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Billy Johnson was born in Philadelphia, and was the beneficiary of the mentoring of fine players like Gerry Brown and Cornell Rochester on the local scene. He spent a lot of time traveling back and forth between Philly and New York, playing at one time in a band with guitarist Kevin Eubanks and his brother, trombonist Robin Eubanks.


The Bay Area is a place well known for its great soul music as well as being the home of countless musical legends. Through the years Simon has developed a musical style that embraces the soulful traditions of the Bay Area with his Jazz/Blues/Gospel/Funk inspired vocals and piano style.


Michael Booker is an upcoming musician in the bay area that is comfortable playing a variety of styles and has been studying music for over 10 years. He plays Classical, Jazz, Funk Fusion, Acid, Rock, Rockabilly, and many more. His unique style of playing has touched the hearts of many people throughout the Bay Area and beyond as he has performed in many different groups ranging from parades at Disneyland, marching band for his school, and performances with his church.


Caesare Drachen is a trumpet performer and instructor that works in and around the Hayward area. He has studied music performance at CSU East Bay and currently plays with groups in the Bay Area.

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Dave has been a teacher in the Bay Area for over 20 years. He studied classical guitar with Jim Bertram at CSU Hayward, where he studied for his music degree. He has co-led his rock band, Attila & Dave Project (ADP), for many years, recording three albums with the group, and touring through the U.S.


Denise has been playing and performing on the violin and the organ since she was a child.  Her performances have taken her across the world, to Europe and Great Britain playing in such venues as Italy, Austria, and France.


Joey began his music career in Atlanta playing and recording with several prominent bands, including members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sea Level, and the Glenn Phillips Bands. Since arriving in the Bay Area in 1991, he has performed almost every concievable genre of music from Soukous to Samba-Reggae, Blues to Bluegrass.

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Harlem-born singer Clif Payne bridges the genres of pop, rock, R&B, gospel and jazz. He's a 3-time Star Search winner who has opened for Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Dionne Warwick and Lakeside. Clif hails from a family of musicians and singers. His father was a reedsman who gigged with Lionel Hampton. His mother was a talented vocalist who once backed Nat "King" Cole in a vocal ensemble.

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Latin music & jazz are his passion: A West Coast native studied with jazz master John Handy performed at Mount Hood & Monterey Jazz Festivals jazz pianist at San Francisco landmarks "Top of the Mark" and Fairmont Hotel recorded with Carlos Santana performed with Phil Woods and accompanied Barbra Streisand.  Played on cruise ships worldwide & resorts from Grossingers to Yosemite.

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With over 40 years of teaching experience, Doug has performed with many world famous artists, including Iron Butterfly, Eddie Money, The Coasters, Dizzy Gillespie, Vital Signs, and more. He is currently in 5 bands, including the Linda Imperial Band featuring David Freiberg of Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service.


Steve started piano lessons at age seven. He studied music at UC Berkeley and Berklee College of Music. His primary styles of music are Jazz, R&B and Latin Music.  

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I have a BA in Music from St. Mary's College.  I play play trombone in the Community Women's Orchestra and The Walnut Creek Concert Band.  I have subbed in The Lafayette Big Band, played with Dirty Cello and The Klezmer Kats.  My main instrument is bass trombone.  I also play tenor trombone, trumpet, baritone and tuba.  I teach after school band for MUSE, grades 4 through 8, and am a band coach at Moreau High School.  I have taught Recorder at Kensington Elementary School.  I have been teaching privately for 10 years.

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I was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and I have been a resident of the East Bay since 2000. I studied piano pedagogy at a local college, where I earned certificates in teaching Beginning and Intermediate Piano.

Every lesson, I love seeing the smiles on my students’ faces.

I believe that learning music should be fun and exciting, so I like to provide well-rounded piano lessons with many hands-on activities. My lessons use a lesson book as a guide, but also cover rhythm exercises, ear training and improvisation as well as music theory. 

For group lessons, I introduce classical composers along with live performances of their piano music. I believe that listening to a variety of music is also important to developing musicianship.


I have been teaching 9 years now and playing the flute for 18 years.  I have taught all ages, my youngest being 7 and my oldest being 47 years old.  I also have experience teaching those who might take a little longer to understand concepts than others.  I have both a classical and soundtrack background.  My greatest accomplishment is beginning my soundtrack career by being hired at age 24 to be principle chair for the flute section for Star Wars 7, 8, and 9.  This let to being principle chair for movies such as Inside Out, The BFG, and for the TV Show Game of Thrones starting in Season 5.

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Castro Valley School of Music

3300 E. Castro Valley Blvd., Ste. A
Castro Valley, CA 94552

(510) 397-0721



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