Kenneth Green II Trumpet
Kenneth Green is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and has been a music professor at Allen University since 2007. He graduated from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance, and received a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2007. Kenneth is a member of the International Trumpet Guild, and has performed at numerous venues and festivals including The Eastern Music Festival, Sewanee Music Festival, Bach-Handel Festival, Indiana University Summer Festival, Shenandoah Performing Arts Festival, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. His principal teachers include Robert Nagel, Susan Rider, Adel Sanchez, and Edmund Cord.
Feleighta Green returned to Columbia, South Carolina after earning a Master's degree at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Bachelor's at Shenandoah Music Conservatory. She has been an instructor at Musician Supply since 2009 where she teaches students bassoon, saxophone, and piano. Feleighta was recently part of the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Currently she is performing with the Long Bay Symphony Orchestra, the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Augusta Symphony. She enjoys teaching and spreading the beauty of music to the varied audiences she encounters.
Hannah Harrington started guitar lessons at 8 years old and fell in love with the instrument. She has played with the Spartanburg Bella Chorda guitar ensemble, performing at Brookgreen Garden’s Nights of a Thousand Candles, and many other events. Hannah has performed in several venues, including a graduation, private party, and wedding. Now a guitar performance major at the University of South Carolina, her passion for the guitar has only grown. She loves to teach and hopes to pass on to her students her same love for the instrument.
Classical Guitar, Guitar
Sharon Watkins received her BM degree in Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, and her MM degree in Music Education from The University of North Texas. She currently teaches music at Seven Oaks Elementary Media Magnet. Throughout her life, Sharon has served as a piano teacher, pianist, and accompanist in numerous educational, church, and community settings, including the SC Suzuki Institute, the SC Elementary Honor Choir, the Anderson Boys Choir, and the Young Sandlapper Singers. Currently, she is the accompanist at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, volunteers weekly as a pianist at Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, and is a member of Southern Bronze, Columbia’s advanced handbell group.
Sarah Leopard received her Bachelor of Music degree, cum laude, from Converse College (Spartanburg, SC) in 2012 and received her Master of Music degree at the University of South Carolina in 2017. During her time at Converse, Sarah won the Young Artist Competition and made her orchestral debut with the Converse Symphony Orchestra. While in South Carolina, Sarah has played with several area orchestras including the South Carolina Philharmonic, Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Florence Symphony Orchestra, the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra, the USC Symphony Orchestra, and others. As well as playing with orchestras, Sarah performs at weddings and private events. She is also active in her church music program.
Violin, Viola, Introductory Cello
Jeff Shuffield has been playing the guitar for over 12 years. He got his first electric guitar in the 6th grade. Originally self-taught, his skills developed further through private instruction with some of Irmo’s best teachers, including John Vail. Jeff spent his high school years writing, recording, and performing with local metal and punk bands before moving on to a fingerstyle acoustic project and eventually to teaching lessons. Jeff attended the University of South Carolina where he earned credits in advanced music theory, history, and composition, and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. Jeff also has 2 years of experience working with children in grades K-5 at the Afternoon Safari program and with those with special needs in therapeutic recreation.
Donni Sowell was born in NYC and as an Army brat lived all over the country and world. He is self-taught and his interest in music was motivated by his father who played bass and sang for many groups. Donni started playing professionally when he was 13. His influences include Louis Johnson, Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, Clay Gober, Steve Via, and Yngwie Malmsteen. He played bass for The United Sound Connection while serving in the United States Navy on the USS Eisenhower, and got to play all over Europe. He currently plays in The Root Doctors. As a member of the band for 20+ years, Donni has shared the stage with many world renowned artists, such as John Blackwell, Jr., Little John Roberts, and Josh Baker. He has also played with B-52s, Cameo, The Time, Gap Band, Sevendust, Little Richard, Hootie & The Blowfish, and Edwin Mccain.
John Sinclair began his percussive studies at the age of 13 at Irmo Middle School and quickly realized music was his passion. His studies continued through high school and into college. He attended the University of Kentucky where he was a member of various performing ensembles including both Marching and Indoor Competition Drumlines. In 2003, John earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from UK and relocated back to the Columbia/Irmo area, where he has since continued to study and perform with local artists and students. John has been teaching percussion for over 15 years, and he has experience teaching as a drumline instructor, as well as individual private lessons.
Leland Greene graduated from the SC Governor’s School after starting the oboe in high school. He then received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Oboe Performance from Ohio State University where he served as Graduate Teaching Associate for the oboe studio. While in Ohio, he performed with the Eastern Philharmonic, the Westerville and New Albany Symphonies, and as a soloist, OSU’s Symphony Orchestra as its youngest Concerto Competition winner. He also performed with the Guilford and Eastern Symphony orchestras as a 3-year participant of the Eastern Music Festival, and he can be heard on OSU Men’s Glee Club 2016 CD, How Can I Keep from Singing? as a soloist for the title track. Mr. Greene has established his own international reed business, and his teachers include Lindsay Price Whitlock, Petrea Warneck, and Robert Sorton.
Jesse Lyons is a singer and songwriter, who has worked with the best in the music industry. He has been mentored by Randy Jackson, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Walter Afanasieff and Kenny G. to name a few. Other accomplishments include competing on American Idol Season XIV and studying at the Isina Music Academy in Beverly Hills. Jesse has worked closely with an eclectic mix of songwriters from many different backgrounds and genres. He covers every genre from Pop, Blues, Rock, Country, Soul, and EDM. Book your first lesson today to take the first step to become the songwriter you've always dreamed of being!