Our Music Royale Family

Jack Walbridge

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Double Bass

Jack Walbridge earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from Susquehanna University in 2012. Jack has taught guitar, bass guitar, upright bass, and ukulele for over 15 years. Jack Is currently playing guitar for Shadowbox Live. In addition to teaching, Jack has worked as an Off-Broadway pit musician in New York and as a Session musician and composer in Los Angeles. Jack has also worked as a freelance composer and has had his music featured on television and in movies including Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Real Husbands of Hollywood, and Being Mary Jane. Jack is currently living in Columbus, Ohio.

Tulia Spurgeon

Strings, Cello

Tulia Spurgeon is a recent graduate of Otterbein University, earning a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance with a minor in Education. She is passionate about using music to foster community, celebrate diversity, and deepen understanding of traditional school subjects.

Tulia teaches Preschool and strongly believes in the importance of music, singing, and movement in early childhood. Tulia also regularly performs with Westerville Symphony Orchestra and her string quartet. She primarily teaches the Suzuki Method, and shares Shinichi Suzuki’s philosophy that “Every Child Can!”

Miranda Demos

Woodwinds, Flute

Trained at the Dearmond Academy of Music, Miranda started playing flute when she was 10 years old. She went on to study at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University and Messiah University, performing in a number of concert bands and symphonic orchestras. In addition to her classical training, Miranda loves experimenting with different musical styles and tones on various wind instruments, including ocarinas, bamboo flutes, and penny whistles. She loves the music scene in Columbus and you can find her singing and playing flute in local bands and venues around town.

Miranda loves helping flute students of all ages build and improve foundational techniques that they can carry with them throughout their musical journey. She believes that playing the flute starts and ends with a beautiful tone, and finds it very rewarding to help students develop their own. She is passionate about instilling a love of music in her students and helping them find joy in all aspects of flute playing.

Aster Kanke

Piano, Strings, Violin

Music has always been Aster’s life passion, and they love to share and help cultivate that passion with their students in music lessons. A nonbinary composer and pianist, Aster holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Miami University and a Masters in Music from Wright State University. Aster has arranged music for cabarets, accompanied vocal recitals, played recitals at anime conventions, released instrumental music on Spotify, and has even been sampled by the Wu-Tang Clan. In 2022, Aster had their orchestra piece, “Tone Poem in G Major ‘Rain-Songs,'” premiered by the Wright State Chamber Orchestra as part of their Fall Strings Festival. Aster lives in Columbus, Ohio, with their fiancee and their cats.

Eryn Reynolds

Voice

Eryn Reynolds is a voice music lessons instructor specializing in Rock, Pop, Country and Musical Theatre styles.

Originally from the Cleveland area, Eryn developed a passion for entertainment at a very young age and started her career in Cleveland’s theatre and film scene nearly 15 years ago. Her experiences have landed her opportunities all over the world including Off Broadway in New York and with the Royal Shakespeare Company in England to eventually signing on as a lead vocalist, dancer and sketch comedian at Shadowbox Live in 2016.

Aside from a passion for performing herself, Eryn has a passion for sharing the joy of music and performance with students of all ages and skill levels. She caters each students experience to their interests and abilities in a fun yet professional environment.

Josh Sheik

Drums

A seasoned drummer for over 30 years, Josh specializes in teaching all skill-levels, with students ranging in age from 4 to 74.  Josh has a fun and engaging approach to his teaching, and also has extensive experience teaching drums to students on the Autism spectrum, Cerebral-Palsy, and Kabuki Syndrome, among with other physical-challenges. Josh has also written a complete drum curriculum specifically for children.

Josh has taught drums professionally for over 20 years, and is *most* proud to say that 3 of his students that applied & auditioned for Berklee School of Music in Boston, have all been accepted!

Thane Leshner

Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Bass

Thane Leshner is a Columbus-born guitarist and vocalist who began playing in 2005. He graduated from Capital University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Music where he participated in choir and the school rock ensemble.

Thane has worked with rock bands for 10 years and written and recorded over 30 original songs. He currently performs locally and regionally with Why Omen and RK Maroon and also has experience on drums, keyboard, bass guitar and mandolin.

