Chris grew up in a small east Texas town, Crockett, where he enjoyed things most kids his age liked doing in that part of the state. Riding his dirt bike, hanging out in his treehouse and exploring the thick wooded area that surrounded the family home. From an early age, he was always one to pick up a guitar wherever he found one. By age 9, he had his very own electric guitar, which he quickly became enamored with. He soon found himself in his bedroom with his guitar more times than not, experimenting with chordal and scalar shapes and figuring out what made the fit together. From the rock and blues music he grew up hearing on a daily basis to country standards and jazz pieces he'd picked out by ear, he quickly became comfortable on the instrument. Fast forward to age 17, and he was teaching guitar nearly full time in a music store in Pennsylvania. Chris then continued his music journey by playing in multiple bands and putting in plenty of long hours of practice, finding himself to be a very well rounded, competent musician in nearly any setting. These days, after playing for 19+ years and relocating to Oregon, he enjoys playing everything from the blues, rock and country he grew up with to more technically advanced styles like bluegrass and modern heavy metal. Chris noticed early on how much teaching really forces you to break down and analyze your own playing and has been quite successful in conveying those findings to students of all levels.
Sam Taylor is certainly one of the most versatile and multi-talented musicians residing in Central Oregon. Sam grew up in a musical family, where piano was the featured instrument in the household, along with having a very accomplished pianist for a mother. He and his siblings all formed a basis for music around the piano, gradually adding other instruments into the mix together. His family had soon realized that Sam had special talent in his fingers, and at the age of 9 he was set up with private violin lessons and hasn’t turned back since. Sam studied violin and viola primarily throughout high school, and was selected for a music scholarship to the University of Montana, while also completing studies across Europe. Before college as well, Sam had picked up the guitar and was later selected to a master program at the university, taught by none other than the great classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening. Throughout his studies and performing in his younger years, Sam had picked up a variety of stringed instruments, also including cello, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, and bass guitar (including stand-up bass).
A few of Sam’s many accomplishments include having years in the Central Oregon Symphony as 1st Violinist, Concertmaster of the student orchestra at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, and conducting the Steckborn Civic Orchestra in Switzerland. Throughout his life, Sam has felt a calling to pass along his musical knowledge and experience to new generations of music, and has gathered 30+ years experience in teaching private lessons. Sam currently resides in Bend, and aside from teaching he is the Conductor of the Community Orchestra of Central Oregon. He looks forward to continuing to share his passion for music with the community!
Steve Miller began his music studies at the age of 10 with regular piano lessons. In the 6th grade, when his mother asked him what musical instrument he wanted to play in band, without any hesitation, he exclaimed “DRUMS!”. This was, of course, out of the question to his mother for a variety of reasons, so he ended up playing trombone. Having spent 5 days per week from 6th through 12th grade learning about music in band class, he developed a keen understanding for the fundamentals of music and how to perform. Sophomore year, he joined some of his friends who had formed a ska/funk band and began playing official gigs, with the first being Downtown Summer Fest ‘99. At the beginning of his senior year, he started playing guitar and fell so in love with it that he would often find himself sitting on the edge of his bed practicing for 8-10 hours per day. After high school, the members of the band all went their own way for a handful of years, but in the the beginning of 2007 reunited and formed a band that spent next 8 years writing, recording and playing professional gigs all over the western U.S. At their peak, his band was practicing 3 days per week and playing upwards of 10-15 shows per month! In 2015-2016, Steve reconnected with music studies by way of piano and drums. As of December 2016, he is the full time drummer of the Balkan infused funk-rock band Alovitiman.
Jordan began his life pursuing music in small town Idaho at the ripe age of 7 when a family friend introduced him to classical piano. It was immediately noticeable that this was much more than just a phase and would be a big part of his life. It didn’t take more than a couple years before picking up his first acoustic guitar and falling in love with it. His days growing up as a homeschooler allowed for a huge amount of time to be spent playing and practicing music. With a plethora of musical mentors surrounding him, his passion and drive for music never stopped growing, especially his passion for the guitar. About one year after receiving his first acoustic his parents gifted him an electric guitar for his birthday. At this point he knew this was a game changer and started listening to classic rock greats such as Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, and ZZ Top. Going into middle school and high school Jordan joined the school concert and jazz bands studying under a world class performing musician and an outstanding conductor to continue expanding his musical career.
During the middle of his high school years Jordan began teaching guitar and realized very quickly that he had a way of bringing out the best and most creative musical aspects of his students. To see the continued success of his student is what drove him to keep continue educating his peers to this day.
Jordan has also been performing all over the Northwest in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington both as a solo act and with multiple original rock and blues bands. He is a songwriter and vocalist as well as a guitarist for the bands he plays in which translates seamlessly into teaching his students creatively in an out-of-the box kind of way that keeps them passionate and driven to successfully achieve their goals in music.
Born in Bend during the early 80’s, Andy developed an intense passion for music at an early age. His parents exposed him to the oldies they grew up with, ranging from Elvis and Buddy Holly to Motown and The Beatles. In 1994, while Andy was in 8th grade, a Jimi Hendrix cover band played at his school and blew his adolescent mind. At that moment, he decided to use the money he earned delivering the local newspaper on his bike to purchase his first electric guitar. Immediately, he began to learn the instrument on his own by playing along with his favorite albums of the early 90’s. It wasn’t long before he was playing in bands and gigging out regularly. Andy has played in countless bands around town over the last two decades. ‘Goodbye Dyna’ is Andy’s solo project that has released a few albums in which he writes and plays everything on them. Andy is also an accomplished drummer and can be found playing in the local desert-metal band ‘Drunk Pilot’. He is also currently playing guitar and singing for reggae tribute band, ‘Subliminal’. Andy has been teaching private lessons for 10 years now and has also taught the ‘School of Rock’ class at Cascade School of Music. He is also well-versed in vocal training and can offer this service as well to aspiring performers. For those students looking to approach music from a songwriting perspective, Andy is able to combine vocal coaching with other instrument instruction. He was taught voice by Don Hoxie, who studied under the same instructor for Ann Wilson of the iconic rock band Heart.
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Born in Akron, OH, Lino grew up studying classical guitar, and later expanded his studies into rock, jazz and many other styles throughout his music career. Lino moved to Bend in 2008 after many successful years of composing and performing music in Los Angeles, CA. He began his career in rock music where he was signed to two records labels and performed both in Europe and here in America. Most recently, Lino is a signed artist with the Eversound label where he has released 4 "Lino CD's" here in the US as well as in markets overseas. Lino also provided much music to the film and television industry either through song placements or original scoring. His music can be heard in hundreds of television shows and films.
Currently, Lino resides in the Bend area where he runs a studio from his home and records/produces for several artists each year. Lino also enjoys teaching various styles of guitar, and using fun ways to teach critical music theory in the midst of appreciating several different genres. Solid fundamentals of guitar are important to Lino, however he embraces a number of methods to learning, fitting the interests of the student. Overall, he enjoys building a teaching program around the student and what the student is most interested in learning.