“I have been involved with the Uptown Music Collective for 11 years, beginning as a 10 year old guitar student. Even then the Collective had an atmosphere of camaraderie and friendly competition that reached me. I discovered my life onstage during performances like The Unforgettable Fire and Killer Queen. Yes, I learned to play guitar but even more than that, I learned about the importance of practice and perseverance. I came to understand that achievement was my decision and that success would come from my own efforts. In my last year as a student, I led the Collective’s Youngblood’s Blue’s Band to the International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase where I won a monetary award for my knowledge of Blue’s music, thanks to the Collective’s music education program. Participating at the top levels in the Collective today continues to demand this excellence and I am proud to be back as a faculty member, teaching guitar lessons and music theory classes.”

Gabe Stillman is a 2013 graduate of Williamsport HS and received his Bachelor of Music degree magna cum laude from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in just 27 months. He currently performs the blues throughout PA and NY with Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants. Gabe recently represented the Billtown Blue’s Association at the IBC in Memphis, TN in January 2017. Find him at and on Facebook as gabestillmanmusic.