When he’s not playing music, Thane enjoys reading, soldering electronics and skateboarding. He lives with his girlfriend and 2 cats, Mable and Edith.

Dr. Gaby Valladares

Piano, Woodwinds, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone

Dr. Gaby Valladares is a native of Santa Clarita, California. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she made her way to Ohio, where she has established herself as a clarinetist and teacher around the city of Columbus. She has performed with local symphonies, such as the Westerville Symphony, and has performed with symphonies in California, including the Symphony of the Canyons. She is also part of the Held-Together Wind Quintet, which was awarded the Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts-Community Outreach Grant. This quintet also had the honor of opening for the Imani Wind Quintet at the Southern Theatre in March 2022. She also served as the President of the ClariNetwork Association, whose efforts have funded masterclasses featuring world-renowned performers and teachers. With Dr. Sarah Jaegers, she is a member of the DesertLake duo, who have performed at ICA’s 2020 Clarinetfest.

While doing her DMA degree at Ohio State, she served as the head Graduate Teaching Associate for the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll course. During her time in her performance program, she advocated for the playing of music of a wide range of performers and is comfortable playing music ranging from Johannes Brahms to Vulfpeck. She continues diving into and teaching her students about classical and popular music, including jazz and rock ‘n’ roll.

Gaby has taught a wide range of students and has experience teaching elementary, middle, high school, and university level students. She served as a graduate associate in OSU’s clarinet studio and has experience teaching a wide range of instruments, from clarinet to piano and saxophone.

During her free time, Gaby enjoys finding and listening to records, buying books she won’t have time to read, and transcribing famous rock solos to clarinet (Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4” is her most recent project).

Dr. Valladares holds a DMA and an MM degree from the Ohio State University and she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her primary teachers include Dr. Caroline Hartig and Paul Bambach.

Troy Kunkler

Piano, Drums

Troy began playing percussion in middle school band. He went on to study music at Ohio University, where he studied classical percussion with Roger Braun and Joseph VanHassel and drum set with Guy Remonko. In college, Troy participated in as many ensembles as possible and was known for borrowing large stacks of scores from the library to read through. Since college, Troy has played, toured, and recorded with a variety of bands and ensembles on drum set, bass, and vibraphone. Some past projects include: Radarhill (https://radarhill.bandcamp.com/), Mosses (https://mosses.bandcamp.com/), and a rock opera written by local composer Nick Weckman about worms taking over the planet entitled “Worms Rise Up” (https://wormsriseup.bandcamp.com/album/worms-rise-up). Currently, Troy plays drums with October Ember (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzAdc08FSOI), The Francis Bacon Band (https://francisbaconband.bandcamp.com/), guitarist Mike Sopko (https://www.mikesopko.com/music), bass with Marvin The Robot (https://marvintherobot.bandcamp.com/), and drums and vibraphone as a soloist, bandleader and freelancer. As an instructor, Troy has taught students of all ages and loves to help people find joy playing music and develop their unique sound based on their interests and influences. Outside of music, Troy enjoys being outdoors, running, tennis, card games, and movies.

Megan Wetzel

Piano, Strings, Violin, Viola

Classically trained and musically motivated, Megan teaches complete musicianship techniques applicable to many genres such as: classical, pop, rock, hip hop, R&B, fiddling, and improvisation. Students will learn music from method books, school songs, pop music, and more.

Megan’s musical journey began in 3rd grade. She took private lessons at her neighborhood small business music store with a multitude of Duquesne University grad students until meeting Mr. & Mrs. Fox at South Hills Junior Orchestra. These amazing educators inspired Megan to make music her career. While attending Westminster College, Megan studied with Dr. Crawford Perttu (Violin) and Bob Antonucci (Euphonium) and graduated in 2014 with a B.A in both English Literature and Music. During her undergrad, Megan was involved in the WC Scottish fiddling ensemble, marching, concert, & symphonic bands, Orchestra, and low brass ensemble. She also earned her second black belt and held the position of student technical director for Orr Auditorium.

