Ryan Lukas is an upright and electric bass player who is versed in a diverse range of musical styles. Though his main instrument is bass he also teaches guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and drums. After graduating from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, Ryan began his professional career freelancing and teaching in Albany, NY. He moved to Berkeley, CA in 2007 and upon arriving he began working with an assortment of Bay Area bands and countless jazz and singer songwriter projects. His band The Real Nasty was signed in 2009, recorded 3 albums and toured the country and he has toured and/or recorded with The Brian Patneaude Quartet, Sensemaya, Joy Adler, Alex Torres y su Orquestra, The Flux, Albino!, Persephone’s Bees, John William Gordon, American Nomad, The Brothers Comatose, American Nomad, Tumbledown House, Kalil Wislon and Jenna Mamina. From Afrobeat to Americana, Bluegrass, Country, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Pop, R&B, Rock and Soul he is at home in any style and enjoys working with musicians of all levels to help them achieve their musical goals. Currently Ryan can be seen around the country playing bass with the Dead Winter Carpenters and around town in the Charlotte music scene.
Jason Singleton is a dynamic and exciting drummer who was born and raised in Gastonia, NC. His versatility to adapt in any genre of music is demonstrated in traditional band settings, contemporary charge or jazz flow. The passion to play drums started at the age of 9. As he matriculated through life, he continued to nurture and develop his craft. Through networking and solid relationships, Jason has played drums on numerous recording albums with various local and regional artists. Being very creative, Jason has always enjoyed playing drums, but also fascinated with recording in the studio and mixing drums when time permits. As a knowledgeable and experienced drummer, who is always striving to become a better musician, Jason is prepared to impart that passion on to his students.
Andrew Underwood is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in Music Industry Studies & a general business minor. During his time at ASU he also studied drum set, percussion, and music technology. Andrew has studied under the likes of Robert Falvo, Matt Curles, Byron Hedgepeth, Rick Dilling, and Blake Richardson (drummer for Between The Buried & Me).
Andrew’s background and influences include rock, metal, jazz, hip-hop, funk, classical, and almost anything in between. Andrew is also very well versed in the electronic music world. He has been producing & DJing for over seven years & has started to make a name for himself with the moniker “BroMosapien”. His background in production and DJing span from dubstep, drum & bass, trap, house, and any hybrid you can imagine within the bass music genre. Andrew can teach anything from basic to advanced lessons with drum set/percussion & basic to intermediate with DJing/production, all to any age & any learning style.
Andrew has been keeping very busy with gigging all around the region the past few years, even playing notable venues in the area such as The Fillmore at The Music Factory in Charlotte. He has been able to travel all over North Carolina showcasing his music & even several ventures out of state. Andrew’s goal is to make his students as ready to play any gig to the best of their ability.
Alex Goedl has been involved in music since the age of 9, first studying Classical and Jazz trumpet. He played in orchestras and jazz ensembles throughout the majority of his youth. He bought his first guitar at the age of 16 and decided to go to music school, studying Jazz guitar and music theory at Western Carolina University. Alex plays a wide variety of styles on guitar including Rock, Blues, Metal, Jazz, R&B. His teaching methods are very individualized with a focus on harnessing the unique potential of each student. Alex is the guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and producer for an Alternative Rock Band based out of Asheville, NC.
Steve Hollahan began trumpet at age 11. By age 15, Steve received a music scholarship from Memphis State University. Steve attended Santa Monica College, University of California Santa Barbara, B.A. Honor; University of California Riverside, M.A., trumpet emphasis. Steve has studied trumpet with Joseph Valenti, Glenn Lutz and J. Frank Elsass. Early instrument performance and construction are a specialty for Steve. Classical music is Steve’s primary emphasis. Steve has also performed in marching and concert bands, early music ensembles, brass quintets and ensembles, Broadway shows as well as church, school and professional orchestras. Primary influences are orchestral and classical styles, methods such as Arban, Claude Gordon, Mel Broiles as well as teachers and major recording artists. Performance experience includes Napa Symphony Orchestra, California; Texas Festival Chamber Orchestra, Round Top music Festival; Union Symphony Orchestra, Monroe, NC; Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra,Hickory, NC; Brass Act brass quintet; South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Columbia, SC.
