Billy started playing drums at the age of 5 after being inspired by his father who played with many bands in the 60’s. Billy’s first job was teaching drums when he was only 13, for a local music store. He played with a band in the 90’s that was signed by one of the largest booking agencies in the USA.
Billy has toured all over the USA as well as Europe and Asia. Currently he is playing with local Raleigh bands, The Oak City 5 and Wings Over Easy, a tribute to Paul McCartney and Wings. Billy enjoys all genres of music and also sings harmony and backup vocals. Now an instructor at Sam Ash Raleigh, he is excited to share his skills with all students from beginner to advanced
While in High School, Dontez played in the Shaw University Marching, Jazz and Concert band. He went on to study music education at Howard University and UDC. His talent with a variety of musical instruments allowed him a rewarding teaching career with several elementary schools in Virginia.
Dontez was nominated “Washington Area Musician Association Instrumentalist of the Year.” He has won numerous WAMC awards in Washington DC with the “Black Sheep Reggae Band” and played rhythm and blues for vocalist Milie Jackson.
Dontez’s joy is teaching and performing music.
Will has shown an ear for music since the age of 5. Having grown up in a family of musicians, he was exposed to an eclectic blend of music; spanning from southern rock, classical, jazz and hip hop. Though he received instruction in piano and trumpet from a young age, his love of music did not overtake him until he received his first guitar. This sparked a self-searching journey that took him to continue his studies at East Carolina in composition. Having fostered a love in music technology in school; his efforts expanded into electronic music, djing, and a study into the relationship between instrumental and electronic genres. He hopes to learn and share his findings to others to see where we can go next.
Eric is a veteran musician with 25 years of practical music performance experience. He specializes in guitar but can also provide instruction for bass, mandolin and piano. Styles include bluegrass, rock, blues and funk. With several studio albums and thousands of shows performed, Eric can help students of all ages realize their musical goals, regardless of where they are on their musical journey. From beginner lessons to songwriting and composition and everything in between, let Eric help you get to the next level of musical satisfaction,
From fast fiddlin’ folk songs to classical concertos, Greg Meckley has performed many musical genres. Violin and mandolin are two of his greatest passions. Meckley composes bluegrass and Celtic music and spends weekends playing rock n’ roll violin with a full band. He has guided many students in developing their unique style, transforming any aspiring musician into an artist who truly enjoys playing their instrument. With his forte in composition, Gregory’s teaching style is perfect for those interested in writing their own music. His multi-instrumental background works great for those interested in playing in bands and orchestras. With over 18 years of experience, Gregory is always eager to share his love of music and help you achieve the musical skills you desire.
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.
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 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 “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 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 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.
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!