* Fred Gleason, low brass instructor (Greencastle location only)

Teaching Statement:

I love teaching the low brass instruments! My approach starts with establishing a daily routine to cover the basics of proper brass performance. This is a sure path to improvement. Then, when working on specific pieces, I thoroughly enjoy sharing my approach to methodically tackling the task at hand.

Teaching Biography:

I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in trombone performance at Catholic University in Washington, DC. I graduated in May of 1976. I returned to that institution for a Master’s degree in performance which was awarded in 1981. For the last 10 years (since 2010) I have been the low brass instructor at the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, MD.

Performance Bio:

After a successful audition I accepted a position as trombonist in The United States Army Band in Washington, DC in July of 1976. My career there encompassed 33 years until my retirement in 2009. I had the honor of performing for seven US Presidents in high level ceremonies. Concert performances with the band throughout the country and overseas were a highlight of my time in uniform. In addition to my military performances I had the opportunity to play many freelance concerts at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, Carnegie Hall, and at the Lincoln Center in New York City.

* Zack Grass, low brass instructor

Teaching Statement 

Music is an artform that requires strong discipline, expression, and imagination. None of these qualities are innately intrinsic; they are developed through practice and listening to/learning great music! It can be challenging to learn a new solo or to perfect a difficult passage but, just like everything that is difficult in life, if we slow down the pace and work slowly but with conviction, I am positive we can get through any difficult situation. By focusing on the fundamentals of good sound and solid technique, we can learn any piece with enough time and dedication and transfer these strong work habits into our daily lives.

Teaching Bio
Zack Grass has been an active freelance performer and teacher in New England and Pennsylvania for the past 5 years. Zack has worked with musicians of all levels and, along with his expertise in low brass performance and pedagogy, is a frequent clinician and trainer of proper breathing habits and developing the physical framework for musical expression. Zack is also very interested in pairing music education with technology and has been developing curricula that fosters an understanding and appreciation of how technology can benefit musicians from absolute beginner to professional symphony musician. Along with having an active private studio, Zack was a teaching assistant to the Boston University marching band, the East Carolina University Marching Pirates, and the East Carolina University Tuba/Euphonium studio. Zack holds a BFA in Music Performance from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a MM in Music Performance from East Carolina University and is currently completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Boston University under the tutelage of Mike Roylance, principal tubist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Performance Bio 
Zack Grass is an active freelance tubist and arranger in New England and the Tri-State Region. He currently serves as associate principal tubist of Symphony New Hampshire and is a frequent substitute with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. Zack is also quite active as a chamber musician and performs frequently with brass quintets such as the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, the Hagerstown Municipal Band, and the New England Brass. He is also a founding member of and lead composer/arranger for The Keystone Quartet, a tuba/euphonium quartet comprised of Pennsylvania natives which will be releasing a new album in early 2022. In 2015, Zack was named the Low Brass winner of the Yamaha Young Artist Program and was invited to perform a solo for the Symposium for All music camp as well as perform in a jazz combo with saxophonist Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthew’s Band. Zack holds degrees from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (BFA, instructor: Dr. Zach Collins), East Carolina University (MM, instructor: Tom McCaslin), and Boston University where he currently studies with the principal tubist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mike Roylance.

* Joel Guyton, trumpet and brass instructor

Teaching Statement

Teaching music is more than just learning notes and rhythms; it’s about teaching a skill that can enrich a life for many years.  Playing an instrument well takes practice, but the rewards from a good performance, whether solo or in an ensemble, are immeasurable.

Teaching Bio

New to the CVSM Instrumental Music Faculty is trumpeter Joel Guyton.  Mr. Guyton is a native of Hagerstown and attended North Hagerstown HS.  He received a BMEd degree from James Madison University and an MM in Trumpet Performance, Music Theory and Conducting from Sam Houston State University.  Mr. Guyton has been teaching privately for over 25 years, and is currently the Trumpet Instructor at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and Director of the HMB Big Band.

Performance Bio

Mr. Guyton has a vast amount of performance experience in various styles of music and currently performs with Hagerstown Municipal Band, Mercersburg Area Community Chorus Orchestra and Delta Brass.  In addition to years of free-lance playing in the Houston area, he has performed for both Bush presidents, Celebrity Cruise Lines and Walt Disney World.  Mr. Guyton’s local performance experience includes the D.C. Air Force Ceremonial Brass, MD Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown Choral Arts, Hub City Brass, Olivera Orchestra and Ray Bierly Orchestra.

* Nathaniel Lease, trombone and brass instructor

Teaching Statement:

I love teaching and playing my instrument, and I love seeing the “A-HA” moment on my students faces! When it comes to my teaching, I am trying to give each student their own individual tool box that they can pick out of. Each toolbox has the essentials, but everyone needs their own special tool to make something work!

Teaching Bio:

Mr. Lease is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Trombone Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. He has graduated with an MM in Trombone Performance from the University of Delaware and a BA in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Lease has been teaching privately for 6 years now. In addition to CVSM, Mr. Lease is currently an adjunct instructor at Hagerstown Community College and Trombone Instructor at Shepherd University’s Community Music School.

Performance Bio:

Mr. Lease has the honor of holding the Principal Trombone Chair with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra in Ashburn, VA. He is currently in his second season with the orchestra. In addition to his position with the LSO, Mr. Lease freelances all throughout the area, performing with groups such as the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Ray Bierly Orchestra. He has been able to travel to many different states with the groups and looks forward to sharing his experiences with you!

* Gloria Kelly McCauley, piano & trumpet instructor

B.S. Mu Ed Lebanon Valley College.  Has taught music in the public school system, elementary through Jr. High.  She has been organist and pianist in various churches and is former Director of Music, Trinity Lutheran Church.  Currently serves as pianist at Chambersburg Brethren in Christ Church. Gloria has served as musical director for many CCT productions, has played piano, trumpet, and/or string bass in pit orchestras, and is the former accompanist for the Towne Singers, who have made five European tours.