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Joe has been a professional drummer and instructor for over 35
years. After high school, Joe attended Northwestern
University, majoring in Percussion Performance. He has
performed with the Ralph Flanagan Orchestra, Al Hirt, the Dr.
Theodore Ashford Jazz Trio and Grammy winner, Paul Winter. Joe
is well-versed in all genres of music including, jazz, rock,
Latin and classical.
Joe has been the leader of “Too Many Bongos”, a percussion
ensemble that performs in Orange County schools. He also
was involved with sales and teaching at West Coast Drums for
Joe has had several students with very successful careers in
music. His former students include: Charles Morris, formerly
of the Arsenio Hall Show, Lars Ulrich of Metallica, David
Silvera of Korn, and Riley Breckenridge of Thrice.
Joe studied with various professionals in the Chicago area,
including Edward Metzinger, Principal Percussionist of the
Tom teaches beginning to advanced techniques in all
styles with a focus on timekeeping, reading, rudiments
and stick control, while learning classic and
drumming styles from around the world. He also works
with students to pass audition requirements for
orchestra, marching band, jazz band, and helps prepare
them for live performances. Tom brings over 30 years
of professional experience to his students, guiding
them to reach their musical goals through drumming.
Tom began his music education at The Grove School of
Music in Los Angeles followed by studies at the
Musicians' Institute College of Music in Hollywood.
There, he received the outstanding drummer of the year
award and since then, his professional career has led
him to playing on stages across the United States and
around the world in concert halls, theaters, jazz and
rock venues, nightclubs and music festivals.
In addition to touring, Tom has played on a wide
variety of albums with many acclaimed international
artists and has given drum workshops and concerts at
the Orange County School of the Arts, Concordia and
Chapman Universities, and the O.C. Performing Arts
Center. He continues to play live and in the studio
with many of the southland's finest musicians.
Tom has worked/recorded with artists such as:
Richard Elliot, Leland Sklar, Paul Carman, Christopher
Peacock, Sandy Owen, Ron Kobayashi, Baba Elephante,
Hubert Tubbs, Luther Hughes, Mark Massey, Arthur
Davis, Llew Mathews, Nancy Rumble, and the strings of
the Seattle Symphony.
Drums & Percussion
: All Styles
Website : http://www.johnnybyrne.com/
Johnny is a well-respected drummer who
has appeared in many types of settings performing within
Johnny Byrne’s impressive technique and flexibility have
kept him touring and performing throughout the last 30
years. Johnny started playing drums at the age of seven,
influenced by the sights and sounds of New York City,
and then as a resident of Miami, Florida during his
youth. He attended the University of Miami and graduated
with a degree in Music, all the while honing his skills
by training in New York City with Robert Pedacchio (who
played with Maynard Ferguson) and by performing
throughout the United States in a variety of venues.
Johnny has played with artists such as: Clarence
Clemmons, Todd Bradley & Next Level, Donna Allen,
Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, Blue Notes, Greg
Vail, Eugene Wilde, Nicole "Lillie" McCloud, Emmanuel,
Drake Bell of the Drake and Josh Show on Nickelodeon and
jazz saxophonist, Ed Calle. John has also toured and
recorded with KC and the Sunshine Band on the Get Down
and Live Yummy compilations. He has played throughout
Australia, Europe, Asia, Indonesia and Central and South
America. Johnny is currently recording with David Royce
Aaron, who has produced and engineered for the likes of
Snoop Dog, U2 and the original Sublime lineup. Johnny
has also studied with Dave Weckl. Johnny can be seen
performing throughout southern California with Oceans of
Karl Aranjo is a professional guitarist, author and
highly talented educator, residing in Southern
California. His former students include music school
graduates and several recording artists.
is the author of six best-selling, industry standard
instructional books, Guitar Buddy, The Working
Musician’s Dictionary of Terms, A Blueprint for Hot
Guitar, Cool Chords and the internationally acclaimed
Guitar Chord Guru and Guitar Scale Guru.
