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The Teachers!

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn

The Teachers of Baltimore Rock Fest are handpicked by Tobias Hurwitz from a stable of amazing musicians he has discovered over the years. There may be slight line-up changes from time to time, but the team is always top notch, highly credentialed and effective as teachers and mentors. 

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Michael Raitzyk


Michael Raitzyk was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1969. He is a leading Baltimore Jazz guitarist. Over the years, he has shared the stage with many top players, including Junior Cook, Gary Thomas, Junior Cook, and Bill Hardman. Raitzyk recorded with Ann Louise White, Kyle Coughlin (saxophonist), Raitzyk’s new CD, Live At the Cafe Hon, lets you in on an amazing night of music. The trio’s approach to music has been influenced by Michaels interest in Klezmer music. Klezmer is a form of Jewish Eastern Europe music that was created in 1800. Raitzyk was raised listening to music from all genres, starting with the Allman Brothers Band. He was inspired to learn jazz guitar by seeing Pat Metheny and Gary Burton. The Michael Raitzyk trio has been entertaining Baltimore audiences for the past four years. They have cultivated a loyal following. The Trio performs Jazz standards and original compositions as well as classic Funk covers.

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