Our Staff

We pride ourselves on the experience-based knowledge our staff can provide. By hiring former teachers, professional musicians, and skilled repair techs, we are able to provide a wide range of expertise to our customers. Collectively, we have 300+ years of teaching experience, 55+ years of repair experience, and 185+ years of performance experience. These highly qualified and talented individuals are the strength of Hurst Music because they can advise and service customers based on real life knowledge, experience, and skills. 

Hover over the pictures with your mouse to read about each staff!

Dwana Stevens
Owner

A graduate of Morehead State Univ. and UK, Dwana taught flute at Berea College for 35 years while managing and operating Hurst Music. She also directs her church choir.

Karen Gleason
Repair Shop Manager

Karen has over 40 years of repair work under her belt since her graduation from Allied Music Repair Technical School. Karen was the shop manager of a renown music store in Madison, WI before she started here at Hurst.

David Hummel
School Service Representative

A graduate of EKU and UK, David taught middle and high school band, as well as trumpet at Berea College before coming to Hurst. David is also a private instructor here at the store. 

David Hall
School Service Representative

After graduating UK, David played in many ensembles and has had his share of solo gigs as well. Along with being a school representative for the store, David teaches clarinet and sax, and performs at Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano, a weekly gig he has held for over 20 years. 

Carroll Hall
School Service Representative

Carroll has been an employee of Hurst Music since the mid-seventies. A trombone player from a young age, he has played with numerous acts over the years, and was also a band director in Nicholas and Woodford County before offering his services and knowledge  of all things music to us at Hurst.

Kevin Dennison
String Repair Technician

After his graduation from EKU, Kevin worked as a middle school and high school band director for 27 years. Following his retirement, he began apprenticing as a woodwind repair technician and eventually took courses at NAPBIRT to become a string repair technician. Kevin was recognized by KMEA as a "Friend of Music" for his repair services to the schools in Hurst's service area.

Andrew Grigson
 Sales Associate

A student of the percussive arts from age 9, Andrew played in and led his high school drum line, participated in concert and jazz band, and began playing drum set professionally at age 18. He has played with several local acts spanning multiple genres. He is  a guitar player and uses his knowledge in that field to our advantage here at Hurst as well. Andrew also teaches percussion privately at the store.

Phil Grigson
Percussion Specialist

Phil's graduation from UK as a music educator dropped him immediately into a band director position at Paris High School where he completed his entire 27 year career as a teacher. After his retirement, he came to Hurst as a percussion specialist and repair technician, helping students and teachers alike find the best instruments and accessories to meet their percussion needs.

Rodney Riggs
 Repair Technician

After graduating Morehead State University with a Bachelor's in the Arts in Music and a Minor in Business, Rodney went to Elkhorn, WI to become certified as a repair technician at Badger State Repair School. Rodney is a tuba player and still performs in small ensembles from time to time.

Kathryn Drydyk
String Specialist

Kathryn is a retired orchestra teacher. She currently substitutes for orchestra directors in Fayette County and is a cellist in the Lexington Philharmonic. Her background as a teacher and professional musician qualifies her to help customers with all their string instrument and string supply needs.

Nat Carter
Trombone Specialist

Nat is a retired band director from Woodford County and a graduate of EKU. Nat uses his years of band directing experience to guide new students in a positive direction when they need help in the store or over the phone. He is a trombone player and lends a great wealth of knowledge to the store in that regard as well.

Tanya Bromley
Brasswind Specialist

Following her retirement from being a band director, Tanya has stayed busy; directing the Immanuel Baptist Church Orchestra, performing in the Lexington Brass band, and she was also the President of KMEA. Tanya is a trumpet player and is very well-versed in all manner of instruments.

Shelia O'Nan
Woodwind Specialist

Shelia is a retired band director from the Lexington Area who still performs on a regular basis with the Lexington Brass band and the Immanuel Baptist Church Orchestra. She brings with her a broad spectrum of information in all things band, particularly in the ways of woodwinds.