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Brad Martin

  • Former Belleville Philharmonic Jr. Orchestra member
  • High School Band experience included: concert band, marching band, and jazz band
  • Attended several music camps in IL, MO, and WI
  • Former BAC (Belleville Area College) Jazz Band member
  • Teaching drum lessons locally since 1987.
  • Coached high school drum lines from 1993-1997.
  • Orchestra pit work for area theater musicals including Washington University.
  • Working professionally in many local groups covering classic and alternative rock, jazz, rockabilly, and blues since 1990.
  • Notable Venues and Tours:
  • 3 week tour with DOD (USO) entertaining troops in Hungary, Bosnia, and Iceland during July 1999.
  • Beverly Hills, CA private party October 2006.
  • Currently playing blues in venues at St. Louis Casinos, Country Clubs, and the Ritz Carlton in Clayton, MO.

Chris Buckley


  • Belleville West High School
  • High School Marching Maroons for 4 years
  • High School Jazz Band for 3 years
  • SIUE - Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance in 2000

List of Pit Band Experience for Musicals:

  • Guys and Dolls
  • Pump Boys and Dinettes
  • Angry Housewives
  • Nunsense
  • Big River
  • West Side Story
  • Godspell
  • Pippin’
  • Footloose


I have freelanced in the local St. Louis bi-state area since 1988 with bands like Online, Galaxy, Park Avenue, Menagerie, Phoenix, the Alterations, the Sessions Jazz Band, The Stan Fornaszewski Orchestra, Second Nature, Chaminade Prepatory School, EDEN Church, Union Methodist Church, Incarnate Word, and many others. I have also done clinics with drummer Steve Houghton, drummer Adam Nussbaum, and jazz trumpeter Marvin Stamm (known for his one brief claim to fame for playing the trumpet on Paul McCartney's 1971 chart-topper "Uncle Abert/Admiral Halsey").


New Line Theatre
Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO

In 2003 I was hired to transcribe the original Broadway recordings of the 1950's musical "The Nervous Set" for New Line Theatre. For some reason there was a script available for the actors, but no music for the musicians to perform. In less than three months I had to transcribe the score for the conductor and musicians. I also worked with the original composer of the 1950's show via e-mail to include other selections that did not get recorded on the original Broadway album. He had sent me some other melodies and lyrics, and from these I created the score for the musicians. We added four songs that were not on the original Broadway album for the New Line Theatre's production in 2003.


1750 S. Brentwood Blvd.
St. Louis, MO

Lenny Klinger is an agent in the St. Louis area who puts together bands for all occasions including wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate/private parties, and benefits. I freelanced for him from September 1989 until New Years Eve 1997. With his organization I had the opportunity to perform all styles of music (i.e., jazz, classical, broadway show tunes, latin music, Jewish songs, Irish songs, pop, and rock), and that has made me a well rounded musician. We would also travel outside of the St. Louis area to perform in Oklahoma, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Florida, Atlanta, Indiana, and basically anywhere people wanted us to perform. In January 1997, we were hired to perform in Puerto Rico for an AMWAY function for 9 days. That was one of the highlights in my career with Galaxy. I left Galaxy to work on my own musical projects and hobbies.

Dillon Czech

Piano & Sax Instructor

Over 10 years experience learning classical music with pieces including…
  • Prelude No. 1, Bach
  • Polonaise in A Major, Chopin
  • Moonlight Sonata, Beethoven
  • Liebestraume, Liszt
  • Clair de Lune, Debussy
  • Rustles of Spring, Sinding
  • Malaguena, Lucuona well as many others.

Graduate of Greenville College 2016 with a degree in Biology.

Previous Leadership Experience:

  • Greenville College Men’s Soccer Captain 2015
  • Freeburg Waves Head Swim Coach 2014-2015

Currently I am at First Baptist Church, O'Fallon, where they have 1500+ people a week. In a band setting, I lead their Student Ministry in music every week. I am transitioning from a classical piano player to being able to sight read sheet music and improvise multiple chord progressions at a time within songs.

