West Bloomfield School of Music Instructors

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Brass

 

Brandon Bowker

Trumpet

Brandon Bowker is a trumpeter from Wixom, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, where he studied trumpet performance. He studied under Dr. Neil Mueller (trumpet) and Rob Smith (jazz performance). While at CMU, he worked his way up to second trumpet in the prestigious Jazz Lab One, as well as second trumpet in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He is currently working at Marshall Music in West Bloomfield as the school of music coordinator. Other than working at Marshall Music, Bowker also performs with multiple jazz groups, as well as the cover band, Cosmic Groove. Before he moved to Wixom, he founded the band Filmloom with his friend Eric Tempelaere, where he co-wrote music, performed at major venues, and even shot a music video which aired on MTV and VH1. You can find Filmloom on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and YouTube. When Bowker is not practicing his trumpet, he is on his computer editing videos and graphic designing. Bowker currently lives in Wixom with his wife, Julia.

Jason Smith

Trumpet

Jason Smith obtained his Bachelor of Music from Michigan State University and his Master of Music from the University of Michigan. Smith was previously the associate director of bands at Walled Lake Central. He is currently the director of bands at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor. He has taught at Marshall Music for two years.

Bugs Beddow

Trombone, Euphonium, & Tuba

Bugs Beddow is a husband, father, trombonist, flutist, vocalist, bandleader, and music educator. While taking lessons with Mr. Beddow, your child’s skill level will improve quickly. At the same time, they will have more fun playing their instruments.  While in third grade, Beddow attended a pep assembly and noticed that while all the other musicians seemed to be in a stationary position, the trombone player’s arm was quickly moving back and forth. “That guy looked like he was really doing something! That was the instrument for me!” Beddow graduated from Northern Michigan University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Music Education and earned a Master of Music Education with credits at Madonna University and the University of California-Bakerfield. He has taught everything from band, orchestra, choir, and elementary music in the years that followed and is currently with the West Bloomfield School District, where he teaches Middle School Band and K–5 elementary music. He also teaches private lessons at Marshall Music and performs occasionally at his church. While educating by day, Beddow has dedicated many nights to performing, having participated briefly in the big bands of Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Don Ellis, and Stan Kenton. After leaving college and playing with prominent local groups, he started his own jazz group. Beddow was inducted into the Detroit Jazz Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1992, after performing in the movie Hoffa with Jack Nicholson, he changed musical direction and began recording rock and soul music, winning dozens of accolades from the Detroit Music Awards.

In addition to his duties as principal trombonist and vice president of the Orchard Lake Philharmonic, he leads an award winning Detroit area rock and soul band, bugs Beddow & the Good STuFF. Bugs likes spending his spare time with his family, taking long walks with Zeke, the family dog, and playing his trombone and flute.

Michael Olney

Trombone

Michael Olney is a trombonist from Kingsley, Michigan. Olney studied orchestral trombone performance at Central Michigan University, where he studied trombone with Dr. Robert Lindahl and jazz with Rob Smith.

Upon completing his time at CMU, Olney returned to northern Michigan and performed with the pit orchestra for the Old Town Playhouse, in addition to gigging as a freelance musician in the Traverse City area. Most recently, Olney has been touring throughout Michigan with the high-energy, progressive soul band Paddlebots.

Karl Stein

Trombone, Euphonium, & Tuba

Karl Stein is the director of bands at Orchard Lake Middle School and associate band director at Abbott Middle School in West Bloomfield. Stein is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and is currently pursuing his master's degree in education leadership at Grand Valley State University. While at EMU, he performed with the EMU Wind Symphony, university choir, jazz choir, euphonium-tuba choir, and marching band. During his time in the EMU Marching Band, he served three years as drum major and one year as equipment manager. Stein comes to West Bloomfield after spending three years as band director at Gladewater Middle School and assistant director at Gladewater High School in Gladewater, Texas. While in Texas, his ensembles received excellent ratings at concert and sight reading contests. His students have qualified for all-region band each year at the middle school and all-area band at the high school. During his tenure at OLMS, his bands have received superior ratings at the MSBOA concert and sight reading festival, and each year his students qualify for the MSBOA Middle School All-State Honors Band.

