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John Swickert

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele & Piano

John had worked for Hix Bros Music since 1996, starting just after the great flood. His responsibilities included: guitar, piano, bass guitar and ukulele instructor, shipping and receiving manager, data entry and inventory ordering/managing, band instrument rental manager, website manager, sales, boss baiting, dog catcher, and employee flogging. He is now excited to join Musical […]

Educated at the Merit Music Conservatory, Sherwood Music Conservatory and Boise State University-Music Education, Chicago-based Trumpeter Augustine “Tino” Melecio began his extensive career in the Gallery 37 Latin Big Band in 1993 where he performed trumpet, vocals and keys, and acted as an arranger for the band. Following a successful 3 years in the band […]

Bobby Calebaugh Clark is a University of Illinois graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Music Education and a minor in Language Arts. Bobby, a Fox Valley native, attended West Aurora High School and performed under the direction of many talented local conductors including: Warren Felts, George Piechl, Dick Harrison, Ed Nelson, and Michael […]

Bridget has a Bachelor of Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois and her Master’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She has taught private voice lessons in the Chicago area since 2000. Currently, she teaches private voice and piano lessons at two suburban high schools and is a frequent adjudicator […]

Erik Swanson

Guitar & Bass

​An exceptional musician, Erik won a major Chicago-area bass solo contest early in his career. He was awarded the grand prize, a $2,000 Modulus bass guitar. He went on to participate in the IBC Jazz Studies Program, and has been teaching privately at Musical Expressions 20 years while performing professionally in numerous bands. Over the […]

Fluent in: English, Spanish & Italian Gabriela Sevilla was born in Mexico City. She has a Bachelor’s degree with honors as a classical singer from the National University of Mexico. In her native Country she performed as a soloist with the most important orchestras, Including Orquesta de la Ópera de Bellas Artes, Orquesta Filarmónica de […]

Teaching and learning music is one of the most satisfying pursuits one can do. I have been involved in both now for over 15 years. My goal is to make music as fun and engaging as possible. I can offer insight into music and composers of all styles and periods. I have extensive training in […]

Arman Sangalang

Saxophone, Clarinet

Arman is a Graduate Assistant at Northern Illinois University, in Dekalb, Illinois. His fields of  study are in jazz saxophone, composition, and education.  While at NIU he assists in coaching several jazz combos and ensembles and is studying privately with Geof Bradfield. Arman completed his Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies at the Indiana University Jacobs […]

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams” from Ode by Arthur O’Shaughnessy The piano came with the house. That’s how it all started. There was an old upright piano in the basement that would have been very difficult to move. I believe there were 11 broken keys but my siblings […]

Nicholas Sanders first began taking piano lessons at the age of five and has had a lifelong passion for music ever since. Nic’s youth saw him explore many different forms of music, from classical to musicals, using an array of different instruments. At the age of 18, Nic began his studies at Millikin University where […]