Private Lesson Teachers
Jacques Bell is an international performing musician, studio recording artist, and music educator. His passion for music became evident at a very young age. As a high school student, Mr. Bell received countless accolades as an instrumentalist, performing in some of Georgia’s most accomplished student and professional ensembles. This foundation in music was further augmented at the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and became a highly sought-after Musician, Music Educator, and Clinician.
Mr. Bell has been an accomplished Music educator in the metro Atlanta area since 1998 and his students have seen great success, consistently being selected for honor ensembles including the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, The Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Governors Honors, and the GMEA All-State Band. They have been awarded thousands in music scholarships to some of the nations top universities and conservatories. Mr. Bell attributes the success of his students to their strong foundation in the fundamentals of music. He has served three years as the principle Saxophonist of the Atlanta Wind Symphony and is driven by the belief that there is always more to learn.
Jacques Bell- Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone
Michael Maxwell- Bassoonist
Michael Maxwell is a bassoonist who teaches in Carrol County on Thursday and Friday each week. He is a retired educator from Fayette County, Georgia where he served as a band director, school principal and central office administrator. He currently has a bassoon studio of 25 middle and high school students. He is also the adjunct professor for bassoon at Clayton State University. He is the principal bassoonist in the Southern Crescent Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his musical activates he is a practicing attorney with an office in Fayette County,
Christopher Mothersole- Clarinet
Christopher Mothersole is an Instructor of Clarinet & Chamber Music at University of West Georgia. Prior to his appointment at UWG in 2019, Christopher served as principal clarinet of the Great Falls Symphony Orchestra and member of the Chinook Winds Quintet, as featured on Montana PBS's "11th & Grant". Praised for his "pure, yet colorful tone and amazing technical facility", Christopher enjoys a life of freelancing in the Southeast region, having performed with ensembles including the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and Carroll Symphony Orchestra. His most recent work focuses on the use of guitar effect pedals in clarinet performance, pushing the boundaries of the instrument and taking it to new heights. Christopher's presentations on this topic have been featured multiple times by the International Clarinet Association, and his work focuses particularly on writing and commissioning new works for electroacoustic clarinet. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and Royal College of Music.
Jesse Baker is an active freelance trumpeter, arranger, and teacher in and around the Atlanta area in Georgia. Jesse has performed frequently with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, having played on works such as Stravinsky’s Petrushka, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. On other occasions he has also had the opportunity to play in the GSO with Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and "Weird Al" Yankovic. As a member of the Georgia Brass Band, he also performs on cornet in a British brass band style throughout the state of Georgia. Jesse also plays trumpet in a local mariachi group called Mariachi Búhos de Oro, made up of KSU music alumni, playing several public and private events per year throughout the southeast. As a member and horn arranger of the band Mixtape, he enjoys arranging and playing a variety of 70's, 80's, and pop music at numerous public events per year. Jesse also frequently performs in the orchestra pit for various musical productions in Georgia. A few of the musicals he's played include Cabaret, Titanic, Crazy for You, and Ragtime. Some additional groups he has performed with include Tara Winds, the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra.
Jesse Baker - Trumpet
Jesse also enjoys teaching trumpet privately. He has held a private trumpet studio at Ken Stanton Music and at the First Presbyterian Church of Marietta. Jesse currently teaches privately at Jackson’s Music Store and Villa Rica High School.
Jesse received his bachelor’s degree in Music Performance cum laude from Kennesaw State University in May 2016. His main teachers have included KSU trumpet professor Dr. Douglas Lindsey and Professor Michael Tiscione of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
Hannah Royals is a current student at the University of West Georgia studying music education. Ms. Royals from Carrollton, Georgia and graduated from Central High School. She has recently transferred to UWG this year after completing three years at Jacksonville State University.
