*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, Samz @ 7 (formerly the Tresa Day Trio), Reprize (pop, R&B, light rock), the Capital Dixieland Band, and First UMC’s Praise Team. He has also performed with the Slideshow, Stephey’s Kitchen, The Towne Singers, Antrim BIC concerts, and accompanies tenor, Corey Rotz for his local 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.

*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.

 

*Jeffrey Sievers, drum instructor

Teaching Artist Statement (in paragraph form)

For me, performing in the marching arts has made a substantial  impact on my music education and became the foundation for me as a teacher.  Marching band, drum corps, and indoor percussion challenged me to be a better person and musician.  I want my students to understand that music does not come without perseverance, teamwork, breaking out of your comfort zone, and goal setting.  I want my students to perform in an artistic way that provides an outlet for creative expression and that enables them to be hard-working, creative, and life-long musicians.  Becoming a student is the first step in a musical journey to accept criticism and learn from your mistakes.  I look forward to meeting my future students and helping them through their own musical journey.

 

Teaching Bio (in paragraph form)

Jeffrey Sievers has been teaching in the Maryland Public School System for 8 years and is currently the Band Director at South Hagerstown High School.  He has taught in Baltimore and Washington Counties teaching elementary general music, elementary band, and high school band. He has his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his Masters Degree in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University. His primary instrument is percussion and focuses primarily in rudimental drumming and 4-mallet performance.  He has a strong passion and love for the marching arts and enjoys teaching winter percussion and marching band.  This is Jeffrey’s first year at CVSM and is looking forward to providing private percussion instruction to his students.

 

Performance Bio (in paragraph form)

Jeffrey Sievers has been teaching in the Maryland Public School System for 8 years and is currently the Band Director at South Hagerstown High School.  He has taught in Baltimore and Washington Counties teaching elementary general music, elementary band, and high school band. He has his Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his Masters Degree in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum from Drexel University.  Jeffrey has performed with the DCA Drum and Bugle Corps, Hawthorne Caballeros from Hawthorne, NJ as a 4-mallet marimba performer.  In addition, he has performed with The Hagerstown Municipal Band from Hagerstown, MD.  This is Jeffrey’s first year at CVSM and is looking forward to providing private percussion instruction to his students.