Megan has called Columbus Ohio home since 2016. As the Orchestra Sheet Music Specialist at Stanton’s Sheet Music, she advises school teachers and private teachers on all of the resources available for stringed instruments. She is also the social media manager for many music brands in Columbus, including Stanton’s Sheet Music, Opera Project Columbus, Columbus Cultural Orchestra, and her all-original Americana band, The Chapters. Arts education is her passion so she also dedicates her time to stage managing for Xclaim! Dance Theatre and grant writing for the various organizations she works with.

Dr. Evan Lynch

Piano, Woodwinds, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone

Evan Lynch is the affiliate instructor of clarinet at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and a freelance clarinetist in the central Ohio area. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician nationally and internationally, including performances in Belgium, China, Israel, Italy, and Poland. Orchestral playing experience includes performances with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (OH), Montgomery Symphony Orchestra (AL), Columbus Symphony Orchestra (GA), and he was a finalist for the International Clarinet Association Orchestral Audition Competition in 2014.

An advocate for new music, Dr. Lynch is a founding member of the Cosa Nostra Reed Quintet and the new music ensemble Knisely. In 2021, Cosa Nostra will be the ensemble in residence at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference for the Young Composers Initiative Composition Competition.

In conjunction with his master’s degree in administration, he served as summer camp director for the Auburn University Band Department for five years. This administration experience led to him being appointed the Executive Director of the International Clarinet Association for four years, helping to run some of the largest conferences in the organization’s history and bringing financial stability to the association.

His passion for music education drives him to teach clarinetists of all ages. Recent teaching experience includes a clarinet sabbatical replacement at The Ohio State University, and he is currently also teaching clarinet at Otterbein University. He has taught clarinet sectionals for many high school and middle school wind ensembles and band camps throughout Arizona, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio. He is also frequently requested to adjudicate high school solo and ensemble festivals, regional orchestra auditions, and honor band auditions.

Dr. Lynch holds a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from Arizona State University, a master’s degree in higher education administration from Auburn University, and a doctorate degree in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University. His principal clarinet teachers include Caroline Hartig, Robert Spring, David Odom, and Jeremy Reynolds.

Race Lerma

Guitar, Piano, Strings, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo, Violin

Race Lerma has been playing violin since the age of four and has grown up in the string music scene of Northwest Ohio. His background and training include 12 years of private instruction from various teachers in Fostoria and Findlay, OH., 2 years of private lessons at Ohio Northern University under Professor Sunny Zank, And the past 4 years at Capital University’s Conservatory of Music studying violin performance and music business, as well as two years of parallel training in piano. Race has been teaching private lessons in Findlay and Columbus off and on for the past 6 years.

From 2009-2017, Race was heavily involved in various orchestras in the Northwest Ohio area, playing First Violin in the Findlay Youth Orchestra, Lima Area Youth Orchestra, Findlay HS Symphony Orchestra, FHS Chamber Orchestra, Northwest Regional Orchestra, and the University of Findlay Orchestra. At the end of these 8 years, Race received the National School Orchestra Award.

In addition to teaching violin, Race also plays guitar and is a performing singer/songwriter who plays at small venues and restaurants. He has played bass in the Findlay rock band Null Set since 2013, playing at breweries and festivals all across Northwest Ohio. In his spare time, Race enjoys writing songs and watching YouTube.

Abbey Bechtol

Piano, Woodwinds, Bass, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone

 Abbey Bechtol is a music instructor and composer with experience teaching piano, saxophone, bass guitar, and clarinet. Abbey strives to help students improve their technique and develop an understanding of music theory by analyzing the music they play. She believes it is important to foster an appreciation for music as an art form and the depth of emotion it can convey.
    Abbey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2020. She studied music composition with Dr. Jim Puckett for 3 years and classical saxophone with Dr. Adrienne Lape for 2 years. During her time at Mount Vernon, She was first chair alto saxophone for Chamber Winds and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and served her last two semesters as student director. She plans to continue her education by getting her Master’s in Film Scoring through Berklee College of Music Online. Recently, she has written a concert-style rock opera titled “Shadow and Starlight.” She also enjoys writing for chamber ensembles and instrumental solos.
.     Abbey has been teaching private lessons at Music Royale since June of 2019. She also helps record Music Royale’s music discovery series, “Musicgarten” which you can watch both complete seasons on our YouTube channel.