Stein has held professional affiliations with Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band fraternity, the National Association of Military Marching Bands, the Texas Music Educators’ Association, the Texas Bandmasters’ Association, the Association of Texas Small School Bands, the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, and the Michigan Competing Band Association.

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Woodwinds

Michelle Pascoe

Piccolo & Flute

Michelle Pascoe’s passion for the flute led her to obtain a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Hope College. While there, she studied flute with Julie Sooy and piccolo with Robert “Gabe” Southard.  She was also chosen as the winner of Hope's annual Concerto/Aria competition. That same year, Pascoe also won the DeVos Musical Showcase Competition where she had the opportunity to perform on the DeVos stage in Grand Rapids. Pascoe is currently working on her master’s in flute performance at Oakland University. She is currently taking lessons with Jefferey Zook (piccolo, Detroit Symphony Orchestra). She shares her passion for the flute with her students, young and old. Marshall Music welcomes Michelle Pascoe to the teaching staff.

Armand Angeloni

Flute, Clarinet, & Saxophone

Armand Angeloni has taught lessons for Marshall Music for over 25 years. He attended Wayne State University and studied arrangement through the Berklee College of Music. He performed with the U.S. Army Band at Fort Knox, Kentucky and throughout Germany. Angeloni has performed in opening acts for Bob Seger, Chicago, and Jethro Tull, among others. He has also performed with The Supremes, The Spinners, The Contours, Donna Summer, Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey Circus, Was Not Was, and The Ultimate Doo Wop Shows. Angeloni’s orchestral performances include the Detroit Opera Theatre, Orchestra Hall, Livonia Symphony, and the Dearborn Symphony, to name a few. He also has extensive big band and jazz combo experience. His original compositions cover a wide variety of material from classical, ethnic, jazz, Latin, blues, and contemporary. He is also the author of an original music book Dance Style Melodies for Improvisation.

Carl Gippert

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, & Saxophone

Carl Gippert is a retired band and orchestra director who has taught elementary through college and adult private lessons for 50 years. He has a bachelor and master’s degree in music education from Central Michigan University where he was the first saxophone performance minor. Some of his teachers include Dr. Larry Teal, Bob Barris, and Norm Dietz. He founded the Roscommon Chamber Orchestra, taught at Saginaw Valley State College, taught 17 years with the 5–12 grade bands at Hemlock Public Schools, 17 years with the 9–12 grade bands and orchestras at North Farmington High School, and 8 years at St. Clair County Community College. The Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association recognized him as a finalist for outstanding band director, and he was also voted Outstanding Orchestra Director of the year. His bands and orchestras have received many district, state, national, and international awards. He taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for many years and was selected as the international band director for three years. He presently teaches and conducts the New Horizons Orchestras in Port Huron. Gippert is very active as an adjudicator for MSBOA District/State Band/Orchestra and Solo/Ensemble Festivals and often serves as a clinician for schools. He presents a very positive approach to music education.

Kristin Balint

Double Reeds

Kristin Balint received her bachelor’s degree in music education (instrumental) from Eastern Michigan University in December 2005. As a bassoonist, she has studied with Robert Williams of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Richard Beene, and David Pierce. Her oboe studies teacher was Kristy Meretta. Balint has performed with the EMU Band and Orchestra, University of Michigan Orchestra, Southern Great Lakes Symphony, and the Macomb Symphony Orchestra. She has been teaching lessons at Marshall Music since 2005.

David Pendock

Saxophone & 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.

His instrumental music education began with the saxophone in school band. After seeing a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony, he wanted to play in an orchestra, but was dismayed to realize that orchestras don't have saxophones! He sought out the instruction of Alayne Rever at Oakland University, who taught him both bassoon in addition to the saxophone. She helped him work his way into the Oakland Youth Orchestras, Detroit Civic Youth Orchestras, and MSBOA All-State Orchestra, inspiring him to become a music educator. He has been teaching privately since 2009.

