Sacramento, CA 95816
Guitarist and vocalist with a wide variety of experience and repertoire. She’s performed with respected musicians in the Northern California area for the last 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of California Davis and is a graduate of the California State University Sacramento, Graduate Studies Education/Credential Program, through Laney Jr. College; Oakland Jazz Studies Program; and Sacramento City College Music Studies Program. She has performed with such artists as the Nelson Riddle Orchestra; Rex Allen’s Swing Express and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Melissa has also performed at such venues as the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee; Stockton Jazz on the Waterfront Festival and Music in the Mountains just to name a few.
Melissa was awarded the “Will Rogers Award” for “Best Female Western Swing Artist” by the Academy of Western Artists in 2005. You can see the full list of winners here! She specializes in guitar instruction for the very young.