During her time at JSU, Hannah performed with the Cadets Drum & Bugle Corps, Carrollton Jazz Orchestra, JSU Marching Southerners, and many of JSU's ensembles including the Civic Orchestra, Brass Choir, Horn Choir, Brass band, and Chamber Winds. Ms. Royals was a member of the music organization Delta Omicron, holding positions of Secretary and President. She has also had the opportunity to perform at the North American Brass Band Competition, GMEA, and BOA Invitationals.
Ms. Royals is a current member of the Carrollton Winds, Callanwolde Orchestra of Decatur, Brass Ensemble of UWG, Wind Ensemble of UWG, and the Tabernacle Baptist Church Orchestra. She has held multiple brass and visual positions throughout the state, including heralma mater, Central High School. Ms. Royals currently teaches multiple high brass students in the state, including students from Bay
Springs Middle School, Bowden Middle & High School, Central Middle School, and Villa
Rica High School.
Hannah Royals - French Horns
Connor R Sullivan - Trombone, Euphonium, Piano
Connor R. Sullivan, based in Adairsville, GA and who attended Kennesaw State University, is an active freelance musician in the Atlanta area as a performer, teacher, accompanist, organist, and arranger/composer. Connor performs regularly on piano and euphonium with the Atlanta Wind Symphony, which has recently made their Midwest debut performance at the 75th Annual Midwest Clinic in December of 2021, and has performed at the GMEA Conference in January of 2020 as well. He is also an active teacher, with several private low brass and piano students and holds a position at McClure Middle School in Kennesaw, GA as the euphonium and trombone sectional coach. Mr. Sullivan also has many years of experience teaching marching band as a low brass tech during band camp, at schools such as Kell High School, Cass High School, and Adairsville High School. As an active accompanist, Connor accompanies high school and middle school choirs, vocal soloists, instrumental soloists, and other various ensembles around the Atlanta area. He also holds a position as organist and choir accompanist at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Rome, GA, where he has been since 2019. As a composer and arranger, Mr. Sullivan has had several commissions from the Atlanta Freedom Bands, an Atlanta-based community band, and has also had pieces performed by various Kennesaw State University ensembles. He also has arrangements which have been performed by the Ohio State Marching Band brass ensemble and the Kennesaw State Marching Band brass ensemble, among others.
Bernard Flythe- Euphonium, Tuba
Bernard H. Flythe is a professional freelance musician in metropolitan Atlanta. He served for two years as Artist Faculty in Tuba and Euphonium at Columbus State University. Prior to his appointment at CSU, Mr. Flythe served for ten years at Kennesaw State University and for four years on the artist faculty at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. He has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Nashville Symphony. During the 1992-1993 season, he served as the acting principal tubist with the North Carolina Symphony. Mr. Flythe received a bachelor of music degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He earned his master of music and his specialist in music degrees from the University of Michigan.
Luke Bass - Tuba
Luke Bass graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BM in Music Education and Performance. After spending a year studying at the University of Arkansas with Miraphone Artist Ben Pierce, he is back at UWG finishing a master’s degree in music performance. A native of Carrollton, Georgia, Bass spent his undergraduate degree studying under Cale Self. While at UWG, he spent much of his time playing in as many ensembles as possible. This continued at the University of Arkansas as he also taught music theory, aural skills, and undergraduate lessons. A lover of new music, Bass participated in the premiere of many new works including a consortium by the Tuba-Euphonium Social Justice Initiative for Katahj Copley’s Limitless. Bass was also a member of the Eastern Music Festival’s Tuba-Euphonium Institute, studying under Aaron Tindall and Demondrae Thurman as well as the Brevard Music Center’s Low Brass Seminar with Aubrey Foard. Outside of his studies, Bass works as a private instructor and performer. He believes his diverse background of musical instruction allows him to reach a broad range of students. Bass’s private studio is composed of students from 6th to 12th grade where he emphasizes the importance of sound and musicality. Many students have earned music
scholarship money and placed in District Honor Bands, All-state Bands, and the
Governor’s Honors Program. He believes that music is a universal art form that
can be used to teach anyone to be a better person.