Kasten Phares began his formal guitar education at Dietze Music in 2010. During his time as a Dietze student, Kasten studied with both Scott Colborn and Todd Garrison. Through his relationship with Scott Colborn, Kasten has enjoyed the opportunity to assist with instructing the Guitar Discovery class at Bright Lights for the last 4 years. Currently, Kasten is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Guitar Performance at UNL under the private instruction of Dr. Peter Bouffard. The focus of his current program of study is classical and jazz; however he continues to have a passion for many types of music. During his free time, Kasten enjoys jamming with other musicians, going to jazz shows, sampling fine craft beers, attending recitals of all genres and watching Netflix with his cat.
Clinics attended: Michael Angelo Batio, Victor Wooten, Victor Lewis, Frank Vignola, Olli Soikkeli and Vinny Raniolo.
Performing experiences include: multiple Rock/Metal groups, the UNL Guitar Ensemble, UNL Jazz Combos and UNL Big Band.