BANDS  |  PERCUSSION  |  GUITAR

SYMPHONIC BAND

CONCERT BAND

BEGINNER BAND 

Private Clarinet Instruction

Sholeen Wuest               director@nashvillenotes.org

Like so many of our music students, Sholeen grew up in a musical family and joined every band, orchestra, ensemble, and choir she could. She studied at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio majoring in music education and focusing on personal ambitions. It was about that time that Jesus Christ became her personal Lord and Savior and her focus shifted from serving herself to serving Him. And so, instead of playing in the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and directing children in a public school band, she became the music director of a church where she led the congregation in praise and worship and directed a variety of musical groups. A few years after Sholeen and her husband, Mike, moved to Tennessee, she found herself once again leading praise and worship for a church in Franklin and working on music programs with the children. Her oldest daughter, Hannah, joined Nashville Notes in 2000 and Sholeen became a section leader 2 years later.  As her other 3 children joined the band, she continued serving as Beginner Band director for 3 years before becoming director of Nashville Notes in 2008.  She currently enjoys directing the Symphonic Band and serving the Nashville Notes staff and families.                                               

Olivia Wuest             o.wuest@nashvillenotes.org

Olivia, a homeschool graduate, has been in the Nashville Notes community for over 15 years.  She's had extensive music training from a very early age and has directed Beginner Band since 2013 and Glory Choir since 2015.  She has a passion for children, music, and teaching which is clearly and undeniably evident as she directs with amazing energy, grace, and enthusiasm while imparting musical gems to her students!  She has served as section leader for several years and directed a homeschool choir for 2 years before Nashville Notes offered  choirs.  She also enjoyed coaching at Ambassador Speech & Debate in Franklin for 3 years.  When she’s not immersed in Nashville Notes activities, she can be found performing with local pit orchestras, singing in her church choir, and managing a restaurant in Franklin.  In her free time she enjoys perusing the web for the latest singing groups, studying teaching methods, playing piano and other instruments, and always singing whenever possible!

 

Shayna Bosquet             s.bosquet@nashvillenotes.org

Shayna was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and fell in love with music at a young age.  She studied clarinet with Dr. Robert Spring at Arizona State University during high school and college.  During this time, she discovered her real mission and passion was to teach young people and began to redirect her focus towards education.  She graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education.  Her love of music and students allowed her to teach private clarinet lessons, give master classes at local schools, assist high school marching bands, and serve as a color guard instructor.   While a symphony will always be her favorite type of ensemble, she has enjoyed performing with a wide variety of groups throughout the U.S., local pit orchestras being the most recent.

 

Upon moving to Nashville in 2000 with her husband, Andy, she focused her energies on teaching at the elementary level in the public schools.  After several years, Shayna was able to dedicate her energies to raising her three children and began the adventure of home schooling.  In 2013 her family joined Nashville Notes, and since then Shayna has served as a woodwind section leader and taught one of the Instruction in Musicianship and Theory classes.  She loves that Nashville Notes combines learning, music, and amazing students all in one place.  While working with students, she focuses on the beliefs that all students have the ability to learn, do hard things, and contribute significant value to their class and peers.                     

Butch Simmons            b.simmons@nashvillenotes.org

Percussion Director:  BEGINNER PERCUSSION, DRUMLINE, PERCUSSION ENSEMBLES

Butch is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where he received a degree in Music Industry with a Percussion emphasis. Butch has worked extensively in the music field throughout his life as a professional performer, marching clinician and instructor, and a private instructor in all areas of percussion. His marching credits include 2 Virginia indoor percussion championships, 10 Tennessee outdoor and indoor championships, as well as numerous WGI semi-finals and finals appearances.

 

Butch and his wife Karen moved to Nashville over 20 years ago. During that time, as a professional musician, Butch has played shows in 48 states and 7 countries. His recording credits include, but are not limited to: Randy Travis, Elizabeth Cook, Trent Willmon, Lionel Cartwright and Skip Ewing. Drum set and percussion have provided a great vehicle for Butch to share his musical abilities. When it comes to teaching, whether in a group or a private setting, Butch works with two thoughts: every student has value and every student has potential. He works with the idea that there is no greater joy than seeing a person become who they were created to be.

JAZZ BAND

Brass Private Instruction

Roland Barber                 r.barber@nashvillenotes.org

Roland Barber has performed with an impressively diverse list of artists including Chaka Khan, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kirk Whalum, the Wooten Brothers, the Chico O’Farill Orchestra, Robin Thicke, the Temptations, Manny Oquendo y Libre and the NBC Saturday Night Live Band. He’s performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Birdland, the Blue Note, the Beacon Theater, Lincoln Center, the Copacabana, the Kennedy Center, and Madison Square Garden.

