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Isaac Freed
Owner + M
usical Director

Music in Tahoe was founded in 2008 by Isaac Freed, an accomplished vocalist, guitarist, bassist and truly inspired DJ/MC. Today, MiT has grown into a highly-talented team of music professionals who work collectively to provide a personalized experience for clients who want music to tell the story of their relationship and guide the journey of their wedding day.  'More than simply wedding DJs, our team is creating a personalized soundtrack and vibe for your big day. We not only carefully curate playlists but also mix/blend/beat match, play live music, create custom arrangements of favorite songs, write original compositions, and deploy the right technology to create truly unforgettable events.'
 
With musicians who have logged serious tour miles and stage time with well known acts, as well as actively performing in the local Reno/Tahoe music scene, our team is fluent across a wide range of genres including jazz, classical, Americana, funk, soul, top 40, hip hop, remix, latin styles and more.  Working collaboratively with each couple, we use a meticulous pre-event planning process to ensure that every musical aspect of the event matches your vision and flows seamlessly with the timeline of your day. From the most formal indoor soirees to completely off-grid backcountry affairs, Music in Tahoe specializes in creating magical musical moments that make for a truly unforgettable experiences. 
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Milton Merlos

DJ/Guitarist

Milton brings unique flavor and an incredible amount of talent to the team. Milton plays the guitar masterfully, speaks fluently in Spanish and English and DJs to top it off! Milton's guitar playing stands out and he has made tasteful arrangements of modern pop music, classic hits, latin favorites and more. Milton grew up in Boston, MA and has lived in Spain, Palm Desert, Santa Barbara and now resides in Reno, NV. 

Milton has shared the stage with many top-tier artists; Ozomatli, Michael Franti, George Benson, Jay Leno, Jessey Cook and The Doobie Brothers. If you're looking for a highly-talented guitarist, bilingual emcee and energized DJ for your wedding than Milton is the best fit for you!

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Maxwell Giesler

DJ/MC

Max grew up surrounded by music, thanks to his family who enjoyed a wide range of genres and styles. Max's formal musical education started with piano and then saxophone but 2000s EDM and its power to fuse songs together into something that feels both fresh and nostalgic was an irresistible pull that got him into DJing. Max enjoys blending different styles and finding new sounds within this artform. 'DJing, to me, is a storytelling experience. While individual songs tell short tales, blending them together produces a novel-like experience, unique to each event or session.' Max has performed at many different events and functions, from intimate gatherings to crowded nightclubs since he began in 2010.

 

Working with Music in Tahoe came as a happy accident; Max and his wife Ingrid had Milton Merlos perform at their wedding in 2021. They were impressed by Milton's professionalism and ability to craft an extraordinary mix with a diverse array of music that they had requested. A few months later, Max and Isaac connected and led to Max joining the team of exceptional DJs and musicians. 'Although I enjoy DJing in many different settings, weddings hold a special place in my heart. Crafting a unique musical experience for our couples is a true delight, and I enjoy the challenge of tailoring mixes to our couples' collective tastes. Every mix I make is one-of-a-kind, making sure the music is spot-on and unique.'

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Michelle Rebaleati 

DJ/MC/Audio Engineer

Michelle brings you the soul of an artist with the mind of an engineer, led by a heart of gold. Growing up in rural Nevada, Michelle has packed her small town roots with her on her travels across the globe, all the while collecting new music and imaginative event inspirations. She brings her luminous femininity to the stage every single night, and she’s capable of casting a wide musical net from pop and soul to house and bass music. As a technical audio engineer, it’s so important to her to make any room look and sound as professional as can be. She loves to work with clients from day one to curate an unforgettable experience for them and for their guests.

 

As the newest member of the Music in Tahoe team, Michelle has a wide range of entertainment experience. She has DJ'd around the Reno/Tahoe Area since 2011 and is both a live sound and studio engineer. Locals may also recognize her from the DJ duo Fox&Buck. From nightclubs or renegades to celebrity golf tournaments or weddings, she can bring the heat to any dance floor. 

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Lucas Arizu
Guitar
ist

Lucas is the areas premier guitarist specializing in jazz, classical and custom arrangements. Lucas was born and raised in Buenos Aires where he developed incredible skill and mastery of the instruments. Lucas relocated to Reno, NV where he further developed his musical resume in jazz, classical and various other styles. As a soloist, Lucas brings the ultimate musical ability to the guitar offering custom arrangements, original works and more. 
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Karl Busch 
Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet


Karl is our woodwind artist with experience across virtually all genres, he brings his versatility, virtuosity, and impeccable taste to every performance.  When not busy with Music in Tahoe events, Karl can be seen playing regularly with the Reno Chamber Orchestra, Reno Philharmonic, the Reno Jazz Orchestra, and Classical Tahoe.  A first-call freelance musician, his recent appearances include performances with Johnny Mathis, Kurt Elling, Diane Schuur, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Marie Osmond, national Broadway tours of Chicago, Motown, Ain’t Too Proud, among many others.

