Lucas Jeron began learning percussion through his family’s music school when he was in second grade and has never stopped playing. He earned his BM in Music Recording Technology and his BA in Music with concentrations in Composition and Percussion at Lebanon Valley College. Lucas has participated in the Marching, Symphonic, and Jazz Bands, as well as Concert Choir. He has also performed on drumset in pit orchestras for Bye Bye Birdie, Footloose, Damn Yankees, and Chess. Lucas has instructed the Drumline for High School Marching Bands in Harrisburg, PA; Elizabethtown, PA; and Dover, NJ. He has also performed with Hershey, PA Americana/Roots band, The Jayplayers. Lucas is currently a Teacher’s Aide for special needs students and also loves to play and teach as much as possible.
Cristian Paez has been playing the guitar since he was eleven years old. He started with two years of private lessons in former Sound-Waves Studios. Cristian worked with several bands focusing on various projects and improvisational skills. He took one year of Jazz Studies with Jazz House of Kids in Montclair NJ and played the local Jazz Festival. Cristian has also taken a couple of small tours through New York, New Jersey, and Philly with rock and jazz-fusion bands. Cristian worked in Customer Service and in the Guitar Department at Sam Ash before becoming an instructor here at the Springfield, NJ store. He is currently accepting new students and will gladly teach and collaborate on song writing, guitar and bass studies, as well as improvisation and interpretation of music.
Duane Kilgore’s interest in music began when he was recruited to play string bass for his middle school’s band program. In high school he played the electric bass in orchestra and realized the relationship between the classical bass lines he learned to the rock music he listened to and played. Duane then attended Montclair State University’s Prep School where he studied music theory, composition, and ensemble playing. He later attended the University itself majoring in music theory and composition. At MSU Duane studied classical harmony, counterpoint, form, and orchestration. He also has vocal and keyboard experience in church music as a choir singer, organist, and also in organ repair, building, and maintenance. Duane teaches students at all levels and is now taking students here at the Sam Ash in Springfield.
Jazmine Andes graduated at the top of her class in 2015 at Rahway High School while serving as woodwind section leader, first-chair flute for concert band, Drum Major of the award-winning marching band, and was also in the Jazz Ensemble, Indoor Percussion Ensemble, and String Orchestra. She has performed at the Beacon Theater for Cyndi Lauper’s Home for the Holidays Concert, Walt Disney World, and in MetLife Stadium for competitions and the NFL. Jazmine has played in the pit orchestra for the musicals 42nd Street, Little Shop of Horrors, and Crazy for You on the flute, piccolo, and alto/tenor saxophones. She has also worked with the Rahway High School Band Program as a Front Ensemble Percussion Tech, Brass and Wind Visual Tech, and as Baritone player for the world class Drum Corps, Fusion Core.
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.
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’.
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.
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.