*Fred Gleason, low brass instructor (Greencastle location only)
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.
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.
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.
*Joel Guyton, trumpet and brass instructor
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.