West Bloomfield School of Music Instructors





Brandon Bowker


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


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


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