Ernest McHenery

Ernest is a well renowned musician who specializes in drums, congas, bongos and other percussion instruments and hasn’t stopped playing since he was ten years old. He has been teaching for over 50 years and thoroughly enjoys it. In the next phase of his career, Ernest desires to teach local youth how to build technique through the use of “Rudiments Around the Kit”. This system will equip potential drummers with the skills needed to express themselves as the music industry demands and allows them to flourish. Ernest is also currently playing with the Tune Swing Orchestra and also with his local church located here in Raleigh.

Dan Coleman

Daniel is a life long guitar player. He started playing in bands at age 18 and has performed in countless venues since 1979. Dan received his Bachelors in Music from NCCU in1986 and earned a scholarship in his senior year as the Music student with the highest grade point average. Dan is a supportive and patient teacher and has students of all ages. Many of them have studied with him for several years. His teaching philosophy is to teach the students what they want to learn. Tailor the lessons to fit individual interests and the students will practice the music that they love

Alaa Dahir

Alaa has been enamored with music since picking up his first instrument in middle school. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from East Carolina University while concentrating on classical clarinet and jazz bass. Alaa has taught music at international schools in China and Mongolia and is looking forward to meeting new students to grow with while teaching in Raleigh.

Adam Allington

Adam began playing music at a young age, and let his passion for art and music grow through many outlets. Starting with percussion and guitar, then expanding into Dj’ing and computer music production. This lead him on a journey from NC to LA, and back. Adam has always been passionate about teaching others the knowledge he’s acquired during his time as a professional musician in the modern music industry. He excited to help all of his students with whatever they aspire to learn and make there dreams a reality.

Kevin Lawrence

Kevin attended London College of Music for 2 years. He left to join Household Cavalry as a musician playing the Cello and Saxophone. After serving 6 years as a military musician, he began working as a professional musician in London for the next 10 years playing the Saxophone and Guitar. After emigrating to the USA he joined the NC State Civic Symphony and performed in many plays and musicals.  20 years ago started playing the Chromatic button Accordion.
Kevin is excited to now be an instructor at Sam Ash Music and is looking forward to sharing hgis music knowledge with his students.

Robert Whittington

Robert “Rob” Whittington is a Classically trained instrumentalist. Having studied with Suzuki School of the Arts of Hickory, NC, Celtic, Irish-Scottish at Emory & Henry, as well as ETSU. Rob trained under Jane Macmorran, the 1976 US National Fiddler Champion. Rob is currently signed to BMI, he has published and produced songs on iTunes and Spotify. Rob enjoys devoting his time to teaching and spreading the love of music to the world.

Alan Pearson

Alan has been playing guitar since 1989. He received a B.A. in Music from Five Towns College in New York in 2000. Alan has studied many different styles over the years including rock, blues, jazz, classical, funk, Motown and reggae. For over 20 years he has been a featured performer in live as well as studio settings. Since 1998, Alan has been teaching all over the New York area and now finds his home in Raleigh NC. He performs regularly in various musical settings from solo acoustic to full electric ensembles. “I believe lessons should be tailored to the goals of the students. Each student is different so the lessons should reflect that”.

LA Whittington

LA began her musical journey at the age of 5 on violin, receiving classical instruction from Diane Ledford. She went on to study piano, voice, guitar, cello,and drums under her tutelage. She began her studies using the Shinichi Suzuki Method at the Suzuki School of the Arts and studied Celtic fiddle at East Tennessee State University. Miss Whittington is a seasoned performer who has worked with the Western Piedmont Youth Symphony, as well as, the NC State University Performance Choir. LA has experience working with young children and adults and is enthusiastic about helping all of her students achieve their musical dreams.

Drew Cox

Drew Cox marches to the rhythm of a different calling. As a soldier in the North Carolina National Guard’s 440th Army Band, he serves the state and the nation as a musician in many capacities as drummer in the Vanguard rock band, ceremonial and concert percussion, as well as vocal and guitar work. Drew has studied under renowned symphonic percussionist David Coash of the Florida Symphony and Joey Eberline, a blues drumming powerhouse. Drawing from over 20 years of drum and guitar playing experience from worship teams, college ensembles, indie rock n roll bands, and community concert bands he instructs with focus on dynamics and technique. He emphasizes the importance of diversity in styles to meet to the demands of today’s music industry.

Ricky Abel

Ricky has played in some of New York’s top cover and original bands. He has opened for major acts such as Guns and Roses and has performed on the Howard Stern Show. He had the privilege to work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Robert Spano. He is currently playing in one of Raleigh’s top cover bands. He has taught hundreds of guitar students throughout New York and Raleigh. Styles include: rock, pop, metal, alternative, blues, acoustic and country. Students from beginners to advanced welcome. With over 30 years of experience, Ricky will teach you all the technique and theory you need to know while keeping it fun!  

Vernon Harkins

Vernon Harkins has been playing the piano for over 35 years.  He holds a Bachelors in Music Education from UNCG, with a concentration in piano.  He is a skilled teacher with over 15 years of teaching experience.  Vernon is a versatile musician who plays piano, guitar, percussion and sings. He has performed many styles including rock, classical, gospel, jazz, broadway and contemporary worship. Several highlights of his career include playing piano for Reuben Morgan from Hillsong Church in Australia and Music Director and pianist for Anthony Evans, who was on NBC’s hit show “The Voice.”  Vernon has a desire to impart his knowledge and passion for music to others. He believes it is important to play skillfully, with excellence, and to be a well rounded musician who can play in various styles and musical settings.

Timothy Jackson

Timothy Jackson received his B.A in Music and B.M in Jazz Perfor-mance, concentration in Saxophone, from North Carolina Central Univer-sity in 1998 graduating Magna Cum Laude. Mr. Jackson performed with the NCCU Jazz Ensemble from 1994 to 1998, appearing on their first two Cd’s: Central Visions and Beyond the Horizon. With the NCCU Jazz En-semble, Timothy Jackson performed at numerous collegiate jazz festivals; the 30th annual Montreaux Jazz Festival, Montreaux, Switzerland; and Disneyland Paris, Paris, France. He has also performed with numerous guest artists of the NCCU Jazz Ensemble, including: Louis Bellson, Ray Codrington, Chip Crawford and Tom Browne. Timothy started teaching in 1996. He has taught lessons on Baritone, Alto, Tenor, C Melody and So-prano Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute and Piano.