Women’s International Music Network founder Laura B. Whitmore will be demoing and performing original music at the Peavey booth, convention center level 2, booth 201, on Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25, both at 1:00pm. Whitmore’s distinct voice and penchant for wordsmithing result in cleverly crafted, can’t get ‘em out of your head, folky rock songs.

Whitmore will perform showcasing Peavey’s Composite Acoustics guitar and the MuseBox virtual instrument and effects module. She will be joined by Chuck Besocke on guitar and Gabriel Cobas on percussion.

About Laura B. Whitmore, vocals and guitar 

A San Francisco-based singer/songwriter, Whitmore is the co-host of the West Coast Songwriters Association Contra Costa Country chapter monthly performance and competition. She has also hosted a variety of workshops and panels, including Tips for Writing a Hit Song, at the 2012 Summer NAMM Show.

Whitmore writes the Guitar Girl’d column for Guitar World Magazine and is a lead figure in providing women in the industry the support and recognition they deserve. She is the producer of the Women’s Music Summit and the host of the She Rocks Awards, which also debuts at the 2013 NAMM Show.

Whitmore also owns Mad Sun Marketing, a boutique marketing and PR agency that focuses on the music and audio industries. Her clients include Peavey, NewBay Media, Agile Partners, Notion Music, Jammit, Music Sales, and more. Find out more at mad-sun.com.

About Gabriel Cobas, percussion

Gabriel Cobas has been an active percussionist for over 25 years.  He studied with Todd Miller, Principal Timpanist of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra at Cal State Fullerton and Music Technology at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.  He is also an alum of the Velvet Knights and Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

Gabriel maintains an active schedule teaching, composing and arranging throughout Southern California and New England. Gabriel has served as percussion instructor for such programs as Etiwanda HS, Vista HS, Roland Hayes School of Music (Boston, MA), Riverside Community College and Boston University.

Gabriel previously worked for the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops Orchestra as Manager of Education Programs. Currently, he is Director of Percussion at El Dorado High School, Diamond Bar High School and South Pointe Middle School.

In addition to percussion, Gabriel is an expert in music technology having recently released the book, Mastering Sibelius 6 published by Cengage Technology available in hard copy, iBook and Kindle formats.

About Chuck Besocke, guitar

Chuck Besocke is a songwriter based out of the San Francisco Bay Area who has been playing music throughout Northern and Southern California for the past 25 years.  He is also the bass player for the rock band Summer Music Project.