Teachers

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Nicholas Lemley

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Nick Lemley, 29, grew up in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and has played guitar since the age of 8. After taking professional lessons for a short time, Nick is mostly self-taught. As a singer/songwriter, Nick has performed professionally as both a guitarist and a bassist on a consistent basis for most of his adult life and prides himself on being able to play multiple genres and instruments. 

Nick has performed with multiple bands on stages across Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, as well as running sound for other bands when need be. He currently resides in Winchester, Virginia. 
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Sam stilwell

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Graduating from Shepherd University, Sam went on the road in May performing 500 shows that summer at Cedar Point Amusement Park. Later going out west for 4 years playing country dance halls 6 nights a week. Got the call to come home and join Rivers Edge, a Nashville based country group touring the east coast. Later Sam headed to Nashville and played Broadway until getting a call from Steve Whiteman to join Funny Money.

Sam has spent countless hours recording with country, Christian and numerous ensembles as both a performing percussionist and a recording engineer. Meanwhile, Sam began teaching home school kids, then KnB music and finally Saint James School for the past 16 years, where he has had the pleasure to teach students from all over the world.

Along with Saint James School he is also an adjunct teacher at Hedgesville Middle School, The Let There Be Rock School and various other after school programs. He also tours as drum tech for KIX, performs regionally with Amanda Wilkins, and various other groups.

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Bryan Jackson

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Bryan Jackson received his first guitar and began formal music instruction in 1991 just prior to his 12th birthday, and has continued his music journey over the last 30 years. At age 16 he began playing cover songs with other musicians, and at age 23 joined his first original music band performing shows throughout the entire Mid-Atlantic region. He has written and recorded with several bands, been featured on FM & internet radio, and has been an endorsement artist for Jägermeister Music, Spector Bass, and Jericho Guitars.

Bryan’s places a high importance on precision, and technique. “I don’t like to cut corners. Play it correctly, play it clean, then go practice some more.” Learning an instrument is a never ending journey. Absorb everything you can, and most importantly, have fun.

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  Amanda Wilkins

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Born and raised in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and Winchester, VA, Amanda Wilkins has been performing since the young age of 12. She has shared the stage with various acts as Phil Vassar, Travis Tritt, Rascal Flatts and Marty Stewart. Amanda is a BMI songwriter and has cowritten many tunes with that have been featured on such cable shows as; Inside the NBA, WWE Wrestling, and the Lifetime Network's Wife Swap.

She has four albums under her belt, and currently writes, performs around the country, and teaches music full time at ADAPT for Grafton, Hedgesville Middle School (Assistant Show Choir Director with Jessica Funck), the Maryland Institute of Music, and the Rock Room in Winchester, VA. She's incredibly excited to be working with new students at the Let There Be Rock School in Martinsburg!