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Woodwinds

-Steve Bunch
(Woodwind / Brass Instructor)

Steve is an accomplished band director with over 17 years of music education experience. He currently serves as Assistant Band Director at Ennis Junior High; a position which he has held for 9 years. Prior to working at Ennis Junior High Steve has served on the director team at Ennis High School, Permenter Middle School (Cedar Hill), Beltline Intermediate School (Cedar Hill), and Mount Pleasant ISD. He has earned his Masters Degree in Music Performance and Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Texas A&M – Commerce. While attending Texas A&M- Commerce Steve sat 1st chair of clarinet from 1992-1996 and from 1998 -2000. He has performed with the Wind Ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and at the College Band Directors National Association.

 

While at Ennis Junior High Steve has conducted the Symphonic 1 Band and assisted with the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic 2 Bands. Under his direction his bands have received numerous sweepstakes awards from UIL performances. Additionally, his bands have received superior ratings at the Beach Within Reach Festival, Soundpost Music Festival, and Peak Music Festivals.

 

Steve is a member for the First Baptist Church of Dallas Orchestra where he currently plays clarinet. He has also performed with the Carrolton Wind Symphony from 2004-2010. Steve lives in Cedar Hill with his wife Kristy and sons Caden, Carson, Cohen, and daughter Kyle.

 

-Denise Graves
(Woodwind / Brass Instructor)

Denise has joined our team holding a Bachelor’s of Music Ed from Memphis State University, a Master’s of Music Ed from Arkansas State University, and over 25 years of teaching experience in public school, private school, homeschool and individual tutor settings for levels from beginner through high school. She currently serves as assistant director of the Southern Star Band, which serves Waxahachie/Midlothian area homeschool and hybrid school band students.  

Though Denise’s primary instrument is saxophone, as a band director/tutor, she has experience in teaching all band instruments. Many of her students have placed in region bands, several have advanced to area and some to all-state level. Her passion in teaching is to help each student realize their potential by developing their ability and confidence through a well-rounded understanding of their instrument and of music.

Percussion/Drums

 

-Chaz Mangan

(Guitar / Bass / Ukulele / Drum Instructor)

Chaz has been an excellent addition to our Instructor Team. Chaz carries not only a wealth of music knowledge but a fun and energetic presence in engaging his students. Chaz grew up in Waxahachie and has  performed with several bands. He started his journey in music as  a child and he continues to perform with local groups still today. Chaz offers lessons in Guitar, Bass, Ukulele and Drum Instruction and works well with students of all ages.

 

Strings

-Chaz Mangan

(Guitar / Bass / Ukulele / Drum Instructor)

Chaz has been an excellent addition to our Instructor Team. Chaz carries not only a wealth of music knowledge but a fun and energetic presence in engaging his students. Chaz grew up in Waxahachie and has  performed with several bands. He started his journey in music as  a child and he continues to perform with local groups still today. Chaz offers lessons in Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Instruction and works well with students of all ages.

-Don Qualls

(Guitar / Bass Instructor)

Playing a variety of music from Fingerstyle (Chet Atkins), Blues, Contemporary Christian, Gospel and Bluegrass, Don is a well rounded guitar and bass player.  He holds over 50 years of playing experience and actively plays as part of his worship team at church. Don has enjoyed instructed many students in the past, teaching both beginning and intermediate players alike. 

-Thomas Lovett 

(Violin / Viola / Cello)

Thomas Lovett is a performer and educator backed by years of experience and cultivation. His education not only includes a Master of Music in Violin Performance from The University of Tennessee , but Thomas is also certified with the  Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA). - an association that prides itself on the philosophy “every child can be educated”. In 2013 he took his expertise and began working as an Orchestra Director for Fort Worth Independent School District. Thomas has familiarity with students of all ages, and is currently a Music Teacher for Red Oak Independent School District. 

-Bernhard Kainerstorfer
(Violin & Viola Instructor)
Bernhard is an experienced violin and viola instructor and has taught children and adults of all ages. He has freelanced in various classical ensembles as a professional violinist. Additionally, he has held several classical performances in churches throughout Vienna, Linz, Munich and other European cities. Bernhard fluently speaks both English and German. Bernhard joined Ellis County Music Center in early 2013, and has had extensive instructor experience with Music & Arts, Bernhard's Violin Education Services, Landesmusikschule, and Musikschulverband.

Bernhard has also performed several years of service in Orchestra Work:


Kammerorchester (Chamber Orchestra) | St. Pantaleon-Erla, Austria         2002-2003
Camerata Austriaca (Symphony Orchestra) | Andalusia, Spain                  1992-1993
Herz-Jesu Kirche (Church and Mass Performance) | Linz, Austria             1993-2001

 

Piano

 

-Sue van Heijzen
(Piano Instructor)
Sue has instructed piano lessons on and off since 1972, in both Europe and the United States. Sue graduated from Biola University with a BA in Music and has taught both private and group lessons at several different schools. She has also served as an educator in many subjects, including music. She has played piano, organ and keyboard in various groups while accompanying both choirs and individuals. She has also served in different church worship teams throughout her career. She enjoys teaching piano, being outdoors, walking, swimming, and seeing the country side.

-Jeremy McKissack

(Piano / Vocal Instructor)

Jeremy has come to Ellis County Music Center with over 25 years of experience in Piano performance in a House of Worship setting. Additionally, he has performed for over 8 years as a touring professional musician. This experience coupled with the fact that Jeremy is also a certified teacher in music makes him a great addition to the instruction staff.  Jeremy instructs various styles of performance including: traditional piano, church/gospel, improvisation, and general chord chart reading.

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