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Meet The Instructors

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Guitar Instructors

Dave Iglar is widely recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s most talented and entertaining performers.  Over the years Dave has built a notable reputation as a musical entertainer in the Pittsburgh region. His musical experience includes nearly a dozen publicly released recordings, thousands of performances at clubs, festivals, colleges, special events, on radio & TV.

He performs regularly in the Dave Iglar Band, contributing as a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and harmonica player.

BAND WEBSITE

John has been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for over 25 years. He’s played with several bands in the Pittsburgh area. His teaching styles include blues, rock, jazz, and contemporary music. John believes students need to learn how to read music, play chords, and keep steady rhythm.

He studied guitar with a cohort of Joe Negri and holds a Master of Science degree from La Roche College.

Wayne is an international recording artist who has worked with various bands and artists over his career. He is presently recording with the “Apologetix”.  Among the other international recording artists/bands Wayne has worked with are Mark Zonder (percussionist for prog metal band “Fates Warning”), DC Cooper (vocalist for Royal Hunt, Silent Force, & DC Cooper), & Jim Dofka.  While Wayne’s influences include Eddy Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Randy Rhodes, he teaches all styles of guitar.

Wayne has worked as an entertainer on Royal Caribbean cruise ships where he played Top 40 Rock, Jazz, Big Band, Country, 50s & 60s Rock n Roll, Motown, Disco, Ballroom Dancing, etc.  Wayne teaches sight reading, chart reading, ear training, song writing, improvisation, theory, & music production (including programming, production software & devices, and running equipment).  He’ll teach nearly any song you want to learn provided you bring a recording, and will customize your lessons to achieve your specific goals!

Mark is a multi-instrument musician who teaches guitar, bass guitar, and piano.  He started learning guitar at 8 years old and is an accomplished lead and rhythm player.  His education includes classical guitar studies at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and piano and bass studies at the Community College of Allegheny County.

Mark has played for the Dave Iglar Band since 1999 and performs regularly in the Pittsburgh area.

BAND WEBSITE

George was born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from Duquesne University. In 2005, he was awarded Honorary Mention in the Bass Extremes International Solo Bass Competition at Coastal Carolina University for his arrangement of the Beatles’ “Michelle”. Judges of the competition were Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, John Patitucci, Will Lee, Anthony Jackson, and Gregg Bissonette.  He has studied with Jeff Berlin, Jeff Mangone, Tony Janflone, Sr., Joe Negri, Eric Kloss, Mike Tomaro & William Purse

George is currently the bassist with the modern country band North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD), playing concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. In 2012, the band was the grand prize winner of Mello Yello’s “One Track Find” online competition.

George teaches bass guitar, upright bass, and guitar. He has maintained a teaching studio for over 20 years, and has had many students who have went on to study music at the collegiate level, and have their own careers in music.

Mr. Pogas began playing guitar at the age of 14 after being inspired by Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.  He studied with a private instructor for 3 years and began gigging at the age of 17.  Over the next few years, he played in several bands in the Pittsburgh area before moving to Hollywood, CA to attend Musicians Institute where he graduated with honors.  Jeff then moved back to Pittsburgh to teach private lessons full time.  From 1991 to 2004 he worked with 3 different bands playing shows and dance music on some of the worlds most prestigious cruise ships including Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines. Jeff has performed with many stars including Ben Vereen, Fred Travelina, and Star Search winner Kenny James.

Most recently, Jeff has worked with Dr. Zoot, The Kim Alexander Band, Metro, That 80’s Band, as well as performing solo, duo, and trio freelance work. Jeff customizes his private lessons to suit the needs of the student.

Website: http://www.jeffpogas.com/

In 2013 Noah received his masters degree from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Netherlands, where he was a student of Yannis Kyriakides and Cornelis de Bondt. The Dutch School of composition, without getting too much into detail, had an enlightening effect on his creativity that led to less bashful tunes such as Music from WHALESKIT and How To Find Your Magnus Chakra. My masters research thesis covered tuning systems but kinda ended up being all over the place.

Noah has had compositions performed in masterclasses with illustrious composers Chen Yi and David Lang as well as lessons with Louis Andriessen, Antón García Abril, Larry Alan Smith, Nathan Currier, Fang Man, and James Hirt.

Currently, Noah is serving as organist and music director at Oakmont United Methodist Church. Noah’s third organist post, which has given him the chance to arrange pieces specifically for his choir.

Bass Guitar Instructors

John has been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for over 25 years. He’s played with several bands in the Pittsburgh area. His teaching styles include blues, rock, jazz, and contemporary music. John believes students need to learn how to read music, play chords, and keep steady rhythm.

He studied guitar with a cohort of Joe Negri and holds a Master of Science degree from La Roche College.

Mark is a multi-instrument musician who teaches guitar, bass guitar, and piano.  He started learning guitar at 8 years old and is an accomplished lead and rhythm player.  His education includes classical guitar studies at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and piano and bass studies at the Community College of Allegheny County.

Mark has played for the Dave Iglar Band since 1999 and performs regularly in the Pittsburgh area.

BAND WEBSITE

George was born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from Duquesne University. In 2005, he was awarded Honorary Mention in the Bass Extremes International Solo Bass Competition at Coastal Carolina University for his arrangement of the Beatles’ “Michelle”. Judges of the competition were Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, John Patitucci, Will Lee, Anthony Jackson, and Gregg Bissonette.  He has studied with Jeff Berlin, Jeff Mangone, Tony Janflone, Sr., Joe Negri, Eric Kloss, Mike Tomaro & William Purse

George is currently the bassist with the modern country band North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD), playing concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. In 2012, the band was the grand prize winner of Mello Yello’s “One Track Find” online competition.

George teaches bass guitar, upright bass, and guitar. He has maintained a teaching studio for over 20 years, and has had many students who have went on to study music at the collegiate level, and have their own careers in music.

 

Mr. Pogas began playing guitar at the age of 14 after being inspired by Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song.  He studied with a private instructor for 3 years and began gigging at the age of 17.  Over the next few years, he played in several bands in the Pittsburgh area before moving to Hollywood, CA to attend Musicians Institute where he graduated with honors.  Jeff then moved back to Pittsburgh to teach private lessons full time.  From 1991 to 2004 he worked with 3 different bands playing shows and dance music on some of the worlds most prestigious cruise ships including Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines. Jeff has performed with many stars including Ben Vereen, Fred Travelina, and Star Search winner Kenny James.

Most recently, Jeff has worked with Dr. Zoot, The Kim Alexander Band, Metro, That 80’s Band, as well as performing solo, duo, and trio freelance work. Jeff customizes his private lessons to suit the needs of the student.

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Drum Instructors

Nick Baxter was born and raised in the musically diverse city of Pittsburgh, PA. From those upbringings, Baxter grew up with the musical influences of: Rock, Pop, Big Band, Funk, Latin,Jazz Fusion, and Blues.

Right out of High School in 2003, Baxter began touring and doing session work for bands locally and attended Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, PA. Following his heart and dreams, in 2007 he began playing in The Morning Light who signed to Fearless Records, APA Agency, and AMG Management. Drumming for The Morning Light, Baxter had been able to tour with multiple national artists including All Time Low, Phantom Planet, The Maine, Steel Train, The Hush Sound and among others as well as playing the Bamboozle festivals and SXSW showcases. His work with The Morning Light also helped the band reach the number 27 spot on the Billboard Heat Seeker’s charts.

In 2010 Baxter joined the Steel City Ambassadors Drum and Bugle Corps and went back into the practice room to further perfect his craft. During that time, he also filled in for Delaware artist Ian Walsh and did more local session work. By the following year, Baxter moved to LA to study at the Musicians Institute in LA. He graduated in Music Performance for Drumming in 2012 and landed a position in Bangkok, Thailand teaching music and drumming to kids at Rockademy Thailand. While in Thailand, he was able to tour around Southeast Asia with multiple acts including DJ Dragon, RMS, and Hugo; Baxter also won 1st place in the Drums Category for Trinity College: School of Rock and Pop in all of Thailand.

Following Thailand, Baxter became an instant wanted/in demand drummer in Pittsburgh, PA as well as teaching full time at Waddells Music Center. He was the drummer at Perry Highway Lutheran Church and Steel City Improv Theatre as well as winning a Henry Mancini award for his contributing work in the Pit Orchestra for the musical broadway hit, Pippin. Baxter also did session work at Electric Eye Studios and The Wildernerss Recording Studios for multiple local Pittsburgh artists including Josh Herbert, Jacob Klein, and Jay Vega.

