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The music instructors of the Musicians’ Association of Seattle have a wide experience of playing and teaching. Many have made a career of both. Studying music increases brainpower and mental productivity. General learning abilities of the player are enhanced by their involvement with music. Children who begin learning an instrument early have these benefits their whole life, because like any language acquisition, you never forget it. Music is never too late to learn either!
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After graduating from the Guitar Institute of Technology, in 1981, I moved to the Seattle area. Since then, I’ve been playing in local bands, drawing on many different styles such as rock, pop, jazz, latin, country, and even Hawaiian. I also began teaching guitar, which I continue to do. Beginning in the 1990’s I began to play as solo instrumentalist, adding classical music to my repertoire. I love performing music in many styles and for all types of occasions.
Jenny ZiefelClarinet, Saxophone
Serving the Bothell and Seattle areas
Dewey MarlerClarinet, Flute, Saxophone
ALL Saxophones, Flutes and Clarinets
Instruction in North Seattle since 1980
Dan RuiterDrums, Percussion, Trombone
Mary LordGuitar, Lute
Mary’s studies took place in Europe. She has lived and performed in the Seattle area since 1990. Her music includes Christmas carols from all around the world, as well as classical guitar and lute music from Italy, Spain, England, Germany and South America from medieval to present day.
Florie RothenbergClarinet, Saxophone
Solo Guitar and Ensembles Create a memorable occasion with exceptional solo guitar music or an ensemble featuring Glenn Lestz. Choose music to suit your taste, including classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk, pop, and ethnic, to ensure a truly wonderful event.
Janet PutnamEnglish Horn, Oboe
Jay C. EastonSaxophone
This unique multi-instrumentalist plays over 40 woodwind instruments, and specializes in the complete saxophone family, from the rare piccolo sax to the 6-foot-tall contrabass sax. In addition to performing as a soloist, Jay’s eclectic selection of small ensembles are available to provide classical, ragtime, Renaissance music, and more for weddings, private parties and corporate events.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Leslie McMichael’s musical pursuits include performance, teaching, recording, and composition. Her musical arrangements are available from Mel Bay Publishing and Vanderbilt Publications, and she’s currently in the recording studio working on two releases of traditional music for lever harp and original songs on her electric harp.
Robert Gale has been playing and teaching trumpet in the Seattle area for 20 years. His teachers include Fred Sautter (Oregon Symphony), Christopher Leuba (Chicago Symphony) Jerry Oram, and Claude Gordon. He plays in the Northwest Sinfonietta, Federal Way Symphony, Seattle Trumpet Consort, and Pacific Brass Quintet. He also teaches band and private lessons at several locations in Renton, Kent, and his home in Mountlake Terrace.
Ronnie PierceClarinet, Saxophone
Rich Wetzel’s Groovin Higher Orchestra – A Jazz, Rock, Latin & Funk Big Band Rich and his Groovin Higher Orchestra, not your granddaddy’s big band! This is a modern variety of jazz, rock and roll, Latin and funk, an ideal show for clubs, casinos, trade shows, concerts, or your special event. Their show ranges from a total show covering hits from Maynard Ferguson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, to James Brown, Chuck Berry, Tower of Power, and Michael Buble. If you want something different, with a great mix and variety – putting on a total show in the Vegas style, a variety high energy show, this is the band to hire.
This experienced and respected local guitarist is at home in any setting as a soloist or with orchestras and small ensembles. He is noted for his warm and engaging performance style, along with great attention to detail. In addition to classical music he is well versed in a range of other styles including Jazz, Latin and Brazilian. Peter is also a sought after instructor and keeps a private teaching studio on the east side.
Kirsten G. JamesFlute, Piccolo
Flute & Piccolo
Ballard and Bellevue Studios. All ages, all levels. Principal Flute with the LWSO & freelance musician. Over 20 years of teaching experience with students that perform in the Seattle, Cascade and Bellevue Youth Symphonies, All State and NW Band and Orchestras and have won or placed in the Seattle Young Artist, Horsfall and Solo and Ensemble competitions.
Bruce WilsonClarinets, Flutes, Saxophones
Judson Scott offers trumpet lessons and brass ensemble coaching based in 30 years of teaching and performing experience. Students and ensemble coached by Dr. Scott have repeatedly placed at state competition.
Michael MarcusElectric Bass, String Bass
Murl Allen SandersAccordion, Harmonica, Keyboards, Organ
Murl Allen Sanders is a free-lance musician, composer, teacher and recording artist who has been active in the Seattle area music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan for over thirty years. He performs and records regularly with his own bands, as a soloist, and with numerous bands in the Northwest.
