Lessons

Students at Lakewood City Schools have the opportunity to take private lessons from highly trained musician teachers. You can find their contact information and bios below! Please talk to your band director for more information about taking lessons.

Ian Wenz - Flute

Mary Kausek Muse - Oboe

Ian Morin

Email: ian.morin2012@gmail.com

Ian Morin, native of Central Florida, is now an active musician in the Midwest area. He completed his Bachelor of Music at Stetson University in 2016 with Ashley Heintzen and Gabriel Bergeron-Langlois, and continued to complete his Master's of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2018 with Barrick Stees (Associate Principal of The Cleveland Orchestra). He frequently performs with the Youngstown Symphony, Canton Symphony, Ashland Symphony, New World Symphony, and is currently the principal bassoonist of Cleveland Winds. Mr. Morin is also a bassoon instructor at Cleveland State University, Westlake Middle School, Lee Burneson Middle School, and Stetson University Double Reed Workshop.

Erika Cikraji - Clarinet

Saxophone - Kevin Giordano

Email: kjgiordano@yahoo.com

Kevin Giordano has been teaching both saxophone and clarinet full time for over 20 years. Kevin is thrilled for the opportunity to teach saxophone within the Lakewood City School District. He is on faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department working with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. Kevin is also on faculty at Olmsted Falls City Schools and Academy Music Company located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Kevin completed his studies at Cleveland State University. His principal instructors include Greg Banaszak and John Perrine on saxophone and Ted Johnson (retired Cleveland Orchestra) and Louis Gangale on clarinet.

A native of Brooklyn, Ohio Kevin has had the opportunity to perform with the North Coast Saxophone Quartet, Neo-Tessares Saxophone Quartet and the University Circle Wind Ensemble directed by Gary Ciepluch. He has also recorded music for Ludwig Music Publications in Grafton, Ohio along with in Screamline Entertainment located in Macedonia, Ohio.

Kevin has presented master classes to some of the regions most respected music programs and performed at numerous state and national music conventions. Kevin is a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the Ohio Music Education Association.

Kevin has successfully prepared students for all types of events including solo and ensemble contests, auditions for the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Cleveland Contemporary Orchestra and numerous college auditions. His students have been accepted into some of the finest college and university programs around the United States.

Kevin is pleased to be both a D'Addario Performing Artist & Clinician as well as a Selmer Paris Performing Artist & Clinician.

Trumpet - Etienne Massicotte

Email: massicotte.etienne@gmail.com

Etienne Massicotte is a trumpeter, composer, and teacher in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of The College of Wooster (2012) and McGill University (2014), Etienne is involved in a variety of diverse projects, including freelance work with orchestral, chamber, and jazz ensembles throughout Northeast Ohio, as well as composing and recording original music.

Etienne’s most recent original release is an album titled Native Carbon Bloom, produced with the band Polars, a group blending folk, classical, and pop influences based in Cleveland. Released in April 2019, the album features performances by over 20 musicians from Ohio, New York, and Toronto and is available on all streaming platforms. Previously, Etienne has served as composer and arranger for the Tesla Orchestra of Case Western Reserve University who performed his work featuring the Cleveland Orchestra’s Factory Seconds.

Etienne will be performing and recording his next cycle of compositions in late 2019 or early 2020 for voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion.

Sharing his knowledge and experience with music students is a central part of Etienne’s career. In a climate where new genres and styles are being pioneered every day, Etienne is passionate about helping up and coming players discover their voice and cultivate their own ideas through music. Etienne is grateful for the opportunity to teach in the Lakewood City Schools as a contribution to the rich and diverse musical culture of Northeast Ohio.

Van Parker - Horn

Email: vanparker@gmail.com

Van Parker enjoys a dynamic career as a highly sought-after orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, recording artist, new music collaborator, and music educator. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, they have been featured as a recitalist throughout the Great Lakes region and perform frequently with the Akron, Ashland, Firelands, Lima, Mansfield, and Youngstown Symphonies.

