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David Pray - Owner / Instructor

 

Bitten by the music bug at an early age David Pray knew he would be performing on stage

for the rest of his life. It was on a transcontinental flight listening to Creedence Clearwater

Revival's "Up Around The Bend" that did it. But it wasn't only rock n roll. David studied

classical guitar at the University of Hawaii, cut his teeth on 80's New Wave and Top 40

bands, then on to modern country as Madonna Nash's bassist and music director and

rhythm guitar for Brandon Bailey Band.  Original jazz compositions with Aqua Viva,

performed in theatre productions,  recording studio sessions, attended master classes with

blues phenom Robben Ford and original Tonight Show guitarist Gene Bertoncini were

also highlights of David's myriad of musical experience.  He also concocted the world class

Katy Perry tribute show Firework and played with the highly entertaining variety show 40

East. David is passionate about music and equally passionate about putting on a great

performance as a rock solid bassist or rhythm guitarist.

 

"I have always considered it a privilege to share the knowledge gleaned from my musical journey.  Lessons are fun, engaging, relevant, and students learn the songs they want to learn.   Many of my former students now perform on stages all over the country.  But it isn't just about music.  It's also about spending quality time mentoring and having a positive influence in someone's life."

 

Currently offering lessons in guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, voice, and performance coaching.  Skype and FaceTime lessons are also available.

 

 

 

Daniel Bennett - Leland Instructor

 

Dan Bennett has been in and around music most of his life. He started taking piano lessons

at age 7, then began drumming at age 10, but everything changed when he got a guitar for

his 13th birthday. Soon he was playing guitar in the youth band at church. He played in a

variety of bands in high school, everything from hard rock to school "pep band" as well as

various church groups. After finishing school, he continued to play a variety of instruments,

in multiple bands. He's played bass, drums, and guitar in and with several different bands.

 

He is currently the Lead Guitarist for the harmony-driven Rock/Americana band

"Striking Copper" (www.strikingcopperband.com) and is the guitarist/singer in the soulful duo

"Falling for Tuesday." He also leads worship at Crossroads Baptist Church. His goal is to help

new musicians fall in love with music and their instrument, and to help more experienced

musicians find their voice.

 

 

Austin Cole - Instructor

 

Austin Cole has been playing music ever since he was a kid.  At age 9 his parents got him his

first guitar as a Christmas giff.  Ever since then he has been rockin!   Austin is proficient in

guitar, and percussion.  When Austin reached the 6th grade he started playing percussion in

middle school band and continued throughout middle school and high school.  During that time

he performed in many different honor bands and drum corps his senior year.  Austin is a former

student of David Pray where he learned his unique teaching style, what it truly means to play

the guitar with proficiency, and to play with pure bliss and innovation.  Austin is now currently in

college, and is the music director for Renovation Church in Hampstead NC.  He also has

played in many other bands across town in the past.  In Austin's free time he enjoys reading,

outdoor activities, family time, and coffee!

 

Favorite quote:  "Pick n Grin"

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