Traverse City School of Music Instructors

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Brass

 

Bob Hicks

Trumpet

Bob Hicks has taught trumpet in Traverse City since the mid-seventies and at Marshall Music since the TC location opened. He has been the principal trumpet with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra for 35 years.  Throughout his career, Hicks has played in many local Traverse City groups, including the soul and blues band Luther Gravey and the Soul Biscuits. He currently plays with the Dixieland Band, The Back Room Gang, and The Bay Area Big Band. He attended Ohio State University in the ‘60s, is married, and has one son.

Mike Hunter

Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Euphonium/Baritone

Mike Hunter is a retired director of Northwestern Michigan College’s Jazz Ensembles, which include the Jazz Big Band, Jazz Lab Band, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He was also the instructor of trombone and euphonium at Northwestern Music College and taught the MIDI Basics, Theory, and Sound Engineers classes, which were part of NMC’s Audio Technology degree. He is currently a working professional performer and composer/arranger, as well as an Apple Certified trainer for Logic Pro 9. He was an instructor at NMC from 1991 until his retirement in July, 2014.

 

Hunter is a graduate of Central Michigan University’s School of Music, having earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition. He was also a trombone student of William H. Rivard, who was a music major in the renowned jazz program of North Texas State University (now University of North Texas).

Hunter works as a freelance arranger, composer, music copyist, and recordist from his studio in Traverse City. He is the arranger, trombonist, and bandleader for Traverse City’s annual Rotary Show. His other teaching duties include leading clinics and master classes, directing the high school/middle school jazz band at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, teaching as a low brass instructor for beginners with the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, and teaching private lessons on low brass and trumpet.

 

Hunter plays professionally with jazz combos, big bands, and chamber groups throughout Michigan, including the Blue Lake Fine Arts Faculty Jazz Sextet. He was also the trombonist and arranger for the popular Traverse City based R & B blues, soul, and swing band, Luther Gravey and the Soul Biscuits. Currently, he is the lead trombonist with the Bay Area Big Band, and has also been featured in the “Artist in Residence” series at Saginaw Valley State University.

 

Throughout his career, he has backed national artists such as Mel Torme, Frank Sinatra Jr., Gladys Knight, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Eddie Kendricks (on the LP Slick), Bob Newhart, Jerry Lewis, Bobby Vinton, and Wayne Newton. He can be heard on recordings featured with guitarist Steve Little and with Luther Gravey and the Soul Biscuits.

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Woodwinds

 

Katherine Beier

Flute & Saxophone

Katherine Beier is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Beier also holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Wisconsin. She is currently the associate principal flutist for the Northport Concert Band, a master class instructor and soloist, and a woodwind quintet and flute choir member.

 

“My teaching style was developed to enhance every individual and help students reach their goals. Commitment, competitiveness, and a love of music are qualities that I encourage and develop in my teaching of music as a universal language.”

Deb Clark

Oboe

Deb Clark relocated to Northern Michigan in 2011 from downstate where she taught elementary music for 13 years.  With a BA from Western Michigan University in music and a K–12 certification in music from Spring Arbor University, she has taught piano and oboe for nearly 20 years.  She has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, as well as serving as the accompanist and musical director for church choirs and community/school musicals.  Clark currently plays with the Cadillac Symphony Orchestra, Encore Winds, and Old Town Playhouse.​

Kathy Will

Bassoon

Kathy Will brings over 30 years of teaching experience to Marshall Music.  A graduate of the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and the University of Michigan School of Music, she teaches piano, voice, and bassoon.  Kathy has spent most of her career teaching instrumental and vocal music in the public schools, and also spent eight years as principal bassoonist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Today she is the Music and Worship Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, where she directs both an adult and a children’s choir, and serves as organist.

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Orchestral Strings

 

​Margaret O'Leary

Violin & Viola

Margaret O'Leary is a Traverse City native who has enjoyed playing viola for the past eight years. She recently graduated from Traverse City West Senior High School in 2017 and is currently attending Northwestern Michigan College. She plans to continue her education to achieve a degree in occupational therapy and music therapy. O’Leary enjoys playing with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra. She teaches with the Suzuki method for beginning violinists and violists.