Teacher Bios
Kawana Staffney ~ Executive Director, Piano and Ukulele Teacher, Choir Director

Kawana is the Executive Director of the Bahama Village Music Program. Starting out as a volunteer/chaperone, Kawana has always admired the mission of the Bahama Village Music Program and what it means to the community. Her ambition is to not only continue on the legacy of Ellen Sanchez and the original mission of BVMP, but expand the to boundless limits.

Larry Baeder ~ Music Theory & Improvisation, Guitar

A graduate of Berklee School of Music, Baeder is a gifted blues and jazz guitarist. His musical career includes perfomances with blues greats Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Albert King and Tracy Nelson as well as Smokey Robinson at New York City’s legendary Apollo Theater. Also in New York, Larry worked with Isaac Hayes, Ashford & Simpson, Paul Simon, Dr. John, Chuck Jackson, Ben E. King, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, Mary Wilson, Musique, and others.

He has played guitar with jazz legends Jay McShann, Illinois Jacquet, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, and singer Diane “Mama” Rae. He has performed and recorded with jazz greats Jeremy Stieg and Eddie Gomez.

As session musician, Larry recorded with Buddy Guy, James Taylor, and Carly Simon. His work can be heard in advertising jingles and film scores. Baeder has performed in Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Africa. Baeder’s 2000 solo-artist CD release Maximo Strut reached #5 on the Blues charts nationwide.

Nora Revelin ~ Steel Pan Instructor

Bahama Village Music Program is thrilled to welcome Nora Revelin back to Key West and the musical education of our youngest community members. Mrs. Revelin retired from teaching at Gerald Adams Elementary School after giving the gift of music to generations of families in our island community to focus on her family. This left the students of Bahama Village Music Program without a steel pan instructor, causing the House of Pan steel pan band to disperse. Very recently, Mrs. Revelin has decided to return to teaching at BVMP and we cannot let her get away! Mrs. Revelin will instruct the students of HOB in melody, arranging, harmony and making great music!