A true local legend. Nicks played and recorded for the prestigious Motown/Soul record label with “Jr. Walker and The All Stars” for the 1965 LP release, “Roadrunner”, on songs: “How Sweet Is To Be Loved By You”, “Pucker Up Buttercup” and title track “Roadrunner”. From 1968 to 1976, Nicks recorded with Marry Wells and Jr. Walker and the All Stars in Detroit, Michigan and Los Angeles, California doing numerous engagements over the next several years. In the early to mid 80’s Nicks performed with jazz legend Sonny Stitt and Blues legend Pinetop Perkins. This is just a small part of Billy's career. Visit http://www.billynicks.com for his life story and more. Billy has a true passion for the drums and he loves to share the joy they bring to him. He accepts students of all ages. He teaches as a professor at Notre Dame and also at South Bend Drum & Music Exchange in South Bend, IN.
South Bend Music Exchange and Drum Company is proud to have Trey join us and offer his skills to advanced drummers! Having shared stages all over the globe with such popular acts as Faith Hill, Jewel, Brooks & Dunn, and now Ronnie Dunn, Trey Gray is one of the most sought after touring drummers in Nashville. His media appearances include The Grammys, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, VH1 Divas, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The View, Country Music Television (CMT), and many others. When he is not on the road, Trey is not only a popular studio drummer, but also in demand as a new act producer. Trey was diagnosed with Huntington's Disease in 2003. To this day he continues to travel and speak at charity events around the world to help raise money and awareness about the disease.
Sue Steininger is a piano teacher, accompanist and vocalist in the South Bend community. She graduated from Ball State University and had extensive experience accompanying in the music school as well as piano study throughout her education there. She has taught piano for the past 15 years. As an accompanist, she also has experience as a vocal performance coach and enjoys helping singers prepare for performance. In addition to her teaching and accompanying experience, Sue has been a musician in various capacities, performing with churches, theater, choirs, groups, duos and as a soloist. She sang in a local jazz group for a number of years and had the privilege of performing at the Elkhart Jazz Festival for five of its seasons. She is currently involved in several musical projects with other very talented local musicians and loves continually expanding her musical experience. As a teacher, Sue has thoroughly enjoyed her students throughout the years, sharing her love of music and helping educate those who have a desire to incorporate the knowledge, and joy, of music in their lives and develop an ability to play the piano.
I have been playing the Bass Guitar for some 30 years in various groups of varying styles and in different roles. My influences are as varied as the styles I enjoy playing. I started in Music at the age of thirteen learning the basics of the electric organ. As an Organist I played a number of recitals all the way through my eighteenth birthday at which time I also picked up the electric guitar, teaching myself the basics needed to play in a band as a rhythm guitarist and keyboard player. The one thing that I loved so much about playing the organ was the the deep full sound of the foot pedals. This deep sound of the pedals is what turned me to play the Bass Guitar at the age of nineteen. I have played with many National bands from NY to Chicago.
Paul is a seasoned guitar player with his roots in the farmlands of southern Indiana. The country sounds of Indiana blend well with his early blues influences and he has stretched his repertoire as a songwriter as well. He has spent most of his life honing his craft including a few tours playing in a cruise ship lounge. One of his more interesting venues is the two seasons spent as a lead guitar and vocal artist at Cedar Point. Dating back to his beginnings with Kris Brownlee and the Grooveside, Paul has played with up-and-comer Levi Riggs of Windridge Records and The Jay Wiley band of Pittsburgh, he also did a stint with The Hawkeyes. He has performed worldwide and stateside; all over the midwest, New York City, Nashville, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Chicago.
Playing music at any level is a vital tool for unlocking the potential of your personal expression. Neil’s goal-oriented instruction is designed to help you reach your musical best and enjoy the sounds you create in a fun, constructive environment. Neil comes to the South Bend Music Exchange and Drum Company with nearly twenty years of performance and over ten years of teaching experience. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2003, Neil served individuals with special needs in the Michiana community. He currently teaches guitar, bass, and piano performance, as well as composition, improvisation, and music theory in a wide range of styles to all age groups at a variety of locations. Neil has played in numerous projects over the years. Among them, Escherbach charted #35 Best Progressive Rock Album of 2009, named Best Progressive Rock Band by the Anthem International Music Festival, signed a licensing contract with MTV, and toured the Midwest. As a member of The Bergamot, Neil was selected in the 2012 Bud Light Port Paradise search for the best unsigned bands in the country. Neil and The Bergamot played in front of 8,000 people in the Caribbean and shared the stage with The Far East Movement, Wiz Khalifa, Flo Rida, The All-American Rejects, Young the Giant, Pit Bull, and Brad Paisley. Neil has also shared the stage with Nine Days, SR 71, and They Might Be Giants. Neil has been profiled numerous times by the South Bend Tribune and In Michiana magazine. He is endorsed by Reverend Guitars.
Kevin Joiner is a professional musician and performer with over 20 years of experience on stage, on film, and in the studio, having played and recorded his original music and innovative arrangements of covers throughout much of the continental US. His repertoire, which spans most styles of popular music as well as many folk traditions from around the world, has been featured in web series, award-winning independent feature films, and on live television markets in the Midwest and Southeast. Some of his commissioned pieces have been played during opening performances for national and international acts, including Destiny's Child, and at world-famous events such as Walt Disney World's Magic Music Days and the Florida Strawberry Festival. Kevin has also won Addy awards for his work in radio and television commercials in the Michiana (Michigan/Indiana) market. When in Nashville, Kevin is regularly engaged in session work at top-quality studios throughout the area, as well as being tapped for his song-editing expertise and his comfortable approach to co-writing. For a sampler of just some of the many tunes Kevin has written or co-written, please visit: www.soundcloud.com/kevinscottjoiner/sets/kevin-scott-joiner-sampler Kevin’s Experience: • 20 years Songwriting • 20 years Arranging • 20 years Performing • 15 years Teaching Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele • 15 years Song-editing • 10 years Teaching Songwriting In addition to beginner to advanced guitar and ukulele, and beginner bass, Kevin offers many more music writing and production services.
