Think of music lessons as a way to maintain your brain! For the young-at-heart, learning a musical instrument is an invaluable tool as it’s the only discipline that exercises both sides of the brain at the same time. Several studies have shown that music students consistently out-score non-music students on achievement tests in both reading and math. Studies also show that for the older students, the more active your brain is, the less likely it is that you’ll develop brain illnesses.
Eric began performing professionally as a fiddle player at age 13 with the Roanoke area favorite, Carl Basham and the Hymns of Zion Singers. High School and College performance credits include 6 years participant in Junior High/High School Regional Orchestra as a cellist and was a member of the All State Orchestra in 1986. While attending Roanoke College for undergraduate studies in Music, Eric was a member of the Roanoke College Jazz Ensemble on bass, and the Roanoke College Piano Trio on cello. Click here to learn more about Eric.
Laura York received her Bachelor of Music Education from Longwood University and has completed Graduate Studies in Special Education at Lynchburg College and Education at Hampton University. From 1993- 2001 Laura was a music educator for Amherst County Public Schools, providing general music education for grades 6 & 7 as well as serving as Director of the Middle School Choir Program. Prior to her time at Amherst County Schools, Laura was the Music Instructor for the Central Virginia Training Center, providing musical opportunities for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. (Full bio coming soon.)
Bill Gray has been a fixture in the music scene in Lynchburg for the last 25 years and has been teaching for over 24 years. Bill spent 12 years honing his craft, playing lead guitar in a variety of working bands playing Country, Rock, Blues, and R&B, including Westbound, Eazy Street, Showdown, Dusk to Dawn and Silverado. Bill’s teaching career began with his work with the Roberts Piano Company, where he was on the education staff for 19 years. He has been associated with Lynchburg Music Center for the last 5 years teaching electric guitar, acoustic guitar and electric bass. Click here to learn more about Bill.
Tommy’s list of influences range from the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Warren Haynes, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Satriani. And you can hear each of these in Tommy’s eclectic sound. Tommy’s past performance experiences include professional work in and around Nashville, North Carolina, Virginia and all up and down the east coast. Tommy currently performs with Hard Days Night (Beatles Tribute), Soul to Soul (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Band) Volume 3 Band, and Out of Spite as well as continuing to work with local singer/songwriter Paddy Dougherty. Click here to learn more about Tommy.
Larry Scott began playing professionally with the band The Dyna-Tones, performing in clubs and colleges in Lynchburg, Farmville, Bedford, Greensboro, NC and several venues in PA. It was during this time that the Dyna-Tones opened for Kool and the Gang, and served as back-up band for comedian Wild Man Steve. Larry studied at the VCU Community Music School in 1974 and from 1976-1980 traveled throughout the United States with various bands. From 1981-83 Larry traveled with the Vikki Austin Show performing at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, as well as Puerto Rican and Aruba casinos. Click here to learn more about Larry.