Brass Teachers

Griffith Gentilcore


Griffith Gentilcore is an accomplished trumpet performer with a passion for working with students of all abilities. Griffith has a Masters of Music, as well as an Advanced Music Studies Certificate in Trumpet Performance from Carnegie Mellon University. Griffith also holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree, cum laude, from Baldwin Wallace University, as well as a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance, cum laude, with a Jazz Emphasis. He studied trumpet performance with Jack Sutte, second trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra, Jack Brndiar, former lecturer in trumpet at Baldwin Wallace University, George Vosburgh, former principal trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Neal Berntsen, second trumpet of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Gentilcore has taken part in many performances, including The Who’s Moving On Tour and “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Strings Attached Tour. While at Baldwin Wallace University, he participated in the Baldwin Wallace University Wind Ensemble Washington D.C. Tour that included performing at the Kennedy Center. Recently, Mr. Gentilcore has also had the great pleasure of attending virtual music festivals and trumpet summer programs that feature many of the greatest minds of music from around the world.

Griffith has taught students of all levels and engaged with them on understanding the meaning of the music they are playing as a means to strengthen their needed commitment to the technique as well as the art of their performance. His teaching philosophy: “I think of music as a universal language. It inspires us to create. It is an endless journey of past stories and future memories. In order to be truly immersed in music, all different types of music from around the world must be considered and embraced.

When performing, we all must learn from the history and the theory of the piece and study the score to fulfill what the composer intended the music to portray. Much like theater and film, music invites us to play a character, with the instrument as our voice. I help my students to find and strengthen that voice.”


Saxophone: All Levels
Woodwinds: Beg-Int

Thomas Kelley

Tom Kelley is a saxophonist, woodwind player, and arranger. Tom is the lead alto player on both the 2020 and 2019 winners of the GRAMMY “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” category: The OmniAmerican Book Club by Brian Lynch, and American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom by John Daversa. Tom was a highly sought-after freelance musician in Miami while attending the

University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, recording on 12 professional albums and several more within a scholastic context.

Notable performances and programs from the last few years include the 2019 Brubeck Festival, live audition for the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance (2020), participating in Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead (2018) at the Kennedy Center, performing in the world premiere of Michael Tilson Thomas’s Playthings of the Wind (2016) with the New World Symphony, and performances with Brian Lynch at Pinecrest Gardens (2017), Alicia Hall-Moran and Shelly Berg at Festival Miami (2017).

Tom graduated in 2018 from Frost’s Studio Jazz Writing master’s program, where he studied chiefly with Gary Lindsay as well as Martin Bejerano, Dorothy Hindman, John Daversa, and Brian Lynch among others. Tom graduated from Frost’s Studio Music and Jazz program in 2016, in which he studied mainly with Gary Keller. Tom was a Brubeck Fellow (Brubeck Institute, University of the Pacific) from 2012-2013, studying predominantly with Joe Gilman and Jeff Clayton. Other saxophone teachers include Adam Kolker, Dan Goble, Dave Liebman, Dale Underwood, and David Henderson.

Nick Stahl

Saxophone: All Levels

Nick Stahl is a saxophonist and composer specializing in jazz, rock, pop, and classical. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in jazz reeds and a Minor in music theory. Nick is experienced in a variety of musical settings, having performed or recorded at locations such as at Capitol Records, Kingsize Soundlabs, Sam First, Art Share LA, and the Seattle Museum of History and Industry. In 2019 he became a Jazz Fellow at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute, receiving intensive instruction in composition and performance. During that same year Nick was also chosen to be part of an international group of musicians to demonstrate a groundbreaking low latency audio/video technology, LoLa, at the Italian research institute SISSA.

Through teaching Nick aims to have the type of positive impact on his students that his teachers have had on him. He strives to make lessons enjoyable and rewarding, while challenging students and pushing them to grow. He personalizes lessons to each student’s goals and preferences, seeking to expand strengths and strengthen weaknesses. Beyond repertoire, Nick focuses on three main areas: technique, time/rhythm, and theory/ear training, all of which are equally important regardless of genre. There is an inherent sense of wonder in making music, and Nick seeks to foster an environment in which that is not lost

Dan Nebel

Beginner Piano.
French horn: ALL LEVELS.
Ages 10+

Dan Nebel is currently the principal hornist of the Monterey Symphony and the organist at Burns Memorial United Methodist Church in Aurora, CO. He is a Doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado specializing in postural studies of horn players. He has earned a Master’s of Music from Wichita State University, and a Bachelor’s of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music.

Mr. Nebel teaches students ages ten and older of all skill levels, inspiring and instructing his students with a deep knowledge of every aspect of his craft.

In addition to his education and teaching background, Dan has served as a bandsman with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West and freelances extensively throughout Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico California for the last five years. Prior to joining the Air Force, Dan performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Colorado College Summer Music Festival, and New York String Orchestra Seminar.

Dan has performed as a guest artist at universities throughout the United States and as a regional artist at International Horn Symposia in Los Angeles, Ithaca, and Phoenix. He has also directed music and accompanied services for seven congregations over the last seventeen years.