"You have changed my life completely. I have always wanted to hear straight talk about the business/legal side of things (I have some rather unique and lofty plans for my musical career). You have given me an incredible set of tools to begin building that vision and the inspiration to know that I am not out of my head for thinking that my dream is a real possibility. Thank you."
"I am the Army Band Musician that met you briefly at the Summer NAMM show in Nashville. I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful and inspiring spirit. I couldn't help but feel great after listening to you and the rest of the SESSIONS panel. It was exactly what I needed to hear as a musician that just moved to Nashville, TN from South Dakota."
(Daniel Heier, Summer NAMM)
"What a powerful presentation. Thanks to all involved."
(Donn Garrett, Seattle Session)
"We received an amazing wealth of knowledge from all and very much appreciate the opportunity!"
(Linda Rothstein, Lone Star Percussions Sessions)
"It's a very exciting event idea with information that all musicians
need to know."
(TIM PEDERSEN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT MUSICIANS INSTITUTE)
"Thank you so much for The Sessions. I have no words to describe how much I was touched by the panels' words of inspiration and motivation."
(EMILIA B. RODRIGUES, MUSICIANS INSTITUTE STUDENT)
"My thanks to all of you for hosting this wonderful educational and
inspiring workshop! So glad I attended!"
"WOW! "What a knowledgeable 'crew' that gathered to share their experiences in the industry...Enjoyed this tremendously."
"The Sessions is a heavyweight panel discussion taking place in the Idea Center. It touches on contract negotiations, entertainment law, branding fundamentals, and more. The panel includes Dom Famularo (The Drumming World's Global Ambassador), Eddie Bayers, Jr. (Session Drummer), Joe Hibbs (Mapex Artist Relations/Product Development Manager), Carlos Guzman (Production Manager), Paul Quin (Entertainment and Litigation Lawyer), and Harry McCarthy (Drum Paradise). The expert panel's 3 hour discussion is insightful, engaging, and oftentimes entertaining. Drummer Asa Lane feels empowered by The Sessions. "The idea is you have to know your craft.
You have to be kind," Lane explains. "I think it's like what (the panel is) saying. Everything will fall into place if you're persistent, if you're patient."
(Wes Davenport, Music Think Tank)
"This was the most amazing day ever at our school. Incredible. Simply incredible. Our students and staff have been sharing all day how blessed they were to have had this experience."
(Ron Link, Principal, The Arts Performance Company School Bronx, NY)
"I just got back from The Sessions in Seattle. I would urge any musician that is in a band or wants to be in one to attend this valuable workshop!!! What an enjoyable experience with some very professional and entertaining folks."
(Dan "Doc" Erickson)
"I wanted to drop a note to say Hello and to also let you know how 'thankful' I am for people like you who are passionate about music, the arts, and mostly education. What a wonderful program you offer to the industry. Those who participate are fortunate "The Sessions" program exists.
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the industry."
"Thank you for bringing The Sessions to the EMP in Seattle last weekend.
It was extremely informative and I really appreciate the "business side" that Paul Quin shared with the group. It was encouraging to hear good business practices in the music industry. I was definitely empowered by Dom Famularo and my enthusiasm has gone up a few more notches.
"I’ve been speaking of this night for days to my drummer buds, friends, family, co-workers and anybody else who still has an ear. The serendipity of
Dom and Liberty knowing so many souls from where I came from as well was beyond crazy, chance, etc. It was like winning the lottery 5-times in a row. The entire panel was awesome and @ the top of their game — business, craft and personality wise. Truly an extreme Bliss to be with
ALL of them.
"The Sessions at Lone Star Percussion were un-freakin'-believable. What an honor to be able to attend such a wonderful clinic that will be of incredible use in our careers. Thank you, Jules, Peter Erskine, Lib DeVitto, Dom Famularo, Joe Hibbs, Paul Quin, Rick DeJonge, and Carlos Guzman. I learned so much and came away with a recharged positive mental attitude. Also and not least thanks to Scott and Jeff from Lone Star for hosting this wonderful panel. Thank You."
"Thank you SO much for coming to Dallas, Texas. I attended the conference wondering if I would regret spending a beautiful day inside, and found myself mesmerized by every word! This was SUCH an amazing experience, and I was incredibly inspired. Each and every one of the panelists were excellent and educational."
(Spyche Elijah Bonjiovi)
"I loved it! Excellent legal and business information was presented. Each person on the panel had a wealth of information and inspiration."
"Your visit to TAPCO was very exciting and overwhelming. You helped
some of us to open up when it comes to performing. Our school never had
anything like that before and it was amazing!"
