Hayley Shula began private piano training at the age of six, continuing into college taking advanced courses in piano technique and theory. In 2006, she received her BA in Sociology and Business from the University of San Francisco. In 2009, she started teaching at a YMCA after-school program she was coordinating. Soon after, she became certified in the Suzuki Piano Method, and had students participating in the National Piano Guild and National Federation of Music Clubs Piano Festival each year. She taught at the Berkeley Academy of Music for 6 years, gaining knowledge in classical piano instruction. She taught at Acme House of Music for 3 years and received advanced training in jazz theory. In 2011, she received a Certificate in Sound Healing, adding skills in vibrational theory and music therapy to her method. In 2013, she founded “3 Key Studio” in Oakland and has since moved it to Ventura County. She is excited to be a part of the dynamic team at Pulse Drumming, adding piano to the repertoire at the studio on Tuesdays!
In 1974, Bennett was asked to tour with the late great songstress, Minnie Riperton. Touring with Riperton opened the doors for many other projects, including working with Gong Show Guest, Jaye P. Morgan and Motown’s best kept secret, The Originals. In addition, Alvino also worked with the The Sylvers and recorded with other leading Motown artists.
Bennett hit on one of the biggest projects of his career in 1978 when he joined the million-unit selling R&B band, “L.T.D.”. Bennett’s awesome reputation spread and he became a highly sought after drummer. Alvino has played with music legends like Cheryl Lynn, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Kenny Loggins, Bryan Ferry, Robin Trower, Sheena Easton, Slash’s Blues Ball, Patrice Rushen, Little Richard, Bo Diddley… and many more.
When not on tour, Bennett writes and produces his own music and also works with other artists. Alvino is currently teaching at Pulse Drumming, School of Drums and Percussion in Ventura, CA.