Troy School of Music Instructors

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Brass

 

Jamey Bostek

Trumpet & Horn

Jamey Bostek has been performing and teaching professionally for over 25 years. Active in all forms of music, Bostek performs at venues throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He is a founding member of Lava/Atlantic recording artists The Atomic Fireballs and has been in numerous television appearances. Their music can be heard on the soundtracks of American Pie and Scooby-Doo. Bostek is tenured as second trumpet with the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra and performs lead and solo duties with the Henry Ford College Big Band. He also performs with the Luddites, Detroit Soul Revue, Blue Water Kings, and The Nighthawk Jazz Orchestra.

Bostek studied music at Aquinas College, San Jose University, and Wayne State University. His mentors include Ed Nuccilli, David Jennings, Marcus Belgrave, Leonard Allman, Dan Kovatz, James Olcott, James Dooley, Kevin Good, and William Lucas.

Bostek is a member and alumnus of the Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps. He is greatly sought after in southeastern Michigan for his expertise in clinics, sectionals, master classes, and guest performances. He is currently Brass Caption Head for the Ferndale High School Marching Band, which has won nine state championships. Bostek works with students of all levels and musical styles. He keeps the student’s goals in mind when developing an individualized approach to teaching that will ensure the development of good habits and strong fundamentals. All of his students are encouraged to participate in the solo and ensemble festival. Bostek has found lifelong enrichment through teaching and mentoring in music.

Lynnette Malburg

Trumpet

Lynnette Malburg comes to Marshall Music with over 35 years of experience in music education. She holds a B.A. in music education and an M.A. in school administration from Wayne State University. During her time at WSU, Malburg toured China and Germany with the WSU Symphony Band. She studied under Gordon Simmons of the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings and the Late Gordon Smith of the Detroit Symphony. She is a newly retired band director having taught in Birmingham Public Schools for 31 years at both the middle school and high school level. During her years as both a private instructor and as a band director, her students were consistently awarded Division I ratings at both MSBOA Solo and Ensemble and band festival performances. Malburg is currently a member of the Rochester Community Band.

Jessica Cates

Trombone

Jessica Cates currently holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Trombone Performance. She is working on her Doctoral dissertation from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in trombone performance as well. During the past decade, spanning over 5 states, she has held principal positions with the Amherst Symphony Orchestra (Amherst, MA), The Litha Symphony Orchestra (NYC), The Adelphi Orchestra (Ridgewood, NJ) and is currently playing bass trombone with the Spectrum Orchestra in Birmingham, MI. In addition to her orchestral work, she has performed with several theatre companies in Michigan and the East Coast. She also performed with Josh Groban during his Boston tour dates in 2013 as well as assisting trombone for the Boston Philharmonic.

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Woodwinds

 

Mark Tarabusi

Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone

Mark Tarabusi holds a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, both as Woodwind Specialist. He has been performing professionally for over 30 years in various musical theater orchestras, symphony and opera orchestras, bands and small ensembles around the United States and for 9 years in Europe. Theater productions include Disney’s world premiere of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in Berlin, “CATS” under the supervision of Andrew Lloyd Weber in Berlin, and the pre-Broadway production of “Victor/Victoria” starring Julie Andrews in Chicago.

 

Mr. Tarabusi has been teaching woodwinds to both children and adults at all levels for over 15 years. Several of his students have won competitions and performed in honors and youth orchestras around Michigan and in the Chicago area. Notable student accomplishments include first chair in the Detroit Symphony Civic Youth Orchestra on bassoon, first prize in the Birmingham Musicale Solo Competition on alto saxophone, and Concerto Competition finalist on clarinet at Troy Athens High School. A few of his students have even gone on to pursue music studies in college.

