Paul Gunsberg, raised in a musical household outside Detroit, Michigan, began playing drums at age five. He became heavily interested in Jazz as a teenager when he began playing professionally and also learned to play piano and guitar during this time. Paul graduated high school in 2001 and received a scholarship to attend the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, where he was a Jazz Studies major. While at NEC, he had the opportunity to study with many Jazz greats including Bob Moses, Billy Hart, Cecil McBee, Jerry Bergonzi, and Joe Morris. After graduating in 2006, Paul returned to his native Michigan where he taught music lessons and participated in the burgeoning music scene in Detroit and Ann Arbor before moving to the NJ/NYC area in 2012 where he now teaches and performs.
Jack Garno is a guitarist, bassist, producer, composer and performer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Production from Elon University, NC. He is the recipient of the Elon Music Department’s 2015 Presser Scholar Award and has toured Northern Italy with the Elon University Jazz Band, performing at the Jazzit Festival in Cumiana and the Piccolo Teatro in Milan. Jack played guitar in the opening act for Vinny and Carmine Appice’s Drum Wars act, and was the bassist for Daniel Watts’ Broadway production, As We Journey From Mind to Mouth. Skilled in multiple genres, including rock, Latin, blues, jazz, funk, and classical, Jack is currently focusing his musical studies in jazz fusion. Jack has been teaching since his days as a student at Elon University and is excited to continue imparting his knowledge and love for music to new students.
Jerrell Battle is a multi-instrumentalist with 30 of years experience in performing, teaching, and producing music. His experience covers all styles of music from classic rock to country, blues, and pop. Jerrell teaches audio production using Pro-Tools, Reason 8, Cubase, Ableton Live 9, and Sonar X, and also teaches synth programming and sound design. Jerrell’s keyboard method emphasizes development of speed and flow, dynamic articulation, and polyrhythms. He also teaches guitar, bass, and hand percussion. Jerrell has worked with some of the most respected R&B, Pop & Dance producers including, Wyclef Jean, Tom Moulton, Nick Jones, DJ Jose’ Burgos & Hippie Torales. He has also received Gold, Platinum & Grammy nominations for his work with Interscope Recording Artist, ‘City High’.
Justin Seibert, a music education student at Kean University, is a cellist, a guitarist, and an aspiring teacher. He picked up his first instrument at the age of 8 and has been playing and singing ever since. As well as being an avid string player, Justin is also a brass player who is part of Kean’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Although he began his career on trumpet, he has since switched to the Baritone Horn/ Euphonium. Justin is now available to take on new students at the Sam Ash Learning Center, his versatility allows him to teach Guitar, Violin, Cello, Trumpet, and Piano
Kevin Acevedo started out as a self-taught musician. He comes from a long line of musicians and started his musical journey at 2 ½ years old when he became his church’s official drummer. Kevin won his first tri-county talent show at 3 playing the drums. Later on he started expanding his musical talents learning new instruments such as bass, guitar, piano etc. Kevin studied Music Education at Kean University and also performs live as the lead guitarist for bands such as Blessed to Bless, AUNR and has been called to play in big state concerts such nationwide. It is Kevin’s goal is to pass on what he’s learned to his students and to learn along the way with them. He can speak Spanish and English and also understands Portuguese and German.
David McNally is a graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, where he was Drum Major of the Marching Band and a member of the award winning Moonglowers. David is currently a student at The College of New Jersey where he has studied with Grammy Nominated Artist, Chris Clark, performed with many ensembles as Principal Double Bassist of the Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Jazz Ensemble as well as a frequent performer with the TCNJ Chorale and Concert Choir. David has performed with The Bryn Athyn Orchestra, The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Cantus Nova, The Princeton Youth Orchestra and has opened for bands such as Big D and The Kids Table, Less Than Jake, Mustard Plug, The Toasters, and Mrs. Skanotto.
Ryan Hanna is a classically trained Baritone from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music and Kean University. Since a young age Ryan has been studying Voice & Vocal technique with such teachers as Bass, Richard Hobson and Tenor, Jacque Trussel.
In 2008 Ryan received the Patricia A. Collins award for Outstanding Musicianship and has been perfecting his skills as a teacher of both vocal and instrumental music ever since. Ryan is currently on track to receive his Music degree at Kean University in 2014.
In addition to vocal instruction, Ryan is also proficient in teaching guitar, bass, & piano. Along with teaching music, Ryan also works professionally as a Voice Actor in the New York/New Jersey Area.
Gabrielle Nilla’s love for music started at age 5 when she began piano lessons at Timothy Christian School with Beth Pendleton. In 5th grade she started playing the trumpet and continued into college participating in both marching and concert bands. Gabby graduated from South Plainfield High School in 2007 and currently studies Music Education at the Kean Conservatory of Music. She is currently studying trumpet with Charles Bumcrot and has studied piano under Peggie Williams and Stephanie Kai-Win Ho. Gabby has performed on trumpet and piano for stage productions such as Hairspray, Carousel, Seussical, and more. Gabby currently volunteers as a worship leader at International House Of Prayer Eastern Gate in Cranford NJ and is also a Brass Tech with the North Plainfield High School Marching Canucks.
Jeanne Carno-Rosenberg hails from a musical family and learned to play the drums from her father at age 11. She played in school band, the local marching corps, then went on to play in numerous rock bands and played her first gig at the legendary CBGBs rock club in New York City. To this day she is one of the most in-demand drummers in the downtown NYC rock and roll scene and gigs regularly.
Jeanne started working at the Springfield Sam Ash in 2012 where she worked in the drum department, customer service, and warehouse operations before taking on her current positions as Lesson Coordinator and Drum Instructor. Jeanne enjoys welcoming musicians of all ages and backgrounds to the Sam Ash Learning Center and matching them up with the teachers best suited to meeting their musical aspirations.
Daniel Hutchinson has performed as the principal saxophonist of the Kean University Wind Ensemble and the lead alto saxophonist of the Kean Jazz Ensemble. Additionally, he has performed three times as the principal saxophone of the New Jersey Intercollegiate Wind Ensemble. Along with Daniel’s extensive ensemble experience are numerous awards that he received as a soloist. In his senior year of high school Daniel served as the Drum Major for the Carteret High School Marching Band. Daniel currently performs, composes, and arranges with several rock and independent bands and is also the founder of the 4 of a Kind Saxophone Quartet. Daniel has studied with Andy Fusco, former lead alto for Buddy Rich, and Walt Weiskopf, the current saxophonist for Steely Dan.