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The BrumbleBee School of Music
With a staff of world-class musicians as instructors, our online school is now a reality! All lessons can be taught in-person, or on Zoom. Learn piano, accordion, sax, guitar, bass, drums, or brass; this is the place to do it. Strings, too. To schedule lessons, please call (775) 453-3834.
Lessons are scheduled weekly. Each lesson
is 40-50 minutes. To schedule lessons, please
Meet our faculty! We are proud to have the most accomplished and renowned musicians on the planet as our instructors! Below are a few. Be sure to listen their recordings next to their bios and photos!
Corky Brumble - Accordion & Piano
In his life, Corky has taught over 1500 people the joy of music! He was recently honored to be voted one of the top accordionists in the country! He served as conductor and arranger for
the accordion legend, Dick Contino, for over 20 years.
Presently, Corky has openings for two more students.
Please call (775) 453-3834 or complete our no-obligation Student Information form.
Here's a couple of Corky's arrangements of tunes from his CD, "Have Yourself a Corky Little Christmas!" Keys and accordion by Corky. Drums by Tony Savage, Bass by Joe McKenna.
Tony Savage - Drums
There are not too many people in this guy's league! Considered one of the premier drummers in the nation, we couldn't be more proud to have Tony
on our staff! One of the founders of The Reno Jazz Orchestra, he also
spent many years touring with the great Englebert Humperdinck! He has recorded with every big star in the biz!
Tony has performed for Queen Elizabeth, Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco, and The King and Queen of Malaysia. He is also on over 150 CD’s. One of the latest released recordings being Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Legacy of Love” double CD, which was recorded in Prague, Czech Republic, with a 63 piece orchestra. He also has been on numerous world released video and DVD recordings, national and international television and radio shows.
To schedule lessons with Tony, please call (775) 453-3834 or complete
Nate Kline - Alto & Tenor Sax, Flute, Clarinet
Nate is the top rated teacher of woodwinds in the Northern Nevada area! Nate spent many years teaching in the Reno school system and playing in the big bands! A great reader and player!
For lessons with Nate, please call (775) 453-3834 or complete
Cadence Keep - Piano, Accordion
A virtuoso musician and a delightful lady, Cadence has been playing music her whole life! She got her first accordion in 2006 and from there, joined a band which toured the states and internationally. Cadence has been teaching since 2012 and believes music is for everyone. She aims to meet each student where they're at so they can fulfill their goals. She works especially well with youngsters! Here's a great You Tube link to one of her tunes: https://youtu.be/-zr7jVdcf4g Vsfrnvr To schedule a lesson with Cadence, please call (775) 453-3834 or complete
Joe McKenna - Bass (Electric & Accoustic)
A Reno native, bassist Joe McKenna started his musical career at age 15. At 19,
he left for L.A. to study music at Musicians Institute and Cal State Northridge.
While at school and afterward, he played all over Southern California doing
authentic reggae and salsa, jazz, pop and musical theatre. He toured the U.S.,
Mexico, Scandinavia and Japan with various groups and shows.
Joe is thrilled to have played with the biggest stars in the business. Billy
Preston, Chuck Berry, Joan Rivers, Mose Allison, Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller,
Robert Goulet, Bob Newhart and Vegas headliner, Gordie Brown, among many,
many others. These days, Joe loves playing in a most original group, “The Fantods,! For lessons with Joe,
Peter Supersano - Jazz Piano
Peter has played many styles of music including rock, pop, top-40, show
music, solo piano, big band, and jazz professionally since 1973. He has written
several jazz compositions, and has done some arranging for small band. He
also offers instruction in jazz improvisation and music theory and harmony.
While in Connecticut, he studied for a short while with John Mehegan, jazz
pianist and author of an acclaimed series of books on jazz improvisation.
Since he has been in Reno, he has played in clubs, casino lounges,
showrooms, and jazz concerts. He has played with many local artists and
bands including the Reno Jazz Orchestra and has had the fortune to
accompany some well-known artists including The Four Aces, The Four Lads,
Frank Gorshin, Rich Little, Phyllis Diller, and jazz greats including Carl Fontana,
Don Menza, Bill Watrous, Teddy Edwards, and Mads Tolling.
For lessons with Peter, call (775) 453-3834 or complete our no-obligation
Kevin Hadsell - Classical Piano
An in-demand instructor, Kevin is one of the most sought after teachers in the Classical world. A super technician and performer, he exels in turning out great students and players!
To schedule lessons with Kevin, call (775) 453-3834 or complete
Ben Armentano - Contemporary keyboards
Ben Armentano has been performing professionally for close to 50 years, performing and recording with many, many artists such as jazz guitarist Larry Coryell, bassist Nathan East, Tim Bogart, and former Doobie Brothers drummer Chet McCracken, as well as former members of such legendary artists as Chicago, Rick Springfield, and Tower of Power as well as many others. His songs have been recorded by many artists and Ben has produced songs for several recording artists. Ben holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Bridgeport, Ct. and has over 45 years of teaching experience. To schedule lessons with Ben, please call (775) 453-3834 or complete our no-obligation Student Information form.
Steve Hayes - Guitar
As a big band guitarist, Steve follows the tradition of Freddie Green, playing an acoustic orchestral guitar strictly as a rhythm instrument.Throughout his musical career Steve has taught guitar, played recording sessions, casual and stage engagements. He has
been an active participant in jam sessions throughout the SF Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Northern Nevada. Steve continues to seek opportunities to play improvisational electric guitar in a jazz and blues vein. To schedule lessons with Steve, call (775) 453-3834 or complete
Cecilia Yale - Violin
Cecilia received her Bachelor in Arts of Music at California State University, Hayward. Shortly after graduation she was fortunate to land a job playing violin in a musical group called Regency Strings at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. This was a fun and exciting job in which all the music was memorized. A little later, when she moved to Nevada, she played Violin at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino for every Sunday brunch for thirteen years, at their fabulous Sterling's Sea food Steak house, until 2009.
Cecilia was one of the founders of the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra and concertmaster for the CV POPS ORCHESTRA FOR 10 years.
She now enjoys playing music for many special occasions and events.
Most of all, she feels blessed to have been able to work with some of the finest musicians and to have appeared with many legends in the entertainment industry such as Ella Fitzgerald, Victor Borge, Joel Grey, Bob Hope and many others. To schedule lessons with Cecilia, please call
Eric Stern -Violin, Viola
Eric Stern has been involved in classical music for over 30 years, starting on the violin at age 9 and viola at 12. He has performed with several northern Nevada orchestras, including the Reno Pops Orchestra and the Ruby Mountain Symphony, the Carson City Symphony, and the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra. Most recently, Eric has been Principal Violist of the Carson City Symphony and the Carson Valley Pops Orchestra, where he previously also served as Concertmaster. Eric has also completed schooling in orchestral conducting, through online programs offered by University of Texas at Arlington and Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. Eric also arranges popular music like films scores and classic rock for string quartet, piano quintet, and string orchestra. To schedule lessons with Eric, please call (775) 453-3834 or complete our no-obligation Student Information form. Here are a couple of YouTube videos with Eric performing in a String Quartet setting!
Animal - Neon Trees - Arranged by Eric Stern & Performed by Nerds of Paradise
Antonin Dvorak - String Quartet No. 2 Op 96 II. Lento - Performed by Nerds of Paradise