I have 10 years of experience learning and playing classical music with pieces such as Liebestraum, Clair de Lune, Malaguena, and Moonlight Sonata, as well as many more. I love teaching and coaching. I was the Captain on the 2015 NCAA Greenville College Men’s Soccer Team, the head coach of a swim team of 100+ athletes for two years, and a soccer coach for three years. As I have moved to a new area, I am looking forward to the opportunity of reaching out to new people and helping them grow in their love and ability of music.

Dana Koehn


  • Passionate and creative while instructing students in the art of Music.
  • Accurate record keeper and can clearly log information leading to project completion.
  • Superior product outcome is a high priority - a 'job well done' is my goal.
  • Enthusiastic and thorough in presenting my objective oriented lesson plans.
  • Superior product outcome is a high priority - a 'job well done' is my goal.

Professional Work Experience

Substitute Teacher:
Mehlville School District & St. Clair County, IL --- April 2012 - present
  • Implemented lesson plans developed by the teacher - music(K-12) and Gr.1-5
  • Maintained classroom management while adapting to each teacher's routine
Home Educator:
St. Clair County, IL --- Sept. 2000 - May 2009
  • Researched, selected curriculum; established lesson plans, daily schedules and short/long range goals; instructed various academic disciplines at Grades 4-10 level
  • Served 6 years on Leadership Team of St. Clair County Christian Home Educators
  • Held position of Music Coordinator for same support group (7 years): Directed Band Concerts; taught private beginner instrumental lessons; organized group field trips; provided timely, accurate communication with membership regarding upcoming music events; Sr. Band participation grew from 12 to 26... good musical growth as well; held concerts in community settings... hospital, retirement home, park, churches, etc.
  • Proactive leadership in instituting and organizing the first ever Music Festival for the students
  • Secured judges, determined site entry locations, recruited adequate volunteers; determined event schedule and devised Guideline Manual for Festival
Music Director(FT):
First Assembly of God, Belleville, IL --- 1997-1999
  • Directed Adult and Youth Choirs, handbells, instrumental ensembles for services.
  • Conducted two major seasonal cantatas/dramas each year with live orchestra accompaniment.
  • Served as Pianist for worship services and choral/instrumental special numbers.
  • Correlated all travel arrangements and musically prepared youth choir for 2 summer tours.
Music Director/Teacher (FT):
Assembly of God Church & School, Burlington, IA --- 1 year
  • Pianist for services; selected worship music; directed Choir, special ensembles; directed cantatas.
  • Taught K - 12 classroom music; directed Band and Chorus; mentored entries for music contests.
Music Teacher (FT):
Whiteside & High Mount School, Belleville, IL --- 5 years
  • Whiteside Sr. Band increased in membership from 25 - 65 while on staff.
  • Maintained student grades, records and District required logging.
  • Prepared coarse material, assignments and handouts for Classroom Music Gr. K-6 as well as Band & Chorus.
  • Explained and demonstrated artistic techniques in preparation for concerts and contests.
  • Instructed all beginner band students - can adequately demonstrate all Band instruments for beginners.
"The enthusiasm shown by the children and the careful and imaginative staging did much to add to the festive mood of the audience... ...At the end of the show many remarks were heard about how much the program was enjoyed and how much better it had been than in years past."

H M S School Board President/letter excerpt


  • Bachelor of Music Education Degree,
    -- Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
    • Dean's College List; Graduated with Honors: GPA=3.76 (4.0 scale)
    • Member Pi Kappa Lambda -- Music Honor Society (faculty nominated)

Devon Kirsch


Violin, Viola, Mandolin, Guitar, Piano

Teaching Experience

  • 2009 to Present: Accent Music Lessons, Instructor: Violin, Viola, Mandolin.
  • 2006-2009: SWIC Music Lab Attendant and Staff Assistant.
  • Summers 2007 and 2008: Assistant Violin/Music Theory Instructor, Teipen Music Studio, Clayton, Mo.