 

His jazz style is greatly influenced by jazz master J. J. Johnson, Steve Turre, and Al Grey. Also having a deep impact on Roland’s style is the joy of connecting to listeners through a vocal concept to the instrument, embodied by masters such as Clark Terry and Al Grey. Roland believes in drawing on the strength of an ensemble and community to create music, modeled by Duke, Count, Blakey, and so many of the great soloist-infused big bands and small groups of the post Bop era.

 

Roland has also gained much acclaim as a composer and arranger, as well as producing the album "Twinnovation" with his twin brother, which put the Barber Brothers on the map of the national jazz scene.  

 

Motivated by a love to teach, Roland has attended virtually every major jazz educational classroom in the country. Roland has taught private study of trombone, jazz history, big band, and jazz improvisation in Manhattan School of Music’s Pre-College Program for NY area’s talented youngsters.  When he's not teaching at Nashville Notes on Tuesdays, he can be found teaching at Vanderbilt and at the Nashville Jazz Workshop.

 

Dominic Tondino            d.tondino@nashvillenotes.org

Dominic moved to Spring Hill, Tennessee, in 2010 from sunny Southern California. Crossing many musical genres, his background includes rock, bluegrass, country, classical and jazz. While playing lead guitar for a local country band, he performed for radio stations, festivals, fairs and benefits. Further stretching his musical chops, Dominic regularly played rhythm and lead guitar for a local big band. Professionally, he has played with a variety of bands and on various artists’ demos over the years. His experience also includes serving churches and ministries in the role of worship leader, lead guitarist, acoustic guitarist and electric rhythm guitarist.

 

Because teaching has always been a driving passion for Dominic, he enjoys creating educational experiences that challenge and build confidence in his students. He has instructed aspiring guitarists of all ages and skill levels in both individual and small group settings. Dominic has a thorough knowledge of music theory, including scale and chord structure, which he emphasizes as the foundation of guitar mastery.

GUITAR - BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE

Saxophone Private Instruction

Presley Parker                p.parker@nashvillenotes.org

Presley, a Nashville Notes alumnus (Advanced Theory, Drumline, Jazz, Joyful Harmony Choir, Pep Band, and Symphonic Band) began and continued his musical studies focused on the saxophone.  Because his love for music grew over the 8 years spent at Nashville Notes, he continued his passion majoring in Music Education. The many years he spent studying saxophone through private instruction prepared him to work alongside professional musicians such as Adrian Barnett, Kevin Gatzke, and Max Dvorin.  He is also thankful for his time spent at NN as the instructors prepared him well for his studies at Nashville State Community College. Before graduating with his Associates of Fine Arts, he began to give saxophone lessons at Building Blocks and Boomers in Columbia and taught classes at the Franklin and Spring Hill libraries.

Currently he provides in-person and Zoom lessons for several students. He loves working with students and watching them grow musically. When he’s not teaching or working, he enjoys performing at weddings and other events.

Some of his favorite memories as a musician were made while attending Littlestone Summer Music Camp in Nashville, first as a camper and then as a counselor and in concert production.  More recently Presley has taken on an active role at his church in Spring Hill teaching bible classes to middle school students, assisting at bible camps, and organizing activities for those in the youth group.

Percussion Private Instruction

Layton Parker                   l.parker@nashvillenotes.org

Layton began playing percussion at Nashville Notes in 2013 and played with several different ensembles over the years – Symphonic Band, Drumline, Jazz, Pep Band, Combo Bands, and graduated through the Music Theory program from Advanced Theory.  The combination of his private lesson instruction and his driving personality made him the NN directors’ go to man whenever a percussionist was needed for Joyful Harmony, Chamber Singers, Glory Choir, and the Orchestra.  He continues to grow musically and enjoys music that challenges him, watching some of the greatest drummers around, imitating their individual styles, and playing with some of the best.  Layton has also proven himself to be an excellent teacher giving private instruction since 2017 and teaching IMT (Instruction in Musicianship and Theory) for a year.

Outside of Nashville Notes, he spent his summers at music camps where he was able to receive instruction from and perform with several professional musicians in jazz and funk ensembles, wind ensembles, orchestras, steel pan ensembles, and choirs, as well as study audio engineering, music history, and more music theory.  Layton especially enjoys getting called upon to play at wedding receptions, birthday parties, graduation parties, and other events.

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