Van is an advocate for the works of living composers and has participated in premieres of works by Eric Whitacre, Lewis Nielsen, and Indiana-based composer Deborah Phelps, from whom he commissioned the piece Cui Bono, a duet for horn and violin. They are also a frequent performer on historical instruments as a member of Orchestra19, an ensemble dedicated to period performance of 19th century music, and as a member of the Evelyn Dunbar Early Music Festival they have performed Niccolo Piccini’s 18th century opera, La Buona Figliuola. This performance marked the opera’s first fully-staged presentation in the United States using period instruments, pitch, and tuning. Van has performed with New York’s Ensemble du Monde and is principal horn with the Charleston, SC-based Colour of Music Festival Orchestra, a unique ensemble showcasing the talents of black musicians from around the world.

Currently, Van is on faculty at the Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood,Ohio and serves as a brass coach for the Cleveland a Youth Wind Symphony and Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra, in addition to being an assistant director of the All-Ohio State Fair Band. They received their M.M. from Northwestern University, their B.M. from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and are a graduate of Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, Ohio.

Sebastian Bell - Trombone

Email: sebastianbell1986@gmail.com

Born and raised in Germany, Sebastian Bell began his formal musical training in Frankfurt and Berlin and went on to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music where he received an Artist Certificate under the tutelage of Massimo La Rosa, principal trombone of the Cleveland Orchestra and Edward Zadrozny. He furthermore received private instruction from some of the world’s most accomplished bass trombonists including Charles Vernon, Randy Hawes, and Denson Paul Pollard.

Throughout his studies in Germany, he was engaged in professional musical activities such as playing with the Staatskapelle Dresden for two years as part of their apprenticeship program and holding the bass trombone position with the Meiningen State Theater’s orchestra during the 2011-2012 season.

Currently Sebastian is the bass trombonist of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra and holds the bass trombone position of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra.

Sebastian has furthermore performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He spent his summers performing as the bass trombone fellow of the Pacific Music Festival (2011), Schleswig Holstein Music Festival (2013) and the Spoleto USA Festival (2014).

Besides being a performer, Sebastian Bell is enthusiastic about teaching and is currently the low brass instructor at Lakewood City Schools and Bay Village Schools.

When not playing trombone he and his wife Nina enjoy exploring the National and State Parks of the United States as well as visiting all of the Cleveland Museums.

Bernie Williams - Tuba/Euphonium

Email: bernardmwilliams@gmail.com

A native of Edinburg, TX, Bernie Williams studied tuba performance at Bowling Green State University with international acclaimed soloist and teacher Velvet Brown. He also received his Post-Baccalaureate in Music Education at Cleveland State University. Bernie has enjoyed a long career as a music educator, soloist and has performed with the Lima Symphony orchestra, Lubbock Symphony, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra, Glass City Brass Quintet, Madison Scouts and is the principal Tubist of the Cleveland Winds. He is also one of the founding members of Edgewater Brass of Greater Cleveland. Bernie has also been a featured soloist with Cleveland State University Wind Ensemble and the Firestone High School Symphonic Band.

Bernie Williams is the Assistant Director of Bands at Firestone High School where the marching band has received numerous superior rating and has qualified for state marching contest for 8 straight years. Firestone has been a finalist band in the Mid-States Marching Band Circuit Championships for the last 2 years. Bernie also serves as the Brass Coordinator for Akron Public Schools Visual and Performing Arts Program. His students consistently sit in the top chairs in numerous youth ensembles in Northeast Ohio. Upon graduation, Bernie's students have gotten into some of the top music schools in the state and country including the Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Capital Conservatory, Baldwin Wallace, Bowling Green State University, and University of North Texas.


Tim Hampton - Percussion

Email: tmhampton.percussion@gmail.com

Tim Hampton has been teaching percussion lessons in the Lakewood City Schools since 2013, and has been the Percussion Advisor for the Lakewood Ranger Marching Band since 2011. He earned his BM from Youngstown State University and MM from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Hampton has taught privately for more than a decade, including seven years at Educator’s Music in Lakewood. He has performed with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, North Coast Men’s Chorus, Samba Joia Brazilian percussion ensemble, Tim is a regular timpanist at St Stanislaus Church, and performs regularly in pit orchestras for local community theaters. He has experience teaching snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, drum set, and orchestral percussion.