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Staten Island, NY

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Meet Musician John A:

• Over 40 years of experience as a professional musician
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• Performed and held jam sessions with many groups and artists. Most
notably Steve Augeri(Journey), Frank Infante(Blondie guitarist
and founding member), and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Studied with guitar greats Carl Barry and Billy Newman
• Now accepting beginner to intermediate level students.
• Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Gospel/Christian, Fingerstyle, R+B, and more!
• Acoustic and Electric Guitar
• Learn chords, lead guitar solos, read music, play your favorite songs and more!

*** Lesson Details ***
My personality and teaching style is friendly and laid back. I am very patient
and encouraging towards my students. After all, learning to play guitar should be fun, right?? I have enough knowledge and experience to turn you into a pro level guitarist! But even if your goal is just to learn your favorite songs, play in a band just for fun, or maybe to play guitar on the worship team at church, I can help you do that!! Have you been playing for a while, but are in a major rut, and you want to take your guitar playing to the next level?, I am here to help! I use a combination of method books and lessons especially made for YOU AND YOUR NEEDS!, Stop saying "I wish I could play guitar"and let me help you turn your dreams into reality!!
"You can do it!!!
John A

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar, music stand, and a small amp( if student doesn't have one) The student must have their own guitar, and is responsible for purchasing any books or study aids used during the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Jazz, Pop, Classical/Fingerstyle,Gospel/Contemporary Christian, R+B Ethnic music, and more.
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John G. October 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
He's a really great guy. Really liked his lessons, he's great at the guitar, and really smart about helping you to understand the fundamentals and really build a solid base upon which to grow as a guitar player. Unfortunately, I had to move away from Staten Island to Brooklyn, so I had to discontinue lessons, otherwise I definitely would have continued with him.
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Anthony Russo March 14, 2016
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Best guitar teacher out there, Period! John A literally transformed my guitar playing, John does not give, generic, one size fits all lessons. John prepares custom made lessons for all his students, and Always goes the e,straight mile for me. I have have had many teachers, Jphn is by far the best, and truly cares a bout his students. Thanks John A !
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Paul February 11, 2016
· Guitar · In home
John is very professional. He's got my 8 year old beginner loving the guitar. He is thoughtful and is looking forward to teaching my son ever time he arrives. Great job John thx
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John A.

John A.

Staten Island, NY 10306
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About Cheryl C.

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Mount Tabor, NJ

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In addition to polishing a piece to play in a public venue, I help the student prepare their presentation from appropriate dress, to walking on stage, performing with or without a mic and general stage presence.

Performance opportunities are relayed to students during their lessons.

About Cheryl
I teach music to children ages 7 through 18 - including college prep.

Your child will learn how to read music, play melody and chords and progressively acquire skills as a musician and guitarist. Music theory and rhythm study is included.

Learning an instrument teaches focus and goal setting strategies, develops self-direction and self-esteem, plus the added benefit of developing the brain for academic achievement. And, it's just plain FUN!!

This is perfect for home schooled children or as a supplement to public or private school music programs.

I have been a musician for over 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music and have taught guitar for over 10 years.

In addition to guitar, I'm a vocalist, composer and arranger as well as a music publisher. I actively perform as both a classical guitarist and singer-songwriter.

I specialize in acoustic and acoustic/electric guitar - both classical and contemporary, steel string and nylon.

PLEASE SPEAK TO ME before purchasing your child's instrument. A standard size steel string guitar can be difficult to handle and may discourage your child.

***NOTES ABOUT SPECIAL NEEDS***

Usually, learning disabilities, ADD & ADHD go together just fine with guitar lessons and frequently give these precious young people a creative outlet. Speak to me about your child's needs so I can prepare the best lessons possible!

Be aware that there are stairs to my home studio. Please take this into consideration if you have an ambulatory disability.

*** STUDIO EQUIPMENT ***

Home Studio, dedicated space, guitars and recording equipment, keyboard and amps, music stands, chairs, comfortable waiting area for parents.
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Mark Higgins November 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cheryl is a great teacher. She loves music and that enthusiasm is inspiring.
I am looking forward to many lessons
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Bill L. October 18, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Cheryl laid back person with a great teaching method. Can't wait until next lesson.
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Olivia September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Ms Cheryl was excellent. My 9 year old loved her first lesson and can't wait until next week. We highly recommend.
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Cheryl C.

Cheryl C.

Mount Tabor, NJ 07878
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$30 / 30-min

About Gene S.

