Meet the Band!

TAYLOR SAFINA – VOCALS/PIANO (photo credit: bill brown)
Experienced in musical theater and classical voice, Taylor grew up with an appreciation for rock music and has always loved playing piano. A SLO native and a graduate of the Cal Poly music program, she works for Paper Wing Theatre as a music director, Hartnell College as a choral accompanist and Wise Music as a piano and voice teacher.


SAM SALERNO – BASS (photo credit: bill brown)
Sam is a veteran of many musical theatre productions on the Monterey Peninsula, having provided bass work for the Stevenson School, the Forest Theatre Guild, and the Paper Wing Theatre. He studied electric bass at the Los Angeles College of Music (formerly LAMA) and has performed in various bands in Monterey County over the last twenty years.

JASON STOUT – GUITAR (photo credit: bill brown)
Jason’s humble beginnings began with playing guitar in church at the formidable age of 15. Fast forward the 20 years of Kumbaya, he joined the Air Force Band as an axe for hire. In 2014, he started performing at Paper Wing Theater in Monterey and met the band, playing side by side with them for several musicals. He joined The Transducers in the summer of 2021 as their guitarist, occasionally singing, & chasing pesky buzzing noises that come from their sound equipment.

LISA RUTTA – DRUMS
(Photo credit: Theresa Alvey, Five Matches Photography)
Like most drummers, Lisa’s drumming adventure started when she was 3 years old, pulling pots and pans out of the bottom kitchen cabinet and making a racket! But, “drumming wasn’t for girls” back then, so she started on piano. Fortunately, as an adult, she ended up meeting a group of musicians that wanted to play rock covers and originals but had no drummer. So began her drumming journey, thanks to these friends, and so many amazingly kind and talented professional teachers and music mentors. Lisa has spent the past the past two decades performing and recording with great players in several rock & blues original music and cover bands. She also was the music director for a local neighborhood teen rock band for several years. Lisa’s drumming goals are to always play in support of the music, keep a steady groove, have fun and inspire anyone who wants to play.