Mike Adams has been playing and teaching piano and voice for over twenty years. He is skilled in playing and teaching all styles of piano, keyboards, and voice. Mike graduated from Berklee College of Music. He has also studied at Julliard School of Music and Manhattan School of Music. He has studied arranging with Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Don Sebesky, Michael Gibbs and has played and toured with a variety of different artists such as Johnny Mathis, Cher, Jane Oliver, Deneice Williams, and Jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. He teaches and composes/arranges in the Charlotte area and as a teacher will help you with whatever your dreams and aspirations are with music. His motto is:
“Music is Life. Music is Fun.”
Eric Chang is a recent graduate of the music education program at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has been involved in many areas of music for almost fifteen years. During his time at UNCC, he was able to study percussion under the direction of Rick Dior, the principle percussionist of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He has been teaching for five of those years in various areas such as high school marching band, elementary music programs, and privately.
Eric’s knowledge in music is very diverse and focuses on many areas such as: Jazz, Rock, Funk, Latin, Marching and Orchestral Percussion. These styles can be applied to drum set, beginners piano, and an array of other percussion instruments.
Eric has performed in many musical settings such as the UNCC Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz Combo. He also served as the principle percussionist for the UNCC Wind Ensemble for his last three semesters as a student at school. Besides playing in a school setting, Eric has performed for galas, churches, musicals, and fundraisers.
Charlie Panosh began studying and playing classical guitar at age 6. He learned music theory from his mom, a concert pianist, and recording from his dad, an engineer. In his teens he discovered KISS, Van Halen, and Pat Metheny. After a few years of rock lessons and playing in bands, he wanted to incorporate jazz into his playing. So, Charlie studied jazz which gave his playing and ideas much more variety. Charlie gigged and recorded constantly during the nineties.
Charlie gave his first guitar lesson when he was 17, over 30 years ago, and has been steadily teaching ever since. Focusing on creativity and drawing out each student’s individual talents, Charlie has seen many of his students from long ago still playing and encouraging others to learn as well.
Blake Brown has been playing guitar for over a decade and teaching for the past three years. He has experience performing and teaching a variety of styles including Rock, Metal, Jazz, Bebop, Swing, Folk, and Country.
Blake is currently enrolled at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a focus on Jazz Guitar.
Blake plays regularly for local establishments, guitar ensembles, and Jazz trios. He also volunteers his time to provide music education at a homeless center in Rock Hill.
Hilary Kearns has been teaching for 3 years and has been playing piano and studying voice since 2002. She has accompanied choirs, musicals, and singers of all kinds. Hilary has performed in several operas and musicals, including playing Fantine in Les Misérables: School Edition, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, and Helena in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Hilary graduated from Northwest School of the Arts in 2009. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Appalachian State University in 2013, and her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Florida State University in 2015.
Hilary is currently the music director at Sardis Baptist Church. She is a member of the Charlotte Symphony Chorus, and takes part in various opera and musical theatre productions in and around Charlotte.
Colin Ray began playing drums and percussion at the age of eleven. Living and performing in Charlotte for over a decade, he earned a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying under composer and percussion guru Rick Dior. During this time, he has performed in a variety of settings as a member of the Jazz, Percussion, and Wind ensembles, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Combo, and Basketball band.
Recently, Colin has been involved with Broadway musicals and shows at venues throughout the region, including the Booth Playhouse and the Knight Theater. He is currently a member of numerous local bands and frequently substitutes at several different churches.
Colin has been teaching all ages for many years with experience in a multitude of styles, and can also teach early piano and music theory.