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About Gene
I am a professional teacher/performer with over 20 year’s experience. I specialize in jazz guitar but have vast teaching and performing experience in all styles of popular music such as rock, blues, soul, r&b etc....
I am a composer/band leader and I also have many side man credits with some world renowned musicians on my resume. My CD "hypnotic" made the semi final round for 09-10 Grammys for best jazz instrumental CD. I also have 2CD's on the steeplechase label.
I believe that these experiences make me a teacher that can communicate with my students through my hands on knowledge and understanding of all aspects of music. Oh.... almost forgot.... I love teaching just as much as I love playing, because it gives me a chance to effect peoples peoples lives in a positive way.

Degrees
B.A in jazz performance from the renowned William Pa
terson University jazz studies department
M.A. in composition from William Paterson university
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JenniferK2 October 24, 2010
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Mr Gene is a very patient teacher, my son is 7yr old and he is a first time learner he understand him very well.
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Gene S.

Gene S.

Brooklyn, NY 11218
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About Patrick M.

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About Patrick
I have been playing music since I was 7 years old. I studied privately through high school, then attended Musicians Institute. I received my AA in music performance, where I graduated at the top of my class.

Since graduating, I have gone on to travel the world playing music. I have lived, and worked as a professional musician in LA, Nashville, and now NY. I am looking forward to helping you, or your kids, through your musical journey.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons, you will learn all the fundamentals of music, while having fun. I like to have them study ear training, theory, reading, and how to play their instrument, using songs from artists they like.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Four and Five string Bass
Acoustic Guitar

*** Specialties ***
Any and all styles of music. I.E. Rock, Pop, Funk, R&B, Jazz, Latin, Met
al, Disco, Musical theater, etc. What I do in the lesson depends on what the student is interested in. We could work on anything like reading, improv, fretboard knowledge, chord structure, theory, ear training, styles, or just learn songs.
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Patrick M. November 14, 2013
· Guitar ·
Guitar Lessons for my Daughter

I've been through a couple teachers, and Patrick was the first teacher that was reliable and able to keep her attention, and keep her interested in learning. Great Find!! I definitely recommend Patrick!
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Patrick M.

Brooklyn, NY 11203
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$40 / 30-min

About David S.

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If you're interested in performing music on any sort of percussion instrument, I can help! Give me an idea of what you're interested in and what your goals are and we'll go from there!

About David
David is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and timpanist available for in-studio and in-home lessons in the New York City area. An experienced performer and teacher, he brings an exciting and collaborative approach to lessons with students of all ages.
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Mark September 13, 2016
· Percussion · In studio
My 9-year-old son, Luke, who is on the spectrum (PDD-NOS) studied with David for the better part of a year and the experience was terrific. In addition to being extremely communicative and reliable, David was kind and patient. David kept Luke focused and entertained while also inviting him to think about rhythm in ways that made sense to Luke's brain. We happily traveled from Inwood to "Downtown Brooklyn" for lessons because the level of instruction was that good and, I think, Luke's progress demonstrates that. Luke was bitten by the hockey bug, so we are taking a break from percussion right now, but I wouldn't hesitate to return to David's studio should time allow in the future.
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David S.

David S.

Brooklyn, NY 11201
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About David N.

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Throughout my time at Berklee, NEC, and now Juilliard, I have studied with many great teachers and musicians from Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Henderson, Kenny Barron, Tiger Okoshi, John McNeil, and Laurie Frink to Jerry Bergonzi, and Miguel Zenon. The diverse subjects we went over in lessons and classes gives me a unique knowledge of certain styles and musical ideas. I try to be as personal and individual as I can when it comes to teaching students. That was the thing that stood out amongst my favorite teachers.

About David
At 28 years old, David Neves is one of the most active and exciting trumpet players in New York and Boston’s jazz scene. Neves was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. There, he was chosen to be a member of the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute. Through this program, David had the privilege of studying and performing with some of the most accomplished and well-known jazz musicians in the world, including Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, and George Garzone. Neves then attended the prestigious New England Conservatory where he received his Master’s of Music in Jazz Performance.

A world-class musician, David’s talents have sent him all over the globe to venues such as the Tokyo Jazz Festival, Torino Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, and the Newport Ja
zz Festival. In 2010, Neves traveled to Sydney, Australia, where he won first prize in the International Trumpet Guild’s Jazz Solo Competition. Recently, Neves was faculty at the 2016 Torino Jazz Festival where he conducted masterclasses, as well as the advanced ensemble that was featured at the festival, performing “April 14th, 2013” from his debut album, “Progress Report.”

In February 2014, David independently released Progress Report, his first full-length album as a leader and composer. This project debuts intriguing, all-original music, and David is joined by some of the finest young musicians in Boston and New York.

A recent recipient of the prestigious Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, Greg Gisbert, and Ben Wolfe; David is currently performing and teaching in the New York, and Boston areas including a weekly Sunday residency in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Birdland Jazz Club in Midtown Manhattan with the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra with Arturo O'Farrill.

