Meet Our Staff
Our staff - which is made up of managers, retail specialists, repair specialists, and music instructors - are more than just employees at Arizona Music Pro. They are passionate music enthusiasts and they are family.
Management & Retail Staff
Specialties: String Instruments, Double Bass, Fender Bass Guitars
Favorite Gear: Taylor & Martin Guitars, Vintage Gear, Fender Bass
Current Bands: Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Verde Valley Symphony
Originally from the Phoenix, AZ area, Lance moved to Flagstaff in the summer of 1985 to attend Northern Arizona University on a Music Scholarship and graduated with a Music Minor and Business Major. With the launch of Arizona Music Pro in 1994, Lance sought out to build a hub for local and touring musicians, a place where all musicians would feel comfortable and want to hang out, exchange stories and experiences and most importantly, would receive the highest level of customer service and product selection. Lance realized not only a personal dream, but a family tradition as well – Lance’s father and grandfather worked as music educators in the New Mexico and Arizona public school systems. As public school art and music programs continue to face budget cuts, the opportunity for private sector influence grows, and Lance has been able to leverage a great deal of positive change in the Flagstaff community through the Az Music Pro Trophy Program, Flagstaff Children’s Music Festival, a strong dedication to the A.M.P. Lessons Academy and a strong commitment to Music Education.
A husband and father of two boys, Lance is a classically trained Double Bassist who has dabbled with the guitar, violin, the trombone, and a slew of other instruments. Lance currently plays with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Verde Valley Symphonietta and various Classic Rock & Blues compilations and can be found teaching with NAU Summer Music Camp or hosting master classes for local school music programs.
Specialties: Vintage Gear, Fender Bass Guitars, General Manager
Favorite Gear: Vintage Gear, Fender Bass Guitars, Swan Song Bass Guitars
Current Bands: Texola
Rich grew up in the panhandle of Oklahoma, Texas County. He began playing music at the age of 12 and has toured extensively with such top artists as Poco, Vince Gill, Mel McDaniel (Capitol Records), Ronnie Dunn (Arista Records), Debbie Campbell, Gus Hardin (RCA Records), and Blue Streak, among others. With over 40 years in the Music Industry, Rich is eager to share his knowledge and experience. Rich has been overseeing operations at Arizona Music Pro for close to 20 years and spends his day delivering top notch customer service and bringing a level of professionalism not commonly found in today’s Music Store environment . He’s savvy, well-traveled, a world-class bass player and a black belt in customer service. He knows everyone’s name and probably knows a lot of secrets too. Talking to Rich sort of feels like logging in to a wireless network. Despite being super-nice and approachable, Rich is a badass player and can throw down musically and intellectually. He has three grown children, and enjoys keeping current on anything musical, writing, cooking and hiking. Rich currently plays bass with Texola and is a popular session musician.
Instructor: Dean Neasham
Teaches: Guitar, Bass, Voice, Music Theory, Lessons Co-ordinator
Dean has been teaching for almost 20 years. He teaches all musical styles and all ages. Dean is also a contemporary worship leader. Feel free to contact Dean with any questions, comments or concerts regarding the lesson program.
Teaches: Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo
Professional musician Brad Bays has been playing guitar for 36 years, teaching for 20 years. He has a BA in music from NAU, many hours recording, countless solo performances, and has played with several bands around the US. Brad teaches classical, jazz, rock, folk, country, slide, and bluegrass styles on guitar. On banjo he teaches bluegrass, clawhammer/frailing, and plectrum styles. He teaches mandolin as well as other folk instruments to all ages and levels of students.
Born and raised in the Cajun Country of South Louisiana, Craig Yarbrough began piano lessons at age 5 before discovering the beauties of guitar as a teenager. Craig moved to New Orleans to pursue a degree in classical guitar performance, studying with John Rankin at University of New Orleans and Elias Barriero at Tulane University. After completing his undergraduate studies, he moved to Arizona to study with Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. Earning a Master's Degree in Musical Arts in 1997, he came to Flagstaff to be closer to the Grand Canyon.
In 2003, Craig founded the Grand Canyon Guitar Society, a non-profit arts group dedicated to guitar education and performance in Northern Arizona. Craig continues to lead this group as the Executive Director.
Craig has performed extensively in the Southeastern United States and the Four Corners Region, and has performed in Master Classes for artists such as Manuel Barrueco, Christopher Parkening, Paul O’Dette, Jorge Morel, Andrew York, Eduardo Fernandez, and Adam Holzman. Craig has also studied privately with Michael Lorimer, William Kanengiser, Maximo Pujol, and David Leisner.
Craig Yarbrough currently teaches guitar privately at Arizona Music Pro and class guitar for numerous local schools & organizations, and can be found in performance around Northern Arizona when not backpacking in the Grand Canyon.
Specialities: Classical Guitar
Born in 1991 in Phoenix, Arizona, Kyle is an artist that emerged out of the Independent Music scene in the Downtown and East Valley areas. Since moving to Flagstaff, Arizona in 2010, Kyle has earned his BA in Music Performance, studying classical guitar under Tom Sheeley.
