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Millikin/Decatur Community’s first and best choice for audio and video recording needs. We strive to provide unmatched quality and service to our clients to help them retain their most treasured moments.

Team Members

The members of MARS. Click each image to view their full bio.

Kevin Guarnieri

Kevin Guarnieri is the Director of the Millitrax recording studio.
He holds a B.A. in Business Management from Radford University in Radford, VA and an A.S. in Recording Arts and Sciences from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL.

Mr. Guarnieri started his professional career at Westlake Audio in Los Angeles in 1999. After working as an assistant engineer, he became a freelance recording engineer and digital editor in 2001. Kevin engineered many albums from 2000 to 2010 working with a diverse group of recording artists including: Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, Mick Jagger, Boyz II Men, Alanis Morissette and Carole King among many others.

As of summer 2018 Kevin maintained his certification in Avid Pro Tools at the expert level in Pro Tools version 12.8. He has been a Pro Tools Certified Expert for almost ten years. In addition he is a voting member the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and participates in the Grammy awards voting process annually.

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Cooper Self

Cooper Self is a Senior Commerical Music major from Dahinda, IL. Having a passion for music at an early age, Cooper has since surrounded himself with plenty of varieties of music, from classical music to hard rock bands, deciding in 2021 to go to Millikin to pursue a career as a music producer. Primarily a vocalist, Cooper is involved with various ensembles and choirs at Millikin, including Collegiate Chorale and BluBop. Through MARS, Cooper hopes to elevate his knowledge in live recording and audio engineering.

Dane Edwards

Dane Edwards is a Senior Commercial Music major from Grinnell, Iowa. Dane’s passion for playing music and making records comes from exposure at a very young age to recording(generally in home studios) and his father’s influence as a player and listener. Whether it be playing guitar or patching cables and running pro tools, Dane has always been involved in recording projects and hopes to use his experience as a Millitrax Studio Manager, MARS engineer, and freelance recordist/mixer to lay the foundation for a lifelong career in the music industry. Dane is committed to perfecting the craft and helping clients to the best of his ability EVERY TIME! 

 
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Tommy Barroso

Tommy Barroso is a senior Commercial Music Major at Millikin with a vocal emphasis. He’s a singer-songwriter but usually spends his free time composing music through Logic Pro. When he isn’t composing, he’s partaking in many on-choral activities on campus! His previous and recent projects in Logic have been instrumentals, covers of video game music, and even making his own music. In the summer of 2022, he entered an online music competition where the goal was to make a soundtrack for a video game that didn’t exist. After 10 days of hard work, Tommy came in 15th out of 154 entries. He hopes to one day land a job in composing video game music but is okay with settling for a high paying mixing job in the nicest part of Italy near the ocean (at minimum).

Henry Herrero

Henry “Henro” Herrero
Henry Herrero is a junior commercial music major at Millikin from Bartlett, IL.
He plays guitar, drums, bass, and occasionally sings. Aside from being in
MARS, Henro is involved with a few other organizations an ensembles at
Millikin such as: Electric Guitar Ensemble, Classical Guitar Ensemble, and
Songwriters band. He also plays guitar in the hard rock band, Network
Hollow. Through MARS, Henro is excited to learn the ropes of live sound
recording and further his knowledge in his pursuit of becoming an audio
engineer.

 
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Josiah Bailey

Josiah Bailey is a senior Commercial Music major from Grinnell, IA with a focus on saxophone and bass. His passion for music started at a young age while listening to his dad’s favorite classic rock radio station daily, picking up the guitar at age 7, and joining his first band in the 7th grade. He dipped his toes into recording in high school when he and some buddies formed a new band and eventually recorded multiple projects in his drummer’s basement with a handful of under $100 microphones. He is now the head studio manager here at Millikin and enjoys the benefits of spending his time experimenting with various gear and techniques, whether it be in Millikin’s studios or in his and his roommates’ home studio. Josiah is eager to hop on the opportunity to record via MARS’ services and promises to do whatever is needed to get your recital sounding as good as you performed it!

