Gene Hahn – Guitar, Bass
Gene’s primary style is Rock. He also teaches Jazz, Blues, and Classical
Gene holds an associate degree in music from Bucks County Community College. His professional work includes musicals, studio work, original and cover bands, and weddings. He has been teaching guitar and bass for over 20 years.
“Lessons are fun because we begin by teaching the student their favorite songs, and build from there. I encourage reading music and focus on where the notes are on the instrument. I recognize different learning abilities and find the best way to teach each student individually. As a father of two young children, I have the patience, and enjoy the challenge of teaching young students as well as the inexperienced of experienced adults.”
Long considered the premier bluesrock guitarist on the East Coast, Flamin’ Harry Mc Gonigal and his band, The Roadhouse Rockers, comprised of Chuck Hearne on bass and John Kehoe on drums are a cohesive trio that deliver a powerful brand of progressive bluesrock. Guitar driven with a Blues Attitude and a signature sound.
Flamin’ Harry, also called the Bluzpirate, has recorded six releases, “Fire On Main Street”, “Rude Shoes”, “Life Under The Gun”,”Hot, Blue and Righteous”, “Back Trackin” and “Blues Cruise”.. He also appears on the Compilation CD “The Green Room Blues”. This CD features the best blues band from Pennsylvania. The critically acclaimed “Life Under The Gun” features Harry’s impressive guitar and song writing work. This is exemplified in the melodies of the title track “Ain’t Nobody”, number one on Philadelphia AOR giant WMMR for over three weeks, as well as the blistering blues-rocker “Cruzin’”. In fact, “Cruzin’” is the opening track on the Paisano Easyriders Video “The Great Escape”, distributed worldwide. “Hot, Blue and Righteous”, is a return to the raw Blues-Rock style that he is known for. It was a regular on Bubba John Stevens WMMR radio show “Blues Alley” in Philadelphia.
After seeing Harry in action, one can readily understand George Thorogood calling him “the most underrated guitar player in North America.” Jon Takiff, music critic for the Philadelphia Daily News says “The Flamin’ Harry Band has a sound coherent of the classic trios like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.” Jack Lloyd of the Philadelphia Inquirer gave Harry’s last record a FOUR STAR RAVE REVIEW saying “this album makes Harry’s unit the hottest band to come out of the Philadelphia area since George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers.” Eugene Pitts of Audio Magazine just reviewed Hot, Blue & Righteous and he says ” A for Sound, A for Performance!” “Blaze Guitar Work!” ” Adrenaline rush with the hair on the back of my neck stickin’ straight up!” ” Move over Slowhand (Clapton), Flamin’ Harry’s here!”
Michael Kelly Smith – Guitar
Lead guitarist and co-founder of rock bands Britny Fox and Cinderella. Performance experience includes U.S. tours with Poison, Ratt, and Joan Jett; a European tour with Alice Cooper and a performance with Bon Jovi in Tokyo, Japan. Over 30 years playing experience and 17 years teaching experience. Specializing in classic rock, metal, and blues styles.
Jordan Strauss – Guitar
Jordan Strauss Specializing in ages 7-11 and Advanced Rock/Metal Lead. “IF THE STUDENT HASN’T LEARNED, THE TEACHER HASN’T TAUGHT” This quote sums up the way Jordan Strauss feels about a teacher’s role regarding student’s learning, especially if the student is in the 7-11 age range. While some teachers are quick to blame the student for a lack of progress (not practicing), Jordan believes that it is his duty to help a student realize their dream of playing the guitar and he takes FULL responsibility for the results that his students get from working with him. He focuses on making the learning process so EASY and FUN that students never want to quit. “I never make students learn songs that they don’t like and I don’t try to force my personal musical interests on my students.”
Mitch Truen – Guitar, Bass, Drums
Mitch teaches Blues, Rock, and Jazz
Mitch attended Berklee College of Music in Boston and Five Towns Music School. He has been recorded and produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan, performed with world class Bassist Randy Coven, and studied privately with seven string jazz artist Howard Morgan and Al Pitrelli of Trans Siberian Orchestra. Mitch has over 15 years of teaching experience.
“In teaching I apply a practical approach to the fret board. I start with basic chords and basic theory from C scales, to open 1st position to traditional fingerings on all string sets, while forming the teacher-student bond. I don’t believe in intimidating a student into studying. Patience is the key to teaching, and being available to the student is just as important to the relationship.”