During Kyle's time living in Flagstaff, he has performed at a number of venues, including the Orpheum Theatre and The Main Stage. He has also performed at several festivals, including Gumptionfest, Wild Wild West Fest, and the Arizona State Fair. Recent projects include The Big Zona Burlesque Project, Firefly Gatherings, Diamond Down String Band, and an instrumental improve group named Grouper Soup.
Today, Kyle continues to inspire through teaching and performing Classical music, Jazz Fusion, and much more.
Specialities: Guitar, Bass
John T. Wooten, aka JT has been teaching at Arizona Music Pro for more than two years. JT teaches Guitar and Bass with a focus on fretboard visualization and music theory. JT specializes in lead guitar, and teaches students the basic understanding of music theory that will serve them well throughout their musical paths. Students that like classic rock and heavy metal will be best suited to JT as a teacher and will learn many techniques such as sweeping, tapping, and finding their own musical ear. JT's students are encouraged to find their own style of music. JT wants to instill the idea that your instrument is something to have fun with, the better you get and the more you learn and apply, the more fun you will have!
Instructor: Rachel Burnett
Specialties: Violin, Fiddle
Current Bands: The Burnett Family Bluegrass Band
The dawn of Rachel's musical career began very early in her life. At age two, she shared the stage with her older sister, mom, and dad singing the old hymn standards at church. By age four, she began playing Y8 violin. She soon displayed a rare and sparkling talent that magnified the status of a then unheard of band Burnett Family Bluegrass. She proved her shining fiddle prowess when she won first place at the Julian C. Adult Fiddle Competition in 2003. Then onward to a first place win in the Telluride Bluegrass Competition in 2004. Next stop, 2005, Nashville, Tennessee, for a command performance at the IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association). She has an annual performance at Pickin' in the Pines with her band for the last ten years. Rachel started teaching at age 17. Since then, she has taught violin, piano, voice, guitar and beginning uke. You can catch Rachel at one of her shows locally.
Cayson has been drumming for more than 20 years and teaching at Arizona Music Pro for 6. He enjoys teaching interested people of all skill levels and ages. Drums and rhythm teach important lessons for musicians of any instrument which extend into lessons that apply towards life. Cayson teaches in a way that a student learns techniques for listening, focus, relaxation, independent thought, communication and time travel. He especially enjoys and teaches polyrhythms, jazz, improvisation and ideas that break convention. Cayson's intention is for the student to incorporate what s/he learns in her drum lesson and to apply and/or notice it artistically in the world that surrounds.
Instructor: Ron James
Ron James started playing drums at age 8 and studied percussion throughout school including a full scholarship at the NAU school of music. He has been teaching and playing professionally in Arizona for over 25 years in addition to touring Europe, Asia, and the U.S. with all styles of bands. Ron brings his experience and education into the drum studio, teaching every style imaginable while never forgetting the basics that helped him get to where he is today. He also encourages students to bring in music they want to learn and he will play along with them on bass or guitar to get real experience working with other musicians. From Jazz to rock, drum line, classical percussion and more, Mr. James teaches with professionalism while keeping a relaxed atmosphere at AZ Music Pro.
Instructor: Patty Gross
Specialties: Piano, Voice
Patty Gross started her career as a musician at age 3, singing with her father on the radio. She started piano lessons at age 7, and from the ages 13 and 17 she studied under Austrian concert pianist, Margaret Neufeldt. Patty continued her education at New England Conservatory where she studied voice, piano and advanced theory. Mrs. Gross moved to Flagstaff in 1996 and began involving herself in several music programs and teaching privately. She has been with AZ Music Pro for over two years now. She loves to mentor the younger (and sometimes the older) people in our community with playing, singing, or performing.
Instructor: Mary Schlanger
Teaches: French Horn, Trumpet
Mary is currently attending Northern Arizona University where she is studying Horn Performance with Nancy Sullivan, Principal Horn Lecturer in Horn and Chamber Music. At NAU, she is a member of the NAU Symphony Orchestra, NAU Wind Symphony, and several Chamber Horn ensembles. In High School, Mary performed with the Coconino High School Band as well as, the Regional Honor Band and the All-State Honor Band. She toured Europe with the Arizona Ambassadors of music, performed with the Curry Summer Music Camp for eight years and Arrowbear Music Camp for four.
After college Mary plans to pursue her love for French horn by getting a Masters and a Ph.D in horn performance.
Specialties: Guitars, Amplifiers, Factory Authorized repairman for Fender, Gretch & Jackson guitars
Has been building, repairing and modifying guitars and amplifiers for 27 years. Having developed an interest for how things work at a very young age and an ear for quality sound, his passion for good tone is a driving factor in all his repair work. Vince has worked extensively with local players and sound engineers to help musicians of all levels achieve the tone they're looking for. Vince is a Factory Authorized repairman for Fender, Gretch & Jackson guitars.
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