Instrument: Piano, Electric Bass
Location: Bowie, Greenbelt, Upper Marlboro, College Park, Laurel, MD
Genres: rock, folk, contemporary, hip hop
Why I work well with kids?
I have worked with many children in various age groups in my previous professions. As a sneaker salesman, and a merchandise sales man for a traveling musical, I often worked hand in hand with children to help them find and purchase things that fulfilled their desires, as well as their parents requirements. I also have much experience tutoring and teaching piano to my younger siblings and cousins.
Cody V. Bio and Resume
Location of Birth: Augusta, Georgia
So far, in my musical life, I have been a part of a Hip Hop group, been a solo musician, produced music for artists, and I’ve been a part of a folk / rock / hip hop band. As a solo artist / hip hop producer, I have released one album which is available on iTunes as “Cody Valentine; The Fall of Valentine”. I have performed at many clubs and bars in the area such as “The New Deal Cafe” in Greenbelt, MD and “The Blue Banana” in Washington DC.
I was first trained in piano in my high school’s music department, getting top grades (A+) in Intro to Keyboarding, Keyboarding, and Advanced Keyboarding. While taking these classes, I routinely helped the teacher with assisting students that needed further guidance with their playing. I continued into college, taking Music Theory I and II, and receiving A’s in both. I also spent a year taking private piano lessons with a classically trained pianist.
I have experience playing the Bass Guitar, Piano, multiple drum machines, and singing in live settings. I have also taught bass guitar, beginner’s piano, and MPC drum machines. I am currently working on a follow up to my last solo recording.
Experience: Araca Merchandising / Wicked The Musical Washington, DC
Merchandise Sales 06/11 to 08/11
Sold merchandise at The Kennedy Center for the traveling musical Wicked. Maintained my sales area and helped customers.
Labor Ready Temporary Agency Laurel, MD
Temporary Worker 05/10 to 01/11
Learned employers’ processes quickly and received positive feedback. Most assignments were extended. I assisted in loading and unloading trucks, packing, unpacking, and moving palettes, cleaning and arranging warehouses, and delivering orders. Experienced in using dollies and hand trucks.
Was commended for my reliability—never missed a day’s work.
Self Employed Laurel, MD
Musician 05/00 to present
Write, Record, Sell, and Perform Original Music. I have learned many instruments and equipment, such as the Bass Guitar, Keyboard / Piano, The Akai MPC, Logic Pro, and many others; both hardware and software.
Guitar Center Rockville, MD
Pro Audio Sales 08/07 to 05/08
Honed my skills by helping customers with their Pro Audio needs. Learned a great deal about professional audio. Maintained a large database of many satisfied and repeat customers.
Lord & Taylor Rockville, MD
Part Time Sales 01/07 to 07/07
Helped customers with their women’s shoe needs where I provided excellent customer service.
Foot Action / Foot Locker Laurel, MD / NYC, NY
Part Time Assistant Manager 08/00 to 05/05
Sold Sneakers to customers and maintained a large client base.
Supervised a 5-10 person team, performed daily managerial tasks.
Learned the basics of how to maintain a smoothly run team atmosphere.
Education: Montgomery College Takoma Park, MD
Most Influential Musicians/Bands:
The Flaming Lips, Jay-Z, Pink Floyd, Modest Mouse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Giacchino, Kanye West, Prince, Jaco Pastorious, James Brown, Beck, MGMT, Johnny Cash, Flight Of The Conchords, Rick James, Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Stephen Sondheim, Spoon, David Bowie
Favorite Quote: The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people… That’s why all of you are here. Nobody does it alone, Jack. You needed all of them, and they needed you. -For What?- To remember… and… to let go
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Life Of Brian, Wicked, Into The Woods, Sunday In The Park With George, Change Up, The Pursuit Of Happyness, Ace Ventura : Pet Detective, The Dark Knight, If Looks Could Kill, Austin Powers, Lost, Star Trek TNG
Places Traveled: British Virgin Islands, Hawaii (love it there), Bahamas
How would your friends describe you?:
Fun! Easy going and laid back. A breeze and a pleasure to get along with.
Hobbies: Playing music, Video Games, Singing, Dancing, doing activities outdoors, Hanging with my friends, watching movies and musicals, and enjoying this wonderful thing we call Life
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