John has been playing guitar for 54 years, and has been teaching guitar, and voice for 10 years. Additionally, he was a professional recording engineer and producer for 12 years. His most notable work being the recording engineer for the Castelton Festival with credits that included, world renowned artists Denise Graves, James Galway, and Wynton Marsalis.
Carla has been playing piano since age 8 (a LONG time!) and teaching privately since 1982. She studied privately with Juliard Graduate, Julia Bowen and also studied Music Education at George Mason University. She has served as a church pianist and worship team member, spent several years serving as Accompanist to Fauquier County High School choirs, and accompanied many individual performers throughout the years. Her goal as a teacher is for her students to appreciate music as an art form and to learn to interpret it expressively. She views each student as a unique individual and works with each student on his or her level.
Drums and Percussion
Leonard Spriggs has played drums for 50 years and has taught private drum lessons for 3 years. His professional career as a drummer includes playing R&B for some of the greats in the music business; Rufus Thomas, Peaches & Herb, and Candi Staton, just to name a few. He has played Gospel and concert with the Culpeper Concert Band, Culpeper, VA. Included in his resume of music, he has been part of several R&B bands and big bands in the local DMV area.
Ashley Weaver is a local musician and educator from Orange County with 18 years of playing experience with the Clarinet (Primary), Saxophone and Percussion. She obtained her Bachelors of Music Education in 2012 at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, and currently teaches Elementary Music in Culpeper County. Ashley has built Jewell Tone Music’s Chamber Group and directs our annual Summer Band Camp. She stands by a professional goal of keeping music alive in this area and providing as many opportunities as possible to our young musicians
Dawn Fletcher has been teaching music for 9 years and has personally played the violin for 20 years, viola for 11 years and cello for 9 years. She previously played with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and is the conductor for Jewell Tone Music’s Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Thomas Wilcox has been playing the violin for 20 years and has taught private lessons for violin and mandolin for over five years. His skills as a musician began young and in the 8th grade he was a member of the winning youth orchestra in a competition hosted by Carnegie Hall in New York City. He is classically trained, with the ability to play all types and styles of music.
Alton Peters has been singing for 10 years and has recently graduated from George Mason University with his bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He is currently the choral director at Gainesville Middle School. His most notable performance was singing with the group Cantus on their North American Tour.
Traci Davis has been singing for twenty-five years, and has been teaching voice and piano for 8 years. She has multiple youth and adult worship teams, trained singers for competitions and performances, and has an original song called ‘War Song (I’m with you)’ out on an EP she made with her band, King’s Highway Collective.
Will Orr has been playing the banjo for 14 years. As a 15 year-old he was enamored with the fast paced musicianship he heard in bluegrass music. In addition to the banjo, Will also plays guitar and mandolin. Having played numerous gigs with local bluegrass guitar virtuoso Mike Breitenbach, Will loves sharing the stage with people who are far more talented than himself. The banjo is the world’s happiest instrument and few things make Will happier than teaching others how to play America’s instrument
Zack Hale has been playing guitar for 20 years, trumpet for 17 years, piano for 14 years and has been studying music theory and composing for 15 years. He has also been teaching guitar, theory/composition, trumpet and piano for 1 year. His latest musical achievement has been playing in the local band Toad Head for 7 years.
Brandon Alexander Has played the guitar for over 10 years and has taught for 2 years. Brandon is involved in many of our programs and camps here at Jewell Tone and has helped to form several groups for our community and students including our Rock School and Ukulele Orchestra.
Voice *Skype Instructor*
Grace Catherine is a professional singer who teaches voice and piano and has over ten years teaching experience. She has her Masters in Vocal Performance from The University of North Texas, and has taught all ages from elementary to the collegiate level. Not a stranger to performing, she has sung in operas and musicals in the U.S. as well as Italy and Canada. Grace has also directed a number of musicals and worked as assistant director under world renowned opera director Michael Cavanaugh. Grace loves teaching and helping students on their musical journeys.
Sheila Monahan has been playing the piano for 48 years and has been teaching private piano lessons for 11 years. She taught Elementary General Music and Chorus in Fauquier County for 35 years and was the recipient of a grant from the FBI in order to professionally film and distribute fifth and sixth grade H.M. Pearson Elementary Chorus’ performance of the anti-drug musical “The Up Side of Down”.
Max Acuna has been playing drums for 15 years and has played the guitar for two years. He has played in multiple groups such as “Acoustic Thunder” and “Breaking Form” in venues like the Massanutten Ski resort and the now retired Strasburg Theater. One of his most exciting musical experiences was opening for Blackfoot and the Marshall Tucker Band.