A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Topher Gayle plays a variety of stringed instruments and hand percussion, and enjoys playing many styles of music. He's especially fond of funny songs. Topher is in a number of bands in the SF Bay area, has toured with contra dance bands on both coasts, and is in demand as an accompanist for singer/songwriters. He's often asked to lend his compositional and arranging skills, and excellent ear for harmony vocals. He's previously taught at PSGW, California Coast Music Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, among others, and teaches from his home in San Jose, California. He teaches a range of technique, theory, and workshop topics, and has published several instructional books. In all his classes, Topher emphasizes the fun to be found in playing music. He's also a skilled luthier, especially known for his Mandonator, an adaptation of the resonator mandolin.