Sara McCluskey

Guitar, Ukulele

Teaching is something that came very natural for Sara. Sharing her passion for music and inspiring students to find their voice through an instrument is something she relates to on a very personal level. Her teaching style is all about helping each student reach their musical goals and having fun while doing it.

A second-generation musician, Sara grew up in a home filled with music. By age 12, Sara began private guitar lessons at a small music store in uptown Westerville where her passion for playing grew rapidly. By age 16, she was playing out professionally in a 4-piece cover band called The Eleventh Hour, in which she filled the one and only guitar chair for the band.

When she’s not at Music Royale, you can catch Sara fronting the rock n’ roll cover band The Mighty Ikes, which has been gigging around the Columbus area since 2009.

David Swank

Piano

Since an early age, David Swank has developed a love for all things music. From record collecting, to learning and performing in a variety of sets and settings, David has been immersed in music and creativity all his life. Naturally, this led to a desire to teach and share this passion with his many students over the years.
A graduate of The Ohio State University School of Music (BM Jazz Studies, 2017), David has enjoyed an active professional career as a pianist in everything from the gospel music industry, musical theatre, the regional jazz scene, as well as dozens of local and national acts.
As an educator, David has found success in an approach catered to each student’s level of understanding and desired goals. An approach that cultivates students’ investment in their studies as well as their enjoyment of all things music.
Fields of expertise include jazz improvisation, virtually all styles of popular music, church/worship music fluency, musical theatre/musical direction, arranging/orchestration, and production.

Sydney McSweeney

Piano, Voice

Sydney McSweeney is a vocalist from Columbus, Ohio who at a young age developed a deep love of music.  That love directed her to Otterbein University where she studied classical voice and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in music. Most recently, Sydney sang with the renowned bass player FOLEY and she performs as the lead vocalist of the Sydney McSweeney trio.

Sydney is intent on building confidence in each of her students.  Her teaching environment caters to each of her students. She develops every lesson around each individual learning style. Sydney wants her students to have the best musical experience while ensuring that each student learns the proper technique and form of their instrument.

When Sydney isn’t teaching or singing, she loves spending time with her massive, tight knit family. If she’s not traveling or in town enjoying local music, you can usually find her under the warm covers of her bed watching Netflix!

Paul Baker

Guitar, Piano, Strings, Ukulele, Bass, Double Bass

Primarily a bassist, Paul graduated from Otterbein University in Spring 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music – Jazz Studies Concentration. He has performed with numerous local musicians across many different styles and has recorded two albums comprised entirely of original material.

Prior to college, Paul began taking private lessons at Music Royale when he was 8 years old with instructors Greg Sharp and Mike Shoaf, and also participated in Rock School for many years. You can see Paul performing live in a variety of acts, including his jazz trio, The Paul Baker Trio.

Jackson Neesley

Guitar, Piano

Jackson began his teaching career for guitar and piano in 2014 at various studios around the Columbus area. Jackson studied under multiple guitar instructors, including Andrew Hartman at Music Royale.

He began piano lessons at the age of 5 and played his high school symphonic band during his high school career.

With over 10 years of guitar playing experience, he has performed in a variety of opportunities including participating in jazz ensemble, pit orchestra in high school, as well as performances at the Newport Music Hall and the Basement in Columbus.

Jackson also plans to pursue his interest in audio engineering.

Scott Gorsuch

Guitar, Piano, Drums, Ukulele, Bass, Sound Engineering

Scott Gorsuch has been playing guitar for over 40 years. A bit of a mad scientist– Scott also builds his own guitars and amps, has a background in pipe organ building, and is a recording engineer at Musicol Recording Studio. With years of teaching experience under his fingers, Scott teaches all levels of guitar from beginner to advanced.

