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Jay Rusnak

Jay RusnakHailing from Chicago, IL, where he was an in-demand player and instructor, Jay Rusnak now makes his home in Raleigh, NC, where he is proud to be affiliated with LOCALS Guitars and Music.  Along with teaching duties, Jay keeps a busy live schedule by performing across the Southeast with a variety of different musical acts.  He is in the midst of authoring a book detailing fresh, logical and concise theoretical and technical approaches to advanced lead guitar improvisation, as well as composing and recording a rock opera. 

Jay attended the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he studied advanced Classical Theory, Voice leading, and Jazz Improvisation and has been featured in national magazines such as GUITAR WORLD while also authoring instructional columns for several other guitar publications.  In addition, Jay recorded and toured nationally from 2002-2006 with multiplatinum recording artist Ron Keel.  Jay is currently endorsed by Rotosound strings, Morley pedals and In-Tune Guitar Picks.

With twenty-five years experience as a player, teacher, and performer in nearly every imaginable musical style and situation, Jay specializes in utilizing a variety of teaching methods and philosophies to connect with and enable rapid progress both technically and theoretically in students of all ages, and ability levels.

$25 for 1/2 hour private lesson. For more information and scheduling, please contact Jay at snakdad@aol.com or (919) 306-5919



Max Drake

Max DrakeMax Drake hails from Statesville NC. A lifelong guitar player, he has been playing since the age of 17 and teaching guitar 25 years. Originally self taught, he has studied with Scott Manring of the UNCG music program and Rita Blankenship of Statesville NC.

Max teaches all ages Fundamentals of Guitar, Basic Reading & Theory and Basic Rhythm & Lead Guitar. He is heavily versed in the classic blues masters styles of B.B. King, Freddie King and Albert King. If you are interested in learning Rockabilly, Blues, R&B, Soul or Slide guitar and Dobro , Max is your guy.

Notable players Max has performed with include B.B. King, James Cotton, Lightning Hopkins, Bo Diddley, Mick Taylor, Johnny Copeland. He performs regularly with Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojo's at Papa Mojo's Roadhouse in Durham and has performed internationally at the Toronto Blues Fest and the RAWA Blues & Jazz Festival in Katowice Poland.

Awards: 2009 Sandcastle Award for Best Original Film Score "Bone Creek".

$25 for 1/2 hour private lesson. For more information and scheduling

Contact Max:

m.drake5811@gmail.com or 336 406 5041



Piano/Keyboard Instructor

Chris Keller

Chris KellerPianist/composer Chris Keller has played music professionally for over 30 years. Her performance credits include both jazz and classical concerts at universities, theatres, clubs, hotels, cruises, restaurants, radio and television stations throughout North, Central and South America. Her major focus of promoting peace through music has led to "Jazz for World Unity".

Concerts in such diverse venues as the Baha'i House of Worship,WBEZ Radio, Crosscurrents, and the Palmer House in Chicago, the Waldorf Astoria in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Pratt Library in Baltimore, Teatro Teresa Carena (Jazz Caracas Festival), Universidad de Los Andes (Merida), Radio Juventud (Barquisimeto), Museo de Artes Graficas and Club Nautico de Hotel InterContinental (Maracaibo) in Venezuela (where she served as a Baha'i pioneer '87-'93).

Education: Bachelor of Music UNC Chapel Hill 1973. Studied with Jim Milne at NC State University 1978.

Her CD with Aurora Jazz, "Love Is The Answer" has received international acclaim and airplay on college and commercial radio.

Chris' biography, credits and awards could singularly fill up this web page and what is mentioned is just a sampling. Chris teaches all ages and all styles.

$25 for 1/2 hour private lesson. For more information and scheduling

Contact her at 919-349-5637 or aurorajazz9@gmail.com

Percussion Instructor

Tommy Romero

Chris KellerWith 8 years of instructing and 10 years live performance experience Tommy is a natural at the drum craft. Playing in the Chicago music scene for 6 years he is known for specializing in the rock genre however he enjoys playing all styles. Tommy has previously toured and recorded extensively in various bands across the US and Canada playing packed stadiums in front of over 5000 people at a time, he is sharp and well seasoned.

Always keeping busy practicing, still performing live and now teaching at LOCALS guitars his approach varies from student to student he says "because some are naturally better at certain criteria than others".


Whether you want to learn the bare basics of the snare drum or drum kit, run through rudiment workshops, learn different fills, double bass or brush up on your live performance Tommy is here to find out what works best for you. His knowledge of the drumming profession is extensive, his playing is technical and precise. Be confident in knowing you are sure to find what your drumming needs here with Tommy.

$25 for 1/2 hour private lesson. For more information and scheduling

For more information regarding rates and scheduling, please contact Tommy at:
tommydrum1234@yahoo.com or 919-426-6157.



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