Graduate of the Berklee College of Music and a student
of the late William G. Leavitt, Karl studied with some
of the best in the business, including Tony Mottola, Ted
Greene, Jim Kelly, Larry Baione and Robert Conti. Karl
is the leader of the Jazz Attack Band and is a highly
sought-after private teacher. In addition to his Berklee
degree in Music Performance, he holds degrees in
Psychology and Education.
Karl’s work is done purely out of a desire to serve his
fellow musicians and to bring his specialized knowledge
to all who thirst for it. His lessons are informative,
inspirational and fun!
• Banjo • Ukulele and other stringed instruments
thirty years playing and instructing experience with
specialization in Guitars, Banjo, Ukulele and other
stringed instruments. Rich received his degree from the
University of Maryland and studied music theory, its
practical application to the instrument, improvisation,
harmony and composition at the Berklee College of Music
also studied privately with numerous teachers throughout
the country including Hank Wiktoriwitz of the Boston
Pops, Jon Damian, Berklee Guitar Chairman Larry Baione
and internationally known Charlie Banocus.
has performed throughout the Northeast and California
including The Sweet and Hot Jazz Festival in Los
Angeles, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival, Cape Cod Jazz
Festival and at numerous night clubs and social events.
Rich teaches both
privately and in a classroom setting. He is
currently a faculty member in the music department at
the Tarbut V’ Torah School and formerly at Concordia
Piano, Guitar, Songwriting Instructor at Jim's since 1999.
"Learning music can change a persons outlook on life.
Beginners of all ages move into a wonderful exploration of
this fascinating art which is music."
Nels Jenstad has studied music, theory, jazz and studio
production in California Colleges and did his grad work in
Music Psychology in 2002. He has performed
throughout California with his original rock - at venues
including the Japan Center, Live Oak Theater, Concord Theater,
McKinney Theater, and various clubs.
Flute / Piano
Linda White has been musically active in Orange County for
over forty years, having earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in
music performance from the University of California at Irvine.
She is a professional flutist and teacher,
published arranger and has performed, produced and directed
music in many styles, appearing at the Long Beach Convention
Center, Disney Hall, The Granada Theater in Santa Barbara, The
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, The Hollywood Bowl
and Carnegie Hall, as well as touring the United States and
Western Europe as a performer.
Linda is in her tenth year as the Director of Choral and
Handbell Music at Laguna Presbyterian Church, where she
directs the Chancel and Handbell Choirs as well as the
Children’s Choir and Middle School Ensemble. Prior to that,
she spent thirteen years on music staff at Trinity United
Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, five of those as Praise Band
Director, and several years teaching music for an inner-city
children’s program. She has edited a book of praise music,
which is published and distributed by Geneva Press and is
currently available in bookstores across the country.
Jim Ziegler has been the trumpet instructor at Jim's Music
since 1992. He is a first call sub at New Orleans Square at
Disneyland, and can often be found performing there with The
Royal Street Bachelors and The Jambalaya Jazz Band.
In addition, he leads his own classic jazz /swing group The
Swingsations and works with a variety of traditional jazz and
swing groups in the LA area. He enjoys working with
trumpet students at any level, from beginner to adult.
Linda has over 15
years of teaching experience, and brings an element of fun to
her music lessons, coupled with a solid music foundation.
With many students ranging in age from 4 to 74, she tailors
her lessons to fit each student’s abilities and skill levels.
Whether her students choose to learn music for fun, or with an
performance, Linda confidently guides them toward their
musical goals. With the training they have received,
many of her students successfully pass auditions for talent
shows, jazz band, orchestra, musical/dramatic performances, or
join music ministry groups and bands.
In addition to
private lessons, Linda has taught programs in music, music
theory, and music history, as well as organizing and leading
children’s choirs at private schools. She has also been
involved in songwriting and recording projects over the years.
