Teachers

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Shawn Duchscherer

Owner & Instructor

Mr. Duchscherer has been educating, performing, arranging and recording in WNY for 15 years. His studies of Jazz Performance at Villa Maria College, and tours across the east coast have taught him the importance of music in its social form. Over the years award winning Duchscherer has educated and guided hundreds of musicians of all ages and proficiencies. Duchscherer’s students have been accepted in All County and All State Ensembles, received scholarships and have gone on to major in music in college. It is Shawn’s passion to educate and give the life long gift of music to his students and their families.

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Scott Keller

Drums & Percussion Instructor

Scott Keller has been playing drums and percussion for over 40 years. He has performed locally in bands playing various styles including: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Progressive Rock, Rockabilly and Americana. He has studied with Michael Bookspan and Gerald Carlyss from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lynn Harbold of the Buffalo Philharmonic and at the University of Buffalo with Jan Williams.

Scott currently performs with the Sam Marabella Band.

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Frank Colletti

Woodwinds

Frank Colletti, a native of New Rochelle, NY, recently retired after teaching music for 33 years. He holds degrees from Ithaca College and Nazareth College and has taught in the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central Schools, the Auburn City Schools, and the Williamsville Central Schools. Frank is a member of the Erie County Music Educators Association, the New York State School Music Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the New York State Band Directors Association. He served as the NYSSMA Band Sessions Chair in 2012 and 2013, is a NYSSMA All-State Woodwind and Major Organization Adjudicator, and judges at the Darien Lake Music Festival. Frank Colletti maintains a private woodwind studio, and is currently on the staff of the Mount St. Mary’s High School Marching Band.

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Paul Yates

Bass

Paul Yates is a bass player and teacher from Niagara falls, NY. Over the last 10 years, Paul has played on studio recording sessions with both electric and upright bass. In 2009 he toured with rock and soul artist Fred Shafer performing in US cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville and even did an MWR tour to Southeast Asia.

Paul has shared the stage with such artists as Hinder, John Michael Montgomery, Julianne Hough, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Kansas, Journey and performed with two national Elvis Tribute Acts — the award winning Irv Cass, and Rick Alviti. Currently Paul performs with many WNY artists, and performs pit orchestra work at Niagara University and other local schools. He has earned two Buffalo Nightlife Music Awards for Best Blues Bassist (2015 and 2016).

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Jessica Stewart

Vocals

Jessica Stewart is classically trained and studied Music Performance at Buffalo State College as well as Audio Production at Niagara County Community College. In addition, she has performed and recorded with various musical artists in the Western New York area. Jessica’s interest in music began at a very young age, while performing in both school & church choir. She started taking private vocal lessons at age 12 and has since studied with Sue Anne Culp (now of Grand Rapids, MI), and with Lisa Marie Surace of Bravo Studio (Niagara Falls, NY).

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Jackie Davis

Vocal & Piano

Jackie Davis’ music has taken her to cities across the United States, Canada and West Africa. Jackie has served as a soloist, worship leader, seminar speaker, and choir director for Kingdom Bound Ministries. She brings to Cadence Music a wealth of experience preparing students for auditions, college entrance, performances and more. Her students have gone on to attend educational institutions. Others have advanced to sing solos with the Buffalo Philharmonic, independent recording artists, perform lead and supporting roles in musicals, sing in All County, Area All State and All State Choruses, and more.

Jackie is a graduate of Cornell University, where she received classical vocal training through a Cornell Chorus scholarship. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., as well as Kleinhans Music Hall with The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Julia Dayton-Plyter

Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano

Julie Dayton-Plyter has been studying music since the age of 4. Mrs Dayton-Plyer attended Fredonia and Buffalo State colleges studying Music with a focus on Violin as well as studies of the Arts. Julie has played in many local symphonies and ensembles including the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra & The Buffalo Suzuki Strings under the direction of Mary Kay Neal. In addition to performing Julie has been teaching strings and piano for over 20 years, with many of her students going on to study music in colleges and play in symphonies and orchestras across the country.