Private Jazz Lessons

 

 

 

Guitar

 

Brian Belanus – bkbelanus@gmail.com

Brian Belanus is a guitarist, composer, and educator from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He received his Master of Music from Oklahoma City University where he studied classical guitar with Dr. Lynn McGrath, and Bachelor of Music from University of Central Oklahoma where he studied under Danny Vaughan and improvisation with trumpeter Lee Rucker. He has had the privilege to study privately with: Jonathan Kreisberg, Peter Berrnstein, Lage Lund, and Paul Bollenback, as well as renowned saxophonist Bob Mintzer.

He has performed with the Oklahoma City Jazz Orchestra, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, and continues to perform with his trio, BRD, and as a freelance guitarist across the state of Oklahoma.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.

 

 

Bass

 

Dr. Jack Helsley – jackhelsley@sbcglobal.net

Dr. Jack Helsley is a bassist and educator based in Oklahoma City. He is a recent graduate of The University of North Texas where he was a teaching fellow and bassist with the One O’Clock Lab Band. During the Fall 2014 Semester, he directed the Jazz Bass Department at UNT as sabbatical replacement for Lynn Seaton. After receiving a Bachelors Degree in Music from the University of Louisville, he toured extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the U.S. with the United States Air Force Band.  As a freelance bassist, he has been featured on numerous recordings of jazz, pop, rock, and country artists, and has performed with such notable talents as Jamey Aebersold, Lynne Arriale, David Baker, Bob Berg, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Joey Calderazzo, Bob Dorough, Michael Feinstein, Benny Golsen, Ernie Watts, and Jeff Watts.  He holds a Doctor of Music in Performance from The University of North Texas, a Masters in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and has been on faculty at Anderson University, DePauw University, Eastern Illinois University, Marian University, Oklahoma Christian University, University of Indianapolis, Wabash College, and Western Illinois University. Dr. Helsley was a presenter at the 2016 JEN Convention in New Orleans, and has been invited to present at the upcoming Performing Arts Medical Association Symposium in Aspen, CO., and the International Society of Bassists Convention in Ithaca, NY. He is also formerly the co-host of the Jazz Radio show “Have You Heard” on WICR-FM.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.

 

 

Drums

 

Bill Repavich –  bill.repavich@gmail.com

Bill Repavich has a deep passion for creating excellent music of all genres. He achieved a B.M. in Instrumental Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a M.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. Bill’s professional playing experience ranges from classical orchestral percussion to contemporary drumset. A professional performer since he was fourteen, Mr. Repavich has extensive experience in rock bands, big bands, jazz combos, original groups, symphony orchestras, dance bands, and a steel drum band. Currently based in Oklahoma City, Bill performs freelance services for Southern Nazarene University, the University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Christian University, the Enid Symphony Orchestra, and the Tulsa Symphony. Bill also has international touring experience with the show In The Mood Live, a 1940s big band revue.

Course info for private lessons : JAZZ 3010/5010

To sign up for private lessons from our jazz rhythm section faculty, please email them first.

 

 

Wind Instruments

 

For jazz wind instrument lessons (sax, trumpet, trombone, etc), contact Dr. Tommy Poole at tommy.poole@okstate.edu

 

 

Piano or Vibraphone

 

For jazz piano or jazz vibraphone lessons, JAZZ 3010/5010 contact Prof. Howard Potter at howard.potter@okstate.edu