Larry Jess — Trumpet (509-448-2731)
Larry has been teaching at the store since we moved to this location in 1985. Previous to having his private studio here at the store, Larry taught at all three major Universities in town, Eastern, Gonzaga, and Whitworth. Larry has had an illustrious performing career, which has taken him on tour with Gunther Schuller’s “New England Ragtime Ensemble,” and performances with artists including Doc Severinsen, Clark Terry, Moody Blues, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, The King Family, Maureen McGovern, Natalie Cole, Ben Vereen, Dukes of Dixieland, Al Hirt, The Fifth Dimension and numerous others. He currently plays principal trumpet for the Spokane Symphony and also plays around Spokane with various brass ensembles, including Spokane Brass Works Brass Quintet, St. John’s Cathedral Brass, and Clarion Brass Choir.
Kelly Bogan — Piano, Guitar, Banjo (509-744-9861)
Classically trained in piano with Margeret Saunders Ott, Kelly attended WSU and graduated from EWU. He studied jazz with Seattle musician Dave Peck, and produced OPUS 1, a composer’s forum. Kelly performs with the bluegrass band The Brown’s Mountain Boys, and with the jazz group The Basement Jazz Quartet.
Bob Evans — Guitar, Bass, Sax (509-939-9423)
With a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, Bob has performed with military active duty bands for 30 years. He has toured England, Australia, Vietnam and the U.S. as a military bandsman. Bob currently performs with several jazz ensembles in the Spokane area.
John Brogan — Piano, Percussion, Drums (509-590-5984)
John studied music at EWU, performed with the Spokane Symphony, Spokane Jazz Orchestra and the British Brass Band. He is now retired from a career in the military band program. John currently performs with numerous professional ensembles.
Nathan Westlund — Trombone (509-205-1021) A highly skilled teacher who works in the West Valley school district. 2018 article in the Spokesman about Nathan.
Davis Hill — Jazz & Classical Piano (509-828-7910, email@example.com)
Classically trained in piano with Kendall Feeney, Davis studied jazz locally with Don Goodwin and Brian Ward, and with Dick Cady in Seattle. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from EWU, where he studied with Jonathan Middleton and Benjamin L. Robertson. Davis has played jazz with many different groups, including dates in NYC, Reno, and all across Washington state. He has been a college English and French tutor for many years.
Sheila Keegan — Flute, clarinet and saxophone (509-991-1458)
Sheila holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Music Performance from the University of Idaho. She has been teaching saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piano in her private studio for 26 years. She taught band and orchestra in the Mukelteo School District and began teaching elementary band and strings in the Spokane Public School District 6 years ago.
Rachael Bade-McMurphy — Clarinet and saxophone (509-936-0819, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Rachel Bade-McMurphy is an award-winning vocalist, saxophonist and composer. She grew up in the Inland Northwest and received her bachelor’s degree from Washington State university. She has released two CDs of all-original music which have received international airplay and has written background music for Emmy-nominated promotional spots for KHQ-Q6 of Spokane. She is a woodwind specialist in the Mead school district, maintains a private music studio and is on staff at Holy Names Music Center. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from Eastern Washington University. In addition to teaching and performing Rachel is an advocate for Jazz and the local music scene. She is the founder of Imagine Jazz which is a non-profit organization that provides concerts, educational events and jam session for the local community.
Steve Friel — Flute, clarinet and saxophone (405-600-8900)
Steve Friel is Professor of Saxophone at Eastern Washington University. He is completing his DMA in Saxophone Performance from the University of North Texas. Mr. Friel has performed as saxophonist and oboist with several professional orchestras from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, and Washington. He has performed with artists such as Natalie Cole and Tony Bennett. Mr. Friel is an active performer, educator, and clinician.
Paul Plowman — Flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon and oboe
(509-842-4541) Paul is a retired band and strings teacher for Spokane Public Schools with 30 years of experience. He has played in the Spokane Symphony Orchestra as Bassoon 3 and Saxophones since 1978 and has been the Master Class Big Band Music Director and plays as alto sax 1. He has also arranged/written all of the music since 2008.
Paul has also been a show musician since 1975: 50 shows to his credit. His most recent shows include Phantom of the Opera, the Producers, Guys and Dolls, Heathers, Shrek, Wild Party for the Best of Broadway, Spokane Civic Theatre, Couer d’Alene Summer Theatre, and The Modern. He is a freelance Orchestra bassoonist with, Yakima Symphony, Tri-Cities Symphony, I-Wash Symphony, Couer d’Alene Symphony, SFCC Orchestra, Gonzaga Orchestra, Whitworth Orchestra, and the EWU Orchestra.
Paul has performed on and off with the Spokane Jazz Orchestra since 1978. He performs with his wife Cindi at Spokane area retirement homes as the duo “Over Easy” with over 75 performances a year. He has also played in back up bands for Bob Hope, Donald O’Connor, Jay Leno, the Moody Blues, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Toni Tenille, Bernadette Peters, Jerry Lewis, Johnny Cash, and many others
He has a Masters Degree in Bassoon performance from EWU, a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from California State University LA (music arranging), and a Bachelors Degree in Education from EWU. He performs professionally on the bassoon/contra bassoon, all saxophones, all flutes, all clarinets, oboe, English horn, and electric bass.
To schedule lessons on the South side, please contact each teacher directly.