Before his fellowship at the University of Michigan, Pendock earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grand Valley State University where he studied bassoon, saxophone, composition, and audio technology. His research interests include the role of the saxophone in orchestra, electro-acoustic enhancements to the bassoon, and the Morceaux de Concours, a body of literature commissioned annually by the Paris Conservatory as graduation exams which greatly expanded the repertoire and virtuosity of both instruments.

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Orchestral Strings

Megan Anderson

Violin & Viola

Megan Anderson is an undergraduate student in music education at Eastern Michigan University, studying under Dan Foster, and a current member of the university’s symphony orchestra. She has been playing the violin for nine years and has maintained her passion for playing and teaching ever since she started learning in the sixth grade. Anderson grew up in the Upper Peninsula where she was given violin lessons from her private instructor, Ann Wood. During this time, she was concert mistress for the Upper Peninsula Youth Orchestra. Anderson has a strong focus on creating and managing skills that improve the students’ practice time, basic music theory, and musicianship.

Brandon Cota

Cello

Brandon Cota began study of the cello at age 13 with Duck Hee O'Donnell in Rockville, Maryland and went on to receive the Distinguished Artist Award to study at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. While at Hope, he studied cello with Dr. Robert Ritsema and Richard Piippo of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Cota has studied with such virtuoso cellists as Marcy Chanteaux and Robert DeMaine of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Ovidiu Marinescu of Temple University, Andrew Schulman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Ulrich Boekheller of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He recently completed a graduate program at Wayne State University where he focused on cello performance and orchestral studies. He performs with numerous symphonies in Southeastern Michigan, including the Plymouth Symphony, Orchestra Canton, and the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. Cota won first prize in the 2007 Wayne State University concerto competition.

Matthew Mayes

Cello & Double Bass

Matthew Mayes graduated from Hope College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in instrumental music education. Since then, he has been teaching in a variety of settings, including private instruction and in classrooms at public schools. He has been playing cello for 24 years, and has performed with many groups including the Holland Symphony Orchestra. He has also been teaching cello privately for the past 10 years.

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Guitar & Percussion

Zach Desjarlais

Percussion/Drumset

Zach Desjarlais Graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Music/Percussion in 2019 and has been an active music teacher, substitute teacher, and percussion educator in the southeastern Michigan area since then. He has performed with the EMU Percussion Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Wind Symphony. His marching percussion background includes NorthCoast Academy in 2016 and Redline Percussion in 2017, where he was a world finalist, and in 2018. His DCI experience includes Legends Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014-2015, Colts Drum and Bugle Corps in 2016, and Oregon Crusaders in 2017. He also participated in DCI's 2017 Performer's Showcase competition in 2017 and placed 3rd nationally performing an originally composed Tenor solo. He currently performs with the Farmington Community Band, and the Detroit Lions Drumline.

 

His teaching experience includes being percussion instructor for Skyline High School (2015-2017). He has also taught for South Lyon Percussion (2018) Carman-Ainsworth High School 

2018-2019) from Flint, Michigan, Novi High School (2018-2019), and Farmington United Percussion(2015, 2018). Mr. Desjarlais is currently the Director of Percussion at Farmington High School and is a Tenor drum instructor for Apex Indoor Percussion, both based out of Farmington, Michigan. He is truly passionate about music and percussion, and has helped others discover a passion for percussion as well!

Natalie Debusschere

Percussion

Natalie Debusschere received her Bachelor of Arts in music education from Eastern Michigan University in 2015. Since then, she has worked for Marshall Music as the Regional Recruiting Specialist for Southeast Michigan. Officially, she coordinates with directors and multiple Marshall Music representatives to ensure that school districts get the support they need to make their instrument music programs as great as possible. Unofficially, she gets to work with students all over southeast Michigan getting them HYPED for band and/or orchestra! Teaching lessons is yet another way to share her love of music.

Aside from Marshall Music work, Ms. Debusschere has performed with the EMU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble, and in pit orchestras for several productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Brigadoon, Beauty and the Beast, and Bye, Bye Birdie. Currently, Ms. Debusschere gets to perform with the Rochester Community Concert Band – a volunteer group of musicians from all walks of life getting together to share their passion for music.