Ryan Craycroft

Guitar

Ryan Craycroft is a guitarist, composer, and educator in Columbus, Ohio. After getting his first guitar at the age of twelve, Ryan quickly fell in love with music and has been playing ever since. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Ohio State University in 2009, where he studied jazz guitar performance. His group, Ryan Craycroft Trio, plays jazz standards, as well as Ryan’s original compositions and can be seen performing live at some of the cities’ finest jazz venues. He currently teaches guitar lessons at Music Royale, where he has been an instructor since 2011. He also helps run the Rock School program there, where he directs student bands and helps them prepare for live shows. To listen to his music and see where he is performing please visit his website: www.ryancraycroft.com

Carolyn Cline

Piano, Strings, Violin

Carolyn Cline is a pianist, violinist, performer and educator from Columbus, Ohio. Carolyn began her practice and performances at a young age. She graduated from Capital University with a music degree studying under world renown names such as Dr. Tianshu Wang, Seymour Fink, and Mark Flugge. She has performed and recorded with groups such as the Columbus Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Capital Symphonic Winds and Boston Brass, while accompanying and performing with various professionals in the greater Columbus area.  Carolyn has also performed internationally in New Zealand and Japan. To date, she has accompanied for Columbus School for Girls, the Columbus School for the Blind, Meadow Park Church of God, Bethel Road United Methodist Church, the Little Theater Off Broadway, and many more.  She is currently a resident accompanist for Groveport Madison High School and enjoys writing her own music in her spare time.
Carolyn believes a successful teacher has patience, empathy, enjoyment, and encouragement. She understands each student is different with different needs and desires. She incorporates pieces and activities into the lessons that the students would prefer while still setting a standard for theory, ear training, and technique. She understands learning an instrument is a long and difficult process, and is there to help her students utilize however much time they can offer towards their instrument while maintaining their enjoyment.

Greg Sharp

Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo

Greg Sharp has been playing guitar for over 30 years, and has been a teacher of guitar and ukulele for more than 20 years. He has a wealth of live performance experience spanning many styles – rockabilly, surf, country, funk, blues, reggae, and metal are all a part of his live performance resume. Greg’s musical experiences inform the individualized curriculum he develops for all of his students – from playing rock at CBGB’s in New York City to playing ukulele in Honolulu, Hawaii. Greg shares his experience and love of many musical styles with his students in a way that allows them to develop their own musical voice and become lifelong musicians.

Ron Brzoska

Guitar, Ukulele

Ron “Ronnie” Brzoska was born and raised in Cleveland, OH, but began his music career while attending The Ohio State University , where he graduated with a business degree.  He has been active in the Columbus music scene since 1991 and has played in multiple bands, most notable the Americana band, the Troubled Souls.  He is primarily self-taught, although he fondly recalls his own time as a guitar student as a child.  He has taught guitar and ukulele at Music Royale since 2005 and his teaching style can be best described as laid-back, chill and low-pressure. His goal as a musician and a teacher is to not only teach the craft of musicianship, but foster a student’s love of music.  His styles include rock and roll, R&B and country and western.  His favorite guitarists are Keith Richards, JJ Cale and Steve Cropper.
When he isn’t teaching, he’s enjoying time with his family, his daily walks, history and Cleveland sports.

Phil Smith

Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Bass

From an early age Phil was exposed to a variety of musical instruments and styles. He grew up performing with family members who were professional musicians and quickly became proficient at drums, guitar, bass guitar and piano. As his musical skills progressed, he focused on guitar and his interests led to the study of music theory, music history and classical guitar.
Phil has performed in many venues including weddings, festivals, clubs and restaurants. He has played with several rock bands, a Celtic group, a blues band, and several jazz and classical ensembles. He is currently performing in a classic rock/pop band, a violin and guitar duo and as a solo classical guitarist.
Phil’s musical experience enables him to teach a wide range of styles. He has taught at all levels, from beginner to advanced. His comfortable teaching style and individually tailored lessons help each student achieve their personal musical goals.

Jesse McNamara

Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

Jesse McNamara first witnessed the power of music as a 10 year old when his father took him to his first concert – The Clash. Later that same year he got a guitar and began taking lessons at Coyle’s Music a few blocks from where he lived in Columbus. While in music school at Capital University, Jesse began selling guitars and teaching music at Sawmill Music Center. In 2002 Sawmill Music closed and Jesse opened Music Royale as a music store focused on offering the same neighborhood feel that he experienced at Coyle’s 20 years earlier. Today, Jesse is busy playing music and raising his two girls Maybellene and Everly, who also take music lessons.

