The name Redwood derived from the well-known, rare, and resilient Redwood Tree. The Redwood Tree is the tallest in the world which describes Redwood perfectly being a group standing above organizations of its kind.


Redwood offers an atmosphere conducive for the entire family, emphasizing the importance of accountability with a focus to train students K through 12.  Redwood will groom and nurture students to be the best.  The Redwood exist to help students reach musical perfection.  All genres of music are welcomed.



Mr. Ben Salter is a Chattanooga native, but attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with his degree in instrumental music education. While there he performed with many groups, and was chosen to represent the University on performance trips to China, Belgium, and the American Bandmasters’ Association conference in Florida. His instruments of focus are clarinet and saxophone, but as a local Band Director Mr. Salter is qualified to teach any woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.



Kenya Kanika Nichols is a singer, vocal coach, piano instructor, and library media specialist from Memphis. She studied vocal arts at Overton High School for the Creative Arts and earned a B.A. in music with an emphasis in K-12 education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s degree in education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from Christian Brothers University. She has had the opportunity to sing with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell and Michael Bolton. She is also a faithful member of the GCT Voices, a founding member of the Elite Chamber singers, and member of the Memphis Symphony Chorus.



Inho Yang, South Korean pianist, currently resides in Germantown, TN. He attends the University of Memphis, Rudi E. Scheidt School of music on an outstanding music performance scholarship, where he is pursuing a piano performance degree. His principal teachers include Gianluca Strazzullo, Jennifer Lee, Victor Asuncion, and Eric Zuber. Inho enjoys collaborative piano playing and teaching piano.



Roy C. Brewer is a freelance musician and a adjunct faculty at the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, and Redwood Music Group. He earned a PhD in musicology from the University of Memphis in 1996. Besides recording with many major label artists, his performance credits include the Conan O’Brien Show; Austin City Limits; Later, with Jools Hollond (BBC) as many other regional television shows. His fiddle can be heard on the sound track for the motion picture Black Snake Moan, and his research on Southern music has been published in the academic journals Popular Music, American Music, Popular Music and Society, and The Smithsonian Inst. Scholarly Press.



Mrs. Tamara Louis-Hart is a Music Teacher at Cherokee Elementary School. She received her Bachelor’s in Vocal Music Education and Performance from the University of Arkansas (UAPB). Some of her most memorable performances include being a featured soloist at the Washington Cathedral in Washington, DC, as well as St. Peters Basilica in Rome, Italy. She has taught courses in Music Education, Vocal Performance, Sight Reading and currently serves as Choir President and Vocal Trainer New Friendship, Memphis, TN. She has had the opportunity to sing professionally behind some Phenomenal Artists. Some of which include: VaShawn Mitchell, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Wesley Johnson and many more. She is a recipient of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and has served as a clinician and adjudicator. Tamara’s philosophy of the voice is simple. A singer without training is like a car with no gas. You have the means to travel, but you do not have the substance to thrive.



Jason St.Clair is a well-accomplished organist, pianist, and keyboardist. He attended Christian Brothers University and obtained a B.A. in Education and Licensure for Grades K-8. He currently teaches all content areas for 5th grade at Sharpe Elementary, and serves as Music Director at Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ. He has musically accompanied Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jonathan McReynolds, and other mainstream gospel artists. As he would tell any musician, “versatility is the key that can unlock many doors of musical creativity”.

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