Dave: piano, hammond organ, keyboards

A professional piano, organ and keyboard player living in Chadds Ford PA, Dave Mattock divides his time between running the Mattock School of Music, performing, and teaching. Dave is a member of the faculty at Camden County College, University of Pennsylvania, and Lafayette College, where he teaches piano, theory, music history, music busines, jazz, ensembles and introductory music classes, and has a full studio of private students in the Philadelphia area. Interested in and capable of playing many styles of music, Dave currently works with The Tap Room Trio, the JW Caldwell Band, Soul PurposeCharlie Apicella and Iron City, Browntown, Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds, and Apparatus. Dave can also be found freelancing around Philadelphia in various jazz ensembles, cover bands, wedding bands and studio appearances. He started teaching privately in 2002 and has maintained a studio of students of all ages and backgrounds ever since. Dave received his Bachelors degree in Jazz Performance from Temple University, and his Masters degree in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University.

More info about Dave, his music and his performances can be found at:
www.davemattock.com 
www.taproomband.com

Laura: voice, song writing


Laura Lizcano is a Colombian jazz vocalist and songwriter based in the city of Philadelphia. Her debut EP “Chance on Me” was recently recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks and will be released later this year.

Lizcano graduated from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia. She studied privately with Sachal Vasandani, Joanna Pascale, and Greg Kettinger, and was the featured vocalist with the Temple University Big Band, led by Terell Stafford, for two years. While at Temple, she also had the opportunity to perform the Philadelphia premiere of Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians,” alongside members of the Grammy Award winning vocal group The Crossing. Additionally, she received a scholarship to attend the Keep an Eye Summer Workshop at the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam in the Netherlands, through which she had the opportunity to learn from Becca Stevens. Outside of Temple, Laura has studied privately with Camila Meza.  

Laura has performed at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts with Joanna Pascale, Chelsea Reed, Lee Mo, Najwa Parkins, and Alexa Barchini for the Sittin In’ Series at Innovation Studios. She has also performed as a guest artist with the Big Band Juveníl de Bogotá — under the direction of Alejandro Fernandéz— at Teatro Jorge Eliécer Gaitán in Bogotá, Colombia. Laura has also sung at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola with the Temple University Big Band.

Currently, Laura composes for and performs with her solo project. She also sings with Brennen Ernst and the Roaming Tones, a band playing music from the 30’s and 40’s with an extremely danceable rhythm.

www.lauralizcanomusic.com

John: guitar, bass, ukelele

John Murray is in his third year at Temple University where he is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Guitar Performance. He has been regularly performing on a professional level on both guitar and bass around New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania since 2012. Born into a music-loving family, he has been absorbed in rock, blues, jazz, funk, pop, and metal music his whole life, picking up the guitar at age eight. With his diverse musical background and experience teaching students of a wide variety of ages, he is inspired by sharing his knowledge of music with others. John spends much of his time playing in several jazz ensembles in his home base of Philadelphia, pursuing his own original music, and performing in the wedding circuit. His primary goal is to help his students broaden their musical knowledge and technique, while experiencing the joy that playing an instrument can bring.


 

Maria Seffrin: clarinet, bassoon, piano

Maria Seffrin is currently a senior at West Chester University where she studies clarinet with Karen Dannessa.  She is pursuing a dual degree in music education and music performance, with a minor in music history.  Maria is a member of the West Chester University Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Winds, and various smaller ensembles.  As a top member of the clarinet studio at West Chester, Maria has performed in masterclasses given by Dr. Christopher Nichols (University of Delaware) and Ricardo Morales (Principal Clarinetist, Philadelphia Orchestra.) Additionally, in focusing on her degree in education, Maria has worked with the Upper Darby High School marching band and is currently on staff with the Burlington Township High School marching band in New Jersey.  Her studies in performance have given her the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall, tour China with West Chester’s Wind Ensemble, and audition for the President’s Own Marine Band in Washington, D.C.  Maria is constantly taking lessons with clarinetists from across the country to continue her growth as a musician.



 

 

Ken Miller: saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, guitar

Kenneth P. Miller is the band director at Pocopson Elementary School and Chadds Ford Elementary School in the Unionville Chadds Ford School District.  A graduate of West Chester University with a B.S. in Music Education, he has been a band director since 1997 and has taught students in grades 4 through 12.   In addition to being a band director, he arranges and composes original works of music for concert and marching bands. Although a saxophonist by choice, Ken plays and teaches all brass and woodwind instruments, as well as guitar and bass. In addition to teaching private lessons Ken also runs the Summer Jazz Camp at MSOM.

