James German began playing guitar in 1991 at the age of 14. He took 3 years of private lessons with Rick Lawhorne. James was the Jazz Band guitarist at North Stafford High School from 1993 to 1996. He has been teaching and performing professionally since 1996. As a performing musician James has opened for Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Bret Michaels, .38 Special, Colt Ford, Cadillac Three, Love and Theft and Jana Kramer, among others. Along with teaching and performing professionally, James is also an experienced studio session player. He teaches all ages and levels with emphasis on theory, improvisation and ear training. He is well versed in most styles of music and specializes in Blues, Country and Rock.
Eliane is a native of Brazil, and is a graduate of the Federal University of Goias, Brazil (UFG). She performed nationally for four years as a UFG. She gave piano lessons, and played in choir rehearsals for the Conservatory of Music of Anapolis, Brazil for seven years. She has previously played piano for the Brazilian Baptist Church and for Hilside Baptist Church in California, and currently plays piano at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Stafford, Va.
Ms. McCreary began playing the oboe in the 5th grade, in Prince William County, Virginia. She continued to play through high school, participating in many All-County and All-Regional Bands and Orchestras, festivals, and honors groups. She attended West Virginia University, after having received a full-tuition performance scholarship. While at West Virginia University, she played oboe in the University Symphony for four years. She played alto saxophone with the University Marching Band and played oboe with many small ensembles. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1992, with a bachelor's degree in music education.
After graduating, Ms. McCreary worked in Harford County, Maryland as an orchestra teacher. She taught in the public school system for seven years, and at John Carroll Catholic School for two. While in the public school system, Ms. McCreary worked with all levels of string students, from beginners through high school. She taught herself viola and performed with the Sesquehanna Symphony for several years. She was also manager of the Harford String Orchestra and the Harford Youth Orchestra, out of Harford Community College.
In 2002, Ms. McCreary moved to Fredericksburg and began playing viola with the group now called the Mary Washington University Philharmonic. After a three-year break to attend school, she returned to Fredericksburg in 2007. She continued to play with the Mary Washington Philharmonic on viola. She also played oboe and viola with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra at that time.
Currently, Ms. McCreary performs with the St. George's Chamber Ensemble at St. George's Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg. She also plays with the Fredericksburg Community Concert Band and as needed with the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra. Primarily, she plays oboe and english horn, with viola as an alternative.
Julianne Boyce - Piano Tues. Sat.
Julianne was raised in Stafford County and had over 14 years of private classical training and tutoring in her youth. She was performing with her teacher in an 8 hands 4 piano performance group by the age of 16. She collected many accolades and awards throughout her teenage years at regional and national festival and Guild competitions. At the age of 12 Julianne became the organist and pianist for her church. She also serves as the regional Music Director and Chairman for her church, as well as playing organ and piano and directing choirs for several local churches.
Julianne plays and teaches a variety of music from Classical to jazz and blues. She has performed in a local rock band for the past 5 years and enjoys teaching her students about performance readiness and dealing with performance anxiety.
Julianne worked full time for 6 years for Prince William County schools under the direction of Alan Weburg, The Prince William County Music Chairman as a professional accompanist. She now works for Fauquier County Public Schools part time as an accompanist for several different schools.
Julianne is a member of several music associations and clubs including: The Rappahhanock Music Society, Virginia Federation of Music Clubs and The National Association of Music Educators. Through these associations she is able to offer her students an unlimited amount of performance and scholarship opportunities, as well as participation in bi-yearly local music festivals held at the University of Mary Washington. She also holds private recitals 2 times a year at her home. She believes these opportunities truly help the students grow and learn to use and share their talents with others as well as gaining personal confidence in performance and social settings which help them in any aspect of life.
Jacob Tarallo - Trumpet Monday
Jacob Tarallo began playing trumpet at the age of 12 at H.H. Poole Middle School and continued to play in many ensembles throughout secondary school. In his senior year at North Stafford High School he was accepted into Shenandoah Conservatory as a music education major. He attended Shenandoah from August 2012 to May 2016 and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education.
While at Shenandoah, Jacob studied trumpet with Scott Nelson and Charles Seipp. He played with many major ensembles at the school including the Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, and the Jazz Ensemble. Jacob played at several churches on weekends, and in April of 2015 gave a public Trumpet recital at Shenandoah.
Jacob has been teaching private lessons since the summer of 2013 and hopes to instill independent musicianship, creativity, and a love for music in all of his students.
Juan Somarriba - Guitar, Ukulele Mon. Tues. Fri. Sat.
Juan Somarriba started playing guitar at the age of 14. He went on to study classical guitar and music theory at Radford University where he recieved his BA in Music. He has performed and recorded with numerous DC rock and metal bands, among them are Garden of Shadows, Brave, While Heaven Wept, Black Horizon, and Modulus. Juan brings to his teachings not only years of experience with students of all ages and levels, but most remarkably his ability to address the spectrum of guitar techniques and musical fundamentals in a uniquely thorough and well organized way.