Murl plays piano, accordion, Hammond B-3 organ, electronic keyboards, harmonica, sings, teaches and composes music. Murl has worked with such diverse artists as Chuck Berry, Etta James, Il Divo, Glenn Yarbrough, Leroy Bell, Peter Duchin, Alarm Will Sound, The Von Trapp Children, Theodore Bikel, Leslie Gore, Barbara Lamb, Susan Pascal, Pearl Django, Michael Tomlinson and Kelly Harland, among many others.
Don Dieterich B.M. Education, M.M.Drums, Percussion
Snare, Drum Set, Mallets & Percussion
Teaching in Shoreline and Greenwood
Performs on flute, whistle and harp, and sings in Gaelic and Norwegian. Involved in both the Gaelic and Scandinavian communities in Seattle, Beth performs solo and with the groups Stone Circle and Greensleeves.
Teaching piano in North Seattle and Lynnwood
Experience the beautiful sounds and emotional expressiveness of Brian Lally’s classical guitar and vocal performances. Perfect for weddings, parties, fund-raisers, and social events where delightful music is the essential requirement, Brian’s exquisite touch stimulates, soothes, and inspires. His solo guitar repertoire includes Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Spanish, and original music. Depending upon your needs, Brian’s beautiful vocal performances of classical, jazz standards, and contemporary songs may be included as well.
Julian Catford – guitarist, plays Spanish and classical guitar, Latin, jazz, swing, Brazilian, tango, French waltzes and Flamenco. From studies in classical guitar with Guillermo Fierens (a student of Andre Segovia), jazz performances with Cab Calloway and Rosemary Clooney, appearances at many local festivals, including Bumbershoot, and release of his Latin jazz CD ŒSonoroso, Julian has over 25 years performing experience. He teaches guitar at Seattle Pacific University. Solo & Small Groups available.
Monica Schley is a classically trained Seattle harpist who freelances in many styles: classical, new music, improvisational, jazz and rock. She has 20 years of experience playing for private engagements, weddings, recording, live performance, and funerals. Some of the musicians she has worked with are Butch Morris, Evan Flory-Barnes, Jherek Bischoff, Masada, Jesse Sykes, Jim Knapp, Hey Marsailles and Kanye West. She has played at venues such as Bumbershoot, The Triple Door, Fairmont Olympic Hotel, and Microsoft.
Pete has been an active composer/arranger for nearly fifty years. His work has featured in several films and has been documented in regional music history books. Pete has had many commissions and grants in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. He has also collaborated with several well known poets, including the late Steven “Jesse” Bernstein and Roberto Valenza. Pete studied composition and arranging with William O. Smith, Gary Peacock, Dave Holland and others. He has a B.A. in music from the University of Washington and has done graduate work with Robert Garfias and John Wittwer.
Local band leader/bassist Pete Leinonen has six bands that range from Swing, Big Band, modern Jazz, Latin, and Hawaiian, to a true Mardi Gras Dixieland Brass band!
Bren Plummer is a double bassist and composer from Seattle, Washington. Known as an insightful interpreter of both jazz and classical music, Plummer is a member of two professional orchestras in Washington state and a regular contributor to jazz venues and night clubs all around Seattle. With access to some of the best musicians in the Seattle area, Bren can always assemble a great jazz group for any event or occasion. Solo, Duos, Trios and larger ensembles available.
Jennifer BarrettFrench Horn
Seattle-based harpist Marian Sussman will create the perfect ambiance for your wedding, event, or special occasion. Solo or ensemble, classical, popular, or world music including Celtic and Israeli. 206/290-8192 email@example.com
Mary Ann LeePiano
All styles of drum set & snare drum
For beginning, intermediate and advanced piano, I offer classical, musical theater and improvisation, and arranging instruction. We focus on repertoire with theory included. I teach 2 days a week in Montlake and 2 days in West Seattle. Call for an appointment. 206-669-2678.
Marc SmasonDidgeridoo, Jazz Vocals, Trombone
As a young child in Texas, trombonist/vocalist/composer, Marc Smason learned to sing from his mother and later studied classical and jazz trombone with Ken Cloud, Stu Dempster, Julian Priester & Slide Hampton. He studied voice with Jay Clayton (jazz), Yo Jin Chong (Korean) & Ki Wasitodipuro (Javanese), and composition with Michael Young. Marc has a BFA from CA Institute of the Arts and is a long-time member of the AFM. He has performed with Big Joe Turner, the Funk Brothers, Carlos Santana, Eddie Henderson, Type A, Mark Levine, Wilbur Morris, Sam Shepard, Julian Priester, Buel Neidlinger, Rick Mandyke, Sonny Simmons, Eyvind Kang, Marc Graham and Baby Gramps. His playing encompasses many styles including jazz, latin, Brazilian, collective improv, klezmer and R&B.
Doug and his groups have a very wide variety of styles and songs in their repertoire. Suitable for background and dancing, Doug covers material from the the Dixieland era to present. For more information please go to: