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.


Shannon Smith (Violin) is attending J Sargeant Reynolds and is working towards earning her Liberal Arts Associates Degree. She's been playing violin since 2008.


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. 


Jeffery Tozer (Drums) has studied drums since 1965 with performances beginning in 1970. Studied Latin Rhythms, Jazz Swing, Funk, Soul Drumming, Greek Drumming, Tabla Drums, Indian Classical Music and Piano. Studied music theory at VCU and attended VCU and Virginia Union Universit

Allen Cole (Clarinet, Sax, Flute)  has been a working musician since 1978 and a private instructor for 16+ years. He has taught privately in a number of local schools


David Tetlow (Guitar) has been playing guitar since 1966. Teaches beginners to advanced. Rock is his specialty.  Studied at VCU and majored in classical guitar performance


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.

Rusty Farmer (Bass/Guitar) is a native of Richmond and has been performing for over 25 years. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at VCU.   Rusty has enjoyed opportunities touring the US, Ireland, Peru and India with musical groups performing many styles of music.

Sam Partridge (Drums) has played drums in bands of many musical genres for 9 years, and has taught drums for the past four years. He enjoys the challenge of instructing students with various skill levels and styles.

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. 

Forrest Young (Drums) goes by the moniker, The Emergency Drummer, due to his unique ability to convincingly play any style of music at a moments notice. He studied jazz at VCU and has won three Emmy's for his drumming on various PBS documentary soundtracks. He also loves to draw and has a degree in illustration. His first public performance was at a talent show in the 8th grade with his friends, playing Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin. Among his many gigs, he can be seen every Sunday morning performing in a jazz trio at Sedona Taphouse in Midlothian.

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.


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