Erika Thomas

Erika M. Thomas is a classically trained graduate in Fine and Performing Arts of the Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. She has been a soloist and ensemble member for The Dana Chorale, Madrigals and University Chorus of YSU, placing with high ratings and reviews in state and district competitions.
Erika has also composed, performed and operated sound for the original musical score of The Illusion. Erika’s recent endeavors have included writing and performing in the band LittleVoice, releasing three EP’s and two full-length LP’s recognized by Indy’s Intake Weekly, Nuvo and Indianapolis Monthly. Also having performed as Jeff Buckley in a Grace album tribute, she had the pleasure of recording a lead vocal in a contemporary Madrigal piece for Indiana’s Bicentennial celebration.
Ms. Thomas, having been no stranger to teaching Classical and Pop Music, is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Music Therapy and is excited to be instructing students at Sam Ash Music!

John Frye

John Frye has been playing guitar for over 30 years, and teaching music for 20 years. He is well versed in all styles and has an extensive knowledge of music theory as well.  
Having a wide range of musical influences spanning many different genres and styles, John’s biggest guitar influences are Eddie Van Halen, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Rhoads, Steve Lukather and Scott Henderson.
John believes the most important aspect of teaching and playing is to simply have fun and enjoy playing the music you love.
John is also an active performer, primarily playing shows all over the Midwest region.

Austin Sandoval

Austin Sandoval has been studying music for over decade, and has been teaching since 2015. He is currently studying guitar and violin at Butler University, where he is working to get his degree in music performance. Austin has played in countless jazz gigs, and is currently the leader of the Butler University guitar quartet. Always striving to perfect his own skills on classical and jazz guitar, as well as classical violin, he is a great teacher for students of all ages and ability levels.

Tysa Goodrich

Tysa Goodrich began performing in coffee houses at age fifteen. She pursued a bachelor’s in music theory and composition at Ohio State, then went out on tour as a keyboardist-singer-songwriter, traveling through 26 states and Canada with rock band “Blue Max” and show group “Little Rock.” After six years on the road, including studio work in Nashville, she moved to Los Angeles, where she continued her career, performing at noted events such as “March of the Animals” in Washington DC, the Troubadour and other Hollywood showcase rooms, and sang the Star Spangled Banner at Dodger Stadium. She has composed music for films, including end-credit songs, and produced two instrumental CDs. Tysa has returned to the midwest after 30 years on the West Coast, and is currently recording a singer/songwriter album.

Travis Frank

Travis Frank has over a decade experience playing both electric and acoustic guitar. He is an active performer, playing shows all over the Indianapolis area. Travis has also been teaching students of all ages for 3 years. His influences as a guitarist include Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Vito Bratta, and Kirk Hammett. 

Kent Evans

Kent Evans has been a member of the Indianapolis 500 Gordon Pipers/Horseshoe Pipes and Drums for over 26 years. Places he’s performed include Canada, Daytona Beach, Indy 500 races, Brickyard NASCAR races, countless parades and private performances, and Indianapolis Colts home games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

In addition to being an experienced middle school teacher and Driver Ed instructor, in keeping with the mission of the Gordon Pipers, Kent has helped spread Celtic culture by teaching bagpipes since the early 2000’s. Many of his students have moved on to receive private school and/or college scholarships playing bagpipes.

Vincent Fults

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vincent Fults began playing guitar at the age of 12. After his older brother gave him a guitar, his stepbrother, a bassist, taught him how to play a few Black Sabbath riffs.
He then immersed himself in music and studied blues artists such as Muddy Waters, Albert King, and B.B. King; 1950s rock ‘n’ roll artists such as Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, and Duane Eddy; the psychedelic 1960s music of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and The Beatles; the 1970s music of KISS, The Allman Brothers Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd; the 1980s classical influenced metal of Randy Rhoads; and the country artists that his father listened to such as Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash.
Vincent formed the Blue Earth Skeletons in 2000 to perform a Jimi Hendrix tribute show on the 30th anniversary of Hendrix’s passing. He occasionally performed original music under the Blue Earth Skeletons band name over the next several years, but the band’s first show would eventually lead to him meeting Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist, Billy Cox in 2007.
In 2009, the Blue Earth Skeletons performed a second Jimi Hendrix tribute show in Indianapolis with Billy Cox and his band, which included Kenny Olson, formerly of Kid Rock, as a special guest. Cox invited Fults to perform at his induction into the Musicians Hall of Fame Museum in Nashville, along with Kenny Olson, and drummer Chris Layton of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble. Fults would also perform as a member of Billy Cox’s New Band of Gypsys at his induction into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
In 2010, the Blue Earth Skeletons had the honor of performing as the backing band for 1950s legends Marshall Lytle of Bill Haley’s Comets, and Diamond Dave Somerville of The Diamonds in Indianapolis. In 2012, Fults played pedal steel in Dane Clark’s video for CMT “Dream Stealin’ Town,” which won a Telly Award in 2013.
Currently, Fults is writing, performing, producing, and mixing a Blue Earth Skeletons record, planning an album release show in 2017, and teaching guitar, bass, and pedal steel in Indianapolis.

