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· Studies show that there is a direct correlation between improved SAT scores and the length of time spent studying the arts.  Those who studied the arts four or more years scored higher on the verbal and math portions of the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts.


· High school music students have higher grade point averages than non-music

       students in the same school.


· Research shows that reading, writing, and math scores improve when arts are included in the curriculum. 


· Students of music learn craftsmanship as they learn what constitutes good, as opposed to

       mediocre work while developing a means

       of self-expression. 


· Music study enhances teamwork skills and teaches discipline and responsibility.


· Through the study of music, students learn the value and rewards of hard work and feel a real sense of accomplishment.








David Hummel (Trumpet) 

A former student of Vince DiMartino, David holds music degrees from the University of Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky University.  He has taught band at the middle school and high school level and was previously the adjunct instructor of brass and  Director of the Jazz Ensemble and Wind Ensembles at Berea College.  In addition to leading his own big band, he is a member of the DiMartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, the Kentucky Jazz Repratory Orchestra , and the Bluegrass Area Jazz Ambassadors Big Band.   In January 2011, David toured Spain with the Walnut Street Ragtime Ramblers, a classic jazz ensemble that plays the music of Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong and others.  He has played for touring acts such as The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Broadway shows :”Chicago” and “Peter Pan”, and jazz greats Bob Mintzer, Bill Watrous, Diane Schuur and Doc Severinsen. 





David Hall (Clarinet/Saxophone)

David is a graduate of the University of Kentucky where he studied with Phil Miller.  While at Kentucky, he was a member of the wind ensemble, orchestra, symphonic band, marching band, and jazz ensemble.  As a private music instructor, David has taught clarinet and saxophone for over thirty years.  Over the years he has performed with The Lexington Philharmonic, The Lexington Concert Band, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Andy Williams, Carol Channing, Bob Hope, The Platters, Kathy Lee Gifford, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Men of Note, The Sensations, and Dixieland South.  He has played regularly at Giuseppe’s Ristorante Italiano in Lexington over the past twenty years.




Dara Henry (Piano)

Dara is a graduate of Glen Cove High School in New York and holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Eastern Kentucky University.  She has taught and performed in the tri-state area for more than 30 years.  During this time period, she has instructed hundreds of students to the highest level of performance in piano competitions and solo and ensemble festivals.  


Luke Jackson (Guitar)

Luke was born in Baltimore MD and currently performs and records as a solo artist, and many bands from various genres.  He has studied guitar for over 9 years, and has 13 years of overall music experience.  He is currently studying at Eastern Kentucky University where he is majoring in Guitar Performance and Music Business.  He has been trained in a variety of musical styles such as Classical, Jazz, Rock, Country, Blues and more.








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Tamara Hounshell (Violin)

Tamara currently attends Eastern Kentucky University where she is currently pursuing a degree in Violin Performance.  She is active in the EKU String Symphony Orchestra and the EKU Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to classical studies, she plays violin in a jazz improve ensemble which has performed at venues such as Natasha’s, the Kentucky State Fair, and Woodsong’s pre-shows.  In the past, she has performed with the Kentucky Music Ambassadors’ chamber orchestra and All-State Symphony Orchestra. 

Nathan Wilson (String & ElectricBass/Mandolin)

Nathan is a certified Suzuki Bass Teacher with 20 years teaching double bass in orchestral, jazz, blues, and folk styles.  He holds a B.A. in Music from Berea College, M.M. and M.A.T. from Eastern Kentucky University.  Nathan is currently on the faculty at Fayette County Public Schools where he specializes in teaching string orchestra instruments to elementary and teenage students.  He serves as the Director of Music Ministry for St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Lexington.  He has played bass for many regional ensembles including the Lexington Community Orchestra, Huntington Symphony, Kentucky Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Transylvania University, and Berea College Wind Ensemble.  He has played in jazz and rock groups such as Big City Groove, Tim Lake’s Little Big Band, Rodney Miller and Airdance.

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Andrew Grigson (Drums)

Born and raised in Paris, KY, Andrew grew up as a part of the Paris Band from the time he was born. His father was the Director and his mother was the general music teacher. In 5th grade, Andrew decided that the drums were his passion (citing influence by KISS drummer Peter Criss) and he began to learn on his dad’s 1960’s era Rodgers kit. He played all through middle and high school, traveling and performing to various parts of the world with the Paris Band. After high school, while attending UK for a degree in Printmaking, Andrew joined local Americana band Pawnshop Radio. Later, he earned himself a house drumming position at The Penguin Dueling Piano Bar, where he played all-request shows with different pianists every weekend for almost two years. He briefly drummed for C2 (now C2 and the Brothers Reed), and currently holds the drum throne for local metal act Las Vicious. In total, Andrew has more than 15 years of performing experience behind the kit, having shared the stage with everyone from small-time pop, R&B, and country artists, to mainstream touring metal acts like Butcher Babies and AVATAR. When he is not on stage, in the lesson studio, or working here at Hurst, he likes to spend his free time with his son, Lyric Blue, and the rest of his family: Melissa, Cody, Kahla, and Cruz.

Bryan Henry (Piano/Guitar/Vocal)

Bryan holds a BA in Music Composition and Theory from Eastern Kentucky University with a focus on Classical/Electric Guitar, Piano, and Voice.  He has more than 14 years of teaching experience in piano, guitar, bass, classical/electric guitar, and voice.  Bryan also taught guitar groups at Model Lab Elementary next to Eastern Kentucky University along with tutoring fellow classmates in theory, sight singing, sight reading, and ear training.

Joe Ceo (Violin/Viola)

Joe received his Bachelor’s of Music & Fine Arts from Carnegie-Mellon University.  He then went on to pursue his Masters of Music at the University of Illinois.  While a graduate assistant, he started conducting his first orchestra at a junior high school when the regular teacher quit three weeks into the school year.  With his Masters degree in hand, Ceo then flew across the Atlantic to study in Rome as a Fulbright Scholar.  He has traveled extensively throughout Europe where he has performed at the Bach Academy and at the Queen Elizabeth Performance Hall.  After receiving a BMA in music at Catholic University, Ceo accepted his first teaching position in Wisconsin.  He taught there for three years then went on to teach at Rhode Island College for two years, conducted in Kentucky for 10 years (including the CKYO), and taught at the University of Rhode Island for 17 years.  He has arranged and conducted for the Washington D.C. Ballet Orchestra. 

Kristy Kirsh (Flute)

Kristy holds degrees in music theory and flute performance from Indiana State University (BM), and Butler University (MM).  Kristy founded and directs the Firebird Chamber Ensemble, a community flute orchestra of over 40 flutists, performing on the full family of flutes.  The group is open to all levels of flutists (students and adults) without fees or auditions. 

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Dave McLean (Guitar)

David is a self-employed musician-teaching, recording, composing, and performing since the mid 1980’s.  He has appeared on TV, radio, and concert stage, sharing it with unknowns to Grammy Award winners.  His students have shared the stage with the likes of Judy Collins, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, & Mary), Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Seven Mary Three and more.  His students have appeared on local and regional TV and radio, been seen in print press, and have released award-winning CD’s.  David conducts the “Guitar Gods” interview series, where he has interviewed guitar legends like Tommy Emmanuel, Michael Jackson guitarist Jennifer Batten, Grammy winner Steve Stevens, more.  He also runs the SDML. Instructor Network, which certifies and trains guitar teachers to use the SDML guitar method. 



“Music to me is like breathing– I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music.”

—Ray Charles

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