Meet Our Teachers
My formal training started while I was a Jr in high school taking private saxophone lessons with Berklee graduate Raymond Johnston. After graduating high school in 1980, I auditioned for the U.S Army Bandsmen program. After passing the audition and upon completion of basic training, I attend US army element school of music in Little Creek, VA. Upon graduating the School of music I was assigned to Ft. Sill, Ok. While stationed at Ft. Sill, I attended Cameron University and studied Oboe under Dr. David Pickthorne. I also attended a master’s class conducted by Joseph Robinson, principal oboist with the NY Philharmonic. During the next 16 years, I performed on oboe and saxophone in various military bands around the world. I have performed in Japan, Guam, Tunisia, Macedonia, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Italy, and Germany. I have experience performing various ensembles such as wind ensembles, big bands, jazz combos, sax quartet and woodwind quintet. Upon retirement in 2000, I continued to perform in various ensembles to include the South Jersey Wind Ensemble and the Atlantic Pops band. Currently I perform solo doing weddings and private parties.
Tyler Steinbronn graduated from Rowan University in 2018, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Music Business and Technology. Within Rowan University, he studied classical percussion with professor Dean Witten, and live sound production with professor Barbara Adams. Tyler has worked as a studio drummer on several projects and has played in several local bands, including national touring artist, The Killers.
Tyler has also taught High School level drum line for Vineland and Delsea HS marching band since 2014 – present.
Drums, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass
Valerie Hamburg is a third year elementary general music teacher and middle school choir and drama director in The Absecon School district. She graduated from Rowan University in 2018, obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Music Education: Instrumental and a Bachelor of Arts in Education: Subject Matter Teaching. Within Rowan University, she studied trumpet with Dr. Bryan Appleby-Wineberg.
Valerie grew up in Mayslanding NJ and resides in Vineland, New Jersey.
Trumpet, Brass, Ukulele, Piano
Matt Adams is a third year high school choir director in the Millville School district. He graduated from Rowan University in 2018, obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Music Education: Instrumental and a Bachelor of Arts in Education: Subject Matter Teaching. Within Rowan University, he studied classical voice with Metropolitan Opera star, Barbara Dever.
Matt grew up and resided in Vineland, NJ. Outside of teaching, Matt is a recording artist who performs up and down the Jersey coast. He released his debut album, Let it Vibe, in 2018.
Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano
Mariah Cottrell is a second year kindergarten and first grade general music teacher in Egg Harbor Township School District. She graduated from Rowan University in 2019, obtaining a Bachelor of Music in Music Education: Instrumental and a Bachelor of Arts in Education: Subject Matter Teaching. Within Rowan University, she studied flute with Dr. Adeline Tomasone. Mariah Cottrell is continuing her education and currently working toward her Masters degree in Educational Leadership at Southern New Hampshire University.
Mariah grew up and resides in Cape May, New Jersey. Outside of teaching, Mariah is a flautist in the Atlantic Pops Community Band, as well as a performer and conductor in Cape May’s Summer Community Band. In addition, she has numerous years of experience teaching private flute lessons.