Randy Bradley - Drums, Percussion Wednesday
Randy Bradley is a percussionist and educator in the Richmond area. He has extensive background in many fields of percussion, including marching, drum set, world percussion, and concert percussion. He has studied with various teachers, including; Kristopher Keeton, T. Howard Curtis, Michael Schutz, Tony Martucci, and Mike Boyd. Randy was also a member of the Carolina Gold Drum and Bugle Corps from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where he marched in the snare line from 2006 to 2008. As a performer, Randy has performed with many groups around Richmond and Fredericksburg as a freelance percussionist, and tours extensively with the band Murphy's Kids performing up and down the east coast. As an educator, Randy is a current member of the Vic Firth Education team, and serves as an active arranger and consultant of many percussion programs throughout the area.
T. Alan Lucia - Drums, Percussion Tues. Thurs.
T. Alan Lucia began his music career with a small town New England Drum Corp, back in 1966. Some of the basic snare drumming techniques (Rudiments) used around the world were learned back in those days. Finding that he liked the physical sounds and challenges involved with playing percussion Alan took the next step and began a regime of private drum set (drum kit) lessons, under the tutelage of Mr. John Soroka, a one-time U.S. Army Musician.
This concentration on drum kit studies was shortly enhanced when, at the age of 12, Alan joined a local variety music group, "The Goldenaires." This four piece group performed local weddings, parties, etc., up through most of Alan's high school years. With the help of older band members and parents, a considerable amount of musical experience was gaines, resulting toward the end of high school in a partial scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, Mass.
Opting to begin a professional music career straight out of high school, Alan bypassed the Berklee opportunity, and instead auditioned for, and won a chance to become a working musician in the U.S. Navy's Music Program. That chance was realized fully when, after attending the Armed Forces School of Music, Norfolk, Va., in 1977, he graduated "First-in-Class," and hence became assigned to workwith the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Annapolis, Md., as a founding member of the Jazz/Rock group, The Electric Brigade; a group that, after thirty-plus years is still serving the musical needs of U.S. Midshipmen, and the extended Naval Community.
In 1980 Alan was transferred to The Navy Band, Washington, DC, where he worked with the Full Honors Ceremonial Band, the Commanders's Jazz Trio, and eventually the Jazz/Rock group, TOPSIDE. While in Washington, Alan, then Chief Musician Lucia, regularly performed musical support for visiting Heads of State at the US State Department, the Vice President's Residence, the White House, the Pentagon, numerous Congressional Buildings, various Embassies, and Arlington National Cemetery, as well as both around the United States and Europe.
In addition to the military musical work accomplished during these years, Alan taught private music lessons, continued his personal educational efforts on the collegiate level, raised a family with the great help of his wife, and performed with many local civilian music groups. The result of these efforts saw him complete post high school studies in the areas of 1) Religion, 2) Sociology (min. in music), and 3) Education (concentration in Science), each from different schools. Two include The University of the State of New York (Regents College), and Old Dominion University, Va.
Michael began playing trumpet at the age of 12. He played in the Del Crest Jr. High School, Del City, Oklahoma, Concert, Jazz, Marching and Pep bands as well as in several honor bands. While attending Federal Way High School, Federal Way, Washington, he continued playing in the Concert, Jazz, Marching and Pep bands. He was selected as 1st Trumpet in the International High School Band at the Western International Band Clinic in Portland, Oregon. While attending he played under conductors Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, Kanat Akhmetov, head of National Symphony Orchestra of Kasakhstan; and composer / conductor Johan deMeij, composer of Symphony No. 1 "The Lord of the Rings." Michael has performed at several weddings and began teaching trumpet in 1995. He teaches all ages, but focuses primarily on beginners to intermediate in all types of music - emphasizing theory, ear training and of course having fun.
Courtney Cunningham Wednesday
Courtney Cunningham is a classically trained singer from Fredericksburg, Va. She attended Longwood University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Music Education. During her undergraduate, Courtney studied under Dr. Christopher Swanson and Dr. Lisa Edwards-Burrs. She performed in Longwood's top to conduct and teach a piece she selected to the University;s Men's Choir. Her love of opera music led her to participate in Opera Workshop, a class specializing in performing opera scenes. She has performed opera works from Le Nozze di Figaro, La Boheme, Lakme, Cosi fan tutte, and the Medium. Courtney also enjoys singing many other genres including jazz, show tunes, and R&B. As a sister of Sigma Alpha lota International Music Fraternity she believes in their ideas to uphold, further, and cultivate music as well as music performance. She holds dear Sigma Alpha lota's open motto: "Vita Brevis Ars Longa." which is Latin for life is short but art is long. Courtney's mission for her students is for musical growth, confidence, beautiful and expressive singing.