Category: Teachers

Willie Lawson

Willie Lawson

Teacher

Specialization: Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet

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About Willie

Willie Lawson has been a Teacher at Music Showcase for 23 years.  His specialities are Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet.  He is 59 years young from Newark New Jersey.

He is a graduate of Brandon Senior High School c/o 1978 and attended both Hillsborough Community College and Florida State University.

Willie performed professionally with numerous bands in central Florida. He also is a sought after studio musician.

Will has been married 32 years to Deborah and they have one son, William Alexander.

Fun to Know

A Little Romance

Paul Desmond

Podcasting, Radio Broadcasting, Sports

Jessica Driesse

Jessica Driesse

Teacher

Specialization: Violin and Piano

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About Jessica

Hello! My name is Jessica Driesse and I am currently a college student majoring in Biology at Hillsborough Community College.

I have been playing the violin since age 4, and playing the piano since age 14.

I love giving the gift of music through teaching; and while I love teaching all ages, I have a great passion for teaching young students and seeing their excitement! I definitely believe in a hands on approach, and I always tell my students “only practice the days that you eat!”

Fun to Know

The Goonies!

My favorite composer is Antonio Vivaldi and my favorite genres of music are Classical and Classic Rock.

Everything Music

Alec Pearl

Alec Pearl

Teacher

Specialization: Cello, Violin, Viola, Upright bass, Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano

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About Alec

Alec Pearl is a teacher, performer, and arranger who has been playing strings, woodwinds, and piano for over 10 years!

He has been on the Music Showcase ELITE Center staff for over almost two years and takes pride in creating meaningful educational plans for all of his students.

In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, golfing, and playing video games!

Fun to Know

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Fleet Foxes

Anything that involves nature!

Gregg Gascon

Gregg Gascon

Teacher

Specialization: Violin, Acoustic guitar, Classical guitar, Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Fiddle

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About Gregg

ABOUT ME
I have played violin since 1990 and guitar since 1996. I also do professional videography and audio recording, mixing, & mastering.  From Florida to California, I have worked in recording studios and on TV/Film productions as talent and behind the scenes.  I am always writing, performing, and recording music whenever I am not teaching.  I also volunteer with church music ministries either playing guitar, bass, drums, and/or singing.

ABOUT YOU
Yes, anyone can play!  After years and years of teaching all different types of people with different levels of experience and learning styles, I have figured out the fastest and easiest way to understand and play violin & guitar.  Whether you are just starting out or have been playing for a little while, I’ll create a lesson plan that will meet you where you are at.  I love playing and creating music.  I want to get as many people as I can to enjoy it as much as I do!

Fun to Know

Marvel Cinematic Universe 

Switchfoot

Everything Music

Jose Cochez

Jose Cochez

Teacher

Specialization: Drums and Bass guitar

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About Jose

José Cochez started playing drums at the age of 15 with Metal bands in his home country of Panama. During his early years as a musician, he started playing violin and viola, started composing music using MIDI, and became obsessed with the music of Frank Zappa. He soon turned his attention to Jazz, Fusion, and Modern Classical Music.

Pursuing musical studies, he enrolled in the University of South Florida, in Tampa. He studied Jazz Drums with Steve Davis, and Composition & Electronic Music with Paul Reller, earning a triple degree in 2009. Since then, José has been very active musician in the Tampa Bay Area, playing a range of musical styles as well as writing and arranging music for the projects he is involved with. He currently arranges and plays for “Credit: 0”, a band that performs live renditions of Video Game Music.

Besides music, José ’s other hobbies include: Video Games, Chess, and Yoga. He has been very involved in Tampa’s Retro Gaming community, and has been running a chess club for over 5 years.

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Spaceballs

Frank Zappa

Playing video games

Chayce Knaub

Chayce Knaub

Teacher

Specialization: Electric guitar and Acoustic guitar

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About Chayce

I have  been teaching guitar professionally for 10 years. It’s very fulfilling for me to see my students grow as musicians and develop a lifelong love for music and the guitar.

I’m a songwriter and have released albums as a bandleader, solo artist and also in collaboration with other artists. I enjoy and play a pretty wide mix of music.

Aside from being passionate about music I am also a visual artist and sometimes exhibit my work in local venues or shows.

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Some of my favorite artists and bands are Animal Collective, Joe Pass, Nils Cline, Steve Reich, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie and Tame Impala.

 

Visual Arts including painting and drawing

Wilbert Tecla

Wilbert Tecla

Teacher

Specialization: Drums, Marimba, and Marching Percussion

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About Wilbert

Wilbert Tecla has been teaching music since 2011 and has been with Music Showcase since 2018.

A Tampa native, Wil began working as a Drummer through the Straz Center Jazz Program while still finishing high school.

After graduating from Berklee College of Music and working on several musical endeavors in Boston, MA, Wil moved back to Florida to perform and teach.

Along with working with numerous bands and independent artists, he has also worked in the pit and on stage for many musical theatre productions including : Chicago, Shrek: The Musical, and Elf: The Musical.

Fun to Know

Chicken Run

Miles Davis

Traveling!

Sara Villa

Sara Villa

Teacher

Specialization: Voice and Piano

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About Sara

Sara Villa works as an opera singer with Opera Tampa and writes and performs her own music in a latin folk fusion style.

She began performing with musical theatre, her favorite roles being Sarah Brown from Guys N’ Dolls and Hodel from Fiddler on the Roof.  As a music graduate from the University of Central Florida, she specialized in opera. Her favorite operatic role she has played is Poppea in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.

She often returns to her family’s native Colombia as a guest soloist with local orchestras and what she enjoys most is performing original music with her family.

Sara loves to inspire students of all ages to explore their musical interests and talents. She knows first hand on how many enriching journeys music can take you on and loves to help guide her students to find their own with a holistic and individualized approach.

Fun to Know

Gone with the Wind
Marta Gomez

Everything music, Dancing, Reading and Yoga

Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis

Teacher

Specialization: Cello and Piano

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About Helen

Helen Lewis is a graduate student at the University of South Florida where she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Cello Performance.

Helen is from Albany, New York and has been teaching for 8 years.

Fun to Know

Pride and Prejudice

Harry Styles

Cooking

Alex Gonzalez

Alex Gonzalez

Teacher

Specialization: Bass guitar, Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar, and Classical guitar

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About Alex

Alex Gonzalez has been a multi-intrumentalist for a little over a decade. He’s played many gigs throughout the Tampa area and has written as well as self-recorded countless songs.

Fun to Know

Star Wars

I enjoy Bands such as:  Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Neck Deep, Killswitch Engage, and Trophy Eyes

Playing Video Games

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