In Store Music Instruction
John McCrea - Guitar
John McCrea plays and teaches all styles of guitar. Rock, blues, jazz and classical music. From J.S. Bach to the Beatles. He also specializes in theory and fundamentals. Also offers beginning bass guitar lessons.
He worked as a transcriber for Guitar Player Magazine, Warner Bros., Music Sales Corp., and AMSCO. Projects included transcribing music by AC/DC, B.B. King, Stone Temple Pilots and Guns n’ Roses.
He received a B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkley. Also his community college credential in music from the State of California and taught guitar classes at Evergreen College in San Jose.
John has played electric guitar in numerous bands and is currently performs classical guitar solo engagements . He is a top quality instructor for kids to adults, beginners to advanced players alike. Contact John at (831) 406-9253
Brittany Biala - Sax/Clarinet/Flute/Trumpet/Piano
With 17 years of experience, Brittany graduated with a BM in Jazz Studies on tenor saxophone in 2017. Her sound has been uniquely shaped by her father's vast collection of vintage American horns and early exposure to funk as well as her love of Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane and the influence of Chris Potter and Joel Frahm.
Brittany's music education journey has included music scholarships from the San Jose Jazz Summer Camp, and from both West Valley College and San Jose State University.
She currently performs with many ensembles including 7th Street Big Band, Amy Unauthorized, Britany Biala Jazz Combo and many other jazz combos.
Brittany is available to teach Saxophone, flute, clarinet,trumpet and piano in both jazz and classical styles.
Contact Brittany at (408) 726-8179 or at
C.L. Behrens - Low Brass
C.L. Behrens is the bass trombonist with Opera San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Stockton Symphony. Mr. Behrens previously played with Opera Cleveland. In addition to his orchestral pursuits, C.L. enjoys composing minimalism music for trombone ensembles.
Mr. Behrens maintains a private studio in the Cupertino/Saratoga area. His students
have enjoyed success playing with county honor bands, California All-State and
have been accepted to prestigious college music schools.
In his limited spare time, C.L. likes to work on Cecilia, his 1971 Super Beetle;
build furniture, fish and cook.
Mr. Behrens earned his Masters from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his Bachelors from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His teachers have included John Engelkes, James DeSano, and Thomas Klaber.
Contact C.L. at
Mike McWilliams - Trumpet
Mike McWilliams began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. He joined the Santa Clara Vanguard B Drum and Bugle Corps later that year as a young third soprano bugle player back in 1974. He spent the next three years marching in parades and playing in concert band through grade school, and by 1976, was playing lead soprano bugle and first trumpet in both groups. He auditioned for the Vanguard A Corps in 1977, and made lead soprano at the age of 13.
From 1977 to 1983, Mike marched with the Vanguard and went on tour every summer. In 1982, he received a Music Scholarship to attend San Jose State University, and went on to join the Symphonic Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. In 1984, he auditioned for the All American Olympic Marching band and made first trumpet, after deciding to take a break from drum corps.
In 1985, he returned to march his last year with the Vanguard. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Trumpet Performance in 1988 from San Jose State University, and after working 23 years in the private sector, is now teaching and playing full time since 2010. Currently he is a member the Houserockers, and is a Brass instructor for Branham High School marching band, and teaches beginning music / brass for the S’Cool Spirit Band Program at various elementary schools in the area.Contact Mike at (408) 829-6981 or at
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