For over 25 years, David Powell has dedicated his life to discovering the guitar and creating music. His passion began at an early age while growing up in a home filled with jazz, blues and rock favorites. It wasn’t long before David picked up the guitar and never put it down. Originally from the East Coast, he headed out to Hollywood to attend Musicians Institute and later earned his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from Sonoma State University. As a multi-instrumentalist, he also sings, plays bass guitar, piano, and drums. Dave spends his time writing music, teaching, and performing with his band, Fighting Smokey Joe, throughout the Bay Area.
Dylan Garrison is a versatile drummer who, just out of high school, was already recording and performing with Bay Area groups such as Midori and Ezra Boy. With a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies and a Minor in Music Theory from the University of North Texas, Dylan performed with various Top 40, rock, funk, and jazz groups throughout the Dallas area, and taught at Alliance Music Academy in Plano, TX. In 2014, Dylan returned to his Bay Area roots, performing and teaching drums and piano, camping and hiking his favorite spots, and sitting in the stands at AT&T park watching the Giants win!
A trumpet player since childhood, Matt fell in love with the piano during high school. He received his BA in Music and studied in the Teaching Credential program at Humboldt State University, where he played in just about every type of band possible, from symphony and wind ensemble, to jazz big band and small jazz combos, to Mariachi. He is currently the keyboardist and the horn section in the as-yet-to-be discovered rock cover band, Greek Wooden Buddha, with fellow WOW! teacher, Tommy Toy. In addition to being an avid musician, jamming on songs by his idols like Donald Fagen and Miles Davis, Matt is an avid explorer of the wonderful North Bay along with his wife, and their two wonderful kids.
Mindy Knight has been singing practically since she could speak. From the age of eight, she sang in choirs and ensembles of every different style. She is a born and raised Texan now living her dreams of coming to California! At the University of North Texas, Mindy studied music education, piano and anthropology in addition to receiving her BA in voice. Her favorite styles to perform are Jazz, Motown, Musical Theater and Folk music, which helped fuel a passion for learning to accompany herself on piano. Mindy believes learning to sing or play an instrument is one of the best ways for kids to express themselves and have fun!
Sanford Barnett has been playing guitar and bass for over 30 years. After receiving his B.A. in Jazz Studies in 1989 from Sonoma State University and also studying at Cal Arts, Sanford began teaching guitar, bass, and rock bands, as well as playing professionally all over the Bay Area. Sanford currently performs in several bands throughout the Bay Area with each ensemble offering up a different approach from Jazz, to the Latin grooves of The Razon Band, to the straight ahead lines of The Sanford Barnett Trio/Quartet, to a Van Halen cover band.
A classically trained multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years of music performance and teaching experience, Tommy has played both professionally and recreationally in a wide variety of ensembles ranging from symphonic orchestra to jazz big band, to R&B / Motown and rock cover bands. Besides running around the studio teaching, Tommy can also be found running around the tennis courts at Boyle Park or hiking the trails of Marin with wife, Emily, and Nuggy, the WOW! dog.
Aaron Hipschman earned a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies at the California Jazz Conservatory (CJC) in Berkeley, California. While at the CJC, Aaron studied with a variety of decorated drum, piano, and composition instructors, and brings from that experience a strong background in piano and music theory to his drumming instruction. Always interested in expanding his musicality and exploring different genres, styles, and grooves from around the world, Aaron studied drums in Cuba where he officially became obsessed with Cuban percussion. Aaron currently teaches and gigs throughout the Bay Area.
Corey Jones has been teaching music professionally for over five years. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, he’s taken his musical experience to organizations such as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra - but along the way learned that playing rock music with kids was way more fun. With musical projects under his belt that include two self-recorded albums, various stage performances and other musical acts, his experience in French Horn, piano, and guitar have honed him into a passionate, empathetic and devoted guitar teacher. He moved to the Bay Area in late 2016, and can’t wait to stretch his legs both in and out of the ocean. When he’s not playing music, he’s usually skateboarding across the city, reading comics, or watching cartoons. But not at the same time. Probably.