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Teaching Philosophy
• Relate to the student in a way that keeps them constantly engaged.
• Focus on areas of improvement as well as their strengths allowing him/her to feel comfortable.
• Develop discipline and a sense of creativity within the student, and allow them to express themselves freely
with music.
• Improve their technique and musicality in a fun and informative way.
• Lessons will also include information on trumpet history, music theory, jazz improvisation, and musicianship.

Teaching Experience
• Resident Trumpet Instructor Little Red School House, NYC
September 2016 to December 2016
Private trumpet instruction. Created unique exercises based on each students learning challenges/needs. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship, classical and jazz theory. From ages 14-15.

• Juilliard Jazz Workshop Faculty Torino Jazz Festival, Italy
April 2016
Featured artist and faculty at 2016 Torino Jazz Festival. Conducted trumpet/improvisation masterclass. Taught advanced ensemble (featured at the final day of festival). Topics included trumpet technique, jazz history, jazz recordings, jazz theory, musicianship.

• Trumpet Instructor Music To Your Home, NYC
November 2015 to present
Private lessons in students homes. Developed lesson plans for each student, and assessed progress during weekly lessons. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship. From ages 10-18.

• Resident Trumpet Instructor Medfield High School, MA
September 2014 to May 2015
After school program, where private and group lessons of 4-5 people were conducted. Developed lesson plans for each student, and assessed progress during weekly lessons. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisa- tion, musicianship. From ages 10-18.

• Private Instructor Norwell High School and Middle School, MA
June 2007 to September 2015
Private and group lessons of 5-10 people were conducted. Created unique exercises based on each students learning challenges/needs. Occasional clinics were conducted for whole band program. Topics included trumpet technique, improvisation, musicianship, and music and jazz theory. From ages 14-18.

• Clinician and Performer Panama Jazz Festival
January 2011
Featured artist at 2011 Panama Jazz Festival. Conducted trumpet/brass/jazz masterclass to 40-50 people. Topics included trumpet technique, jazz history, jazz recordings, jazz theory, musicianship.

Education
• The Juilliard School New York, NY
Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies
September 2015 - May 2017
Two-year, postgraduate, tuition free certificate program under the direction of Wynton Marsalis, Greg Gisbert, and Ben Wolfe.

• New England Conservatory Boston, MA
Master of Music in Jazz Studies
September 2012 - May 2014
Recipient of Merit-based Tuition Waiver. Teachers included John McNeil, Laurie Frink, Jerry Bergonzi, Ralph Alessi, Miguel Zenon, Jason Moran, Dave Holland, Fred Hersch. Member of NEC Jazz Orchestra led by Ken Schaphorst.

• Berklee College of Music Boston, MA
Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance
September 2007 – May 2011
Full Scholarship. Teachers included Tiger Okoshi, Jeff Galindo, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Darren Barrett, Terri Lyne Carrington.
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Darrell G. October 13, 2016
· Trumpet · Online
David is a great teacher at teaching the complex
and making it very understandable regarding the trumpet.
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Dave August 14, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
David was great. The class was a lot of fun and I learned exercises and pointers that I could put to use right away. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Gabby July 5, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
David's a really cool teacher. He knows a lot and has given me a ton of stuff to improve my playing and get ready for college. He's such a good and helpful teacher I even recommended him to my friend to take lessons.
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David N.

New York, NY 10018
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About Ian M.

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I have a lot of experience performing, having been in ensembles since I was 8. During college I was in 8 different ensembles for different periods of time and regularly had to perform as the primary performer. I have also performed in a number of rock bands around NYC which has helped me hone a number of performance skills, including ways to quell performance anxiety and increase fluidity.

About Ian
Hi, I'm Ian, a 23 year old music major who just completed his B.A. At Hunter College. I try and play as many instruments as possible to expand my musical repertoire, but I am the most well versed in violin and guitar. I've been playing violin for 14 years and guitar for 9. I am involved in a number of musical projects and bands including my own, Cicero & the Orations. I also have a good knowledge of theory and have taken all but two of Hunters offered theory classes. I am currently a lessons instructor at a corporate site but I am always looking to teach music, since it's what I want to do with my life. I am quite patient with students and am always looking to take as much time as is needed for the student to learn whatever will better them.
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Daniel B. October 14, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Ian's patience and knowledge of many types of music is awesome! He takes a very empathetic approach to teaching; he tailors what knowledge he shares and what instructional techniques he employs based on my learning style and past experiences. If your looking for a kind, down to earth teacher who's not elitist when it comes to teaching anything from classical violin to rock guitar, Ian's the guy.
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Chris October 10, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He is uniquely sensitive to the learning style of his students, and able to meet musicians of any experience at their level. He will be a full time music educator in a couple of years, so get some time with Ian while you can!
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Ian M.