Adam Riviere

Adam Riviere, world percussionist, audio engineer and composer, holds over 25 years of experience in various facets of the music industry, including 15 published albums and numerous collaborations. He began playing the piano at the age of ten, which led to a love of percussion. Since then, he has studied more than 30 world instruments. He has degrees from Butler University in Music Business (graduated cum laude), and a Masters of Science in Music Technology from Indiana University.

Styles Adam performs and teaches include Middle Eastern, African, Australian, Classical, Jazz, Celtic, Latin/Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Electro Acoustic, and Native American. He has performed and taught throughout the United States and Israel, Winnipeg, Canada, and presented Latin/Afro-Cuban drumming at Dr Hoch’s Konservatorium in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has also performed alongside great artists such as tabla player Badal Roy (tabla player for Miles Davis, and John McLaughlin), Steve Gorn (saxophonist for Paul Simon), and multi award winning Native American flute artist Steven Rushingwind.

Riviere endorses Tycoon Percussion, Soultone Cymbals, Pearl/Adams Percussion, Drumz R Guru Ven didgeridoos, Sontronics Microphones, Solomon Microphones, and is a Vic Firth Education team member.  

Adam hopes to have the opportunity to share his knowledge of world music and culture with all those eager to learn. His motto is to, “keep the music going.”

Jim Faux

Jim started playing saxophone in the 5th grade and has been involved in music ever since. After being involved in school bands, he started performing in bands professionally at age 15, while still going to school. He picked up the flute and clarinet while studying at Indiana University at South Bend, where he earned at B.S. Degree in Elementary Education in 1975. After graduation, he played music full-time for about 10 years in Elkhart, IN, Seattle, WA and Orlando, Fl. Jim now continues to play semi-professionally, and in church settings and worship groups. He and his wife, Judy, perform as The Faux Duo, and they also have a jazz band called Jazz Elements, which performs in and around the Indianapolis area.

Jon Schwier

Jon Schwier graduated from Wabash College with a double major in Music and Philosophy. Immediately following graduation, he began touring as the lead guitarist in the Decatur Park Singers musical group. The following year, he began his long standing career as an orchestra guitarist for Norwegian Cruise Line, while teaching music lessons when not touring. During this busy time, he also played for various musical theater productions in Indianapolis. In 2009, Jon successfully auditioned for a position in the USA Navy Band and Army Band program. During this same year, he began his studies of flamenco music in Spain (and subsequently still returns). In the following year, Jon accepted a position performing at the Bright Angel Lodge on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. In attempt to broaden his cruising perspective, he began performing for Celebrity Cruise Line in 2011 as a sideman guitarist. In 2015, Jon composed, directed, and debuted his own full scale musical in the Indianapolis area. In 2016, Jon wrote and recorded an a cappella opus for the bicentennial of Indiana. This work earned him recognition in the newspaper as being an accomplished composer in the locale of Indianapolis. Jon currently performs at nursing homes and local restaurants.

As an instructor, Jon believes in teaching the fundamentals of music while taking care to achieve the most important goal….to have fun! On the first lesson, he ascertains the goals of each student and individualizes the lessons to meet these goals. Inevitably, aspirations change and often grow with time, but with each alteration, Jon steers the lessons accordingly. Whether utilizing classical literature or a new song from pop radio, he extracts from these the educational fundamentals and teaches them while the student enjoys learning his or her preferred music. Philosophically, Jon believes music can be taught and learned through a variety of methods which serve the needs of each individual student.

Adam Skinner

Adam Skinner has over a decade of musical experience as a bassist, guitarist, and music instructor.

His playing background as a bassist includes orchestra pits, jazz combos, churches, indie rock bands and technical progressive metal bands. He’s played all around Indianapolis as a freelance bassist, and is currently involved in 4 groups.

Adam has 5 years teaching experience, including private bass lessons, as well as in public school music programs teaching percussion. Adam has a proficient understanding of music theory, especially as it applies to the bass.


While growing up, all types of music filled Sandra’s house, and continues to this day. At four years old, her parents said she was listening to Elvis Presley on the radio, went to the piano, picked out the notes he was singing, and began playing by ear and singing with him! At age 7 Sandra began her formal music lessons and grew to love classical music. By the age of 13, her teacher had sent her to audition at Butler’s Jordan College of Music and she was accepted. By age 14, she began classical organ lessons. At age 16, Mr. Anderson Dailey taught her how to teach a choir and play for morning church services.

Sandra continued studying classical piano until she left to attend and graduate Purdue University. As a teacher in a private Christian school, she was the music director and began writing songs. Her love of music spills into her family, as her children are musicians, writers, performers and music-related business owners. She is currently the Children’s Choir Director at her church, The New Life Worship Center, and is a member of the Indianapolis Symphonic Praise Choir of the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. Sandra thinks “outside the box” and with her creativity, and will create a learning experience to make you fall in love with music…whatever music is your choice!!