Audrey Soetermans

Audrey Soetermans is a Sophomore Commercial Music major at Millikin University from Rockford, Illinois. She is in the Honors Program, is the Millitrax Studio Secretary, and is the treasurer of the Millikin Music Business Club. She volunteered for the Welcome to 1979 Music Production Summit in Fall 2022, assisted First Step Records at the Midwest Music Expo in Spring 2023, and had an internship working as an album reviewer for the Los Angeles based entertainment company Mxdwn. She is also the Fraternity Education Chair in Sigma Alpha Iota, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. Currently, Audrey is a member of Millikin University choir and sings for Westminster Presbyterian Church. She has also played viola for the Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra and the Millikin University String Quartet. After graduating with a B.M. from Millikin, she hopes to attend graduate school and receive a degree in film composition. When she’s not doing schoolwork, being in the recording studio, or spending time with friends, she enjoys composing, songwriting, practicing multiple instruments, drawing, gaming, reading, and writing. 

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Alex Barr

Alex Barr is an Arts Technology Audio Engineering major from Grinnell, Iowa. He began working in audio in 7th grade during his middle school play. Now he has gone past live sound and works for the recital crew as well as MARS. He also enjoys playing bass trombone in Jazz 1 here at Millikin. When not doing music he enjoys watching football and gaming. Alex is looking forwards to learning in action through MARS recording and gaining a sense of what the professional world looks like.

Nolan Bunger 

Nolan Bunger is a junior Commercial Music major at Millikin. Raised in Dekalb, IL, he developed a passion for music at a young age, which led him to pick up the guitar at the age of eleven, and, years later, start singing at the age of eighteen. He developed his skills in his high school years playing in cover bands and church bands. He currently plays in Millikin’s Electric Guitar Ensemble and Jazz Combo A. In addition to this, he is also involved in Millikin’s choral program, serving as the tenor section leader of Collegiate Chorale. In the past, he has also been in Millikin’s Classical Guitar Ensemble, True Blue Chorale, and Songwriter’s Band. Nolan also serves as president of both Millikin Guitar Club and Millikin University Concert Committee (MUCC), and he is a tutor for Millikin’s musicology classes.
 
Although he is most interested in session work and artistry after graduation, Nolan’s goal at Millikin is to understand all parts of the music making process, and he hopes to further develop his audio engineering skills in MARS!
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Nora Ficke

Nora Ficke, from Springfield, IL, is a junior Arts Technology major with a concentration in Video Production. She does a lot of video editing of different sorts in her free time and also loves to draw portraits. Her love for film started when she was young, and she began to look up behind the scenes videos of how movies were made. She also made stop motions with her toys when she was around 9 or 10 which also piqued her interest in the world of film, while also diving into what music choices to use in videos. She is involved in 1901 Productions and is DEI and Social Media and Marketing manager on the executive board. She is taking on the role of Chief Editor on their latest film, Woyzeck. She has made a lot of props as well for their most recent productions. She is in MARS this semester to fulfill her internship credit and to help MARS record their events! She is excited to work with musicians and go to more music performances while also learning some things about the music industry, and what being an audio engineer is about. She loves many different genres of music and would love to get the chance to explore the music side of productions while also combining thatvwith film.

Dalton Krum

Dalton Krum, from Mount Pleasant, Iowa, is currently a senior Music Business/Commercial Music double major at Millikin. Under the name Lennie Quest, Dalton has been seriously focusing on music as a career since his sophomore year in high school. Since then, he has released 3 full projects, a music video, and a slew of singles, as well as performed at multiple live events. From June to October of 2017, he was at Fort Benning, GA, for Army basic training. “Iowa’s not known much in mainstream music to people other than Slipknot. I want to put my state on the map; I have nothing but pride for my state.” He’s the only one in his family that sings and makes music, or that is interested in the entertainment industry at all. He has no foundation except the one he is making for himself. In 2021 while deployed to Kosovo, Dalton explored numerous genres of music on Genesis. This project uses his actual name instead of Lennie Quest, separating the two different methods of his music making. Dalton’s music can be found wherever music can be listened to.