Linda is a great
advocate of expanding one’s musical horizons. While
classically trained, she provides a curriculum that
encompasses all musical styles. She continues to hone
her own musical skills with respected musicians and educators
in the music community – she has studied with the likes of Ron
Kobayashi (piano) Barry Rillera (guitar) and Max Bennett
(electric bass). She has been an active member of her
church worship group for over 12 years, playing guitar and
bass on a weekly basis.
Vince Hizon is an active freelance musician and instructor
in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
He earned an Associate's Degree in Music from Fullerton
College, a degree in music education from California State
Fullerton, and a Master's degree in flute, clarinet, and
Vince has shared the stage with artists such as Stolen
Babies, Hepcat, members of the Oingo Boingo, Wayne Newton,
Pete Jacobs Wartime Orchestra, and others. He has been
teaching saxophone and clarinet at Jim's Music Center since
Double Bass, Electric Bass and Voice
Lou's musical journey began in Erie, PA, then to Boston, then
to Cleveland and finally to Los Angeles where he lives today.
He graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a
degree in Doublebass (often referred to as an upright bass).
At the Cleveland Institute, Lou studied orchestral and opera
repertoire with Larry Angell and Dave Perlman of the Cleveland
He's created music for companies like JVC, Kawai and Disney
and has performed with acts ranging from Cab Calloway, Eartha
Kitt, The Righteous Brothers and Percy Sledge, to comedians
like Bob Hope and Jay Leno. For Lou's full bio and more
information, visit www.lousavage.com
Guitar, all vocal styles
Tom Flannery has over
20 years of experience in all types of musical
instruction. He holds
degrees in Music
and Education from
He teaches all vocal
styles and guitar.
Drums & Percussion
Kris Berry has a Bachelors degree in Music from California
University Northridge, and has worked professionally in a
of styles including jazz, latin, rock, funk, r&b, and
classical. He has gotten to work with many of the finest
musicians in Southern California, and has teamed up to
perform clinic/performances with musicians such as Luis
Conte, Richie Gagate Garcia, Taku Hirano, and Roland Gajate
Garcia. He’s also performed clinics with bassist, Tony
Franklin, as well as Richard Fortus, guitarist with Guns N’
Kris is also very happy to have gigged with many world
class musicians including Michito Sanchez, Kevin Ricard,
Clare Fischer, Otmaro Ruiz, Smokey Robinson, Teena Marie,
Denice Williams, Stu Goldberg, Art Davis, Doc Severenson,
Tim Bogert, Rique Pantoja, Derron Johnson, Doug Lunn, Ron
Eschete, Dave Stone, Ron Stout, Rob Whitlock, John Pisano,
Fred Katz, Gloria Gaynor, Jeff Kashiwa, Vinnie Falcone,
Massamba Diop, Casio Duarte, Ron Kobayashi, John
Heussenstamm, Baba Elephante, and Dylan Wilson, among many
others. Kris has been hired for many different types of gigs
including a variety show where he had the pleasure of
performing with the host, actor/comedian Jason Alexander. He
has also worked with Ed Begly Jr., performing in his musical
“Cesar And Ruben”.
Kris was on the faculty at the Musicians Institute in
Hollywood from 2001 to 2013. There he taught the double bass
drumming class, the odd meters class, afro-cuban drumming
class, caribbean drumming class, jazz drums class, rhythm
section workshops, live playing workshops, applying
technique to the drum set class, music reading 1,2,& 3, fill
fest (drum fills class), funk, r&b, and hip-hop classes, as
well as open counseling, and private instruction.
Kris has studied privately with: Luis Conte, Peter
Erskine, Jeff Hamilton , Joey Heredia, Jimmy Branly, Gerry
Brown, Wally Snow, Roy Burns, Peter Donald, Joel Leach ,
Karen Ervin, John Magnussen, Brian Kilgore, Rob Carson, and
Les De Merle.