Meet Our Teachers

With over 100 years of combined teaching experience, our teachers bring an expertise in every area of drums and percussion. With seven teachers on staff, we are able to accommodate and help you reach your goals as a musician, no matter what your area of focus! 

Robert Kessling

Bachelors of Music

Berklee College of Music


Principal Percussionist

Jackson Symphony Orchestra

Freelance Percussionist

throughout the Mid-South​

Whitney Kessling

Bachelors of Music

Bluffton University

Percussion Caption Head

Bartlett High School

Freelance Percussionist

Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Theater Memphis, DeSoto Family Theater, Harrell Theater, and various other venues throughout the Mid-South

James Sexton

Garry Goin Group


House Drummer for the

Memphis Grizzlies


"Elvis Live In Concert" Touring Concert

Freelance Percussionist

George Lawrence

University of North Texas


Southern Methodist University​


Member of the band POCO 


Career recording session musician in L.A., Nashville and Muscle Shoals

Colby Snider

University of Tennessee at Martin


University of Kansas

Jackson Symphony Orchestra


Percussion Instructor at

Houston High School

Houston Middle School

Riverdale Middle School


Freelance Percussionist around Memphis, TN area

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Jaske Goff

Bachelors of Music

in Music Business

University of Miami

Percussion Instructor at

Bartlett High School

Mike Karcz

Bachelors of Music ​New England Conservatory ​

Percussionist Memphis Symphony Orchestra

Percussionist IRIS Orchestra

Stan Head

Bachelor & Masters of Music Education Arkansas State University

Principal Timpanist Jackson Symphony Orchestra Percussionist ​Theater Memphis

6769 Stage Road

Bartlett, TN 38134


Tel: 901-922-5191







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