Cole Dapprich is a talented and versatile saxophonist, clarinetist, and multi-instrumentalist with over a decade of playing experience and several years of teaching experience. Born and raised in the DFW area, Cole graduated Summa Cum Laude from Richland High School and immediately enrolled in the world-renowned jazz studies program at the University of North Texas. During his time at UNT, he has studied traditional classical repertoire, big band jazz, small group jazz, and music theory. Cole has also played with over a dozen university ensembles, including the award-winning and nationally-recognized Latin Jazz Lab Band and 2 O’Clock Lab Band. From 2015 to 2016, Cole was able to record a professional studio album with both of these bands. The Latin Jazz record, Little “D” Town, was released in July 2016 to great reviews, including an Outstanding Latin Jazz Ensemble award from Downbeat magazine, and the 2 O’Clock record will be released in the 2016 holiday season. Cole will graduate from UNT with degrees in Jazz Studies and Computer Science in May 2017.
Joe D’Angelo is a professional drum and vocal instructor originally from Piscataway, New Jersey who earned a reputation in the New York City, Jersey Shore, and Philadelphia areas as a popular “go-to” musician and vocalist. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas.
Essentially a blues-rock drummer, Joe is known for his deep pocket and heavy sense of swing and funk with a powerful back-beat. Also a gifted singer, Joe can sing lead or harmony while playing drums or work “out front” as a lead and background singer, portraying an emotional and charismatic presence.
Joe has studied with Jazz legend Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck Group) and R&B legend Bernard Purdie (Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin). His extensive performance resume includes touring and concert stage time shared with nationally known artists. Lately, he is less on the road and more working out of his home base in Dallas, playing a few nights a week with regional and local artists.
Joe has been teaching drum and vocal students for over 20 years. He owned and operated his own teaching studio in his native New Jersey before joining the team at Sam Ash Learning Center, Dallas.
Jan Ryberg has been a performer and educator in north Texas for the past thirty-five years. He has performed with the Dallas Opera, the Ft. Worth Opera, the Dallas Bach Society, the Richardson Symphony, and the guitar societies of both Dallas and Ft. Worth. He also performs with a variety of small ensembles including the Old Vienna Quartet, the New Chamber Trio, and the Ft. Worth Guitar Society Quartet as well as playing numerous solo concerts.
Jan is an accredited teacher with a Masters Degree in Guitar Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. In addition to teaching at the Sam Ash Learning Center, he is a guitar instructor at Tarrant County College and Richland College.
Aaron Sutton is a talented and versatile guitarist born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, and Berklee Valencia’s Master of Music program in Spain. Throughout his career he has studied and worked with a variety of renowned artists such as Jon Finn, Patrice Rushen, and Gary Willis.
Aaron is a well-rounded guitarist who is always eager to play in any musical situation he can, both in the studio and on stage. He has experience in teaching all levels of music to musicians ranging from the very beginner to the advanced performer. He has extensive knowledge in traditional jazz theory, tonal harmony, and counterpoint as well as advanced playing techniques.
Aaron is known by his peers for having a professional work ethic and a contagiously positive attitude while being someone who strives to not only play his best, but also bring out the best in everyone he plays with.
Recruited by several top music colleges, Bryan attended Texas Tech University on a percussion scholarship, ultimately earning a BBA in marketing and a minor in performing arts. Bryan has recorded and toured the US with award winning acts while based both in Dallas and Fort Lauderdale. He has a performance background in multiple styles including Rock, Blues, Jazz and Country. Bryan has over 20 years of experience as a music educator and percussion instructor for large music retailers, for his own drum studio and for public schools. Bryan can actively engage beginning, intermediate and advanced level students and compel them to exceed their goals and reach their full potential!
Tyler has nearly sixteen years of classical music training. He studied viola under Carline San Filippo and viola/violin under Dr. Terry Hill. He has been teaching the viola and violin for five years.
Tyler teaches classical viola, violin, music theory, and composition.
With most of his life dedicated to music Tyler has had wide range of profesional experience from performing in a full symphony orchestra to quartet performances, and even a performance in Carnegie Hall.
Tyler’s experience lets him teach a wide range of students. He can help someone new to an instrument get started or help work towards a specific goal for a more advanced student.
Gary Barkey holds a bachelor and master of music degree from the University Iowa, where he studied trombone with Dr. John Hill. As a Doctoral candidate and Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, Denton (1975-78) he studied with Leon Brown. He has played trombone for over 50 years, and his private teaching experience dates back to 1975. He recently retired from Dallas ISD as an elementary and middle school band director in June of 2013. Though he teaches the classical approach to technique and tone, his experience as a soloist and as a member of show bands, jazz bands, dixieland groups, and classical orchestra, enables him to offer a variety of styles. He currently performs with the Local 72-147 American Federation of Musicians; New Texas Symphony Orchestra, principal trombonist; Cathedral of Hope orchestra, principal trombonist; Buddy’s Big Band (Ft. Worth) lead trombonist; Substitute trombonist with Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. He was previously a member of Jazz Monsters, (Ft. Worth), North Richland Hills Symphony Orchestra, principal; Staff musician at Tanner Recording Studios in Memphis, TN; military service as a U.S. Air Force bandsman. Performances with the Air Force concert and jazz bands and the University of Iowa Symphonic band have led to venues on three continents; most of western Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Libya Africa, the Carribean, and much of southeastern United States.