In 2016 Nick had the opportunity to tour with the Dixie Chicks on their MMXVII North American tour drumming for Josh Herbert as the opening band.

Baxter is currently the drummer for Josh Herbert, Cold Roses: The Music of Ryan Adams and the Cardinals and AMRCNDREAMING.

DAVE KATALIN - Drum InstructorDave is one of our main drum instructors here at Waddell’s.  He has been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years. His education includes classical percussion training from the University of Montana where he majored in percussion and minored in musical theory.

Dave is currently the drummer for the Dave Iglar Band.  He started playing with them in 2006. Previously, Dave toured the Northwest for five years and was a member of No Foolin’.

Band Website

Allen Muckle has been teaching here at Waddell’s since 2000.  He is the only teacher at Waddell’s who completely manages his own schedule and payments.

Allen is a drummer’s drummer.  Educated at CMU, he is sought after by gigging and recording musicians across the country.  Allen has firmly established himself as a leading drummer among Christian musicians, recording and performing with the likes of Tony Sutherland and Clarence Church.  Allen has been the touring drummer with Sha-zam.  He is currently the drummer for 8th Street Rox.

Band Website

George Perilli has worked as a professional musician / drummer for 40 years. He worked with many recording artists, composers, singers, song writers, and instrumentalists from many different genres of music. George also has extensive studio recording experience doing jingles, television, film, movie soundtracks and album recordings.  He has toured with a variety of artists playing live concerts and live production shows, as a pit drummer, in the United States and abroad.

Attended Carnegie Mellon University on a Full Scholarship.

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Piano Instructors

Education- Cleveland Institute of Music Conservatory Artists Certificate, Clarion State

University B.S. in Music Education and M.S. Communications.

Cathie has thirty-two years of experience teaching all styles of voice. Cathie is also a retired opera singer. She has taught at Chatham College, Community College, and many of the school districts in the Pittsburgh Area. She is the voice teacher at the Abby Lee Dance Company Studio (Dance Moms reality show).

Cathie is a Master Teacher, whose students can be found on Broadway, in the opera, and on television. Cathie can also teach piano lessons and trumpet lessons, both of which she has studied at Cleveland Institute of Music.

Teaching music is her favorite thing to do.

Rachel holds a Bachelor degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University where she studied with Mikhail Istomin (PSO) and Paula Tuttle with the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestras.  Her teaching experience includes classroom and private instruction with a local Pittsburgh Charter school where she has been actively involved in the string program.  She has played with several symphonies including the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphonies.  Rachel teaches cello, piano, and violin.

Mark is a multi-instrument musician who teaches guitar, bass guitar, and piano.  He started learning guitar at 8 years old and is an accomplished lead and rhythm player.

Mark Demeno’s education includes classical guitar studies at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University as well as piano and bass studies at the Community College of Allegheny County.  Mark has played bass for the Dave Iglar Band since 1999 and performs regularly in the Pittsburgh area.

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Jessica Hohman holds a degree in flute performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jessica enjoys playing a wide variety of music from folk to jazz, classical, and pop. You can see her playing around town with the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Jessica has taught flute, piano, and violin for over two years, and loves sharing the joy of music with her students.

Jessica Kendall is a recent graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in music education. Jessica keeps herself busy working with several educational organizations around the city. She is an experienced arts educator in the Pittsburgh area, and has been with Waddell’s Music Center since April of 2016.

Jessica works as the Vocal Director for Hampton High School’s musical, an Arts & Making Educator at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh,  and maintains a studio of voice, violin/viola, and beginner piano students.

Jessica is also a teacher at the Dance Company for the Performing Arts, a substitute music teacher for Fox Chapel Area School District, and a part-time bookseller. During her time at Duquesne, Jessica studied voice with Patricia Donohue-Burns, and was a proud member of Dr. Caron Daley’s choir.

Her string experience includes 13 total years of playing viola in school, community orchestras, and has been selected multiple times for District & Regional PMEA festivals, as well as playing wedding gigs as part of a quartet.

Noah Rectenwald is a multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and composer in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

He is music director and organist at Oakmont United Methodist Church and arranges and composes music specifically for the choir. As a bassoonist, Noah has played in orchestras and chamber ensembles in the USA and abroad, while also seen frequently in the Pittsburgh area gigging as a saxophonist or flutist.

He holds a B.M. in Music Composition from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and M.M. in Music Composition from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Netherlands.