Musically, Jesse has played hundreds of gigs with many successful bands including 13 O’clock, X-Ray Specs, The Digs and The Moonbats as well as writing and recording music for nationally released video games and independent movies. In addition to teaching private lessons, Jesse runs Music Royale’s Rock School program, which puts students into a real band and has them perform in a professional environment.

Dean Inboden

Guitar, Banjo

Dean is an experienced musician who has been playing guitar for over thirty five years. In that time, he has performed with members from Lawrence Welk including Dick Dale, Jackie Martin, the Texas Troubadours, the Hager Twins, and Kenny Price among others. For the past twenty years, Dean has taught in various locations around Columbus and is able to teach most styles of music to any age or experience level. When Dean isn’t in the teaching studio, he can be found at Rome Recording where he has been an engineer and studio musician for over seventeen years.

Dylan Cole

Guitar, Ukulele

Dylan was born in Columbus and was raised in Lewis Center, Ohio. He began taking guitar lessons at Music Royale in 2006. He developed a passion for playing guitar by participating in multiple Rock School workshops. After graduating high school Dylan attended the Recording Workshop in Massieville, Ohio. Once he completed the CORE program he moved to Los Angeles to attend The Musicians Institute to study Guitar Performance and Audio Engineering.

Dylan received an Associates Degree in Guitar Performance and Audio engineering in 2014 and then moved back to Columbus to start his career in the music industry. In 2015, Dylan began teaching guitar lessons at Music Royale and later that year Dylan was also hired on as a Sales Associate.

Outside of his music career, Dylan enjoys spending as much outdoors as possible. Hiking, backpacking, camping, and boating are among his favorite activities.

Larz Raymond

Drums

Larz is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he specialized in drums and percussion, with continued education at Berklee College of Music and Capital University. Larz began playing at age 5 and began performing professionally at age 14. He played snare drum in the Lancaster High School marching band where he also performed in symphonic band, percussion ensemble, jazz band and pep band.

His recordings with a variety of bands and artists over the years have been released on indie, major and local labels in addition to self-releases. Other recording sessions include commercials and jingles for clients such as Ross Laboratories, C.O.S.I., and ESPN2, as well as studio work with Los Angeles platinum engineer/producer John Henning. Throughout his performance career, Larz has played across the United States in Alaska, Chicago, New York, Nashville, New Orleans, Hollywood, and here in Ohio at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He currently maintains an active local performance career in the Central Ohio area. Larz enjoys teaching beginners to advanced students in all styles and of all ages and has been doing so professionally for the past 20 years.

Seth Daily

Drums

Seth Daily has been playing percussion since he was five years when he played snare drum with a community orchestra. Seth also studied percussion at Music Royale and participated in Music Royale’s very first Rock School session. Seth went on to graduate from Capital University in 2012 with a degree in Jazz Studies, Professionally, Seth has performed with the likes of Roger Hines, Bobby Shew, Mark Colby, Byron Stripling, Sunny Wilkinson as well as being contracted as a musician for CATCO musicals, and he has recorded music for several albums. In addition to playing and recording, Seth has also composed music for big bands, video games, and small ensembles. He currently plays with 6 local bands, and is regularly called for jazz gigs. Seth has taught all over Ohio, with marching bands, elementary schools, and various music camps.

Max Button

Drums

Maxwell Button was born in Tenafly, a suburb of New York City in the northeastern corner of New Jersey. He began piano lessons at the age of six but switched to drum lessons before long. When he was 13, Maxwell’s family moved to Akron, Ohio. Fortunately he had plenty of practice space in his parents’ garage. It was here that Maxwell spent much of his free time in junior high and high school. He played in the high school marching band and jazz band as well as several garage bands. During this time Maxwell also studied privately with two Akron based drum teachers.

After high school he attended Otterbein College on an audition-based scholarship. After two years Maxwell auditioned for the pop/rock band The Big Creak and was asked to join in August of 2000. He left Otterbein to play and tour with the Big Creak. After the Big Creak disbanded in 2004, Maxwell decided to go back to school and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Jazz Performance degree in 2007. Currently, he is involved in many different projects, including The Jazz Crackers, Brett Burleson Trio, The Moonbats, Men of Leisure and plays mainly freelance gigs as well as leading his own group. Maxwell teaches all styles on the drum set and is an active musician in the Columbus scene.

