Nick has been giving lessons at John’s Music for about 6 years now and says he enjoys it immensely. He also has gone into teaching ukulele and beginner bass guitar, all in various styles and genres. During high school and college years Nick played in various bands during the seventies and taught guitar on the side. He later taught in NYC Public schools system, Special Education and then computer technology. He has hosted several open mic nights at various places and encourages his students to get out and play at them to get a feel for what it’s like to perform in public, and possibly earn some money. It is not uncommon for him to set up an amp and microphone in the lesson room to acquaint his students with sound set up and even record them playing.
His students vary from 7 to 70 literally, and he speaks about how it is always fun and rewarding to watch someone progress from a zero skill level to playing and singing their favorite music. Nick feels that learning to play an instrument is rewarding and a great confidence builder for all and a lifetime activity.
David Kimbell has been teaching on Hilton Head since arriving here in 1985. An Accomplished director, conductor and arranger, he plays and teaches guitar, bass, cello, violin, viola, mandolin, banjo and ukulele. First cellist in his High School orchestra, his first paying gigs were on bass with a rock band in 1968. David and his badmates were playing Beatles, Cream and Hendrix when it was just coming out. In recent years he’s better known as a symphony, church, and theater musician. Credits include playing lead guitar for the Hilton Head production of The Who’s “Tommy.”
Jevon Daly grew up on HHI playing saxophone in the middle and High School Seahawk Band program. His parents were true rock and roll, supplementing the family income with bands since the 1970s when Jevon was a little dude. Jevon has performed over 5000 times in several bands locally since 1986. His band Lowcountry Boil just released their 4th record with Jevon on fiddle, harmonica, guitar, bass, and even mouth harp! He began teaching at John’s [then Jack’s Music} in 1994 and a few of his students have gone on to become pro musicians.
He focuses on building confidence in his pupils while ‘tricking’ them into learning a broader scope of music with a major sense of roots music and a minor in heavy metal. Jevon and his wife Karah have 3 children and have also recorded music together. Everyone around Jevon is constantly being challenged and entertained!
After high school, Jon studied for 3 years at The American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Here Jon studied and learned several drum and percussion chops.
Jon learned to be proficient in Marimba, Vibraphone and Trinidadian steel drums, Drum set playing, Classical and Latin percussion- not to mention jazz/pop music arranging.
From there, He played in several bands in the Chicago metro area and several venues across the country, as well as here in Hilton Head Island. In addition to being in multiple bands, has also performed as studio musician as well.
Jon has a light hearted sympathetic teaching style that he modifies for each students’ learning comfort and personal goals. With a great sense of humor, lessons with Jon are guaranteed to be fulfilling and fun.
Tim Jackson has been in the music industry and playing trumpet for over thirty years. From 1986 to 1998 Tim performed as a Marine Bandsman playing trumpet with numerous Field Bands with the United States Marine Corps. Following his career with the Marines Tim received a degree as band instrument repair technician. After graduating from college Tim began performing and touring as a trumpet player with a popular horn band from LaCrosse, WI. opening for such acts as Styx and Bad Company. Tim now resides in Hilton Head, SC and works as John’s Music band instrument repair technician.
Alex has been teaching for over 10 years almost all guitar styles and all ages from 5 to 75. While at the University of South Carolina from 2008-2012, he studied classical guitar performance under Professor Christopher Berg. Alex has played professionally all over the Southeast. He has been in bands since he was 14 playing styles ranging from classical to Latin to rock and everything in between. Playing provided him the opportunity to open for acts such as the Marcus King Band out of Greenville, SC and to share his music with audiences such as the SC State Government. Alex also plays in several bands on the Island and in the Bluffton areas. Alex is also bilingual and able to teach classes in Spanish. Ask Alex and he can teach it!