Laura Kellogg

Flute

Laura Kellogg is a private flute instructor and freelance performer in Southeast Michigan and has over ten years experience teaching flute. A lover of operetta and musical theater works, she has performed in the pit orchestra of the Ohio Light Opera since 2014. She has played flute and piccolo in the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (IN), the South Bend Symphony Orchestra (IN), the Fort Smith Symphony (AR), the Salomon Chamber Orchestra (IN), the Lansing Symphony Orchestra (MI), and the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (MI). Laura performs regularly in Kellari Flutes, DFG 2.0 (Detroit Flute Guild), and Southeastern Michigan Wind Ensemble. Involved in the local flute community, Laura is a board member of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association (SEMFA) and DFG 2.0. She also serves as the Competition Coordinator for SEMFA.

 

During her graduate studies, Laura was a teaching assistant and taught ear training and sight singing, music appreciation, music theory for non-majors, and was a sabbatical replacement for the flute professor at the University of Oklahoma. Laura’s mentors include Richard Sherman, Christopher Chaffee, Valerie Watts, Sharon Sparrow, and Amanda Blaikie. She is currently working on her music education teaching certificate at Oakland University.

 

Please visit her website for more information and to listen to recordings of her.

www.laurakelloggflutist.com

BM Michigan State University 2009

MM Wright State University 2011

DMA University of Oklahoma 2016

Sam Martin

Clarinet

Sam Martin is a professional clarinet and saxophone performer, experienced on all instruments of the clarinet and saxophone families. He is currently the principal clarinetist of the Midland Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, as well as second clarinetist of the Warren Symphony. He has performed with most of the orchestras in southern Michigan including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Flint Symphony, and the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra. He has performed on both clarinet and saxophone with theater orchestras at the Fox and Fisher Theaters in Detroit. He also performs with his wife, flutist Kassia Martin, as the Martin Wind Duo.

Mr. Martin has been teaching privately for over 20 years. His students regularly receive first division ratings at solo and ensemble and perform with youth orchestras including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Ensembles. Many of his students have been awarded scholarships, including awards to study music at the university level. In the past, Mr. Martin has been a member of the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in Georgia, the Colorado Springs Symphony Orchestra, the Central City (CO) Opera Orchestra, and the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra. He has also served as a faculty member at the Rocky Ridge Summer Music Camp in Estes Park, Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University in Detroit.

David Pendock

Bassoon

David Pendock graduated with his Master’s Degree in Bassoon Performance in 2017, studying with the renowned scholar Dr. Jeffrey Lyman at the University of Michigan. Before his fellowship at U of M, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Grand Valley State University where he studied bassoon with John Clapp, formerly of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He has been teaching privately since 2009, inspired by his first bassoon teacher, Alayne Rever.

At Grand Valley, Pendock used his flexible Bachelor of Arts curriculum to study chamber music, saxophone, composition, and audio technology. He has worked to expand the repertoire of the bassoon through commissions of new works, including a recital of pieces written for him by Grand Valley’s student composers. He has studied many Morceaux de Concours, works commissioned annually by the Paris Conservatory as graduation exams which greatly expanded the repertoire and virtuosity of the bassoon. In a search for pieces of similar quality, he enjoys scouring databases of French libraries for lost works written by composers who placed in the Prix de Rome competition.

Jason Rodriguez

Saxophone

Jason Rodriguez is currently completing his bachelor's degree in music education at Oakland University. He has been playing the saxophone for over 11 years. At Oakland, Rodriquez studied with both Dan Graser and Jeffery Heisler. He performed as a member of the Oakland University Symphonic Band and wind symphony, holding principal positions. Jason also performed with the award-winning saxophone quartet, We Three and She. On his weekends, he coached members of the Oakland Area Saxophone Ensemble, a group comprised of high school saxophonists from the Rochester and Metro Detroit areas. Over the summer, Rodriguez spends his time teaching at local band camps such as Port Huron Northern High School and Roseville High School. As a teacher, he believes in helping and encouraging students to reach their musical potential, while providing a creative outlet to explore music.