Tim Perdue

Brass, Trombone, Trumpet, Baritone/Euphonium, French Horn

Tim Perdue received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the Conservatory of Music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio in 1991, and has since been teaching privately in the Columbus area. He is available for lessons in all levels of trumpet performance (beginning to advanced), music theory, jazz improvisation and beginning- to intermediate-level studies on other brass instruments (french horn, trombone, euphonium, etc.). Tim offers flexible courses of study tailored to each students needs. Lessons focus on learning the basic skills and techniques needed for playing the instrument, as well as additional work in other areas of interest to the student, including marching band, concert band, jazz band, orchestra and solo literature.

 

In addition to teaching, Tim stays busy working as a professional trumpet player in Columbus and beyond. In addition to leading his own jazz trio/quartet, he has performed regularly with many groups including Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, the Rick Brunetto Big Band, Honk Wail & Moan, the Chad Rager Modern Big Band, and the New Remnants Dance Orchestra. His interest in diverse styles of music has led him to perform with such diverse groups as and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Conspiracy, the JuJuBees, Yumbambe, the Mazel Tov Orchestra, and the Capital University Faculty Brass Quintet, among many others. Career highlights include touring the United States with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, traveling to Thailand with Honk Wail & Moan as part of the Southern Thailand Jazz and Blues Festival, cruising Asia and Alaska with Royal Cruise Lines Odyssey Orchestra, and playing at the Knitting Factory in New York City with Honk Wail & Moan.

 

Tim also works regularly as a session player and has appeared on many local artists’ albums, including those by the Famous Jazz Orchestra, Honk Wail & Moan, Molly Pauken, Andy Woodson, Log, Fred Haring and Quinn Fallon.

Kelly McLennan

Piano, Voice

Originally from Defiance, Ohio, Kelly McLennan holds a Bachelor of Arts – music education degree from Bowling Green State University. She has been professionally singing for 30+ years.

While attending BGSU she had the good fortune to listen, learn from and work with some of the finest musicians and vocalists in the Northwest area (Lori Lefevre, Chris Buzzelli, Jeff Halsey, Johnny O’Neal, Clifford Murphy, Dan Faehnle & Larry Fuller). She was a featured vocalist with the Scott Potter group and the Stan Sterner Big Band.

Since relocating to Columbus in 1989, she has led her own jazz small groups and been a featured artist at various clubs, festivals & concert series (JazzNRibs, Arts Festival, Heisey Big Band, Dick’s Den, Ashland Jazz Series, Lindey’s, 501 Jazz Bar, Hyde Park Grill, etc.) She has had the great honor to work with many of Central Ohio’s finest musicians including the Rick Brunetto Big Band, Jazz to Go, New Remnants, Vaughn Wiester’s FJO and Standard Time.

In the ’90s Kelly was the youngest performer on the Tom Carroll – Women in Jazz series and was mentored by Gary Carney, Hank Marr, Michelle Horsefield-Carney, Marie Walker, Mary McClendon and Jeanette Williams. Kelly is currently featured vocalist with Bonafide Swing, In Full Swing and the Jazz Central Big Band and leads her own group Kelly McLennan +5. She has performed with national artists and bands – The Dorsey Brothers Big Band, Cab Calloway Band, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Dayton Jazz Orchestra, Louise Bellson, Jon Faddis, Frank Foster and studied with Michele Horsefield-Carney, Mark Flugge, Sunny Wilkinson and Kevyn Lettau. Guest vocalist recordings include Rick Brunetto, Vaughn Wiester and Lisa Clark-Augis.

After an initial screening, lessons draw upon vocal pedagogy, theory, technique, rhythm & ear training, Solfege, musicianship and a variety of genres. Students may also work on songwriting, microphone technique, harmonizing, audition preparation and are encouraged to bring those songs which inspire them, while also working on new material and building their repertoire.

Kelly teaches voice lessons to children and adults.

