Team

Rodman Marymor

Rodman (Rod) Marymor is a musician and entrepreneur.  His education includes a master’s degree in Percussion Performance and he spent his entire first career in a diverse array of settings as a musician and composer (i.e. starving artist).  Along the way, Rod shifted his focus to the business of music with a recording studio and entertainment production company in San Francisco (Cardinal Productions).  Somehow, after 15 years or so, this led to a software business where his company, Cardinal Communications, created and managed nearly one thousand hotel and conference center Websites. Cardinal was instrumental in the pioneering development of Web-based Online Registration and Attendee Management, earning industry accolades. As one thing led to another, he got out of the software business in 2012 to focus on his commercial real estate interests.

David Poe

David Poe serves as the finance and accounting guru for Music In Place.  A musician himself, David plays French Horn in various Bay Area orchestras, symphonic wind ensembles, and chamber music groups.  After getting his MBA (Northwestern University), David became a CPA at Deloitte Touche, then moved into management consulting where he was the Managing Director of a global payments and financial services consultancy. Now retired, David serves on the Board of Directors of two companies and is also President of the Board of the Sonoma County Philharmonic.

Michael Hatfield

Michael Hatfield began playing vibraphone in high school because none of the other percussionists in the orchestra wanted to take it on.  When he found out he could actually play the melody, but still hit the darn thing, a love affair ensued, and still continues. 

Michael studied with Gary Burton at Berklee College of Music, and then taught there for several years before taking up residence in San Francisco.  There is no music that Hatfield has not taken on during his residency in the Bay Area, and if it involves serious laughing, playing “cartoon fusion” or if it involves a puddle of tears when performing “You Don’t Know What Love Is”, then Michael is on the right bandstand. 

Matt Montgomery

Matt Montgomery is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter, and video game developer. Matt has been featured on productions for Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Her Interactive, Ubisoft, IFC Online, and several independent films and commercials.  As a multi-intrumentalist, he has performed and recorded with many ensembles including Symphony Silicon Valley, California Symphony, New Century Players, and Theater Works. Matt worked as a developer and composer for Ubisoft’s Rocksmith games from 2010-2014, and since then has been the Music Director for Castles and Concerts, a music-based travel company.

Aaron Lington

Grammy Award-winning baritone saxophonist and composer Aaron Lington has performing and compositional credits include collaborations with the San Francisco Symphony, Maynard Ferguson, the BBC Radio Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Bo Diddley, Randy Brecker, Joe Lovano, Jamie Davis, Tommy Igoe, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, and many others. In addition, he has won awards for both his playing and writing from Downbeat Magazine, ASCAP, and was the 2003 recipient of the Sammy Nestico Award. He was named the 2011 “Jazz Educator of the Year” by the California Music Educators Association, and has been recognized multiple times in the both the Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll and Reader’s Poll. In 2015 he was named Silicon Valley Artist Laureate.

Niel Levonius

Seasoned strategic product marketing and business development leader with broad technology knowledge and expertise in cloud Business Communications he currently leads product marketing for Zoom Phone at Zoom Video Communications.  In addition to his “day job” he is also an accomplished professional trumpet player and has traveled around the world to perform or record with many great musicians including Seal, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha & the Vandellas, The Lettermen, Johnny Mathis, Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffet, Garth Brooks, Kix Brooks, Clint Black, Lyrics Born, Deltron 3030, Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, Kid Koala, Chali2na, DJ Q-Bert, Michael Feinstein, Kurt Elling, Billy Valentine, Mark Secara, Arturo Sandoval, Jon Faddis, Tom Scott, Sheila E., Louie Bellson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Pete Escovedo, Mike Patton, Tommy Doresy Orchestra, Jimmy Doresy Orchestra, Cab Calloway Orchestra, Tommy Igoe’s Groove Conspiracy, Realistic Orchestra, the Jazz Mafia Hip Hop Symphony, and the Grammy award winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra.

Stuart Rosenberg

Stuart Rosenberg is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where his practice focuses on patent litigation and related counseling.  Stu works with clients in tech and life sciences to defend their products and protect their intellectual property.  He earned his law degree at Stanford Law School after college at Yale University, where he majored in Physics and Philosophy.  When Stu is not in the office, he plays guitar with several bands in the Bay Area, including Halsey & The Hi-Hats, Contigo, and Metalmucil.

Chad Goodman

Chad Goodman serves as the Conducting Fellow of the New World Symphony and as an Assistant Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony. With a flair for inventive programming and a bold presence on stage and in the community, Goodman has been hailed “an entrepreneur bringing innovation to classical music” (Forbes). As Founder and Artistic Director of Elevate Ensemble, Goodman commissioned fifteen works from Bay Area composers and collaborated with local photographers, videographers, poets, and culinary artists, bringing new music and vibrant multi-genre experiences to unique venues such as yoga studios, historic Victorian homes, and art studio warehouses. In addition to his performing career, he has taught young musicians the business and entrepreneurial skills needed to successfully navigate the world as a working musician in his workshop “You Just Earned a Music Degree. Now What?”

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