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David Hummel: TRUMPET/BRASS 

A former student of Vince DiMartino, David holds music degrees from the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.  He has taught band at the middle school and high school level and was previously the adjunct instructor of brass and  Director of the Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensembles at Berea College.  In addition to leading his own big band, he is a member of the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Kentucky Jazz Repratory Orchestra, and is the director of the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors, an 18 piece community band. In January 2011, David toured Spain with the Walnut Street Ragtime Ramblers, a classic jazz ensemble that plays the music of Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong and others. He has played with many local acts, including the Lexington Philharmonic, touring acts such as The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Broadway shows :”Chicago” and “Peter Pan”, and jazz greats Bob Mintzer, Bill Watrous, Diane Schuur and Doc Severinsen. 

John Little: FRENCH HORN

John has taught horn at Centre College, the U of L Community Music Program, and has twice been artist in residence at Bellarmine Univ. In 2008, he was awarded the MTNA STaR award for outstanding teaching, and is an MTNA certified Master Teacher. His former students have won positions with the orchestras in Richmond VA, Louisville, Fort Wayne, Annapolis, Santiago Chile, the Chicago Civic, and a professorship of horn position at Campbellsvile University. 

His latest solo album "Hornistic" can be heard on Spotify, and all streaming services. 

Jazz Saxophone Player




David is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he studied with Phil Miller.  While at Kentucky, he was a member of the wind ensemble, orchestra, symphonic band, marching band, and jazz ensemble.  As a private music instructor, David has taught clarinet and saxophone for over thirty years.  Over the years he has performed with The Lexington Philharmonic, The Lexington Concert Band, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Andy Williams, Carol Channing, Bob Hope, The Platters, Kathy Lee Gifford, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Men of Note, The Sensations, and Dixieland South.  He has played regularly at Giuseppe’s Ristorante Italiano in Lexington over the past twenty years. David is also a memeber of the American Federation of Musicians Union and the D'Addario Educators Collective.

Kristy Beers: FLUTE

Kristy holds degrees in music theory and flute performance from Indiana State University (BM), and Butler University (MM).  Kristy founded and directs the Firebird Chamber Ensemble, a community flute orchestra of over 40 flutists, performing on the full family of flutes.  The group is open to all levels of flutists (students and adults) without fees or auditions. During the school year, Kristy teaches flute methods classes at Berea College.




Joe received his Bachelor’s of Music & Fine Arts from Carnegie-Mellon University.  He then went on to pursue his Masters of Music at the University of Illinois.  While a graduate assistant, he started conducting his first orchestra at a junior high school when the regular teacher quit three weeks into the school year.  With his Masters degree in hand, Ceo then flew across the Atlantic to study in Rome as a Fulbright Scholar.  He has traveled extensively throughout Europe where he has performed at the Bach Academy and at the Queen Elizabeth Performance Hall.  After receiving a BMA in music at Catholic University, Ceo accepted his first teaching position in Wisconsin.  He taught there for three years then went on to teach at Rhode Island College for two years, conducted in Kentucky for 10 years (including the CKYO), and taught at the University of Rhode Island for 17 years.  He has arranged and conducted for the Washington D.C. Ballet Orchestra. 


Nathan is a certified Suzuki Bass Teacher with 20 years teaching double bass in orchestral, jazz, blues, and folk styles.  He holds a B.A. in Music from Berea College, M.M. and M.A.T. from Eastern Kentucky University.  Nathan is currently on the faculty at Fayette County Public Schools where he specializes in teaching string orchestra instruments to elementary and teenage students.  He serves as the Director of Music Ministry for St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Lexington.  He has played bass for many regional ensembles including the Lexington Community Orchestra, Huntington Symphony, Kentucky Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Transylvania University, and Berea College Wind Ensemble.  He has played in jazz and rock groups such as Big City Groove, Tim Lake’s Little Big Band, Rodney Miller and Airdance.

Anna Wilson: CELLO
Anna was a student at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts from 4th to 12th grade (SCAPA). During that time, she studied cello performance privately with Rebecca Kiekenapp, was an All-State Orchestra member, and attended Governor's School for the Arts. While she is a musician, Anna attends the University of Kentucky in pursuit of a B.A. in Dance with a Sociology minor. She enjoys singing and playing cello in the St. Martha's Episcopal Church Praise Band and the American Folk Dance Band, Dreamdance. Last year, she had the opportunity to join world-renowned folk musicians on staff at Christmas Country Dance School in Berea, Kentucky.
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David is a self-employed musician-teaching, recording, composing, and performing since the mid 1980’s.  He has appeared on TV, radio, and concert stage, sharing it with unknowns to Grammy Award winners.  His students have shared the stage with the likes of Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, & Mary), Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Seven Mary Three and more.  His students have appeared on local and regional TV and radio, been seen in print press, and have released award-winning CD’s.  David conducts the “Guitar Gods” interview series, where he has interviewed guitar legends like Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Jackson guitarist Jennifer Batten, Grammy winner Steve Stevens, more.  He also runs the SDML Instructor Network, which certifies and trains guitar teachers to use the SDML guitar method. 




Andrew grew up as a part of the Paris Band (Paris, Ky), where his father was the Director and his mother was the general music teacher. In 5th grade, Andrew decided that the drums were his passion (citing influence by KISS drummer Peter Criss). He played all through middle and high school, traveling and performing to various parts of the world with the Paris Band. In total, Andrew has more than 25 years of performing experience behind the kit, having shared the stage with small-time local acts and world-famous acts alike. He also has over ten years of recording experience, having been featured on multiple EP’s and  full-length records, as well as several music videos. Andrew is also a member of the Sabian Education Network, a collective of educators (Sabian cymbals users) who share online resources with each other to better their teaching. When he is not on stage, in the lesson studio, or working here at Hurst, he likes to spend his free time with his family; Lyric, Cody, Kahla, Cruz, and Melissa.


Phil is a retired band director from Paris, KY, where he spent the entirety of his teaching career working for Paris Independent Schools. After being retired from teaching for nearly ten years, he decided to start teaching privately here at Hurst. His resume with his bands and percussion ensembles over the years is extensive, but includes multiple distinguished ratings while director of bands at Paris, as well as with his time spent with the Univ. of KY drum line, of which he was a part during his time in college. 

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