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Our rock stars
Ricky Bright, Owner
Ricky came to Champaign in 1998. By training he is a fine arts major and a photographer. But when an opportunity presented itself to join the local music scene he changed course. Over the past 10 years he has managed 2 local music stores. Through this experience he has developed his own vision for a musical instrument store. He wants to share his passion for guitars and music, and invites you to visit The Upper Bout.
Favorite Gear: Gibson© Custom Shop ES-339
Brian Miller, String Theorist
Brian is a guitar player from Kokomo, Indiana. A graduate of Indiana State University, Brian has studied many styles of guitar and has performed in jazz combos, punk and metal bands, and classical guitar ensembles. Brian is the Director of Lessons at The Upper Bout.
Favorite Gear: Gibson Les Paul Standard and Taylor 818e
Andrew Kauffman, Bass, M.D
Andrew Martin Kauffman is a musician from Arcola, Illinois. He has been a gigging musician for over 10 years and has performed in choirs, guitar ensembles, jazz combos, garage bands, and orchestras. Andrew prefers playing bass and drums but also likes to strum on his acoustic guitar and sing his favorite classic rock and 90's alternative songs on his days off. Andrew studied Music Business and upright bass at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He is the Director of Online Sales at The Upper Bout.
Favorite Gear: Fender Highway-1 Custom Strat, Lakland Skyline 55-60 (Vintage J)