Paul Gehman – Upright and Electric Bass
Paul Gehman has earned a Bachelor of Music at Temple University and has performed with Terrell Stafford, Branford Marsalis, Benny Golson, John Swana, and Larry McKenna, among many other artists. He has performed in a number of stylistic settings including jazz, musical theater, big band, pop/rock and smaller classical settings. He is currently on the faculty at LaSalle College High School and Bucks County Community College.
Some of his former students have graduated from Temple University, Berklee College of Music, University of the Arts, and Manhattan School of Music among others.
Katie Eagleson – Voice
Katie teachs pop, musical theatre, folk, jazz, and some classical.
Katie Eagleson studied music and voice at Temple University and The Neupauer Conservatory. She began performing in the mid-eighties with groups ranging from a cabaret-style duo to a 16 piece big band. She has released 2 CDs heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, WXPN, WNYC, etc. She has also been teaching since 1988.
Katie’s teaching is based on developing proper singing technique. The repertoire she uses depends on the age, capability, and taste of the student. She teaches beginner to advanced students.
“I love to teach. I teach people of different abilities and I believe everyone can improve. It’s exciting to introduce my students to new music, and often to learn music from them. It is rewarding to watch a student grow from one who is afraid to be heard, to one who finds his or her own voice.”
Jill Gallagher – Piano
Jill has been teaching private piano lessons for fourteen years. She specializes in teaching classical music to beginners young and old. Jill’s students have ranged in age from six to eighty-five. Each September her students showcase their talents at their annual recital which includes a meet and greet party afterwards. She began her piano education at seven and continues her studies presently under David Ancker. In 2001, Jill received her Bachelor of Arts in Music (piano performance) from Millersville University studying under the direction of Dr. Anita Renfroe. At Millersville, her interest in 20th Century piano music grew. Her education includes study in Piano Pedagogy, Music Theory, Solfeggio, Music History, Art Music, Conducting, Symphonic Music, Popular Music, and Eurhythmics. She performed in the Millersville University Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, and Mixed Chorus. Jill’s goal is to inspire her love of music in her students. Her favorite musical activity is watching the Philadelphia Orchestra perform at the Kimmel Center and outside at the Mann Music Center during the summer months.
Jim Holton – Piano, Cello
Pianist, cellist, arranger, and composer, Jim Holton has performed extensively in the Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York areas with many groups that include critically- acclaimed RHYTHM & BRASS, ORRIN EVANS’ CAPTAIN BLACK BIG BAND, and JOE SUDLER’S SWING MACHINE who backed artists such as Jon Fadis, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, and Al Grey.
Jim has also worked with artists Tim Warfield, Clifford Adams, Larry McKenna, Tyrone Brown, Justin Faulkner, Charles Fambrough, Mike Boone, Tony “TNT” Jones, John Swana, Byron Landham, Mickey Roker, and Cornel Rochester.
Among recordings Jim is on are: Mike Boone’s “Better Late Than Never,” Tyrone Brown’s “The Magic Within” and “Bass Works,” Barry Sames’ “Celebration,” Khadijah Renee’s “Sentimental Me, a tribute to Sarah Vaughn,” and played on a grammy-nominated soundtrack, composed by Dr. Maurice Wright, for the documentary film, “ Strokes of Genius.”
Jim and his music have been featured numerous times on Philadelphia’s WRTI, 90.1FM, where he has been a guest of radio hosts, Bob Perkins, Maureen Malloy, and Jeff Duperon.
In October of ’08, Jim released the CD, “NO GREEN BANANAS, a retrospective,” which was favorably reviewed in The Philadelphia Inquirer, All about Jazz, and The Philadelphia Jazz Music Examiner.
He has a BA in Music from Temple University and is currently a Minister of Music at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ambler, PA.
He is also principle cellist with the Academy Chamber Society under conductor Michael Kemp. He teaches piano, cello, music theory and improvisation to students of all ages and levels in the Philadelphia area.
Tom Jackson – Violin
Tom holds a diploma from the New School of Music. He is a member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and Copeland String Quartet. He primarily teaches classical violin with an emphasis on a complete musical education stressing fundamentals. This allows the student to have the proper tools to transfer his or her knowledge to any other instrument they may desire to learn in the future.
Mark Henkels – Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Mark holds a degree in music performance from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts. He has performed with some of the finest musicians in the country in many styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Classical. His major objective is to give the student the ability to play any style of music in any situation and have fun learning to do so along the way. Many of his students have gone on to music school for performance and education. A few of his students are actually music teachers in the Upper Moreland, Central Bucks, and Cheltenham school districts.