 
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Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Senior Video Production and Digital Marketing major from Chicago, IL. Passions include film, music, music videos, directing, and cinematography. Coming from a very musical family, I strive to use my video producing and editing skills and combine them with my passion for music as well. I also love sports and filming practices or games for promotional uses. Exercising and any activity having to do with the outdoors is always something I enjoy as well!

Mackenzie Mann

Mackenzie Mann is a freshman Commercial Music and Arts Administration major from Antioch, Illinois. She has been passionate about music for all of her life and has been involved in many bands and choirs over the years. Mackenzie currently plays saxophone in the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Jazz Band I. She looks forward to developing her audio engineering skills as a member of MARS.

 
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Jaden Delay

Jaden is a Junior Commercial Music Major at Millikin from Springfield, Illinois.  His passion for the recording arts began in the sixth grade when his school loaned him a MacBook with GarageBand and gave him entirely too much free time.  Now as a studio manager for Millitrax, Jaden works with many artists and ensembles on campus and beyond.  Jaden is also an avid trombonist and plays in many ensembles on campus.  When he’s not creating music with others, Jaden enjoys playing and watching basketball. He hopes to one day be “the worst basketball player to ever play in the NBA.”  Jaden is looking forward to the opportunities for collaboration and performance education that MARS will bring him!

Nicole Dadoly

Nicole Dadoly is a Senior Arts Technology Major with Concentrations in Audio Engineering & Production and in Video Production. She is from Chicago, Illinois and has been surrounded by music and film her entire life. She came to Millikin with the dream of being an audio engineer and has since been able to work in every audio studio on Millikin’s campus as well as adding film to the list of her passions. Millikin’s Arts Technology program gave her the opportunity to create beyond what she had known in the audio world and make the films she had always wanted to make while also expanding her knowledge of sound in other areas of media. She is over the moon excited to be a part of MARS and have the opportunity to integrate two of her passions into one incredible experience while also learning from all of her talented classmates!!

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Nick Dunk

Nick Dunk is a Junior Theatre: Design and Production major. He has credits as sound designer and engineer in multiple School of Theatre & Dance productions as well as other work in theatre and live sound outside of Millikin. Since coming to Millikin he was worked for Big Blue Productions and Kirkland Fine Arts Center. While he primarily works in live sound, Nick enjoys expanding his knowledge and experience in sound in any way possible.

Mollie Krueger

Mollie Krueger is a senior Commercial Music and Music Business major. She enjoys songwriting and performing and spent most of her pre-COVID weekends gigging with her band The Hangovers. She loves being in the studio and is also a studio manager in Millitrax. Aside from music, Mollie is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and teaches multiple yoga classes a week. This is Mollie’s first semester in MARS, and she is excited to learn and expand her abilities as an engineer. 

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Quinn Hensley

Quinn Hensley is from Geneva, IL, and is currently finishing up his senior year at Millikin University, studying Commercial Music. He is a second year MARS veteran, and is a new recruit to the studio managers team at Millikin. He is currently working on his first full length album, expected to release in early May of 2021. Along with his love for singing and guitar, Quinn is passionate about drawing, game design, composition, computer construction, and well timed jokes. He is excited to work with MARS to help make the team the best it can be.

Angel Faith

Angel Faith is a 22 year old Senior Arts Tech Major, with a concentration in Audio Engineering. She has an Associates in Music from Lincoln College. She started at Millikin University in 2016. Angel is a vocalist and she plays Saxophone, Piano, Vibraphone, and some percussion. She is in M.A.R.S. as a student Venture. Before working with M.A.R.S. She gained experience through Big Blue Sound. A live sound organization ran on Millikin’s campus. She has one Student Venture let and hopes she gets to take M.A.R.S. again next semester.

