Instructors Bio's

Tony Albany (Guitar)  has been playing guitar for 28 years, and has had private lessons early on with such great players as Danny Gatton and Tom Principato some of DC's finest guitarists. He has also had lessons with Jack Pearson of the Allman Brothers in late 2000. In 2001 Tony started a Guitar amp company called VVT Amps where he made amps and worked for such artists as Zac Brown, Alan Jackson, Reba Mcentire , Brooks and Dunn, Blake Sheldon, The Allman Bros, Heart, and Rick Derringer.


Daren Buchanan (Violin, Guitar, Piano)  has been teaching since 2005.  At the age of 10, she began studying violin.  She holds a Master Certificate in Songwriting and Guitar from Berklee College of Music.



Sharon Berg (Piano) has been playing piano since the age of 5.  She studied classical piano at Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a Master Certificate in Theory, Harmony, and Ear Training from Berklee College of Music.  She enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities. 

Emma Oakley (Guitar, Uke) Received her degree in music at Virginia Commonwalth University. She has over 10 years of experience in teaching private lessons.

Gregg Etheridge (Brasswinds) is a Mechanicsville native and LDHS graduate. He earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from VCU in 2000. He has been teaching for 20 years and is the Band Director at Liberty Middle School.

Amy Drossner (Flute, Uke) started playing flute at the age of 13 and has been a musician ever since. She began taking private lessons in junior high school, and played in high school concert & marching banks. She continued to Florida State University and learned much about performance, marching rudiments, and techniques.  

Allen Cole (Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute) has been a working woodwind player in the Richmond area since 1979. He has been involved as a clarinetist in orchestral and chamber music, as well as jazz and klezmer. As a saxophonist, Allen has been involved in numerous big bands, rock band, and smaller combos in Richmond nightclub scene. He as also served as a woodwind doubler in pit orchestras for number local theaters. With over 25 years of teaching experience, Allen is prepared to teach students of all levels and ages what they need to be prepared, and how to pursue their own curiosity.

Alex Fisher (Guitar, Piano)  started playing guitar when I was 18 and now I’m a Senior at VCU music and study classical guitar. I’ve received The Jesus Silva Scholarship for guitar performance in the Fall of 2020 and have developed great strategies to advance guitar skills quickly. I love all types of music and all styles of guitar, but my main influences are Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, BB King, and John Frusciante. I’ll be happy to help my students reach their guitar goals!   



Sean Balick (Guitar) Sean has been teaching guitar for 3 years since graduating college with a degree in music from William & Mary. He specializes in traditional American music, especially fingerpicking Blues. But his love for guitar styles expand far beyond that, from Rock, to Punk, to Bluegrass and all in between. As a teacher Sean likes to let the students curiosity and interest dictate where the lesson goes. His goal with every student is simply to help them grow a strong love and appreciation for music.

Robbie Dobson (Substitute Piano Instructor) Robbie is the mother of Mechanicsville Music Teacher Sarah Dobson. Robbie has taught piano in her home for many years and is the pianist at Bethlehem Presbyterian Church. She is delighted to substitute when needed at Mechanicsville Music.