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.


Ben Strecker (French Horn/Trumpet) has been playing the horn for over 17 years. He holds a Master's Degree in Horn Performance from the University of Akron and has played professional in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. He teaches horn students of all ages.


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) is currently studying music at Virginia Commonwalth University. She has over 5 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 17 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. 

Sean Balick (Guitar, Uke, Bass) has been playing guitar for 12 years. He studied at William and Mary focusing on traditional American music playing both fingerpicking and flatpicking styles. His musical influences include everything from Classic Rock, to Hip Hop, Funk, Blues, and Old-Time. 

Lulu West (Piano) is a Jazz Studies and Piano Performance major at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lulu began studying music at age 6 and quickly fell in love with the piano. As well as studying Piano Performance, she is interested in composing and arranging music. She has had several of her original pieces performed at Virginia Commonwealth University and Eastman School of Music

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. 


7092 Mechanicsville Tpk.

Mechanicsville, VA 23111

T: 804-730-3576


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