After 20 years playing guitar and 11 years teaching, Mike is one of the most respected instructors in the tri-state area. He started his love for the guitar after his college roommatebrought home a cheap electric guitar as a loaner. Unfortunately for Mike’s roommate, he never got the guitar back. Within 3 months, Mike started his first band, while at Murray State University. Since then, Mike has played lead and rhythm guitar for dozens of local and regional bands in a range of styles including rock, blues, country, funk and jazz.
A prolific songwriter, Mike has displayed this talent in several original bands. The most recent incarnation being Three Questions. Mike has written all lyrics and composition performed by Three Questions, which has an alternative rock vibe. They currently play live at local venues.
Mike has taught guitar in several music stores over the past 11 years as a professional instructor. In 2002, he decided to open his own learning and recording studio after the learning environment in local music stores left he and his students wanting much more. The Guitar Lab idea was born because Mike could not provide the type of instruction he thought would encourage his students to grow musically. Growing from one instructor to now nine, The Guitar Lab is the regions premier music-learning center.
Not only is Mike an instructor and songwriter, but he also is a recording engineer and producer. Mike turns his ear for music to assist other musicians in producing their recordings at The Guitar Lab’s Recording Studio. When not teaching, Mike is in his recording studio working on various projects. From full bands to soloists, Mike has recorded some of the regions finest musicians.
Blind-Dog is a native of the Motor City and has been a music teacher, instrument technician and professional musician since the age of 16. His early exposure to some of the diverse musical influences in Detroit created the framework for his extensive mastery of the blues via R&B, funk, rock, and fusion. He is an award-winning one-man act who has polished his chops in places as diverse as the Sierra Foothills, the Mojave Desert, Mississippi Delta and the streets of New Orleans.
Some of Blind-Dog’s awards & accomplishments include:
· First prize at the Telluride Acoustic Blues competition (2002)
· Winner of the Kentuckiana Blues Society’s Blues Challenge (2002)
· Finalist International Acoustic Music Awards for his song Telluride (2004)
· First place in the Memphis Blues Society's Battle of the Blues solo division (2005)
· Semi-finalist in the International Song Contest, Blues category, for “Monkey On My Back” (2006)
· Winner in the Memphis Blues Society’s Battle of the Blues (2006, 2007)
In October of 2009, Blind-Dog was crowned "King of the Blues" at the Guitar Center in Evansville.
Blind-Dog started teaching at The Guitar Lab in 2007. He enjoys teaching children as well as adults. He teaches kids as young as seven years old.
Jon has been playing the guitar for over 25 years and has been a professional musician for 20 of those years. His early background was on the piano at age eight. Later at age 10, Jon took up the trombone. In his teens, he was selected to perform with the Southern Indiana All Star Band for two consecutive years. Though he has a clear talent for the trombone, his love for guitar eventually won out. Jon began studying seriously with private instructors at age 18 and has not put down the guitar since.
After years of playing clubs with his rock band, he decided it was time to make a more serious move towards a career in music and enrolled in the Music Education program at Oakland City University. At Oakland City University he majored in Music Education and minored in Guitar Performance. Jon received various awards for his abilities as well as his leadership during his college career. He has been teaching guitar for over ten years with teaching positions at Oakland City University, where he took over the class and private instruction in his junior year, and then for seven years at Moore Music.
He performs regularly with his band, Hog Maw, with whom he also wrote and recorded a CD in 1994. His band has been featured on a PBS documentary that is aired all around North America. Jon also performs in an acoustic duo with his friend Dave.
Jon joined The Guitar Lab teaching staff in 2008. He teaches all ages and level of students. He provides individual as well as group instruction. He recently has started a Beginner and Intermediate Ensemble Class.
Matt began playing guitar as a preteen, learning mostly from his grandfather until his teen years when he began studying with many teachers in various genres. Studying rock, country, jazz, blues and classical, he found it hard to focus on just one. He became a regular in the local band scene by age 16 and was traveling with the touring act “Burning Bridges” by age 19. In the 90’s he moved on to play for “The Bobby Clark Band” (John Mellencamp’s cousin) and Absolute/Warner Brothers singed band “Plush.” Finally, in the last decade Matt worked in several groups until starting the hard working cover band “Pieces of the Day” and his original band “Calling Corners” which is currently opening for national acts.
Studying with over a dozen teachers, playing professionally for over two decades, being in many working bands and teaching for seven years, Matt is well studied, and very experienced. Matt began teaching at The Guitar Lab in 2006 and has had students ranging in age from 5-50 teaching them bass, mandolin, and all styles of guitar.
Jason has been playing the guitar and bass guitar for more than 20 years, and teaching private lessons for the last 10. Born and raised in Evansville, IN, Jason began musical studies at around 8 years old ringing handbells in church. In elementary school and junior high, he learned the trombone before finally moving to guitar and bass in high school, and somewhere along the way, also studying vocal music, piano, drums, mandolin, and the clarinet.
Eulalie Wilson - PIANO
Dr. Eulalie Wilson is Professor Emeriti of Music and Retired Director of Programs in the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Evansville. As a graduate of UE she received her Master of Arts and Doctor of Education from Columbia University, New York. Other professional experience at the University of Evansville included being the Director of the Preparatory School of Creative Arts and on the piano faculty.
Gregg has been a professional musician for 34 years and has been teaching drums for 26 of those. He studied jazz and contemporary music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He fine-tuned his skills with great drum instructors such as: Dennis Carlson, Gary Chaffee and Joe Hunt. His ensemble teachers at Berklee were an invaluable influence on his musical career. These teachers included Greg Hopkins, Bill Pierce and Tiger Okashi. His training at Berklee launched him into an exciting career of performing and touring with groups in twenty-two of the United States and the Bahaman Islands.
During his professional career, Gregg has performed with artists: Ernie Watts, Liza Minnelli, Joel Grey, Bobby Vinton, Lucie Arnaz, Robert Goulet, Marie Osmond, Frankie Avalon, Connie Stevens, Fabian, Red Skelton, The Drifters, The Shirelles, Suzanna Somers, Sam Moore, Gary Lewis, Little Anthony, Dee Clark, Del Shannon, Tommy Roe, Four Aces, The Diamonds, The Ink Spots and Ron Kenoly.
In addition Gregg has played for the touring Broadway musicals: A Chorus Line, Grand Hotel and The Sound of Music.
He has performed on numerous albums and has written three books on the subject of drumming. Presently, Gregg shares his thorough knowledge of music and percussion at The Guitar Lab where he teaches any age and level of student.
Ashley Perkins has been working at The Guitar Lab since fall 2008. She received her Kindermusik teaching license in Spring 2011 and is excited to be able to teach music and movement classes to children ages newborn to 7 years old. Music exploration and education is a large part of Ashley's life. Her husband plays guitar and is her main source of support in her passion for music.
Since she was a newborn, she has always been exposed to music in some way: from when her mother would sing "You Are My Sunshine", to the moment she played trumpet in band in high school, all the way to working with some of Evansville's most respected musicians. She is even lucky enough to have played with trumpet legend, Maynard Ferguson.
Ashley's passion helps her connect with children. Children sing, dance, and explore music in a variety of ways, and she loves that Kindermusik can help children grow and develop in other areas of life.