"Thank you very much for visiting my school and sharing some of your special moments with us. I learned from your teachings and as a dancer I now have goals and dreams to make reality. With your great advice and
your kindness I came up with new ideas and will not be afraid to share my talents!"
"This was an invaluable experience that transcended pedantic or vague advice usually associated with such events. I could not recommend any other similar type of event to anyone with even the slightest interest in the music business. May The Sessions continue for generations to come."
"I just wanted to take a moment to tell you that I enjoyed meeting you and your crew yesterday and seeing the wonderful, worthwhile program you produce. Both my kids are musicians, so I know well how valuable these tools are that you are offering."
"Thanks so much for The Sessions. As manager of a band it's so great to have band members hear first hand information from professionals in the business. The Entertainment Law section was very informative. However, the individual "tidbits" of info from all the panelists was invaluable for the band members to hear - never giving up, being on time and reliable, being professional, etc!!!"
(David & JoLynn Butler)
Guest Panelist Testimonials
"The Sessions is a remarkable new undertaking that provides years of experience, wisdom and know-how to anyone wanting to forge their lives in the music business. Attendees learn not only from the successes of the expert panel, but also from the mistakes we have all made trying to "make it." The candor and the inspiration on display was as impressive to me as it was to all of those attending the most recent "Sessions" in Dallas. I look forward to repeating the experience, and I can recommend it to anyone."
(Peter Erskine, Drummer)
"The Sessions events are an amazing time of information sharing. I've learned a tremendous amount being a part of them! It would have been so helpful to me in my developmental years. Jules and her team have created an an invaluable resource for students of this business."
(Russ Miller, Drummer for American Idol, Andrea Bocelli, Multi-Platinum Recording Artist)
"It was a privilege to be part of the L.A. Sessions. As an experienced educational musician...I heartily endorse the approach & quality of these beneficial occasions. They are the real deal. Thank you for the opportunity
of membership in this fine group."
(Ed Shaughnessy, Legend Drummer Johnny Carson Show & Author)
"The Sessions is a unique program designed to give those interested in a career in the music industry direct access to some of the industry’s top professionals. I consider myself quite fortunate to have been asked to participate during the Sessions event at the NAMM show in 2011. I can
say without hesitation that I learned as much as I offered! The panel of professionals was second to none and I was truly honored and humbled to be asked to a part of this amazing event. Thank you Jules for your incredible vision and for your willingness to share this concept with so many future music industry professionals. I can’t wait to do it again!"
(Greg Zeller, Sabian Regional Manager)
"Blessings to your huge efforts toward preserving/cultivating, and expanding the arts."
(Will Calhoun, Drummer)
"Everything that I was ever involved in for Jules Follet and her brilliant cast of musicial genius' has been a treasure of knowledge to me and should be seen by everyone wanting to become successful in our business or any business. The benefits are endless."
(Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Legend Drummer)
"Sharing my knowledge on the panel of The Sessions is rewarding to me. Knowing the music business changes all the time, and there is no real handbook on how to succeed, makes what I share from my personal experiences in nearly 40 years of performing, writing, recording, very valuable to all that attend. I even learn from the other panel members
with their journeys in this world of music! Highly recommended to all!"
(Bruce Kulick, Guitarist KISS/Grand Funk Railroad)
"Being a guest panelist on The Sessions was an interesting experience. I think that The Sessions is a great service for musicians seeking information and inspiration. The legal info that Paul brings is good stuff to be aware of and the "real life" stories of the music biz past and present from the other panelists are informative and interesting."
(Michael Thompson, Guitarist /Songwriter)
"What a great opportunity to share our experience with other musicians. You could practically see the lightbulbs going off in the audience's minds. An amazing flow of great information."
(Donn Bennett, Owner Donn Bennett's Drum Shop)
"Fueled by the collective energies and experience of music industry professionals,The Sessions is a uniquely informative and motivational presentation that can truly be a secret weapon for a future generation of musicians and music business leaders. I am truly honored to be on a rotating list of guests speakers, who bring their expertise and insights to conventions, music stores and educational institutions across the land. The Sessions makes a difference."
(Rich Redmond, Drummer/Producer/Speaker)
"As a guest panelist at The Sessions, I was given the opportunity to share part of my journey in the music business. Talking with young people aspiring to a future in music was
inspirational and gratifying."
(Harry McCarthy, Drum Paradise Nashville)
"I had an amazing time and was humbled by the incredible panel. The best part was being surrounded by people who truly have an honest care about the vision of this program. It was amazing to witness such desire to help others and share in experiences that are meant to help and encourage those in attendance. There is without a doubt that people walked away full of hope and a new sense of inspiration for their lives and careers."
(Rick DeJonge, Artist & Program Manager)