*Marlin Barnes, percussion instructor

B.S. Music Education from IUP.  Directed the string program in the Tuscarora School District and retired after 34 years in public schools.  Performs with the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Altoona Symphony, Mercersburg Area Community Chorus and Orchestra, Hagerstown Municipal Band, and Ritma-Cordia, a cello-marimba duo.  Former experience includes the Cumberland Valley Chamber Players, Maryland Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Lyric Opera.  He also does marimba programs for banquets, Civil War drumming, musical shows, and percussion demonstrations.  He has taught privately for over 30 years.

*Sam Hepfer, percussion instructor

Sam currently performs with the CVSM Jazz Quartet, the Tresa Day Trio, Stephey’s Kitchen, and the Capitol Dixieland Band.  He has recently appeared with the Slideshow, The Towne Singers, and has accompanied Corey Rotz at his Capitol Theatre concerts.  Sam has performed in pit orchestras for area theater productions including Totem Pole Playhouse and Chambersburg Community Theater. Sam has appeared as a percussionist with The Shippensburg Festival Orchestra, Musica Ritma, and other local events.

*Josh Long, percussion instructor

Teaching Artist Statement: 

My primary goal as a teacher is to equip students with the tools they need to discover and achieve their own goals. The skills and habits we learn while studying music not only make us better musicians, but they build and develop us as people. Whether a student simply wants to play music for fun or if they are preparing for a big audition, I love having the opportunity to walk alongside them in their journey to discover the joy and depth of music and the arts. 

 Teaching bio: 

Josh earned his Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Messiah University in 2019 and is thrilled to join the faculty at CVSM in 2020. He has 4 years of experience teaching percussion and music theory. While he teaches the full spectrum of percussion instruments, his greatest passion revolves around popular music ranging from jazz to what we hear on the radio today. 

 Performance Bio: 

Josh earned his Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Messiah University in 2019 and is thrilled to join the faculty at CVSM in 2020. He has performed with groups such as “The Screaming Mummies” at Hershey Park and pit orchestras at Totem Pole Playhouse and Theater Harrisburg. The highlight of his career is performing with the Ghana National Symphony Orchestra and Azaguno in Accra, Ghana. Josh received the Presser Scholar award for Musical and Academic Excellence in his final year at Messiah University. 

*Edgar Myers, snare drum instructor, rudiments, theory and multiple drum set styles

Edgar studied theory and basic composition with Virginia Rienoke, snare drum and rhythm reading with John Crocken, and private lessons with Dennis Chambers and Larry Bright. Edgar has been playing professionally in the mid-Atlantic region for more than 35 years with popular rock, jazz and variety acts, and had stints with blues legend James Cotton, and jazz great Cyrus Chestnut. In recent years Edgar has performed with local notables such as Maurice Arenas and Howard Burns, and currently performs with Beat Jazz Society, River Knot, and The Danny Webber Trio. Edgar Myers has a four part video series on youtube, entitled In The Moment, and is working on original music for a CD release in the future.