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Lauren Bergman- Violin

Lauren Bergman is a native of St. Joseph, Mo. She has been singing and playing the violin for over ten years, performing locally as well as in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, and Kansas City, Mo. Her violin accomplishments include winning First Place at MMTA State Honors competitions and earning top ratings at other various and numerous strings events. In the past, she has studied violin with Sonya Nelson of The Nelson Studio and Rico McNeela of the St. Joseph Symphony, performing with the MWSU Collegiate Orchestra. She is currently studying Vocal Music Performance at Missouri Western State University with Dr. Susan J. Carter, completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music in May of 2016. Nurturing a life-long love for entertaining, Lauren thrives on the opera and musical theatre stages, and has taken on many a role in numerous productions with companies that include MWSU Theatre, MWSU Opera, Western Playhouse, Robidoux Resisdent Theatre, and Emporia State University Summer Theatre. In her non-musical time, which is increasingly scarce, she enjoys horseback riding, going to museums and exhibitions, and an affinity for Old English Sheepdogs.

Lauren is more than thrilled to have become a part of the immensely talented group of teachers at Lanham Music and is incredibly thankful for the irreplaceable opportunity to share the gift of music with future musicians young, old, and in between.

Marshall Carter- Guitar

Marshall’s education in music began with private instruction in piano, violin, guitar and vocal. While in College at MWSU he received his degree in Performing Arts with the Classical guitar. Marshall started teaching guitar at Lanham Music in 2000. Marshall has preformed around the Midwest since 1987 in all instruments mentioned above and has performed with musicians from all around the world with classical guitar. Marshall’s teaching philosophy is to teach a student to be a self sufficient musician. Instead of a student only being able to read dots on staff paper but also be able to think, problem solve and create music. Marshall’s strengths as a teacher is being able to connect his students with their respective instrument and a proficiency in music theory.


Lainie Cassidy- Piano

Lainie began taking organ lessons at age 5 and later began piano lessons at age 12. By age thirteen she was playing for weddings, accompanying the school choir and playing at her church. With more than thirty years experience in teaching, she truly believes music is for everyone and can be appreciated and fun for all.

 

Chris Clark- Guitar, Bass, and Mandolin

Born and raised in St. Joseph, Chris started playing guitar at the age of 9, and has been teaching guitar and bass guitar with Lanham for 15 years. Currently plays in the 80's tribute band, "Blue Oyster Culture Club" and instrumental, post-rock band "Sisters Of..". He has toured across the country for 3 years sharing the stage with Social Distortion, Lucero, The Ataris, Say Anything, Jet, and in the previously Kansas City based band, Blackpool Lights. While finishing his business degree at Missouri Western State University he briefly lived in Omaha, Nebraska working at Saddle Creek Records.His approach to teaching is focused more on technique, composition, learning the dynamic of playing with others and understanding business of music and production.


Sarah Cool- Violin

Sarah Cool teaches Suzuki violin lessons at Lanham Music to students age three and up; she also teaches orchestra at several schools in the St. Joseph School District. She has been a private violin lesson teacher for nine years and has gained experience conducting the Symphonic Youth Orchestra for three years, coaching string quartets, and teaching piano, viola, and cello lessons. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from MWSU and received teacher training in the Suzuki Violin Method from several master teachers. Sarah encourages and assists her students to perform often and share their talents with the community. She has lead student solo and group performances at nursing homes, churches, Heartland Hospital, Trails West, Pumpkinfest, East Hills Mall, and MWSU. Her students have succeeded in earning "1’s" at district and state solo competitions. Sarah is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Music Teachers National Association, Missouri Music Teachers Association, and is the past president of the St. Joseph Area Music Teachers Association.

Aaron Crawford- Drums and Bass Guitar

Aaron Crawford is currently a student at Missouri Western State University pursing his bachelor’s of Music, focused in Music Technology/Percussion and a minor in Music Cognition/Psychology. Aaron has worked in the professional music field over the past 12 years as a touring musician, live sound engineer, recording engineer, producer, and mixer. He also has over ten years experience teaching private music lessons.

Aaron has had original compositions diffused and performed at the 2000, 2002, and 2014 Electronic Music Festival. In April 2015 he premiered his piece "Mokusatsu" for the Missouri Western Extreme Percussion Festival. In July 2015, Aaron performed a piece entitled "Structures" at the soundSCAPE festival in Maccagno, Italy. In 2011, Aaron was commissioned to write and perform a solo percussion piece for the Kansas City Chiefs promotional commercials that were featured on all the major television networks as well as in the stadium during game time. He as also involved in breaking the stadium sound barrier, with a mention in the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records.

Mark Elting- Drums 
Mark is an adjunct instructor in music technology and recording arts at Missouri Western State University. As a private percussion instructor/clinician, he's taught extensively for over 30 years throughout Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri, including duties as an adjunct instructor at Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas, and Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. As a professional freelance drummer, he performs with various groups based in St. Joseph and Kansas City. Mark owns Sound Central Productions LLC and is a producer/sound engineer/studio musician and has written and performed on numerous radio and television jingles, as well as music demos and full-length CDs. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Commercial Music and Recording Arts from MWSU and holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Music and Video Business from the Colorado Institute of Art in Denver. Mark is nearing completion of finishing his Masters in Arts in Digital Media degree from MWSU in the spring of 2015. 

