Private Lessons


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.

Pat Cavanaugh — Flute, Sax, Clarinet (H: 509-328-0888, M: 509-991-7858)

With a Master’s degree from Gonzaga University, Patrick teaches clarinet, saxophone, flute, music theory, and arranging at the store and has also been here since we moved to this location in 1985, over 25 years. He is a 55-year member of the Local Musicians Union #105 and began his playing career in Spokane in 1950. Since then he has played in numerous bands, orchestras, and combos. Along with being a music instructor, Patrick has had a long career (36 years!) as a high school English and History teacher at Gonzaga Preparatory School. He was also assistant football coach and Vice Principal for a time.   2015 article in The Inlander about Pat


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 (509-448-0841)

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 Westland — Trombone (509-205-1021)


Davis Hill — Jazz & Classical Piano (509-828-7910,

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.

To schedule lessons on the South Side please contact each teacher directly.