Board of Directors

The Atitlan Music School is happy to have the following individuals involved in the direction of the school.

Bruce Gay  Bruno here in Guatemala- I moved here around a year ago from Louisiana. I began performing on guitar in the early 1970s- mostly blues and popular music. I later moved to New Orleans, where I was introduced to Zydeco, second line, and brass band music. I was fortunate to hook up with some very fine players. Back to Shreveport La. I played with blues master Raymond Blake's and soul singer Dorothy Prime. In Austin Tx., I did regional tours playing bass with Papa Mali. Back in Louisiana, I formed a band called the Lightning Bugs that toured for over 12 years. We later evolved into The Fiddlin' Tim Trio who were occasionally fronted by jazz/soul singer Mionne Destiny. Currently, I perform here with the band Grupo Don Bruno. I have taught bass and guitar over the years and am proud to be associated with The Escuela de Música in Panajachel.
Carlos T'zul is a local entrepreneur and has a Internet providing business which has helped the school with free access to the world wide web. He practices Aikido and his two young daughters have been very adept students at the Atitlan Music School.

Elizabeth Dequine leads Dances of Universal Peace using her ukulele and harmonium in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, and wherever she goes.  She loves teaching ukulele to children and also leads ukulele jam sessions at the music school when she is in Panajachel.  She was one of the first donors and students of the school and is delighted to be able to serve in a new capacity on the board.

LeeAnn Atherton is a seasoned educator, songwriter, musician, and community builder. She has dedicated 16yrs to music and special education within the Austin TX school district, 45 years performing and 25 years hosting the Full Moon Barn Dance.

Nick Ulrich. Hi, I am Steve Ulrich’s son and have had the pleasure of seeing my father and stepmother, Elisabeth, start the Atitlan Music School several years ago and build a team to keep the school operating successfully into the present. I am honored now to become a member of the school’s board of directors. Over the years, I have participated in several fundraising events for the school - securing venues, booking entertainment, doing publicity, running sound, et cetera. In the first year, I remember creating the school’s Facebook page and adding other administrators to the page to help run it. I look forward to continuing to serve the school in my new capacity on the board.

Steve Ulrich is a songwriter/singer. He is the founding director of the music school, and he and his wife, Elisabeth Rogolsky, are committed fundraisers for the project. Steve Ulrich Singer Songwriter

Terrence (Joe) Wakely is a retired airline pilot, poet, and writer. Joe is a native of St Paul Mn and presently lives in Panajachel Guatemala. During the summer months, Joe operates a fishing boat on Lake Superior and is a hunter and guide during the fall. Joe has varied interests including health care, child nutrition, water treatment processes, and of course music.

A big Thank You goes out to Greg Martin, and Caroline Sinclair for helping us throughout the years. We couldn't have gotten where we are at today without your help, muchisimas gracias.