My passion for music began at a young age with my parents introducing me to the music of Motown and the rock, pop and soul music that they grew up on. I began studying piano at age 6 and dabbled in the pursuit of several other instruments before truly finding my place with guitar and choral music in middle school.
As a child I was surrounded by music and started taking piano lessons around age 6. Throughout my childhood music continued to become a strong source of joy in my life and I looked for musical opportunities every where I went.
Matt Price is a Pittsburgh, PA based drummer and educator specializing in drum circle facilitation, private drum set lessons, and band coaching. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2009 Matt has gained a reputation as a knowledgable, diverse and exciting music educator that strives to inspire authenticity, growth and creativity in everyone he works with.
Whether it was the Cuban songs my mother sang to me or the rock records my father played, music has always been an important part of my life. I started taking Classical piano lessons at a young age and later in high school would also pick up the guitar and drums as I played in various groups. Towards the end of high school I discovered my passion for Jazz music and entered Duquesne University to study music.
Justin is a multifaceted percussionist and educator with experience performing and teaching in a variety of musical settings, including: orchestras, musical and opera pits, contemporary ensembles, chamber groups, world ensembles, jazz and rock bands, and solo recitals. He currently holds the positions of Principal Timpani and Percussion with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Section Percussion with the Johnstown Symphony, and music educator with the Sunburst School of Music.
I found my mom’s old, dusty guitar beneath our basement steps when I was 12 years old. Playing piano since the age of 5 and growing up with an insatiable fascination in music, I was quickly hooked. I noticed the Do-It-Yourself approach that my favorite punk bands lived by and so I followed suit by teaching myself to play along with my favorite songs and form bands with my friends. I immersed myself in the local music scene and took notes from the performances that captivated me the most. Everything I took in influenced my own endeavors of writing and performing.
Ever since I was little, music has played a huge role in my life. I began studying piano at age 7. I loved how the instrument gave me an outlet to explore my creativity, and give life to the ideas going on in my head. By age 11, I was introduced to jazz. I absolutely loved the way the style conveyed emotion and embraced unique chords, allowing me to easily express myself and connect to the music. It was with jazz that I found a love for singing while playing the piano.
Bryan Persinger is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. After graduating from the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative And Performing Arts, Bryan went on to study music performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Brian has played guitar for 20 years, and has taught private music lessons for over 10. Thanks to encouragement from his first guitar instructor Jim Petroff, and a confidence-building experience playing in the 2003 PMEA district jazz band, he decided to continue his music education at Duquesne University, earning his Bachelor of Music in 2007.
I grew up in a very musical family, and have been fortunate to have been surrounded by music my whole life. I started playing piano at 4 or 5 years old, and then I took up the trumpet in my elementary school band and stuck with it until high school. When I turned 16, I discovered the guitar and fell in love with it. I immediately knew that I wanted to spend my life studying the guitar, and after high school, I attended Duquesne University, and majored in music performance.
A recent transplant to Pittsburgh, Adam is originally from North Berwick, Maine, and has spent most of his career teaching and performing in and around the seacoast of New Hampshire. He began playing the piano over thirty years ago, and was essentially self-taught all the way through high school.
I’ve always had a wide variety of interests be they personally, musically, or academically. For example, my music degree from Gettysburg College is comprised of courses in vocal performance, music education, and music theory, as well as excursions to the German, Philosophy, Chemistry, and English departments, and outside of the classroom, I accompanied and music directs several musicals and sang in two a Capella groups.
Kevin is a Pittsburgh-born drummer, guitarist, and music producer who loves playing and teaching music of all kinds! Along with teaching at Sunburst, Kevin is the drummer for Studio E (featuring Gary Racan of The Vogues), Ferdinand the Bull, Chloe Wiecz Collective and house drummer for weekly jam session The Late Hit.
In 2014, I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in Music Therapy and a concentration in percussion. During my time there, I had the opportunity to study and perform various styles of music such as Rock, Jazz, Latin, and Contemporary, etc. My favorite percussion instruments that I studied and still use as a performer are drum set and hand percussion. I have played percussion with various artists around Pittsburgh such as Sol Persona and Avi Diamond performing pop, rock, and experimental influenced music.
As an actively gigging bass player, I have had the opportunity to play a variety of shows with a wide array of musicians. Currently I write songs and play bass (electric and upright) for a soul/funk/jazz band, Lyndsey Smith and the Soul Distribution, and we tour through the Pennsylvania area. We have played multiple large-scale shows, including opening for Tower of Power at the Altar Bar and playing a private party for the lead actor in Grease 2. I also have played in local house bands and large musical productions and written songs for solo artists...
When I was twelve I picked up my first guitar, and sixteen years later I am still falling in love with this fun and exciting instrument. As a beginner, I remember intently practicing to master basic chords and songs and eventually noticed myself making significant strides. This gave me the confidence and determination to stick with it...