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 200+ 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 member!

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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. 

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Karen Gleason

Repair Shop Manager

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

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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 brass instructor in our lesson studio here in the store.

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David Hall

School Service Representative

Since graduating from UK, David has played in many ensembles and has had his share of solo gigs as well; most notably at Giuseppe's Ristorante Italiano, a weekly gig he has held for over 25 years. Along with being a store representative, David teaches clarinet and alto sax lessons in the Hurst Lesson Studio.

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Carroll Hall

School Service Representative

Known to decades of Hurst customers as simply "Mr. Hall," Carroll has been employed at Hurst Music since 1975. A trombone player from a very young age, he has performed with numerous touring and local acts over the years, and was director of bands at both Nicholas and Woodford County before offering his knowledge of all-things-music to us at Hurst.

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Kevin Dennison

String Repair Technician

After his graduation from EKU, Kevin worked as a middle 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 for string instrument repair. He was recognized by KMEA as a "Friend of Music" for his repair services to schools in our area.

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Phil Grigson

Percussion Specialist

Phil's graduation from UK as a Music Education major dropped him immediately into the Band Director position at Paris Independent Schools, where he completed his entire 27 year teaching career. After his retirement, he came to Hurst as a percussion specialist as well as purchase manager. Phil also teaches percussion in our private lesson studio. 

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Andrew Grigson

Sales Representative

A student of the percussive arts since age 9, Andrew was a member of his middle and high school bands, participating in jazz ensemble, marching band, concert band, and choir, and began playing drums professionally at age 18. He has played in various acts spanning multiple genres over the last 15 years, and is also an accomplished guitarist. He also teaches percussion lessons in the lesson studio at Hurst. 

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Rodney Riggs

Band Repair Technician

After graduating Morehead State University with a Bachelor's Degree 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. He is also a tuba player and still performs in his free time.

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Nat Carter

Sales Representative

Nat is a retired band director from Woodford County and graduate of EKU. He uses his years of teaching experience to guide new and veteran players in making the right decisions when purchasing products in the store. Nat is an accomplished trombone player and lends a great wealth of knowledge  to the store in that regard as well. 

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Kathryn Drydyk

String Specialist

Kathryn is a retired orchestra teacher. She is a cellist in the Lexington Philharmonic and performs regularly with them. Her background as a teacher and professional musician qualifies her to help customers with all their string instrument needs, from strings to special order high-end products.

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Tanya Bromley

Sales Representative

Since her retirement from directing band in school, Tanya has stayed busy; she directs the Immanuel Baptist Church Orchestra, performs in the Lexington Brass Band, and was President of KMEA. She is a trumpet player and also well-versed in folk music instruments such as guitar, banjo, and mandolin.

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Shelia O'Nan

Sales Representative

Shelia is a retired band director from the Lexington area who still performs in the Lexington Brass Band, the Immanuel Baptist Church Orchestra, and other groups in the area. She brings with her a broad spectrum of information in all things band, particularly in the ways of woodwind instruments.  

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Terry Thompson

Sales Representative

Originally from Ohio, Terry is a graduate of EKU and a former band director at several schools, including Greenup County and Paul G. Blazer. Terry was also the President of KMEA before coming to Hurst to assist musicians with their band and orchestra needs.