Deanna Sweeney

Guitar, Voice, Ukulele

Deanna Sweeney has been a widely recognized name in the Central Ohio music community by both musicians and music fans alike for over 20 years. She grew up in a family of musicians and was heavily influenced by the roots oriented music they would play. Since then, she has developed a love for a variety of different styles such as rock, blues, country and jazz. Her career began as a vocalist and co-founder of the popular cover band Kokomo Jo. She was also the co-founder, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the rock band No Such Fate, whose self titled CD received excellent reviews. Aaron Beck of the Columbus Dispatch calls Deanna a “singer with skill, passion and a confidence lacking in most voices. Anyone remember Black Velvet singer Alanna Myles? Deanna Sweeney’s voice recalls that early ’90s powerhouse…”

Currently, Deanna sings, plays guitar, spends time in the recording studio, and performs on a regular basis throughout the mid-west with a variety of different groups, including the popular country band Jacked Up, who has shared the stage recently with some of Nashville’s hottest new country music stars.

Jon Boley

Voice

Jon Boley was born and raised on the east side of Columbus. He graduated from Walnut Ridge High School and was a member of the Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Phil Wallace. He attended Michigan State University and performed in numerous musical groups and bands. He was a member of The Spartan Dischords, a twelve man a cappella group selected from the MSU Men’s Glee Club. For two summers while at MSU he performed as the Lead Singer/Dancer for the Golden Garter Revue in Traverse City, MI. It was there he got an opportunity to sing as an understudy for the Voices of Liberty at Epcot Center in Orlando, FL. He recently moved back to Columbus a few years ago to finish his degree at Capital University. He was a member and section leader of the Capital University Rock Ensemble directed by Dr. Mark Lochstamphor. He graduated from Capital University with a Bachelor of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies Vocal Music Performance and Audio/Video Technology. Magna cum Laude.

Jon’s philosophy towards teaching and music in general centers on fun. Music and singing should be a release of stresses or a re-energizing of one self. So in his studio you are encouraged to express yourself, have fun, and enjoy the process of singing. He teaches the students to hear the subtle nuances of color in popular singers’ voices, and by studying these artists finding your own voice, style and color.

Nick Labita

Piano

Nick began studying the piano when he was 5 years old. He went on to study jazz piano at Capital University under the late and great Mark Flugge and graduated with a B.M. in Music Industry/Media. Since graduating he has been active in the Columbus music scene in many bands playing everything from jazz to metal. He is currently the bass and keyboard player for the Dirty Money Live Karaoke Band.

 

Nick has enjoyed teaching to a wide range of ages for over 8 years. He loves to teach jazz, classical, popular, and any other type of music you are interested in.

Caleb Hutslar

Piano

Caleb Hutslar, native of Worthington, Ohio, graduated from the Fort Hayes School of Music with the State Board of Education Award of Distinction for musical excellence, and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree from OSU in piano performance in 1993, under scholarship. His teachers, over the years, included George Haddad and Andre LaPlante in classical piano and David Wheeler, Hank Marr and Tom Coster in jazz piano.

During his music career, Caleb performed both nationally and internationally with his own jazz group.

In addition to performing as a free-lance musician, Caleb also teaches as adjunct in jazz piano at Kenyon College in Gambier.

Rob Cave

Piano

Rob Cave has been playing classical piano since the age of four, and studied piano performance under Juilliard graduate W. Eugene Hudson at Jacksonville University. After returning to Columbus for graduate study, a hand injury forced an early end to classical performing, but lead to a very successful performing schedule as a keyboard player in Columbus. Rob has played with prominent local acts The Moonbats, Wolf Ram Heart, The Pretty Filth and more, and is always in demand as both a performer and a teacher.

Due to his unique background as both a classical pianist and rock keyboard player, Rob mixes a traditional curriculum with modern pop/rock/keyboard techniques to create a fun and effective way of learning that is tailored to each individual student. He also has an excellent knowledge of music software and hardware, and can teach GarageBand and computer based performing techniques as well.

Through years of experience, Robert has developed a fun yet effective teaching style for all levels and ages.

Monday - Thursday: 12pm - 8pm

Friday: 12pm - 6pm

Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 12pm - 5pm

480 West Olentangy Street
Powell, OH 43065

(614)793-2222