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
Molly Delonas is a diverse musician who is classically trained on the piano. She is the lead vocalist/saxophonist for the New Jersey-based rock/pop cover band, No Time Lost, and also specializes in ragtime music. Molly sings and plays keyboards in the Delonas family band called Self Animation, whose music has been aired on several radio stations and can also be heard in the independent film, The Inventory. She also was the alto saxophone section leader of the Randolph, NJ Marching Rams in 2009. Molly has studied piano with Chris Nittoli, saxophone with Dawn Russo, and most recently, vocals with Matthew Swiss, performing solos in his chamber choir and at “Poptoberfest.” When Molly is not performing, writing and recording, she devotes her time to teaching he
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.
Jeff Triggs is a composer, pianist, and drum set player from Madison New Jersey. Starting on the drum set at age eleven, he played in local bands. In 2012, he travelled to Hammelburg Germany to study with drummer Benny Greb, the author of The Language of Drumming, at a master class of his. He has an Associates degree from County College of Morris from their electronic music department where he studied with composer and pianist, Dr. José Beviá. He will be receiving his Bachelors degree from Montclair State University in may of 2016, where he is studying composition at the John J. Cali Conservatory of Music. He has had major compositional works performed and recorded there, including string quartets and orchestral works. Jeff is fluent in German and has some knowledge of Japanese.
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.
Tony DeAugustine has been playing drums since grade school. He has performed with many artists including: Grammy Award winner, Dennis De Young (Styx), Irene Kara, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) Carl Anderson (Weather Report), Tony Award winners Ben Vereen and Leslie Uggams, Kevin Spacey (Academy Award Winner), Jack Black ( School of Rock ) and the Tony DeAugustine Quartet. Tony has played for Broadway shows such as Lion King, Swing, Follies, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Producers, Spamalot, Dream Girls and many others. He has taught drums at the Armed Forces School of Music, Dick Grove School of Music, and Day Jams Summer Music Camps. He has just completed his own educational drum book: Creating The Consistent Drummer”.
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.