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Bekah Ford

Bekah Ford is a senior Commercial Music major from O’Fallon, Missouri. After coming to Millikin as an education major, she found her passion for songwriting in early 2017 and soon changed her major to fit. Since then, she’s released multiple demos of original songs and is writing as often as possible. She’s been actively involved in traditional choirs for 9 years and vocal jazz ensembles for 7 years, traveling the country and internationally since 2010. Bekah joined MARS in the Fall 2019 semester and is excited to learn and grow as an engineer!

Tristan Gammell

Tristan Gammell from Niles,Il is a Junior Theatrical Design and Production Major with an Emphasis in Lighting and Sound Design. Tristan has be involved with music since he was very young. Tristan loves loves music with a passion which led him to playing a variety of different instruments. Millikin allowed Tristan to do it all. Tristan has played in the band before, he has light design and sound designed theatre main stage shows, been an Master Electrician  and Sound Engineer for main stage. Shows as well as Pipe Dreams Studio Theatre (a student run theatre on campus), Manager as well as Sound Engineer, Projection Technician Lighting Technician/Designer for Big Blue Productions ( a student run event company on campus), Sound Engineer for various vocal ensembles on campus, and Vice Chair of a USITT Millikin Student Chapter. Tristan is excited to be a part of M.A.R.S. and and cant wait to gain new skills in recording audio and video editing.

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Andie Fonseca Hidalgo

 Andie Fonseca Hidalgo grew up in Heredia, Costa Rica. Aged 18, in 2015 she moved to the US to attend college. She was drawn to the audio engineering and production department and has since been involved in multiple projects as a producer, engineer and singer. She’s currently a senior commercial music major at Millikin University and continues to improve her skills and craft by stepping out of her comfort zone and exploring new techniques and styles.

Caroline “Carol on the Weekends” Lodovisi

Caroline is a senior commercial music major from Crown Point, Indiana.  She is a returning veteran of MARS with audio interests mainly in engineering and mixing.  Starting on the educational route, she realized that her true passion lies in the music industry and the technical side of recording.  Full, natural sounding arrangements spark her interest the most, and that sound played a large role her decision to take on commercial recording after not having prior experience.  Artists like the Avett Brothers and the Eagles inspire her to keep true to her sound and develop her layering skills. Caroline is also a Studio Manager for Millitrax as well as a Dean’s List student and former student athlete.

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Andrew “Mig Bood” Moody

Andrew Moody is a senior Commercial Music major at Millikin University. He is from Cornland, Illinois and hopes to make a living through mixing and mastering records. He serves as a student worker for many crews at Millikin which gives him many opportunities to improve his mixing, production, and engineering abilities. Whenever he’s not using Pro Tools, you can find him hanging out with friends around campus.

Tara “Nooch” Nuccio

By the time I was seven years old, music was already such an important thing in my life, but I never figured it would be something that I would do as a career. I have been singing and performing for most of my life, of course with the passing thought of doing it on the side, until I stepped foot into my first recording studio. From that point on, I learned that I could spend my life doing the one thing I considered only a passion before– music. I came to Millikin University with little knowledge about the ins and outs of recording, but through great classes, hands-on experiences, and joining Big Blue Productions (a student based multimedia company,) I quickly became attuned to the world of sound. I also work with another multimedia company out of Chicago during the summers. Besides recording, I have spent my whole life with music, as my dad teaches and has developed many courses involving music at the collegiate level, including music technology. I still perform every once in a while, but music technology is where my heart belongs.

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Austin Oberg

Austin Oberg is from Jacksonville, IL. His introduction to music as a craft was his learning to play the piano from his grandmother when he was 5 years old. At Millikin University, he’s worked at Big Blue Productions as a live sound technician and also in the Information Technology department asking customers if they have “turned it off and back on again.” He hopes to broaden his horizons with audio engineering and become a recording engineer once he graduates.

