and voice for "Smells Like Grunge: The Nirvana Tribute," from 2014-2017. While a member of SLG, they performed all along the East Coast from Miami to New York selling out many of their venues and
gained popularity and critical praise. Justin left the Nirvana Tribute with SLG's bassist to pursue an original project and focus on LMC.
Catch Justin in a live show with Euphobia.
Yaz Velazquez (Vocals/Keys/Guitar/Bass/Ukulele)
Yaz is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University where he studied voice and music technology and received his Bachelors in Music with an emphasis in commercial music. He has been in the South Florida music scene for over a decade both as an instructor and performer and has shared the stage at Sunfest as well as toured the east coast.
Teaching a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, keyboard, ukulele, mandolin, drums, and voice; he believes a strong music theory background allowed him to “connect the dots” when it came to learning new instruments. “Understanding how to read music and grasping the fundamentals opens the door to a whole world of possibilities”. Yaz is always excited to share his passion for music with his students and looks forward to meeting new musicians in the making.
Catch Yaz in a live show with Bryce Allyn Band.
Ben Childs (Guitar/Keys/Vocals/Sax/Mandolin)
Ben achieved his B.A. in music at Manchester University in England. Out of college he co-founded Sonic Boom Six sharing stages with Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, and Voodoo Glowskulls. They also performed in festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds among many others. His recording background has even led him to work with respected producers and engineers such as Ace from Skunk Anansie. Ben has shared the stage as everyone from Ritchie Havens to Gary Newman to Kings of Leon.
Since being in Florida, Ben has professionally taught music for over a decade. His training and experience afford him a well rounded musical perspective that he enjoys passing on to his students. Ben can teach many instruments (literally anything you give him) but considers saxophone and guitar to be his primary instruments.
He currently leads two bands, Killbillies (Americana/Celtic) and No Name Ska Band (Rock/Ska) and can be found performing every weekend. He also hosts the 561 Music Podcast where he interviews local musicians, venue/club owners and promoters. A true all rounder, Ben is a music teacher for all seasons and can accommodate any challenge that you bring to him.
Alex Mandel (Drums/Bass/Vocals/Guitar)
Alex is our resident drum guru, but he is so much more! He's also our left handed bass and guitar teacher. For any lefties out there you know how helpful this can be. He's also a very accomplished singer and song writer. With over 10 years of teaching experience in both private and group lessons, Alex is knowledgable, experienced and enthusiastic.
He's played and toured in numerous local bands and ensembles since 2007. If you still need to be convinced of his talent and dedication you can see him with his Rage Against The Machine Tribute Band where he takes on lead vocals for one of the hardest frontmen to replicate, Zack De La Rocha.
Catch Alex in a live show with Products Of Rage.
Zak Mahoney-Hoffmann (Guitar/Bass)
Zak first started playing guitar at the age of 6 in Pennsylvania. In his early 20's he moved to South Florida and continued to perform and write with numerous local bands. In 2011, Zak started teaching and in 2016, began at LMC.
Though he started as a guitarist, he's gone on to have a deeper passion for playing upright bass and has used that ability in many well received and loved local bands including KillBillies, The Micah Scott Project, String Assassins, and Jason Newsted & The Chop House Band. It's near impossible to find a kid that Zak can't inspire. He's definitely one of the most unique and amazing teachers we've ever had at LMC.
Though he's not currently performing live, he's working on his first solo album so check back soon!