Teachers

Mark Allred

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.

James Bazen

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.”

Jim Bensinger

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).

Steve Churchill

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.

Diana Loeb

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.

Tim Friedlander

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.

Angela Johnson

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.

Glenn Rapoport

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.