Ensemble/Orchestral Experience

  • 2011: Alton Symphony Orchestra, Viola.
  • 2010: Marion Culture and Civic Center Beatle Tribute, Violin.
  • 2010 to Present: Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Violin and Viola.
  • 2007 to Present: Belleville Philharmonic, Principal Viola.
  • 2008 to 2010: BPYO Virtuosi Youth Chamber Orchestra, Viola.
  • 2005 to 2010: Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Violin and Viola.
  • 2006 to Present: Philip Tinge's Philzharmonics, Violin and Viola. Venues have included Disney World and Holiday World.
  • Amoretto String Quartet, Viola.
  • Cahokia String Quartet, Violin and Viola.

Pit Orchestral Experience

Aida, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, Mame, South Pacific, Meet Me in St. Louis, La Cage aux Folles, Redhead, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Wedding Singer, Chess, Pippin, The Wizard of Oz.


  • B.A. 2010, SWIC, Music Education.
  • Member Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.


  • SWIC Music Department Instrumentalist Award, 2008.
  • SWIC Music Department Tuition Scholarship, 2007 and 2008.

Greg Barnett

Musician / Songwriter / Music Instructor / Sound and Lighting Technician


Acoustic/Electric Guitar; Electric Bass, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Irish Whistle.


To teach knowledge of musical arts and techniques in all forms and musical styles. My instruction utilizes learning skills such as self-discipline and goal-setting through intellectual, physical, social development, and positive reinforcement. Most important is to have fun playing music by building self-esteem and self-confidence through correct and regular practice, performance, and listening.

Teaching Methods

I instruct using the "Method Approach". One step at a time until the task is mastered. This form of repetition and reinforcement makes learning fun and productive and not overwhelming. Through clear simple positive instruction; correct posture, technique, and breath are achieved. Development of technique, embouchure, intonation, and utilizing correct practicing techniques the student will acquire the necessary skills to master their desired instrument.


  • Associates of Music --- Springfield Illinois College
    Major: Music Performance --- 1986 - 1988
  • Bachelor of Science --- Quincy College
    Major: Music Business --- 1989 - 1992
  • Associates of Applied Science --- ITT Technical Institute
    Major: Electronics Technology --- 1995 - 1997
  • National Vocational
    Technical Honor Society --- 1997

Technical Experience

  • Independent Sound and Lighting Technician --- 1986 - Present
  • Component Level Electronic Technician --- 1997 - Present
  • Instrument Repair Technician --- 1992 - Present

Music Performance Experience

  • Springfield College Jazz Band --- Bass/Guitar --- 1986 - 1988
  • Springfield College Choir --- Vocal/Bass --- 1988 - 1989
  • Quincy College Jazz Band --- Bass/Guitar --- 1989 - 1993
  • Quincy College Wind Ensemble --- Flute --- 1989 - 1992
  • Quincy College Choir --- Vocal/Bass --- 1989 - 1992
  • Quincy College Pep Band --- Bass --- 1989 - 1992
Musical Pit Experience
  • Leader of the Pack --- Guitar --- 1990 - 1991
  • Jesus Christ Superstar --- Bass --- 1991 - 1992
Independent Bands
  • BIT'S and PEICES --- Bass/Guitar --- 2002 - 2004
  • CODE-10 --- Guitar --- 2003 - 2005
  • RUKUS --- Bass/Guitar --- 2002 - 2004
  • LIT SISTER --- Guitar --- 2003 - 2005


  • Louis Margaglione: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, and Conducting.
  • Steve Parke: Instrumentation, Counterpoint, Chord Voicing, Commercial and Jingle Writing.
  • Pauline Connor: Classical Guitar.

Independent Songwriting

Currently holding several Copyrights in the Library of Congress. I continually create and produce and record all types of original music. Currently, I am working on publishing several original musical compositions.

Hannah Gillaspie

Hannah Gillaspie started studying violin at age 6 and flute at age 8. She is now a recent graduate of Concordia University Chicago, where she played violin and flute in a variety of musical groups, including Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, and Chamber groups.