New York, NY 10024
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About Levon S.

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If you want to learn about music performance, I'm your guy! I can teach you everything from setting up a practice regiment before shows, to what you will need while gigging out, what to wear depending on the gig, handling on-site emergency repairs and more!

About Levon
Hey Everyone!

My name is Levon Syers and I have been a lifelong guitar player. I'm very passionate about music, and have performed hundreds of shows over the past 15 years. This included working with original bands and cover acts up and down the East Coast of the United States. Apart from the guitar, I also play the alto saxophone and clarinet as well! I typically play in community bands on these instruments, which will play at schools, charities and community homes in New Jersey where I'm from.

Regarding my education, I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Rowan University. I'm also 30 credits into earning my MA in English from Montclair State University. Apart from taking theory courses in high school and some during my undergraduate degree, most of my studying has come from my personal passion and desire to perform. A
fter getting into to teaching a while back, I realized that I really enjoy it! It is highly rewarding, and a great chance to share the joy of music with others. I currently teach at three different locations for two different businesses in NJ, and I've set up my profile on Take Lessons so that I can continue expanding my student base, which consists of students ranging from 8-70 years of age.

I am always studying music, even to this day, and constantly trying to understand new styles that are outside of my wheelhouse. My approach to teaching is simple: connect with the student, help find common ground in musical tastes and set up an engaging foundation with which the student can reach their goals while having fun in the process!
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Peter August 11, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Levon works for me! I own Mill Pond Arts and Levon is very popular with the students and I am amazed at how quickly they are learning chords. He spends a lot of time with students and emails assignments to them.
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Dillon July 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Levon helped me improve at chord progressions. Before he gave me tips on changes I was pretty slow. He's a great guitarist and a great teacher, he has an easy nature about him that is conducive to lessons, you have fun and learn when taking lessons with Levon.
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Levon S.

New Egypt, NJ 08533
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About Daniel R.

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When students take lessons with me, they learn both how to play their instruments and how to have fun doing it! Music is food for the soul, and learning how to make it can and should be an uplifting experience.

My lessons follow the general formula of the standard European western classical tradition. However, my teaching style differs slightly from one student to the next, because every person and every learning style is unique!

About Daniel
Hi! I am a saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, pianist, and, most importantly, a lover of music. I began taking piano lessons when I was five years old; ever since then, music has been a huge part of my life. I've played in concert bands, marching bands, jazz bands, rock bands, wedding bands, pit bands, etc!. I moved to New Jersey to study at William Paterson University's jazz program and to immerse myself in the fertile musical environment that this area provides. I am always looking forward to working with new students and helping others along on their own musical journeys. Can't wait to do the same with you!
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Daniel R.

Jersey City, NJ 07307
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$50 / 30-min

About Dru R.

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Release your inner rock star or Nick Cannon with fun, modern, and progressive lessons in percussion from a professional musician with a Bachelors in Music Performance and expertise in Steel Drums, Marching Percussion, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Concert Percussion, and Front Ensemble. Dru has experience teaching students ages 5 - 22 and can help students of all ages reach their goals -- whether that be learning to read music, learning to play well enough to impress your friends, or preparing for an audition to music school or high school band.

About Dru
Dru Richardson is a professional percussionist and teacher living and working in New York City. She graduated from Appalachian State University with 2 Bachelors Degree -- one in Music Performance and the other in Business Administration. While at App State, she was the president of the Steely Pan Steel Band and spent the majority of her days traveling North Carolina and surrounding states spreading the love of the Trinidad namesake instrument, the Steel Pan. She also was a member of the New Paradigm Quartet, ASU Percussion Ensemble, and the ASU Tabla Ensemble. In addition, she taught drumline and front ensemble for three years at Athens Drive High School, Bunker Hill High School, and Eastern Alamance High School. These days she is a bookkeeper by day and gigging, teaching, and even *pretend* playing on the upcoming season of Amazon's Mo
zart in the Jungle by night! She is also heavily involved in Bollywood dancing, learning to speak Hindi, and a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC.

For more information, don't miss a beat, drop her a message!
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Anna August 27, 2017
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Dru is AMAZING! So great with the kids. Patient and knowledgeable!
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Mikey August 22, 2017
· Percussion · In home
If you're looking for a professional yet fun instructor, Dru should be your top choice. She is not only patient and thoughtful when teaching you a new technique - she is also skilled in ensuring that you are enjoying your lesson. Dru is clearly a master when it comes to percussion and music theory, and she will help make you one, too!
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Connor August 19, 2017
· Steel Drums · In studio
Dru is seriously amazing! Her patience is very admirable and she knows SO MUCH about music. She is very passionate about steel pan, which made it easy for me to stay motivated.
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Dru R.

New York, NY 10040
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