Jacquelynn Ware is an experienced private music instructor, professional contemporary singer, and actress who recently moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Boston, MA. Jacquelynn has worked with many students including rock singers, opera stars in the making, classical and jazz flutists, beginning and pianists and people just looking to have fun learning a new instrument.

Jacquelynn graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011 where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. Jacquelynn has performed in some of Boston’s most well known concert halls such as the Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall and the Red Room at Café 939.

Jacquelynn has also appeared in major motion pictures such as Seth Macfarlane’s,Ted, Breck Eisner’s, The Last Witch Hunter, as well as made appearances in smaller independent films.

Jacquelynn recently completed her Master’s degree in music therapy and Licensed Mental Health Counseling. Jacquelynn has worked as a clinician in a variety of therapeutic environments including inpatient and outpatient mental health and with children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Jacquelynn uses this training to provide a well-structured and supportive environment for music students of all ages and skill levels.

Jacquelynn currently performs with her band around the Pittsburgh area and is working on her debut album to be released next year.

Strings Instructors

Rachel holds a Bachelor degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University where she studied with Mikhail Istomin (PSO) and Paula Tuttle with the Pittsburgh Opera and Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestras.  Her teaching experience includes classroom and private instruction with a local Pittsburgh Charter school where she has been actively involved in the string program.  She has played with several symphonies including the Johnstown and Westmoreland Symphonies.  Rachel teaches cello, piano, and violin.

Jessica Hohman holds a degree in flute performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jessica enjoys playing a wide variety of music from folk to jazz, classical, and pop. You can see her playing around town with the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Jessica has taught flute, piano, and violin for over two years, and loves sharing the joy of music with her students.

Jessica Kendall is a recent graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in music education. Jessica keeps herself busy working with several educational organizations around the city. She is an experienced arts educator in the Pittsburgh area, and has been with Waddell’s Music Center since April of 2016.

Jessica works as the Vocal Director for Hampton High School’s musical, an Arts & Making Educator at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh,  and maintains a studio of voice, violin/viola, and beginner piano students.

Jessica is also a teacher at the Dance Company for the Performing Arts, a substitute music teacher for Fox Chapel Area School District, and a part-time bookseller. During her time at Duquesne, Jessica studied voice with Patricia Donohue-Burns, and was a proud member of Dr. Caron Daley’s choir.

Her string experience includes 13 total years of playing viola in school, community orchestras, and has been selected multiple times for District & Regional PMEA festivals, as well as playing wedding gigs as part of a quartet.

Samantha teaches Violin, and Viola. Samantha graduated from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in music education.

Samantha has performed in numerous ensembles around the country, and has won scores of orchestra competitions before graduating high school. Samantha was also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society throughout college. In May of 2005, she participated in the Scholar Laureate Program: Delegation on Music in Central Eastern Europe.

Flute Instructors

Jessica Hohman holds a degree in flute performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jessica enjoys playing a wide variety of music from folk to jazz, classical, and pop. You can see her playing around town with the Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra. Jessica has taught flute, piano, and violin for over two years, and loves sharing the joy of music with her students.

Jacquelynn Ware is an experienced private music instructor, professional contemporary singer, and actress who recently moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Boston, MA. Jacquelynn has worked with many students including rock singers, opera stars in the making, classical and jazz flutists, beginning and pianists and people just looking to have fun learning a new instrument.

Jacquelynn graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011 where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. Jacquelynn has performed in some of Boston’s most well known concert halls such as the Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall and the Red Room at Café 939.

Jacquelynn has also appeared in major motion pictures such as Seth Macfarlane’s,Ted, Breck Eisner’s, The Last Witch Hunter, as well as made appearances in smaller independent films.

Jacquelynn recently completed her Master’s degree in music therapy and Licensed Mental Health Counseling. Jacquelynn has worked as a clinician in a variety of therapeutic environments including inpatient and outpatient mental health and with children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Jacquelynn uses this training to provide a well-structured and supportive environment for music students of all ages and skill levels.

Jacquelynn currently performs with her band around the Pittsburgh area and is working on her debut album to be released next year.

Vocal Instructors

Jessica Kendall is a recent graduate of Duquesne University with a degree in music education. Jessica keeps herself busy working with several educational organizations around the city. She is an experienced arts educator in the Pittsburgh area, and has been with Waddell’s Music Center since April of 2016.