Hannah was concertmistress of the Chamber Orchestra for two years and took private lessons with Elizabeth Coffman. She was also flute section leader in the University’s Wind Symphony, studying under the instruction of Cindy Fudala. With these groups, Hannah toured throughout the country and went on international tours to France and China.

Hannah frequently plays for weddings and other special events. She is currently principal second violin in the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra.

John Dittmann

Music Education

  • Several years piano lessons
  • Guitar lessons from father and self-taught
  • Althoff Catholic High School: Concert Band (4 years), Mixed Chorus (3 years), Jazz Band, Pep Band, Swing Choir, musicals
  • University of Kansas: Harpsichord lessons
  • Belleville Area College: Music Theory, Jazz Band, Jazz Guitar lessons
  • Louisiana State University: Electronic Music composition

Past Playing Experience

  • Guitar, bass, and keyboard in several locally produced musicals, including Looking Glass Playhouse
  • Guitar and mandolin at jazz and bluegrass jam sessions in Freeburg and Belleville

Current Playing Experience

  • Keyboard player in local band Hypertension
  • Keyboard and 2nd guitar player in the Crosswalk praise group at Union UMC
  • Solo and duo acoustic guitar

Jacob Erickson, MT-BC


  • Musical Theater at Granite City Sr. High School (Diploma attained)
  • Music Major at St. Louis Community College (Associate’s Degree attained)
  • Music Therapy Major at Maryville University, St. Louis (Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy attained)
  • Board Certification for Music Therapy attained


  • Supplemental Instructor for Music Theory classes at St. Louis Community College
  • Music Therapist at Southeast Missouri Mental Health Center
  • Music Therapist at Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis Campus
  • Music Therapist at St. Patrick Center, St. Louis

Awards and Scholarships

  • Dean’s list all throughout college
  • Scholarships awarded from the music department at St. Louis Community College
  • 4.0 GPA recognition award from St. Louis Community College
  • Scholarship awarded from an anonymous donor at discretion of Maryville University music department head
  • Excellence in Music award from Maryville University (only two students chosen for this award)
  • Graduated summa cum laude from Maryville University (3.975 GPA)

Music Experience

  • Trumpet in middle school
  • Started playing guitar at age 12
  • Singing in musical theater productions in high school and community theater
  • Singing/playing bass/Keyboards/percussion in local rock bands throughout the St. Louis area
  • Began playing piano in college
  • Changed from guitar major to percussion major focusing on marimba in college
  • Asked by the music director in college to perform marimba at the Missouri Day of Percussion in 2008
  • Played percussion instruments in college orchestra and percussion ensembles
  • Passed guitar, piano and percussion proficiencies as required by the Music Therapy program at Maryville University.
  • Presented to Maryville University Music Therapy students on drum circle techniques
  • Presented to St. Louis Music Therapy Association on using percussion in Music Therapy practice
  • Performed at the American Music Therapy Association national convention in 2009
  • Performed at weddings and a funeral playing guitar and singing

Teaching Experience

  • Music Theory classes for students struggling to learn the material in college
  • Percussion lessons for middle school
  • Individual and group guitar lessons
  • Individual and group drum/percussion lessons
  • Individual piano lessons
  • Individual and small group voice lessons
  • Individual bass guitar lessons
  • Brought students together to form a band in music therapy practice and taught them their individual parts

John Robinson

John has been playing professionally for 20 years, and has a wide variety of performing and teaching experience. He has taught trumpet players of all ages and levels of ability. Personalizing lessons and troubleshooting problems is one of his strengths. He maintains a strong belief that the best atmosphere for learning music is one of positivity, affirmation, and FUN.


