Our Teachers

Our private instructional staff is comprised of the best teachers and instructors in the Miami Valley:

John Derrickson, Director of Artist Development

John has his B.A. from Capital University and his M.A. from The Ohio State University. John is a successful educator with extensive experience as a Concert Director and Program Director. He is a proven Music Director for both the Columbus and Dayton (Ohio) Public School Systems, with nearly 30 years experience, specializing in Vocal and Instrumental Pedagogy. He is also a performance musician with over 25 years of visible, measurable accomplishments in the areas of writing, performing, and recording. His experience includes the teaching and directing of a wide variety of music. He also has extensive composing and arranging skills as demonstrated in over 20 recording projects.

John is also an instructor for the Community Artist League.

Instruments: Keyboard and Trombone


Tony Pepitone

Tony has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Dayton. He has been a guitar instructor at U.D. for 25 years. He also performs with the Dayton Philharmonic and Kenley Players. He has played with Sammy Davis Jr., Della Reese, Roger Williams, Gordon McCray, The Four Freshman and Florence Henderson.

Instrument: Jazz Guitar, Bass Guitar


Rick Bashore

Studied classical guitar and trumpet at Wright State University, with a major concentration in music theory and music education. Rick also runs specialized clinics at the University of Dayton and Dayton public schools. He has played with the Dayton Philharmonic, The Drifters, Bill Monroe, Dave Brubeck, Johnny Paycheck, Merle Haggard and Emmylou Harris.

Instruments: Old Rock and Country Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin


Steve Harris

Steve is a Wright State University Graduate. He has 27 years as a percussionist with the Hal Harris Orchestra and other dance bands touring the Midwest.

Instrument: Drums, Piano


Tim Elliot

Tim received his B.S.B.A. from Wright State University in 1971. He has taught privately since 1966; performs with various area ensembles; and directs the Englewood Civic Band.

Instrument: Woodwinds


Gregg Hoffman

Graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education from Morehead State University in 1975 and has been on the road with Marvin Gaye, the Spinners, and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. An arranger, composer and dedicated music educator, Mr. Hoffman has been a private instructor at Dayton Band since 1980.

Instrument: Brass, Bass Guitar


Jonathan Konanahalli

Jonathan earned a BA from the University of Dayton. He has performed at the Schuster Center Wintergardens, Memorial Hall, Fraze Pavilion, The Blue Ash Amphitheater, Pacchia, and Cafe Boulevard. He anchored the pulse for the Hauer Swing Band and the Hal Harris Orchestra. Jonathan founded and directed the band Smooth Renditions. He teaches drum set, bells, snare, and group percussion classes.

Instrument: Drums, Hand Percussion


Susan Heeg

Instrument: Violin (all styles) and Suzuki method


Dale Crockett

Dale has been playing guitar for 25 years. He has studied classical guitar with Stuart Hayes who has a master’s degree in classical guitar performance, Tony Pepitone who is also with The BRDhouse, Craig Brooks with the Brothers in Arms Band, Mike Harris of Arch Rival, and Eric Loy a fingerstyle jazz player. Dale is incredibly proficient in many styles including classical, rock, and blues. He has been teaching with The BRDhouse/Dayton Band for over 5 years.

Instrument: Rock Guitar and Classical


Dustin Malone

Dustin has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education from Wright State University. Dustin is the head music educator for Pathway School of Discovery, K-8. He has served five years as World of Wonder and adjunct instrumental music instructor for the Dayton Public Schools. He is currently brass high school marching band assistant and drill instructor at Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School. Dustin is also director and lead trombonist for Generations Big Band. He is librarian and 2nd trombonist for the Jazz Central Big Band. Dustin participates as a trombonist for Ape the Ghost, Sleepybird, For Algernon, TCB Band of Ohio and the Brass Roost Trombone Quartet. Dustin has also performed in pit orchestras and numerous musicals and is a regular sub for several local area big bands and churches. Dustin is also an accomplished arranger.

Instrument: Trombone, but also plays most brass and woodwind instruments, guitar, keyboard and drums.


Adam Brooks

Instrument: Rock, Jazz, Blues Guitar


Moira Levant

Instrument: Violin (all styles) and Suzuki method


Ron Hartwell

Ron has studied historical art music of North America and Europe at the University of Alberta; and jazz, theater and composition at the Berklee College of Music. His mentors have included Peter Walker (Julliard) for Piano Proficiency, Richard Herman (Indiana) Flute, Joseph Viola (Conservatories de Paris – Marcel Mule) Saxophone, and Ernest Dalwood (Cambridge – BBC and ESO) for Clarinet. In addition to instrumental studies he has studied voice with Carole Forte and acting with Rylan (L.B.) Brenner.

His musical settings have included principal chair in University of Alberta opera orchestras (Die Zauberflautte & Cosi Fan Tutti), musical director in dance bands and many jazz and popular combos. He has significant vocal talents that capture many moods and styles of the Broadway, jazz, pop and heritage musical repertoire. Currently Ronald Hartwell performs in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati areas of Ohio.

Instrument: Piano, Vocals, Woodwinds


Dave Wilson

Instrument: Rock, Blues Guitar