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.


Kimberly Knight (Vocals) received her Bachelor of Arts Vocal Performance from VCU. She incorporates enthusiasm and humor into teaching to make learning exciting and fun for students.


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.


Mike Ess (Guitar) has been on the Virginia Commonwealth Jazz Faculty since 1989. Formerly toured and recorded with Pat Benatar (Hit me with your best shot). Concerts and clinics with jazz guitarist John Schofield, John Amercrombie,Jimmy Bruno and many more. Opened shows for Alice Cooper, the Allman Brothers, Bruce Springsteen and Foreigner. 


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. 

Bill Rickman (Trumpet) is a Mechanicsville native and alumni of Atlee. He has a BA in Music from Brevard College in North Carolina and worked several seasons at the Brevard Music Center. Bill is excited to help your student have fun and play better.  

Rick Heretick (Guitar) started his music journey at Mechanicsville Music learning guitar and piano. Throughout his teenage years and early twenties, Rick has continued to grow as a musician and had opportunities to play in local bands traveling the east coast. He prides himself in being adaptive and approachable to many different styles of learning to the needs of his students. His attitude to balance focused instruction with a light positive attitude creates a successful learning environment."   


Cameron Barrett (Piano) is a third music student at Liberty University. She has a love of music, particularly playing the piano and singing. She enjoys all forms of art, especially drawing and crafting. 

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!