Bobby LahmanGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Music has always been an important part of Bobby's life. As the son of two music majors, he was always surrounded by music, and at age 10 started playing the trumpet in the band at church. After spending the first half of his life in Germany and England due to his father's deployments in the US military, his family settled in Colorado Springs in 2001. It was about this time that the electric guitar became the single coolest thing in the world, and by the end of his high school years it was his single biggest dedication. Since graduating with a bachelor's degree from University of Denver in Jazz Guitar Performance, Bobby has become heavily involved in the Denver music scene, regularly performing various genres of music from solo acoustic guitar, to jazz trios, top 40, to rock and beyond. His most recent endeavor has been the launch of a successful women of rock tribute band.
Meghan DawsonSinging Teacher, piano Teacher
Meghan Dawson is a dedicated voice teacher and professional singer with years of experience both performing and teaching vocal technique in several different styles, namely opera, broadway, pop and rock. She is a strong believer in the potential of every voice to grow and improve with healthy technique based on modern research in vocal physiology. As a professional mezzo-soprano, Meghan has appeared in leading roles on the international operatic stage, won the Maria Callas award for lyric singers and recorded a studio album with Sony Music in Brazil. Her students have sung professionally in various musical theater productions in Brazil. She has also helped students prepare for both college and professional auditions, and has coached several students in the recording studio. Her students have been accepted into such prestigious programs as the Curtis Conservatory Summer Music Festival and the Manhattan School of Music. She has experience working with students of all ages and backgrounds, with a particular passion for working with young singers who are driven by a true love of music and are striving to reach new heights.
Ty GovernGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Ty has been involved in music his entire life and began to learn guitar at the age of 12. Inspired initially by bands like KISS, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Metallica, he decided that there was nothing he would rather do than to make music his career path. After initially teaching himself, he took private lessons in high school and went on to attend Southern Illinois University, majoring in Music Business with a concentration in classical guitar. Ty had taught guitar in the Chicago area prior to relocating to Colorado where he is continuing his education at the Community College of Denver. Ty's teaching style is methodical and systematic, taking students through small steps in order to build on their strengths. He firmly believes in the importance of music education for people of all ages and loves getting to rock and roll with his students. Ty is the House Band Director at School of Rock Aurora and enjoys working with the tight-knit group of kids selected to be in the House Band.
Carl Holzapfel Drum Teacher
Carl attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There he studied with the legendary teacher Alan Dawson. From the mid 70s to the mid 80s he played in the Washington, DC area with a number of original bands. Among the venues he's played are Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Merriweather Post Pavillion and Cellar Door in DC, The Other End and Folk City in New York City, Pine Knob Music Pavillion in Detroit, MI, and Tippitina's in New Orleans. Among the people Carl has opened for are Joan Armatrading, Steve Martin, Andy Kaufman, Bob Seger, Buffy St. Marie, Elvin Bishop, Rick Danko (The Band), Sea Level and George Thorogood. From the mid 80s to early 90s, he performed on a harbor cruise ship doing a mini Broadway revue, backing featured entertainers and playing a large variety of styles. Carl moved to Colorado in '92 and played with Lona Melton, who he toured Japan with; Wildcard, who he recorded two CDs with in CA and also did a month-long east coast tour with; and The Bill Wright Band, who he was on three local CDs with. Currently Carl plays with The Suitcase Kings and has also been teaching for several years.
Donald Youngpiano Teacher, Trumpet Teacher
Donald Young is a graduate of Ft Lewis College (BA Music) and has over 30 years of experience as a professional keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. He has played with some of Denver’s best groups, including Hot Lunch and The Freddie-Henchie Band, and has toured extensively in the western US as well as the Pacific Rim. He has opened for national recording artists such as KC & the Sunshine Band, The Temptations, Sir Mix-a-Lot and saxophonist Eric Darius. He is also a composer, arranger and session musician.