  • Belleville West High School
  • Eastman School of Music
  • University of North Florida

Performance Experience:

  • Famous Door/Bourbon St. New Orleans, LA.
    • John Wehner's Dream Band

  • Walt Disney World
    • Magic Kingdom
      • Christmas Brass
      • Walt Disney World Band
      • Main Street Philharmonic
      • Kids of the Kingdom
    • Hollywood Studios
      • Hollywood Hitmen
    • EPCOT
      • Candlelight Processional Orchestra/Fanfare Trumpets
      • Future Corps

Has Performed With:

KC and the Sunshine Band --- Arturo Sandoval --- Kenny Rogers --- Glenn Miller Orchestra --- Diane Schuur --- Marvin Stamm --- Woody Herman Orchestra --- Bob Mintzer --- K. Starr --- Xavier Cugat Orchestra --- Tim Haggans --- Steve Lawrence --- Joe Lavano --- Tempations --- John Pizzarelli --- Cassandra Wilson --- John Abercrombie --- Louie Bellson --- Rosemary Clooney --- Tito Nieves --- Jay Black --- Diane Reeves --- Tito Puente --- Four Tops

CD Recording Credits:

"Haven't You Heard Yet?" - University of North Florida Jazz Ensemble
"Madcap" - Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge Big Band
"Late Night" - Dan McMillion Jazz Orchestra
"You Just Made My Day" - Orlando Jazz Orchestra
"How Can I Keep From Singing" - Northland Worship Album
"Sueno Contigo" - Orquesta Tropical
"Deed I Do" - Parke Frankenfield

Josh Gaxiola

Joshua Gaxiola is an accomplished classical and jazz pianist, as well as music educator. He has been training for over 15 years, and has been teaching private lessons from student’s homes for the past 3 years.

Josh is currently the pianist and keyboardist for Christ United Methodist Church, and is often requested for accompaniment at universities and high schools, as well as performances for events at Cardinal Glennon Hospital.

He recently graduated high school and will be attending UMSL spring semester 2018 to begin studies in Music Education and Performance.

Kathryn A. Bowman

Music Experience

  • Studied piano with Marguerite Bichel, concert pianist and teacher in Detroit, Michigan, from my age of eight until college.
  • Studied piano for one year at the Conservatory of Music at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
  • Taught piano in O’Fallon, Illinois from 1975 – 1985
  • Studied cello with Ailleen Friedel in St. Louis and Joseph Pival at SIUE for a total of approximately three years
  • Studied cello for one year with Beth McDonald, Head of the String Department at Washington, University
  • Joined the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra in October of 1999, and have been playing cello in this orchestra ever since.
  • Created the Lakeshore String Quartet in June of 2000. This quartet has played for many weddings and private parties since then, and currently is still active.
  • I had the pleasure of working with John Sant’Ambrogio, the principal cellist of the St. Louis Symphony, in a string workshop that he was conducting. It was a class for beginner cellists, and I helped John teach them.
  • I had one private lesson with John Sant’Ambrogio in his home in 2004.
  • I am currently giving private piano and cello lessons in my home.

Keith Mitchell

About Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell lives in Freeburg, IL with his daughter Megan, a Music Education major at Illinois State University, and his son Kyle, a Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Illinois. Keith earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at the University of Illinois and his Master's Degree in Secondary Education at Olivet University.

For the past 36 years, Keith has taught Music at Freeburg High School. His duties included Band, Chorus, Music Appreciation, and Beginning Guitar. He is recently retired from that position. Keith played trombone in the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra for 24 years and the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra for the two years prior. He also served Illinois Music Educators as their elected Band Division Chairman; a position he held for 28 years.

As a private teacher, you can expect Keith to be very competent, positive, and encouraging with your student. He will set very high standards which are specifically geared toward your student's individual musical needs and ability levels. In return, Keith expects your student to prepare their assignments each week through regular daily practice at home.

Rachell Cole

Raye Cole is a Independent singer-songwriter and recording artist that performs around the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Raye has received musical training through Southwestern Illinois College as well as from working with experienced musicians in the St. Louis area. Raye has worked as a vocal instructor for the School of Rock.

She has shared a stage with local musicians Rolland Johnson, Al Holiday and the East Side Band, Curt Copeland, and Ms. Molly Simms, Sean Holland, and Philip Graves. Raye has over a hundred positive reviews on Fiverr. Currently, Raye is working with producers, record company’s, and djs around the world. Raye is a songwriter for an organization called “ Songs of Love”.