Tobi Osibodu

Tobi is a Sophomore Commercial Music major. He has experience in live sound, recording, video editing and more. He also plays several instruments, including piano, bass, and percussion

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Hunter Sphar

Hunter Sphar is a Senior Commercial Music Major at Millikin University. He spends most of his time engineering and mixing projects as a Millitrax Studio Manager. He is involved in various recording crews on campus, as well as playing electric bass in his band Chocolate in Your Pocket and the jazz band on campus.

Justyn “ronan” Stanford

Justyn Stanford is an Audio Engineer, Producer, and Songwriter from Chicago, IL. He attended the Chicago High School for the Arts where he studied vocal performance and technique. During high school, Justyn began to write songs and found his love for commercial music. He currently is a senior at Millikin University pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music. and works hard to develop his production and engineering abilities. He believes in mastering songcraft from the original idea to create the best possible product. Through his work at this goal, he has become a Studio Manager and Audio Engineer at Millitrax Studios, and a member of the Millikin Audio Recording Services. Justyn plans to continue developing his abilities by practicing audio engineering as production, and by learning as much as he can through applying his skills as a professional outside of the classroom.

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Justin Corp

Justin Corp is a senior commercial music major at Millikin, and he’s member of several recording services at Millikin. Justin is a studio manager in Millitrax Recording Studio. Along with his engineering work, Justin is a vocalist and horn player. He’s excited to start his year in Millikin Audio Recording Services and record in the Millikin-Decatur community.

Paul Rheingruber

Paul Rheingruber is a senior commercial music major. He plays percussion and guitar. He is in many ensembles including Percussion Ensemble 1, Jazz Band 2, Wind Ensemble, Latin Jazz Project, and Songwriters Band. Paul is in MARS to continue his quest to record audio. He is a studio manager, a percussion technician, and works for the livestreaming crew.

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Adam “Lemon” Marion

Adam Marion is a junior music business major. Adam grew up and currently lives in Springfield, IL. He has been involved with music for pretty much all of his life, starting with singing in church choir at a young age. Adam also has played piano for around 10 years. He have a lot of passion for the recording arts, and is a certified Millikin University recording engineer. Adam look forward to furthering his skills and offering professional service to anybody looking to have MARS work for them.

 

Nico Mho

Nico Mho is a sophomore Arts Technology major with a concentration in Video Production. Originally from Mount Prospect, Illinois, Nico got into video in high school by filming and editing videos of his friends, family, and the places they went. He is also a member of the Millikin Men’s Soccer team as well as a part of the Millikin Creates student-run venture. Nico is excited to be able to gain more experience in performance recording while also meeting some great people along the way.

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Brad “Cool Brad” Miller

Brad Miller grew up on a farm in Arthur, IL, where he tried to be as involved as possible in school activities. Brad was a part of the choir and band singing and playing percussion, as well as a part of the community Partners In Praise Band and his church’s praise band. Millikin provided Brad a place to use my passion for music to witness other talents and use his to make music. He joined the MARS group because he is able to use the technical skills he has gained and listen to various talented artists and musicians perform.

Chris Principe

Chris is a Senior Commercial Music Major at Millikin. He grew up in Plainfield, IL and originally came to Millikin for an education degree. Before long he learned of a passion he didn’t know he had in audio engineering, and is now in his second semester in the commercial program. Finding himself on two crews for recording and now MARS in the same semester, he is eager to prove himself in a cast full of pros.

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Braun Sheets

Braun Sheets is a super-duper senior completing his degrees in Arts Technology and Arts Administration after a decade long hiatus from Millikin University. Aside from being a student at Millikin, he also acts as the Director of Rock University: Millikin and a guitar instructor in the preparatory department. Being a life-long fan of music and production, it only made sense to head into the studios and anywhere else there is a need for audio recordings throughout campus.

Justin Taylor

JT is a senior Arts Tech Major from Decatur, IL. He spends most of his time working on his skills in photography and videography. His goal it’s to eventually be a director of photography for his own photography business.

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Greg Aughenbaugh

Greg Aughenbaugh is a senior Commercial Music major from Clinton, Illinois. He plays trombone in the Millikin Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band II, and Trombone Ensemble. He is also a member of the DANTE and Recital Recording Crews. 

