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Richard Elkins teaches drums and was raised in Orlando via Nashville. He started drumming on pots and pans and would sing with friends and family as his dad's quartet practiced vocal parts even before he was 5 years old. Since then he has toured and played at venues such as Hard Rock Int'l, Disney, Seaworld, Universal Studios, House of Blues, Club La Vela, Sloppy Joes, Hogs Breath and many more. His biggest infuences are Jeff Porcaro and Jesus Christ. Richard has recently been co-writing soundtrack songs for multiple award winning documentary films like "A Voice for Life". Throughout his tours in and out of the US, Richard has always mentored new musicians and enjoys sharing new projects, live performances, recordings, and writing down new ideas with collaborators old and young. His active work in the entertainment business sparks a fun professional attitude, which has been the trademark of Richard's spot-on rocking performances. Hang out with him for a few minutes, however and you are bound to hear a wild surfing story or a crazy joke.

Marc Durrance is not only the guitar and electric bass instructor at The Music Den, he is also the owner. Marc has a Minor in guitar from the University of Central Florida where he studied under Eric Lesko. During his studies he also attended master classes under internationally renowned classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco. In addition, he possesses Bachelor degrees in Computer Science, Statistics and Liberal Studies. Marc has many years of private teaching experience, having taught at several music stores including JEM Guitars in Apopka before opening The Music Den. In addition, Marc has been the guitar teacher at Forest Lake Academy in Altamonte Springs for several years and has performed in many professional settings over the years in roles ranging from rock lead guitarist to solo acoustic performer. Marc excels in virtually every style of playing, including finger and hybrid picking. He tailors each student’s curriculum to focus on their particular goals, with an emphasis on ear training, timing, applicable music theory and performance of the student’s favorite pieces.

Jasen Brown has been teaching piano and cello since 2000. A native of Miami, Jasen obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Florida State University and a Master of Music in Church Music from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to teaching at The Music Den, Jasen is the Associate Pastor of Music at First Baptist Sweetwater where he directs the Adult Choir and Orchestra, Student Choir, and Graded Children's choirs. He enjoys musical arranging and playing with the 600 member Florida Worship Choir and Orchestra.

Tegan Miner is a singer, performer and voice teacher with a forte in classical and jazz. At the young age of nine, Tegan began taking voice lessons from some of the most respected vocal coaches in the Chicago area. From there, her passion for singing grew and she became heavily involved in opera and musical theater productions. Through her hard work in the music industry she earned scholarships to attend college as a music education major. As an educator, she focuses strongly on methodology and individualized training with an emphasis on practical application. She has taught vocal technique and stage presence to students of all ages and skill levels, highlighting her many years of experience. Currently, Tegan teaches and performs locally and leads worship performance as the praise band leader at her local church. Tegan is constantly striving to achieve growth and success in all of her students.

Linda Van Buren has been an active career violinist and teacher in Central Florida for many years. She has been a tenured member of the Florida Orchestra and the Florida Symphony as well as a founding member of the Orlando Philharmonic. She has studied with some of the finest violinists of our time, including founder of the Beaux Arts Trio, Daniel Guilet, Esther Glazer Hoffman, Edgar Muenzer, James Ceasar, Tosca Kramer, and others. She graduated magna cum laude from Wichita State University in Kansas, majoring in violin performance and philosophy. She attended graduate school for music at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and for education and music education at the University of Central Florida. Ms. Van Buren has performed at Disney World for weddings, in the Candlelight Processional and has appeared with the West Palm Beach Opera, the Ft. Lauderdale Symphony, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Bach Festival Orchestra. She has held titled positions with the Brevard Symphony and the Lake Forest Symphony in Illinois as well as performed with many chamber groups and in solo recitals. Ms. Van Buren has also held several teaching positions, among them, Orchestra Director at Glenridge Middle School, violin instructor at The Geneva School, Orchestra Director at Flagler County Youth Orchestra, and teaching positions at The Brevard Music Center in North Carolina and at Wichita State University.

Lowell Trent is the resident banjo instructor. His formal education includes graduating cum laude from Carson Newman College in East Tennessee with majors in biology and psychology. He worked as an aquatic biologist until retiring from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Lowell taught himself banjo from high school, but in the early 60's his musical fortunes really began to escalate when he started taking lessons from Buddy Rose. A great banjo picker and instructor, Buddy was the only banjo teacher in Florida at the time. Carl Jackson is a product of Buddy's instruction. Lowell has played in many groups throughout his music career, with a special passion for gospel and bluegrass. He has played in many venues in many locations around the world over the years, including bluegrass and campground festivals, churches, nursing homes, and professional meetings. One of Lowell's most memorable gigs was entertaining Donna Douglas (Ellie Mae from the Beverly Hillbillies) when she visited Orlando for a telethon in 1964. This most auspicious performance entailed playing the Ballad of Jed Clampet (Beverly Hillbillies) theme song for Donna on TV! Lowell teaches the Earl Scruggs "three fingers" banjo picking style.

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