 
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Sam Ravenna
DJ/Guitarist


Sam is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, has surrounded himself with music his whole life. An accomplished bassist, guitarist, singer and bandleader, he has toured internationally with a diverse number of artists as well as his own projects, and played venues from small NYC clubs to Colorado’s Red Rocks. When settling in Tahoe, he found a niche and passion for providing the soundtrack for the "most important day" of people's lives.

Now Sam is available to add some soul to your wedding with a solo or band set of classics from Motown to modern, acoustic guitar for ceremony, and a seamlessly mixed DJ dance party. Whether it's the quality of the sound, guest interaction and engagement, or the over all customer care and prompt communications, Sam makes sure all aspects of his services are top notch. After all the prep; emails and phone calls, learning songs and digging for tracks, there’s nothing Sam loves more than to see the bride and the groom grinning ear to ear and getting down on the dance floor at the end of a fun and unforgettable night!” 
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Christopher Sexton
Pianist


Christopher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of Nevada, Reno with an emphasis in Jazz Performance and Studies. Although Christopher’s primary focus is jazz piano, he is also a talented classical pianist and composer. During his time at UNR, he played piano in the Lab I Jazz Orchestra and had the pleasure of studying alongside world class pianists such as David Ake, Adam Benjamin and James Winn. Christopher has 11 years of experience performing piano and touring internationally with bands such as The Sextones (P-Vine Records – Tokyo, Japan), Whatitdo Archive Group (Record Kicks - Milan, Italy), Dainesly and The Peanuts Gang Trio. He has played piano with Delfeayo Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, Uri Caine, and Steel Pulse. He has also opened for bands such as The Wood Brothers, Galactic, Jurassic 5, and Black Uhuru. If you’re looking for an experienced musician that can perform various styles of piano, Christopher is our highest recommendation.
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Chris Waechter
Violinist


Chris has been extensively involved in music from age five. Beginning on piano, his new passion for the viola initiated a promising string career. When he was twelve years old he began taking lessons under the influential Munjoon Alison of the New West Symphony and with Barbara Corbato of the Grand Rapids Symphony through college. Chris received a music scholarship during his college career and has appeared at The Cave, The Ventura Artwalk, The Henry Ford Museum, the Reagan Library, the Historic Thunderbird, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, the Chart House, Devos and Brown Bag Showcases, Revivus Music Festival, the Venice Canals, on the streets of Denver, Lincoln, Santa Monica, Ventura, Holland, South Lake Tahoe, Charleston, Santa Barbara, and at various colleges. He has also played with groups such as the Cincinnati Metropolitan Orchestra, Charmante String Quartet, Hope College Symphony, Chapel Band, Steve Talaga, and The Brilliance. The Emerson String Quartet, Trio Solisti, and Brentana String Quartet master classes also provided his exceptional playing style that he brings to his audiences.
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David Haskins
Violinist

David is an avid violinist, music educator, and arts ambassador. Based in Reno, NV, Mr. Haskins has performed across the country with Wilmington Symphony, Johnson City Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Sunriver Festival Orchestra, and internationally in Spain and Austria. Currently a member of Reno Philharmonic and Reno Chamber Orchestra, Haskins enjoys a busy teaching and performing life. He performs all styles of music and has been a regular at Tahoe wedding venues since he moved to Reno in 2016. Haskins also maintains a private studio of 25 students and serves as concertmaster for the Northern Nevada String Serenade, an up and coming ensemble that brings live music to rural communities across Northern Nevada. When not making music, Haskins is most likely spending time with his dog Rocky or outside hiking or skiing.
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Catherine Matovich
Viola/Violin

Catherine regularly plays in back-up bands for stadium shows starring such legends as Barbra Streisand, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, the Eagles, Mary J Blige, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli and Tommy Lee.  From 2001-2002 she toured the world with Neil Diamond. She currently plays viola for the California Symphony, the Reno Philharmonic and many other bay area orchestras collectively referred to as "The Freeway Philharmonic". Catherine is fiddler for CZ and the Bon Vivants Zydeco dance band, and fiddler/vocalist for the award-winning Sierra Sweethearts. Catherine is musical director and operations manager for Reno Rodeo Foundation's Rhythm and Rawhide, a fundraiser bringing top country artists together with symphonic musicians. Past shows have featured Mitch Polzak, Jenny Tolman, King Calaway and Chancey Williams. Under the pen-name Jasmine Stone, she wrote 3 racy romance novels, 2 of which have been translated into German, Norwegian and Japanese. Under her own name, you can find Wealtheow (a retelling of the Beowulf saga) and The Matovich Farm, a memoir of her southern California childhood among 150 animals on 1.5 acres. The Matovich Farm is also available on Audible books, read by the author.
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