MARK BROWN (Classical and Jazz Piano, Beginner Guitar) - a native of Sidney, New York, has over 16 years of experience as a performing musician. Mark is the founder of the organ trio Hambone Relay - featured on WXPN's Free at Noon at World Cafe Live and Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, in addition to other music festivals in the mid-Atlantic region.
He earned his B.M. in Music with an emphasis in Music Recording Technology from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA. While in college he studied with Dr. Jeffrey Kleinsorge and Dr. Jeffrey Savage for classical piano and Mr. Andy Roberts and Mr. Thomas Strohman for jazz piano and studies.
Mark performed as a keyboardist in the house band for the American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA. As a jazz/blues pianist, Mark has performed throughout the tri-state area, working alongside such artists as Canadian Fiddle Champion Mark Sullivan, jazz singer Amy Banks, and national recording artist Martin Sexton.
Mark is a member of the Baltimore based rock band, The Bridge touring the US and parts of Europe, playing alongside various bands including moe., The Derek Trucks Band, Dark Star Orchestra, Los Lonely Boys, and Mike Gordon of Phish. He is featured on the album Blind Man's Hill with Hyena Records and the latest release, National Bohemian.
CORIN DUEY (Guitar) - is currently a Jazz/ Music Ed major at Temple University. He was raised in and attended school in Cheltenham, PA where he played percussion, clarinet, and guitar in various ensembles. He began studying guitar at the age of 11, and while jazz is his focus, he started by playing rock and studying classical guitar. He has played for productions of The Little Mermaid, The Addam’s Family, Shrek, Bye Bye Birdie, James and the Giant Peach, Zanna Don’t!, Sister Act, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Regardless of style or genre, Corin has a strong belief that improvisation is the key to a deeper understanding of music.
KATHRYN BROWN (Classical Piano, Musical Theatre) - originally from Mt. Holly, New Jersey, graduated from Lebanon Valley College with B.S. in Music Education and B.A. in Music with Piano Performance Concentration. Kathryn was accepted to study music at Anglia Ruskin Polytechnic in Cambridge, England. She has studied for 15 years with Mrs. Judith Walter and Dr. Dennis Sweigart.
Kathryn has worked as a soloist and accompanist, playing everything from Bach to Broadway. In 2004, she made her orchestral debut performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto Op. 102 No. 1. Locally, she has worked with numerous organizations such as Music Mountain Theatre, Haddonfield Plays and Players,, The Road Company, and Circle of Friends.
Kathryn has worked for the past 14 years for the Pennsauken School District as Vocal Director for the middle school and now high school program. She has directed numerous productions for the district including "Little Shop of Horrors", "The Wedding Singer", and "Pippin".
She completed her master's degree in December 2011 in Special Education from Saint Joseph's University. She has a particular interest in the benefits of music education on students with special needs.
DOUGLASS LANG (Drums) – raised in Lindenwold, NJ, Doug Graduated from Stockton University in 2015 with a B.A. in Communications. Doug currently works for the Collingswood based non-profit CustomED.
Doug has instructed multiple local high schools with their marching percussion programs over the past 7 years teaching mallet instruments, bass, guitar, auxiliary percussion, and drumline. Currently, Doug is the Assistant Band Director at Lindenwold High School and the Front Ensemble Pit Tech for Sterling High School.
Doug believes in being well rounded. He is capable of playing and teaching various drum set styles like jazz, rock, funk, progressive metal, punk, and Latin.
Since 2016, Doug has been expanding his brain by taking Japanese classes at the Japanese Language School of Philadelphia. It’s tough but he finds that’s what makes it fun!
IRENE PICKNALLY (Woodwinds and Beginner Piano) - Through music we communicate in the most beautiful, creative and profound ways. It transforms a person’s frame of mind. On its sound waves are notes that stir the aspiring champion, that uplift the heart or heal the mind. My passion is to make a difference in people’s lives. Since the early 1990’s, Irene has taught music to children and adults as well as working with human services agencies that have restorative programs for mistreated or disabled people. These individuals learned to thrive within an uplifting environment of motivation, notwithstanding the events they’ve survived and stories they’ve expressed. Most people need positive situations to destress. Carrying the encouraging atmosphere to their lessons, Irene believes that there is restoration through music. Even getting through the daily grind of traffic or standing in line at the store can cause stress. Taking music lessons can carry your worries away as you play your instrument!
She has performed in orchestras, musical theater shows, and Gospel music bands in rock or acoustic styles, in addition to organizing different coffee house/open mic or benefit concerts. .
She is a 2003 graduate of Rowan University, BA in Music. These studies of all the woodwinds, strings and music theory, education, psychology and many performing classes have been the joy of her life so far.