Josh Ruhaak

Josh Ruhaak is a senior arts technology major with an audio engineering and production concentration from Shorewood, IL. He is also a studio manager at Millikin’s Milltrax Recording Studio. Josh has been passionate about music for most of his life and is looking forward to being a part of the recording opportunities that MARS can provide. 

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Jennifer Williamson

Jennifer Williamson is a senior commercial music major from Germantown Hills, Illinois. She has been passionate about music for most of her life and has been involved with choir for several years. Jennifer is also involved with Millikin’s University Choir, vocal jazz, and Dissonance A Cappella. In her free time, she enjoys writing songs, playing piano,  listening to music, and painting. She has enjoyed her time at Millikin so far and how it has allowed her to increase her technical skills and studio knowledge. In the future, Jennifer would like to create her own music, art, and online content, as well as see where life takes her. She is excited to be a part of the MARS team and to gain more experience in recording.

Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman is a senior majoring in Music Business at Millikin. Raised on a horse farm near small town St. Joseph, IL, he grew up with interests in the arts and sciences and developed a passion for music as a teenager in picking up the guitar, inspired by punk and metal music. In November 2019, he was offered the opportunity to tour as a student crew member with music business professor Martin Atkins and his long-time industrial music project Pigface. He is developing his engineering and business skills through student run ventures like MARS and First Step Records, as well as working as a professional audio engineer at Vorborg Studios in Champaign. Michael intends to hone his musical, technical, and business skills in his time at Millikin to harness his passion in the future as an artist and producer/engineer. 

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Aidan Hart

Aidan Hart is a senior BM Music Business/Commercial Music double major with a minor in Business Administration from New Lenox, Illinois. Raised on rock and classic country by a father that plays guitar and a mother and maternal grandmother with piano experience, Aidan grew up with music from an early age. Coming from a family of music lovers, his great-grandmother sang traditional pop and country tunes and played guitar, gigging in Wisconsin bars throughout the Great Depression, even singing on a record sent to her husband overseas during World War II. 

 

Some highlights in Aidan’s musical endeavors include performing alongside Belgium’s Four Aces Guitar Quartet in the MAGEF Guitar Orchestra at the 26th Annual Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festival, playing both electric and upright bass in big bands at various jazz festivals in the Midwest, playing the late rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis’s piano at his Mississippi ranch, and various concerts with the Millikin Classical Guitar Ensemble and Lincoln-Way Guitar Studio. In addition, Aidan was commissioned the honorary title of “Colonel,” the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, by Governor Andy Beshear for his contributions to preserving the legacies of commercial music icons in history into the Digital Age (2021).

Joe Goodwin

Joe is a Junior Vocal Music Education major from Rolling Meadows, IL. Growing up surrounded by music it has always been a passion of his. Joe currently is in several ensembles on campus including the University Choir, BluBop vocal jazz, the True Blue Chorale, and the Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra. He is beyond excited to be a part of MARS and is excited to gain more recording experience!

 

 

 

 
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Isabelle DeCator Bencke 

Isabelle DeCator Bencke is a senior Commercial Music major from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has had a passion for music all her life, and originally came to Millikin with the intention of being a Vocal Performance major, so her field of experience is diverse. After seeing the Millitrax recording studio, she decided to change her degree path to learn more about it. Being a part of MARS allows her to further expand upon her recording experience. 

Nino Baker

Nino Baker is a Sophomore Commercial Music major and guitarist at Millikin University from Monticello IL. His passion for music grew exponentially after his introduction to Rock n Roll and It didn’t take long for all genres of music, especially rock and metal, to hold a special place in his heart. Baker has played in many different bands of different genres primarily playing guitar with those groups. Being a guitar player, songwriting and recording arts came hand in hand for his growth in the music industry leading him to feel at home in the recording studio. Baker would practice his engineering skills with his own songs which would lead him to Millikin University where he intends to further his education in the recording arts. 

 
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