Jacob Hartranft has a B.A. in Music from The Pennsylvania State University. He teaches general music in Montgomery County Public Schools and plays in various groups around the area. Mr. Hartranft took lessons at L & L Music as a young student from Jerry Drake and Ron Isaacson. He has also studied with Mark Morgan at Montgomery College, who is a former Bass Trombone player for the Navy Commodores, and Trombone Professor Mark Lusk at Penn State.
Mark Allred has been playing Trumpet for over 45 years. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of North Texas with additional studies in Music Education at the University of Arizona. After school mark spent 15 years as a freelance player and horn section arranger in the San Francisco Bay area. Notable moments include opening for James Brown, many national anthem performances at S.F. Giants games and playing in the “Beach Blanket Babylon” theater pit. Relocating to Montgomery Co. in 1998, he began teaching and freelance playing in this area while raising his two sons. Mark has had hundreds of trumpet students. Many students have been placed in local, state and national honor groups. Some have gone on to study music at the university level. Mark has many former students who are now adults and are active musically.
He is a woodwind specialist as well as a composer and producer
James Bazen moved to the D. C. area in 1985 after completing graduate music studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He is a woodwind specialist as well as a composer and producer. During his career he has played clubs and concerts across the country including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC. James has played with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphonic Wind Ensemble, The Alexandria Symphony, The Go-go Symphony and various orchestra pits. He has a clinician at Georgetown University In addition to performing James has worked as a producer for many local bands and ensembles. The latest of which is The Great Noise Ensemble, the orchestra in residence at DC’s Atlas Theater. James has released 1 quintet and 3 big band CD’s: “Stranger Things” 1992, “Tonight He’s Mine” 1997; “Merry Christmas Take One” 2000; and “The Wednesday Night Pizza Band” 2002. In 2006 Bazen’s Andrews Sisters Tribute band, USA Canteen, released “Swingin’ With The Sisters.”
Played clarinet professionally for 30+ years
Jim Bensinger has played clarinet professionally for over 30 years. He retired after 20 years with the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He studied with Dr. Jim Badolato of Montgomery College, Ed Walters at the University of Maryland, Frank Cohen of the Cleveland Symphony, and Al Asercion a retired navy musician and a Selmer Clinician. He works as a freelance performing musician in the Washington area, as well as performing with the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra Montgomery College Orchestra, Victorian Lyric Opera, Swing Time Big Band, and the Virginia Grand Military Band.
Susan Jacobs Churchill
Teaching clarinet for 15 years
Susan Jacobs Churchill, a Bethesda native, attended Woodward High School, and has been teaching clarinet for 15 years. She received her B.A. in music from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland, and her Masters degree in Music Performance from Catholic University. As a freelance musician, she has played at the Kennedy Center, and with the Catholic University Summer Opera, as well as with many other orchestras, and chamber groups in the Washington area. She studied with Charles Stier a professional local solo clarinetist, and Paul Eberly in Silver Spring. She is a member of the International Clarinet Association and of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association).
Studied Jazz with Lovell Ives and Sax with Wane Jaeckel
Kevin Collar graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a performance major on saxophone and a minor on clarinet. He studied Jazz with Lovell Ives and Saxophone with Wane Jaeckel. In his early career, Mr. Collar performed with numerous Big Bands and Jazz Combos in the Midwest area, especially the Chicago and Milwaukee area. He moved to the D.C. region to study arranging and composition with Jerzy Sapievsky. Mr. Collar has performed with numerous bands in the Washington D.C. area. He has taught saxophone and clarinet at the American University and was the instructor of instrumental music at Georgetown Day High School. Mr. Collar has recorded with the Warsaw Philharmonic, the London Symphony, and the Bratislava Radio Orchestra and performed with such artists as Bill Watrous, Arnie Lawrence, Clark Terry, Connie Stevens, Stan Kenton, Tommy Newsome, and Dionne Warwick.
Co-owner of L&L Music
Diana Loeb has a B.S. from Bradley University where she studied with Nancy Neidlinger while majoring in Music Business. She has studied with Linda Eagleson a local teacher, nationally renowned teachers Robin Fellows, Bonita Boyd, Robert Dick and Vanita Jones. In previous summers, Diana was the Master Class teacher for the Mid-Atlantic Band Camp in Lynchburg, VA. She currently performs with the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra, The Musical Offering Flute Ensemble and past performances with the Montgomery College Orchestra. Diana also co-owns L&L Music with her husband Steve.
Playing flute and piccolo for 37 years
Jackie Miller has been playing flute and piccolo for 37 years. She has a B.S. in Music Education from Frostburg State University. Masters Level Studies under Julius Baker of the New York Philharmonic and is currently studying under Vanita Jones of Montgomery College. Jackie is a former instrumental Music teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools. She plays with the Montgomery Philharmonic Orchestra, Montgomery College Symphony Orchestra , “Silver Winds” Flute Ensemble, Victorian Lyric Opera Company, and the Trinity Orchestra. Jackie also enjoys freelance performing with many local community theatre orchestras and small chamber groups. She is a member of the local Musicians Union, Washington Flute Society, and the National Flute Association.
Extensive experience in playing Brass instruments
Tim Roebuck has extensive experience in playing Brass instruments (Trumpet, Euphonium/Baritone Horn, French horn, Tuba). He has taught Band camps, sings in church choirs and has written several arrangements for different ensembles. He plays trumpet and trombone for Redland Baptist Church. Tim has performed with the Takoma Park Community Orchestra, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, D.C. Community Orchestra, New Music Orchestra and the Greenbelt Community Band. He attended Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, AL as a Music Major where he performed on Euphonium with the famed Marching Southerners band and in the Symphonic Band. His Honors and Awards include the John Phillip Sousa Award, Walker College Honor Band, Alabama All State Band and the Livingston Honor Band.