 

 

Mike Fuson- Guitar

Michael's background through college is electronics minor and music major with studies applied towards a Bachelor of Science in Music in Secondary Education. The electronics degree studies helped land repair jobs at local music stores. The music studies helped land a teaching job. Since finishing college, he has completed an additional 14 electronics diplomas and certifications. After working on his music degree, he worked in Topeka, Lawrence, Kansas City, and Omaha as a studio musician. Over the years and while in college, Michael has recorded several CDs and had the opportunity to study with many wonderfully talented musicians including Dr. F. Matt Gilmour, Guitarist Phil Beard, Violinist Roberta Reimer, Guitarist Steve Morse, Flamenco Guitarist Carlos Montoya, and Classical Guitarist Anthony Glise, who also happens to be one of Michael's very best friends. The studies continue...... Michael has had the opportunity to work with some talented individuals like Ken Paulakovich, who has produced and worked with bands such as 'Offspring' and 'Gloria Estefan'. In a band called 'Ariel' , they made several television appearances and worked for many major acts, such as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Strange Daze, 38 Special and Van Zandt, all through the Midwest.


Gariann Grindstaff-Piano and Voice

"Ms. Gari" Grindstaff has been a fixture here at Lanham Music for over 20 years. She loves teaching all ages, and has students from age 5 - 75 currently in her studio. Gari considers herself a piano instructor and a vocal coach. She has experience in teaching all areas of both instruments, (voice is an instrument!) emphasizing theory (why it works and how). Gari has worked with several rock band vocalists in the area, as well as readying students for contests, pageants, etc., and enjoys her adult hobbyist students as well. A member of the Mid-America Music Association, Gari takes her students to competitions as regularly as possible. Performance opportunities are looked for, and looked forward to by her studio. Gari has a degree from MWSU, and has performed and accompanied with and for several choirs in the area. Gari also substitute teaches with both St. Joseph Christian school & St. Joseph Public Schools, works with the rehabilitation Institute of Kansas city as an employment specialist, and accompanies for the Community Presbyterian Church. "It is my strong belief that music can be learned and loved by anyone. I enjoy the challenge of a student that may have special needs - and don't we all have special needs? - and the joy that comes from a student when they have accepted and overcome their challenges".

Brent Isom-Piano, Guitar, and Voice

Based out of St. Joseph, MO, Brent Isom is an active part of the local music scene. He has given a number of performances at a variety of community events and has also performed and led worship for church camps, revivals, and youth retreats across Missouri and Kansas. He holds a Bachelor of Music with a music technology concentration from Missouri Western State University, where he studied guitar and voice. Additionally, Brent also serves as worship leader for New Harvest Baptist Church in Faucett, MO. As well as a performer, Brent is also an active teacher and composer. Brent has been teaching private lessons since 2007 and has enjoyed watching his students find success in their musical endeavors. As a composer, Brent has written for both acoustic and electronic mediums. His works include a score for a short film, chamber music, and dozens of songs. For more information about Brent, visit his website.


Beaux Lux- Saxophone, Clarinet, Bassoon, Flute and Recorder

Beaux Lux is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, based out of northwest Missouri. Community-minded and a passionate educator, his decade long professional journey has included 4 music degrees, 10 instruments, 30 musicals, 35+ studio sessions, over 100 students, over 1000 gigs, and very active engagement with local music organizations.As a 6th generation musician in the Lux family, Beaux is a dedicated professional who seeks to strengthen the musical community and nurture his fellow musicians, often providing professional development and networking assistance.

 

 

Jeff Lux- Voice, Guitar, Piano, Flute, Harmonica, Recorder, Violin, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, and Bass Guitar

Jeff comes from a long line of music education and musicians and has studied with teachers from Yale, Berkley, Western Michigan, Oregon State, and Missouri Western. Jeff joined the Musicians Union Local #50 in 1964 and has taught and played professionally since then. Jeff has spent the last two decades working as a musical therapist in the Special Education department of the Atchison School District, teaching at Lanham Music, and performing all around the Missouri and Kansas area. Jeff has both national and local playing experience. He has recorded with members of Kansas on CBS Records, as well as played shows with many well known acts including Bob Segar, REO Speedwagon, Shooting Star, Cheap Trick, Shania Twain, Restless Heart, Toby Keith, Confederate Railroad, and Steve Wariner. Jeff believes that every student is unique and he strives to give the skills each student needs; from beginners to professionals. Playing many things makes it easy for him to transcend boundaries and communicate ideas.


Chrissy Smith- Cello

Chrissy has been playing cello for 8 years, six of them were spent in the SJSD orchestras. She has been the cellist in 6 different musicals, one at Missouri Western Playhouse, one with Roubidoux Resident Theatre, and four with Central High School. Chrissy has taken a quartet to state, and has performed in high school contests all four years. From 7th to her sophomore year in high school she studied under Erik Theno, and for her final year she studied with Daniel Gerhardt. She has a passion for the performing and visual arts, and is the captain of the Golden Griffon fall and winter guards.



 

Sara Verduzco- Drums

Now at 23 years of age, after only 5 years of playing professionally, she has begun to leave her mark on the music scene in the Midwest. Her experience thus far includes live shows at the Lake of the Ozark resorts, recording at County Q studios in Nashville, and performances with major country acts such as Pat Green, Black Jack Billy, and Jim Riley of Rascal Flatts.

She has done all this while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music at Missouri Western State University under the direction of Dr. Dennis Rogers.