Instructors

Dave Constantino has played professionally since age 13, and has taught guitar and bass guitar at Limelite Music since 1987. As a founding member , lead singer and guitarist for the rock group “Talas” , he has toured the United States with performances in Japan and Canada, opening for Van Halen, Aerosmith and many other national acts. Currently , he performs with The Dave Constantino Band , and has completed one CD with this group. He is well versed in many styles of music, including ‘60’s rock, blues, classic rock and and heavy metal. See his website @ DaveConstantino.com

Lori Crawford began her studies in piano at the age of six and at that same age was fortunate to have seen The Sound of Music, which started her love for music, theatre and song. She studied under one of the most renowned piano teachers in Western New York at ages 15 – 19, Mrs. Bley. College was her next step. After being accepted into the prestigious musical theatre program at SUNY at Fredonia, she began her enhancement of her vocal technique and theatrical skills. She graduated in 1982 and went on to perform in a wide variety of venues in Buffalo, California and Miami. During that time she began to teach piano and voice while continuing to learn more from some talented musicians in Los Angeles (Roger Love and Sal Macaluso). She has taught private piano and voice for over 2 decades now and created classes and produced musicals for students at Nardin Academy as well as other dance studios in the area. It is the love for the arts and the desire to share that love with children that makes this part of her career so satisfying.

William Drew – BS; Music Industry, Villa Maria College; AAS; Jazz Performance, Villa Maria College. William has been performing music for the past 15 years and teaching privately for over 8 years. Currently, he is the co-frontman for the local cover band, The Guilty Party, where he plays keyboard, guitar, bass, and sings lead vocals.

Kevin Doyle has been teaching at Limelite Music for 10 years with more than 15 years of teaching experience. He has played with ensembles of jazz notables such as John Bacon, Jr., Elvin Shepherd and Blues artist Count Rabbitt. He studied theory with Russell Messina among others and was mentored in jazz performance by pianist Al Tinney.
He has 20 years of experience playing, arranging and directing latin ensembles with Los Caribes, Wendell Rivera’s Latin Jazz All Stars, and currently a leader with Sol y Sombra and the Latin Jazz Project. The Latin Jazz Project has been in residence at the Anchor Bar on Saturdays for six years.

Matthew Felski is an active drummer/percussionist and music instructor from Western New York.  He has performed and recorded in many different musical contexts from such divergent settings as percussion ensembles to rock bands.  Past performances include the 2007 Seoul drum festival in south Korea and two nation tours with the band Lazlo Hollyfeld. Current notable groups in which Matthew is an an active member include the following;  The Genkin PhilharmonicMatt Felski Quartet and Lazlo Hollyfeld.  He also freelances for various jazz bands and cover bands.  He has been teaching drum set and percussion for 15 years in which time he has developed a process to help his students advance and reach their individual goals.  Matthew has earned a BA in music performance from The University at Buffalo.

Dan Horning has taught guitar , violin, banjo and bass guitar at Limelite Music since 1999. A seasoned performer with several years of experience in live bands, he currently performs with the New York Rockin’ Revue. He teaches many styles from country to rock.

John Murphy has played for forty years and been teaching guitar since 1984. He began playing professionally thirty years ago, playing folk, rock and blues of the ‘70’s era. He became involved in the local jazz culture , attending jam sessions and working for band leaders. He currently is the guitarist for “Natural Elements”, a jazz band that plays regularly, and is often featured at the Roycroft Inn.

John Zydel has 30 years experience playing Electric & Acoustic Guitar. He is a graduate of Villa Maria College with a degree in Music Theory / Performance and was a member of the college Jazz Band. In the 1980’s he performed Lead Guitar / Vocals for the Top 40 Rock Group, The Shea Bros Band and played throughout Western New York in Clubs, Colleges, Schools and recorded studio music for radio commercials. John is a dedicated Instructor with 18 years experience at Limelite Music. He Teaches his students how to:

  • Read Music
  • Learn Chords – All types: major, minor, maj7’s, min7’s, augmented and diminished
  • Scales
  • Ear Training. Very important to learning songs on your own.
  • Compose a practice schedule to help develop the student’s playing style.

 

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