More info about Mr. Miller's Summer Jazz Camp

Tyrone: saxophone

Tyrone Fredericks Jr, has been playing saxophone since the age of nine. He began his jazz saxophone studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem PA and completed them at Temple University in Philadelphia, graduating with a BM in jazz saxophone performance. During his musical studies he has worked with musicians such as Ben Schachter, Tim Warfield, Dave Leibman, Neil Wetzel, Terell Stafford, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Heath, Tom Lawton, Nelson Hill and many more. A sought after saxophonist, Tyrone has played professionally over the last 15 years in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and the New Jersey shore areas. He has performed in numerous bands and ensembles that span musical genres from jazz and funk to hip-hop and rock & roll. Along with working as a professional sax man he is also both a saxophone instructor and a saxophone technician. Tyrone currently resides in the Philadelphia area where he is pursuing his Masters in Music in Jazz performance degree at Temple University.

Check out Tyrone's playing here:
Thunder road
More today than yesterday

Jason: guitar, drums, bass

Jason Herrmann is a young guitarist, bassist, composer, and teacher. He calls the Philadelphia music scene home, but regularly travels all over the tri-state area playing gigs wherever he can. Since graduating from Temple University with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance, Jason has slowly been making a name for himself as a talented, professional, and laid-back musician and teacher. Although he received his degree in Jazz, he was born and bred on metal and rock and he is always looking for new and exciting ways to use and teach all of the varying styles that he has learned and practiced over the years.
Jason is always keeping busy performing with a variety of musical acts. Most recently you can find him playing funk guitar in local coverband Browntown. Or you can find him shredding with his original metal band Burden. He also spends a lot of his time groovin' it up with his jazz/hip-hop/New Orleans inspired band Compost, or playing bass with The Brian Bortnick Band. Occasionally he works as a sub guitarist in the local hip-hop coverband ReMIXTD, and in various wedding bands.
In addition to being a freelance musician, Jason spends most of his time teaching private guitar lessons in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. He has been teaching guitar/bass lessons regularly for over seven years and has had the pleasure of teaching students of every age, type, and background.
As a teacher, Jason knows that variety and progress are two key motivators in students and their enjoyment of music lessons. Thanks to his formal college training and his extensive repertoire in varying musical genres, Jason is able to satisfy almost any musical direction a student may want to go in. Whether the student is looking for rock, jazz, classical, folk, funk, death metal, blues, or is a total beginner, Jason can challenge and inspire them.

Matt: drums, percussion

Born into a musical family just outside of Philadelphia PA, Matt Galletti spends his time playing, teaching and recording drums.  With his father being a drummer, it was a natural fit at a young age to follow in his footsteps.  Learning in grade school and middle school was a helpful practice for Matt, but his first studies with J.T. Whitely were what made Matt want to take his drumming to a new level.  J.T. introduced concepts around rock, jazz and techniques for drumset that have stuck with him.  Matt was also involved heavily with the prestigious Upper Darby High School drumline and credits Jeremy Schilling and Jason Majerczak for his hand technique,.
After high school, Matt was able to attend first the University of North Texas, where he studied with many different players and teachers, such as Ed Soph, Mark Ford, and Nathan Ratliff.  After a year at North Texas, Matt went back to his hometown to attend Temple University, where he graduated with a degree in Jazz Performance.   While at Temple, Matt studied with Erik Johnson for 4 years.  Erik allowed Matt to approach the drumset in a different way, which opened up many possibilities for Matt as a player.  Erik was not just a teacher, but a friend and mentor who helped Matt grow into the person as well as the musician he is today.
Matt currently works as a freelance drummer, teacher and recording engineer out of his home studio in Downingtown PA.  He has worked with many different artists in the area, such as Kaitlin Sweeney, Tim Williams, Deb Callahan, The Tap Room Trio, Greg Snyder and many others.  He has also played in many wedding bands and played over 75 musicals in the area.  As a home studio engineer, he has worked with clients across the country to record drums for their records, such as Nate Finan and John David.  Matt has 15 years of experience as a teacher as well, and his students have gone on to be in regional and state bands, attend college for music and play professionally.  His teaching methods are constantly evolving with the current state of music and his students have been able to find great success. You can check out some of Matt's recordings at https://soundcloud.com/mattgallettidrums
 

Tom: audio engineering, production

A professional audio engineer and bass player, Tom is the guy behind the guy behind the guy in TV audio production. If you've ever watched a commercial on TV, then you've heard his work. Tom specializes in TV audio production, but he is also a recording engineer, professional bass player and a PR man. He is the owner of Big Barn Mix and part owner of The Tap Room. He has worked for many of the biggest recording companies in Philadelphia, and currently does work for several TV studios in NYC. He has toured the country with She, and currently works with the rock band Apparatus. Tom is available for lessons in audio production, and does occasional work recording students at MSOM for demos and college audition tapes.

Winston: dog stuff


Winston is our resident expert on all things dog related. He's also a specialist in organ jazz (check out his monthly music recommendations), food and drink, and couches. Originally from the farm lands of western PA, Winston moved to Philadelphia at a young age, where he developed a love of music, food, and people. Recently having moved to Chester County, he's a man about town, who you'll see roaming the Chadds Ford area, always looking for the next great experience. Although he doesn't give lessons, he's always happy to hang out with students and parents alike, so if you want to meet Winston, just ask and he'll be happy to stop by.