WHY SHOULD YOUR CHILD TAKE MUSIC LESSONS?
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.
David Hall: CLARINET/SAXOPHONE
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 Kirsh: 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.
Dara Henry: PIANO
Dara is a graduate of Glen Cove High School in New York and holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. She has taught and performed in the tri-state area for more than 30 years. During this time period, she has instructed hundreds of students to the highest level of performance in piano competitions and solo and ensemble festivals.
Bryan Henry: PIANO/VOICE/GUITAR
Bryan holds a BA in Music Composition and Theory from Eastern Kentucky University with a focus on Classical/Electric Guitar, Piano, and Voice. He has more than 14 years of teaching experience in piano, guitar, bass, classical/electric guitar, and voice. Bryan also taught guitar groups at Model Lab Elementary next to Eastern Kentucky University along with tutoring fellow classmates in theory, sight singing, sight reading, and ear training.
Joe Ceo: VIOLIN/VIOLA
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 Wilson: STRING & ELECTRIC BASS/ MANDOLIN
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.
Dave McLean : GUITAR/ ELECTRIC BASS
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.
Barry Miller: DRUM SET/PERCUSSION
Originally from Centerville, IN, Barry spent time in the US Armed Forces and attended the Univ. of Cincinnati before getting into the music retail business. He became a representative for Pearl Drums and traveled around the country booking drummers for clinics and showing off new products for the company. After that, he came to work for Hurst Music as a percussion specialist and salesperson. Following his retirement, Barry has spent his free time traveling with his wife, writing science fiction novels, teaching drums, and also continuing his own education by taking drum lessons with another local teacher.
Andrew Grigson : DRUM SET/PERCUSSION
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 20 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.