In 2015 Raye was one of the grand prize winners of the Hilton Rock Star Competition. The grand prize for this competition was an all-expense paid trip to the 57th Annual Grammys. The same year Raye won the RAW Artist Musician of the Year Award for St. Louis, MO.

In May 2015 Raye and guest performed at the Susan G. Komen Luncheon. Raye’s music was featured in the independent film “Cronies”. This film was written and directed by Michael J. Larnell. The executive producer for this film is the legendary Spike Lee.

Raye was the 2014 West County Young Adult Solo Duet Champion. Raye was a performer through an organization called STLive. Currently, Raye is working on new music for an up and coming project.

Urban Gaxiola

Urban Gaxiola is a father, pastor, and avid lover of music. He has been passionate about making music directly available to people who have never taken the chance on learning by traditional methods. He traveled across the country giving conferences and seminars on this method with great success to the participants. Urban has also used this method to teach each of his 8 children, with many of them going on to play multiple instruments or be active members in choirs, some pursuing a career in music, and all 8 are continually building their piano skills into adult life after gaining the cornerstone of the chordal method.

If you’ve never touched a piano but always had the desire to play, this chordal music learning system will have you playing complete songs in weeks… and we’re not talking about Mozart and Bach here, these are songs you actually want to learn! Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Adele, or those brand new worship songs you don’t want to get out of your head.

The chordal method will teach you to recognize chords for any key, the basics of the keyboard, to learn the origin of chords, and to have a complete understanding of how chords fit into the songs you’ve been waiting to learn. This is the perfect course for any beginning musician, and is designed to teach you how to play before learning classical note reading methods.

Warren Gilmore

Piano & Vocal Instructor

Styles (but not limited to): Classical, Rock, Pop, Gospel/Christian, Urban/R&B

Additional Methods: Music Theory, Improvisation, Composition/Arranging, Fake Book Reading, Complex Chords, and more!


To teach proper techniques, mechanics, and musicianship of vocal and piano performance


  • Belleville Township High School East - Graduated 2000
  • Southern Illinois University @ Edwardsville - 2000-2004 - Music Education
  • Southwestern Illinois College - 2004-2006 - Music Education, Music Performance


  • Troy Assembly of God - January 2003 — November 2007 - Second Pianist
  • Scott Air Force Base Chapel - October 2003 — July 2007 - Lead Musician
  • Redeemer Community PCA - June 2006 — December 2006 - Music Coordinator
  • Melodic Rhythms - August 2005 — October 2008 - Piano/Vocal Instructor
  • Scott Air Force Base Chapel - July 2007 — October 2008 - Contemporary Music Coordinator
  • Southwestern Illinois College - August 2007 - Present - Assistant Choral Director
  • City Temple Assembly of God - November 2007 - Present - Music Director
  • Scott Air Force Base Chapel - October 2008 — Present - Choral Director
  • Accent Music Lessons - October 2008 — Present - Piano/Vocal Instructor
  • City Temple KG - December 2008 — Present - Piano/Vocal Instructor


  • Brahms Requiem Concert - Carnegie Hall, New York, NY - Participant
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show - Music Director/Conductor - May 26, 2006 & April 2007

*Also includes numerous other performances, director positions, and mentorships.


My main goal is to teach not only the specifics of the student’s instrument, but also teach life applications. Music is THE universal language in which every person, regardless of native tongue, can fully understand. I want the student to be able to apply themselves to the fullest, without being forced... music is a privilege, and shouldn’t be treated as work.

Music can be a part of everyone’s life and can be used to describe every emotion, and we all have varying ways of expressing ourselves, which are called talents. My area of expertise is the piano and vocal side of the musical talent. As an instructor at Accent Music Lessons it is my job and my privilege to help my students, both young and old, discover their true talent, perfect it, and use it anyway they can, whether it be through brisk performance with the utmost confidence, or just sitting at home, with the assurance of knowing they can play that hard Beethoven piece or sing a chromatic scale without assistance.

Thank you and welcome to Accent Music Lessons!