Martyn Cast: Principal
Born and raised in England in the 1960′s on a healthy diet of rock ‘n’roll from an early age. Experienced first hand all the classic bands of the day, from AC/DC, The Clash, Led Zeppelin to ZZ Top. Inspired to pick up a guitar and play, jammed and played in garage bands to pub bands in early twenties -but failed to set the world on fire!
Martyn came to Jersey in the 1980′s for a holiday and decided to stay awhile – kept up his passion for music and in between various jaunts around the globe did a stint at The Guitar Institute, London studying under such luminaries as Alan Limbrick (Fusion), John Etheridge (Jazz), and Shaun Baxter (Rock/Metal).
Having returned to Jersey in the early 1990′s Martyn played in local bands and various pubs & clubs throughout the island. He began teaching guitar in 1994, after being approached by a young fan after a gig, and decided to give it a go, purely on a casual basis.
Over a period of time this gathered momentum and he established Jenca Guitar as a sole trader in 2003 (incidentally named after his first daughter – Josie Elizabeth Nicole Cast). Since then the business has grown into a school – hence the name charge to Jenca Music School in 2010 as a new business with his wife Nikki Cast who teaches piano, and Jenca now has a small team of excellent music teachers including guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocals.
Throughout his musical journey Martyn has found great strength and faith in the enabling power of music and has always reciprocated this credo in the passing on of knowledge to the next generation of budding young musicians.
David started playing guitar at the age of 11. By his mid-teens he was playing gigs in various venues around his home town of Wigan, whilst also studying music at an academic level.
After playing in several bands he became a regular on the Manchester gig circuit and also played shows around England with his band Ideal Crash. During this time he got the chance to play with some of the bands who influenced him as a young guitarist. David decided to broaden his musical horizons by moving to Australia
Here, he became part of the Australian cover circuit, touring with bands Max 7 and Danny Mayers (vocalist with Australian legends The Deltones). Four years, many miles and many gigs later, he decided to come back to the UK and settled with his family in Jersey.
He plays regularly in a couple of local bands including with Jenca Principal Martyn Cast in Acoustic Shock where he hopes he can put the Jersey music scene on the map.
David is a valuable member of the JENCA guitar department ..
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