Jessica works as the Vocal Director for Hampton High School’s musical, an Arts & Making Educator at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh,  and maintains a studio of voice, violin/viola, and beginner piano students.

Jessica is also a teacher at the Dance Company for the Performing Arts, a substitute music teacher for Fox Chapel Area School District, and a part-time bookseller. During her time at Duquesne, Jessica studied voice with Patricia Donohue-Burns, and was a proud member of Dr. Caron Daley’s choir.

Her string experience includes 13 total years of playing viola in school, community orchestras, and has been selected multiple times for District & Regional PMEA festivals, as well as playing wedding gigs as part of a quartet.

Education- Cleveland Institute of Music Conservatory Artists Certificate, Clarion State

University B.S. in Music Education and M.S. Communications.

Cathie has thirty-two years of experience teaching all styles of voice. Cathie is also a retired opera singer. She has taught at Chatham College, Community College, and many of the school districts in the Pittsburgh Area. She is the voice teacher at the Abby Lee Dance Company Studio (Dance Moms reality show).

Cathie is a Master Teacher, whose students can be found on Broadway, in the opera, and on television. Cathie can also teach piano lessons and trumpet lessons, both of which she has studied at Cleveland Institute of Music.

Teaching music is her favorite thing to do.

Noah Rectenwald is a multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and composer in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

He is music director and organist at Oakmont United Methodist Church and arranges and composes music specifically for the choir. As a bassoonist, Noah has played in orchestras and chamber ensembles in the USA and abroad, while also seen frequently in the Pittsburgh area gigging as a saxophonist or flutist.

He holds a B.M. in Music Composition from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and M.M. in Music Composition from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Netherlands.

Jacquelynn Ware is an experienced private music instructor, professional contemporary singer, and actress who recently moved back to the Pittsburgh area from Boston, MA. Jacquelynn has worked with many students including rock singers, opera stars in the making, classical and jazz flutists, beginning and pianists and people just looking to have fun learning a new instrument.

Jacquelynn graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011 where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance. Jacquelynn has performed in some of Boston’s most well known concert halls such as the Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall and the Red Room at Café 939.

Jacquelynn has also appeared in major motion pictures such as Seth Macfarlane’s,Ted, Breck Eisner’s, The Last Witch Hunter, as well as made appearances in smaller independent films.

Jacquelynn recently completed her Master’s degree in music therapy and Licensed Mental Health Counseling. Jacquelynn has worked as a clinician in a variety of therapeutic environments including inpatient and outpatient mental health and with children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities. Jacquelynn uses this training to provide a well-structured and supportive environment for music students of all ages and skill levels.

Jacquelynn currently performs with her band around the Pittsburgh area and is working on her debut album to be released next year.

Woodwind and Brass Instructors

Noah Rectenwald is a multi-instrumentalist, music teacher and composer in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area.

He is music director and organist at Oakmont United Methodist Church and arranges and composes music specifically for the choir. As a bassoonist, Noah has played in orchestras and chamber ensembles in the USA and abroad, while also seen frequently in the Pittsburgh area gigging as a saxophonist or flutist.

He holds a B.M. in Music Composition from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and M.M. in Music Composition from the Royal Conservatory, The Hague, Netherlands.

Education- Cleveland Institute of Music Conservatory Artists Certificate, Clarion State

University B.S. in Music Education and M.S. Communications.

Cathie has thirty-two years of experience teaching all styles of voice. Cathie is also a retired opera singer. She has taught at Chatham College, Community College, and many of the school districts in the Pittsburgh Area. She is the voice teacher at the Abby Lee Dance Company Studio (Dance Moms reality show).

Cathie is a Master Teacher, whose students can be found on Broadway, in the opera, and on television. Cathie can also teach piano lessons and trumpet lessons, both of which she has studied at Cleveland Institute of Music.

Teaching music is her favorite thing to do.

Eric Rojas is a woodwind   instructor specializing in Clarinet and Saxophone.  He has 20 years playing experience.  Eric earned his Bachelor’s in Music Education at the University of North Texas, and studied under Deb Fabian Principal Clarinetist with the Dallas Wind Symphony.  He has eleven years of music teaching experience, including eight years as a middle school band director. He’s experienced in performance, instruction, and conducting, in various concert, marching, and jazz band settings.