Sam has his AA in Music from Richland College, and has been playing
piano for over 10 years. Primarily a jazz pianist, Sam has won the
Outstanding Jazz Music Musician award from Sam Houston State’s Bill
Watrous Jazz festival in 2013, and again in 2014. Sam has served in and lead the youth worship band at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church. As well as an assistant teacher at Bending Oaks High School’s Music Department. Sam plays in several groups in addition to teaching. Sam teaches
students of all ages and levels and always enjoys helping people along their musical journeys.
Karen has always loved music. She began piano lessons at age 4 but switched to voice lessons at 11 when she was recognized for having a mature voice at an early age. At age 12, she fell in love with opera when her father took her to a performance of Rossini’s, “The Barber of Seville.” She has always loved the beauty and subtleties of the human voice. Karen received Vocal Performance and Vocal Music Education degrees from Alma College, North Park University, and University of North Texas. Karen is a recognized classical singer and voice teacher in Dallas. For 20 years, she has taught private voice and performance techniques at the middle school, high school, and college levels. As a conductor, she has directed college and professional choirs Her solo career includes performances with local symphonies and opera companies, both nationally and in Europe. She worked for years as a Radio Announcer and Producer at WRR Classical 101.1. Karen is the Executive Director of Voces Intimae, a group that promotes vocal art song.
Michael currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from University of North Texas. He has played piano for most of his life. He took traditional classical lessons from the time he was 8 for the next 15 years through his graduation from UNT. Though his studies have always been focused on the classical style, he has always kept an open mind about all styles of music. At UNT, his concentration was classical piano but the majority of his electives were in jazz and music theory. In his spare time, he listens to just about any style of music. He also has some experience recording in a studio environment. He really loves incorporating technology into his work. Right now he is trying to refine my ideas to start research for his master’s thesis, which will heavily involve the piano, computers, psychology, and sound in general. He also hopes to use his experience teaching as well as his research to crossover into the composition field.
Bruce is a lifelong musician, starting out in grade school bands and going on from there. He has continued that involvement, and has played Euphonium in a small orchestra for the past 30 years. He is an advanced player on both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas, moving easily between Blues, Country, Standards, and Jazz. For 30 years he has been a member of the Texas Round-Up Band, playing gigs throughout all of North Texas, generally wherever BBQ is on the menu.
He has played harmonica with and was a founding member of the Lake Highlands area The PitPops, the Ericsson Corp. E-Band (appearing twice in Las Vegas), and played with the Fort Worth-based Southside Blues Kings in recent years. Bruce is a music reader on Chromatic and this earned him invitations to play on two occasions with the Ft. Worth Symphony in Bass Hall (2006, 2014) in two operas.
Of special interest is his playing guitar with harmonica on a rack (in the style of Neil Young & Bob Dylan) at numerous solo gigs all over the Metroplex. Bruce is a member of both HOOT (Harmonica Organization of Texas) and SPAH (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica).
Ricardo began to learn guitar at age eleven. After high school graduation he went off to college where he began formal Classical guitar studies under Dan Hodan. Furthermore, he studied Classical guitar with Christopher McQuire, who is currently the Artistic director for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Classical Guitar Society. Ricardo met Miguel Antonio and shortly thereafter Ricardo began his studies of flamenco guitar. After studying with Miguel for several years, he ventured off to Cordoba, Spain. He studied in master classes with Manolo Franco and Paco Serrano in conjunction with Centro Flamenco de Paco Pena in Cordoba, Spain. Upon his return to the states he studied with world-renowned flamenco guitarist Juan Serrano. During the course of these years he began performing in and around San Francisco and was selected to participate in guitar competitions at Fresno State University. He was accompanist at Rosa Montoya’s dance studio in San Francisco. Ricardo decided to depart to South America, where he performed in Cafes and Penas. Once back in the states he returned to San Francisco and began work with critically-acclaimed dancer/choreographer Danica Sena. Ricardo left the San Francisco Bay Area for Sevilla, Spain, where he played for Juana Amaya’s dance studio. Back from Spain he spent a couple of year’s in the San Antonio/Austin Texas area performing in various venues such as UTSA, San Antonio College, the Majestic and Cameo Theatres. He has had immense success teaching privately and in a classroom setting for over a decade. Se habla español.