Teaching private music lessons for many years
Heather Sprague has been teaching private music lessons for many years. A 2007 graduate from Shenandoah University, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a Certificate in Performance. In 2002, she toured Europe with the “Sound of America” honors band and performed in numerous venues throughout France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria, and Luxembourg. She has also performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, as well as The Kennedy Center and the The National Building Museum in Washington, DC with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra. Heather currently resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She has been teaching band, orchestra, jazz band, chorus, and general music at John Poole Middle School in Poolesville, Maryland.
Received his Masters degree in Oboe in 1993
Steve Churchill graduated summa cum laud from The Catholic University of America and received his Masters degree in Oboe in 1993. He has played oboe, saxophone, clarinet, and flute in the Kennedy Center Opera House and Show Orchestras, The National Theater Orchestra, national tours of Broadway musicals, and network television shows, performing with artists as diverse as Ray Charles, Nat Adderly, Loretta Lynn, Steve Lawrence, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Mathis, Sam Moore, Kenny Rogers, and the Bolshoi Ballet. He has played principal oboe in the Maryland Symphony and at Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, he has taught at Catholic University and Howard County Community College and is on the faculty at Montgomery College.
Has been playing saxophone professionally for over 30 years
Perry Conticchio has been playing saxophone professionally for over 30 years. His formal studies were at Miami University of Ohio and Berklee College of Music in Boston where he studied with Joe Viola, John LaPorta, and Charley Mariano. Moving to the Washington D.C. area in 1976, Perry had the opportunity to perform with and learn from Don Cherry, Anthony Braxton, and Sam Rivers of the Avant Guard. He performs regularly through out the D.C. Baltimore area. His teaching specialty is Jazz theory, interpretation, and improvisation. His most recent CD, “Speak Your Truth” has received extremely positive critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. Perry has a B.S. and is a member of the I.A.J.E. (International Association of Jazz Educators) as well as ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers). To learn more, visit his website at www.perryconticchio.com.
Teaches beginning to advanced flute students of all ages
Tim Friedlander studied flute with Wallace Mann of the National Symphony Orchestra and more recently with Michel Debost and Kathleen Chastain of the Oberlin Flute Institute. He teaches beginning to advanced flute students of all ages. Tim is principal flutist in the Trinity Chamber Orchestra of Washington, DC and directs the Gaithersburg Flute Camp and the flute choir “Flutitude.” He is the musical director of the flute ensemble “Flutes On The Brink” and plays regularly with them and with “The Musical Offering” directed by Vanita Jones. Tim is a Life Member of the Flute Society of Washington and a frequent soloist in the DC metropolitan area.
Started playing the trombone in fourth grade
Angela Johnson started playing the trombone in fourth grade, when musicians demonstrating various instruments at her school asked for a volunteer to try playing the trombone. She was in love at the first glissando! In May, 2009 she received her degree in music performance with honors from Temple University after performing two solo recitals. She has been featured as a soloist with The Ocean City Pops and the Busch Gardens Festhaus Band. She performs regularly with the Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra, Bayside Brass, Category 5 Winds and Capital Wind Symphony. Her primary teachers have been Matt Vaughn and Rick Linn, with additional instruction from Paul Bryan and Samuel Chen. In masterclasses, she has performed for Blair Bollinger, Eric Carlson, Abbie Conant, Brett Baker and David Bilger.
Virginia is an active free-lance flutist
Virginia Nanzetta has a Masters of Music form the University of Illinois and a Bachelors of Music from Converse College School of Music. She has studied with Charles DeLaney, Samuel Baron of the Bach Aria Group, and Maurice Sharpe the principal flutist for the Cleveland Orchestra. Virginia has attended many workshops and master classes given by Robert Dick, Carol Wincenc, Trevor Wye, and Geoffrey Gilbert. She currently teaches at Washington Conservatory of Music and has taught at University of Illinois, Stockton State College, St. Mary’s College, Tidewater Music Festival, and Illini Summer Youth Music. Virginia is an active free-lance flutist having performed with numerous chamber groups like Kapelle woodwind Trio, Nanzetta Trio, Granby Trio, Leicha Trio and Designer Sounds. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Round House Theater, Phillips Collection, the White House Office Building, and concerts for children at schools in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Virginia has been twice nominated in the first round Grammy Awards for recordings featuring flute called American Camerata for New Music and has collaborated with composers like Haskell Small, Alec Wilder, John Stephens, and Russell Woollen.
Has been teaching piano for over 40 years
Glenn Rapoport was born and raised in a musical family in Portland, Maine where his father was a founding member of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Glenn has been teaching piano for over 40 years and from 1976-2006 owned his own music studio in the Shady Grove Center in Gaithersburg, MD. He studied classical piano in Portland with George Whitney, a graduate of Bowdoin College. After moving to Washington, DC, he studied with Robert Dumm, internationally known music educator and former dean of Pedagogy at The Catholic University of America. In Washington, Glenn extended his musical education by studying Jazz and Pop music including broadway show tunes with well-known local musician and teacher, Rudy Lewis. Glenn had a regular gig at Mr. Smith’s in Georgetown and has played at numerous house parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvah’s, and weddings. A recent memorable gig (2011) was for “The Americal Board of Criminal Lawyers” at the Ritz Carlton-West End which Featured a “surprise” visit by Vice President Joe Biden. Glenn teaches all styles of piano from classical to pops and jazz and welcomes all ages.