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Orchestral Strings

 

Halla Hilborn

Violin & Viola

Halla Hilborn has been playing violin for over 16 years. She attended Oakland University, where she received a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and Music Education. She has played in the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and many chamber ensembles. She has also played in the Oakland University Chamber Orchestra where she served as assistant concertmaster. In the summer of 2015, she became a high school counselor at the prestigious Interlochen Fine Arts Camp in northern Michigan. She began teaching lessons at Marshall Music in 2016. Hilborn has experience working with students of all ages and skill levels. As a teacher she believes in helping and encouraging each student to reach their highest potential while developing a lifelong love for music.

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Guitar & Percussion

 

Rudy Alcala

Guitar, Electric Bass, & Ukulele

Rudy Alcala has been a professional musician in the Metro Detroit area for over 40 years. He attended Henry Ford Community College where he studied instrumental and vocal techniques, commercial song writing, and jazz history and theory under George Benson. He is knowledgeable about a wide range of musical styles including folk, pop, Latin, jazz, rock, funk, blues, and country. Mr. Alcala has been teaching private lessons for over 25 years and has been a valuable member of the Marshall Music faculty for over eight years.

Al Fontyn

Guitar & Electric Bass

Al Fontyn has over 25 years of experience as a professional musician. He studied with Matt Michaels and Robert Troy of Wayne State University, as well as Ron English and John Hall of Oakland University. As a member of the Detroit Federation of Musicians, he has performed with The Drifters, Don Rickles, Little Anthony, and Frankie Avalon, among others. Fontyn has taught privately for over 15 years and began teaching at Marshall Music in 2007. Although he has experience playing in a wide variety of musical styles, he specializes in jazz and jazz fusion.

Jake Matthews

Drum Set & Percussion

Jake Matthews has been professionally performing since the age of sixteen years old. He has a Bachelor of Music, concentrating in jazz drum set, from Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Jake has studied as well as worked with some of Detroit’s finest musicians, including Russ Miller, Edward Gooch, and David Taylor, among others. Over the past few years, Jake has been frequently performing throughout the greater Metro-Detroit area, playing in all genres as well as various venues such as Cliff Bell’s, Meadowbrook Theatre, The Dirty Dog Jazz Café, The Cube at Orchestra Hall, and Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats, and Eats, just to name a few. Additionally, Jake is also a freelance recording session drummer and has played on multiple local artists’ albums.

 

Immediately after graduating from high school in 2013, Jake began his teaching career. From giving private lessons to master classes, working as an instructor at various music camps, as well as being the drum line instructor at Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Jake has taught a very wide range of students as well as genres of music. Specifically, Jake teaches drum set, marching percussion, concert percussion, pitched percussion, and hand percussion instruments.

 

Being so heavily involved in a variety of musical situations, there is no doubt that Jake truly has a passion for music! Whether he is performing or teaching, Jake always strives to inspire those who are around him. Having the ability to share his knowledge of music and see the progression of his students is one of the most rewarding feelings for Jake. A student’s musical development not only brings him joy, but it also motivates him to become the best musician and teacher that he can be in order for any student to reach their fullest potential.

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Piano & Voice

 

Alfia Coski

Piano

Alfia Coski’s musical journey began when she was a child, leaving her home to study music in Moscow – an odyssey that ultimately led to America. She hopes to help students begin their own musical journeys, and to experience the joy of making music. Teaching enables her to do this – enriching the world just a little, by imparting a love of music to her students.

Alfia has been teaching since 1986, and is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in the former Soviet Union, where she received her Masters of Arts in Music and Instruction, and which was home to many of the most famous composers and accomplished musicians in the world, including: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Scriabin, Kogan, Rostrapovich, Ashkenazy, and many, many others.

Her approach to teaching is marked by patience, confidence, and a deep commitment to high standards in the quality of musical education. Today, in addition to teaching, she continues to pursue her musical vocation by publishing her own compositions, which are loved by many people.

Mike Harrison

Piano

Mike Harrison is a Detroit based musician and educator. A graduate of Wayne State University, Mike is a talented pianist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist whose work and love for music spans across genres from jazz to rock, blues to pop, Motown to funk, and everything in between. As a performer and recording artist, Mike has shared the stage with Detroit legends, been featured in the Detroit Jazz Festival, and headlined Dally In The Alley. 

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