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John Wenger has been playing cello for over 20 years. He grew up studying with Grace Field and David Peshlakai in Kalamazoo, MI, where he lived until moving to DC in 2018. An avid chamber and orchestral musician, John has performed with countless groups including the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony, the Kalamazoo Philharmonia, […]

Having come of age in the cultural melting pot of Wilmington, North Carolina, Keith Butler, Jr. has deep roots in many musical traditions. Due in no small part to his versatility and creativity on the drum set, he has become a mainstay of the Washington D.C. music scene, performing with some of the area’s top […]

Matthew Waterman

Brass, Piano

Available Fridays Matthew Waterman is a musician, composer, and teacher from Bloomington, Indiana. Teaching trumpet, trombone, baritone/euphonium, and piano on Fridays, Matthew believes in treating all styles of music with respect, and fostering the irreplicable creativity of each student. Whether your goal is to play a classical concerto, improvise over a funk groove, or write […]

Available Sundays. Hays Dowdy is a DC based musician performing live as a solo artist along with elite bands in International Musicians League. Rooted in British Invasion rock, bluegrass, and trained in jazz, his approach blends different genres to evoke the modern sonic spirit of a surreal vibe found within the walls of a vintage […]

Gene Isayev

Saxophone and Flute

Teaching on Tuesdays Gene graduated from State Music College of Grodno (Belarus), with degree in flute performance, flute teaching and band conducting. After playing flute for two years with Mozhaiski Military Academy Orchestra of St. Petersburg, Russia, from 1988, he continued his music education, getting his MMA at the State University of Arts and Culture […]

Teaching on Wednesdays only. “I started playing trumpet, like most, in elementary school.  I took to it right away and started private lessons soon after.  I enjoyed music and trumpet specifically so much that the more I played the more I grew as a musician. Private lessons helped immensely. I played classically as well as […]