Eli Kahn is a jazz guitarist, composer, & graduate of Indiana University of South Bend with degrees in both music theory & classical guitar. With 13 years of playing experience, he has has gigged extensively across the country & his music has been featured on nationally distributed compilations & provided the score for several short films featured in international film festivals. While his signature style is shaped by his use of looping equipment & his custom-made 7-string instrument that has bass & guitar strings on a single neck, he is also proficient at traditional 6-string guitar in various styles: jazz, blues, R&B, rock, metal, etc. From beginner to advanced, he can take your playing to the next level.
Tony started drumming at the age of 15 while growing up in south Louisiana. Influenced by 60's British Invasion drummers Ringo Starr and Charlie Watts as well as groups such as the Kinks and Animals, Tony developed a hard hitting muscular style that gained him early gigs with rock groups in the New Orleans area during the 80s while still in high school. Since moving to South Bend, he as been the featured drummer in several local bands Zap, Crossfire and Purgatory. Tony is currently a member of the band Indiana Gravel Road.
Chris Chapman offers intro & advanced instruction in Guitar, Bass, Banjo & Mandolin. Chris is a native of Three Rivers, MI and graduated from Three Rivers High School and Southwestern Michigan College. In 2005, Chris moved to Hollywood, CA to study at Musicians Institute. He earned his Associates of Arts in Bass and spent 2 years playing the Los Angeles club scene with rock/hip hop artist Derek McKeith. In 2008, he was offered a job as a showband musician for Carnival Cruise Lines. Chris spent 5 years on ships as a bassist and guitarist, and was promoted to Musical Director in 2011. During this time he played for Vegas style shows, Top 40 cover bands, jazz trios, and 10pc swing bands while traveling Mexico and the Caribbean. Chris moved back to the area and was accepted into Western Michigan University’s jazz guitar program in 2013. In WMU’s jazz ensembles, Chris has had the chance to perform with Grammy winning artists like Randy Brecker and Peter Eldridge. He earned his Bachelor of Music (Jazz Studies, Guitar) in 2016. He is currently working as a private instructor, church music director, studio musician, and playing in orchestra pits for musicals at the Kalamazoo Civic, WMU, and Southwestern MI College. He plays with the Paul Erdman band which plays locally as well as touring regionally, and has opened for national country acts Eric Paslay and Chris Cagle.
Brendan Sweeney is a professional guitar and bass player. A long-time native of South Bend, he actively pursued a career in music at an early age. By the time he graduated from high school, Brendan held positions on staff as the front of house engineer and bass guitarist for the praise team at Granger Community Church (GCC). After leaving GCC, Brendan launched a successful production company specializing in audio recording and video production in Bloomington, IN. At the same time, he formed his first band, which played regularly at popular hangouts like Kilroy’s and The Bluebird. Currently back in South Bend, Brendan plays at local church services and travels to perform at private parties, weddings, vineyards, and festivals. When he is not busy producing his first solo album, Brendan is playing weekly gigs with numerous bands and musicians, opening for performances at Lang Lab, and creating music with the self-titled band, “The Brendan Sweeney Group.” Brendan is accepting students at all levels, from beginning to advanced. He is most comfortable in the styles of rock, gospel, and the blues.
Arthur Schroeder began playing the drums at the age of 10 in elementary school band in the suburbs of Chicago and starting private drum set lessons with a local instructor a few years later then moved to the South Bend area in 1999. Once here, he joined the church service band while attending Saint Joseph HS until graduation in 2003. After a few years of practice and playing with friends in casual bands he got an opportunity to play in the IUSB student/ community jazz band as a member of the community. There he met, now long time friend and band mate, Eli Kahn. They formed several bands over the past 10 years, including Sobriquet, the B.E.A.T., and most recently After Ours. Having played countless local venues and also traveling through out the region, including Chicago, all over Michigan, Ohio, New York and south, through Nashville and New Orleans. He now plays in several other local projects spanning different styles from country and punk to jazz and hip hop. Inspiring and passing his knowledge to players of different levels is a great reward for his students as well as himself. Arthur hopes to continue to follow his passion and meet, teach, and learn from those who find themselves drawn to the music as well.
Dani Graf is a fun-loving drummer proficient in many styles ranging from jazz to Latin to funk and beyond. In Bloomington, she performed with Soul/R&B group The Vallures from 2010-2016, co-founded Afro Funk collective The Magmatix and played in the Brooklyn-based Indie/Dance band Imunuri, among other projects. Graf has taught private drum lessons since 2011 and welcomes students of all ages and aspirations. In teaching, Dani emphasizes a positive approach to rudimental foundations on which to grow. She believes every student has the potential to learn and succeed and especially welcomes other girls to join the vibrant local music community. Graf played her first paid drumming gigs as a child and studied for 8 consecutive years at the Eddy Knight School for Drummers, followed by various percussion ensembles at the IU Jacobs School of Music. She looks forward to joining you on your musical journey!