Bob started playing guitar in 1988 and has been teaching and performing since 1995. Bob attended the Atlanta Institute of Music where his studies included music theory and rock, Jazz and classical guitar performance. Bob also studied the Dick Grove School of Music Beyond Chops guitar program learning under Dana Rasch , renowned jazz fusion guitarist and teacher. Bob is now an adjunct professor at Jamestown Community College Olean Campus, teaching rock ensemble and Intro to Guitar classes. He has gained extensive experience performing with many area bands in the blues, country, and rock genres. Bob now performs on a weekly basis with his wife Tiffany in their band The Chillbillys. Many of the areas successful guitarists have studied under Bob and Terry.
Beginning with piano lessons at age 8 and picking up the guitar at age 14, Terry Bellamy has spent nearly his whole life playing music. He joined the band West in 1979, and enjoyed it so much that he began pursuing guitar and music as a career. He started teaching guitar at the Music Shoppe in Olean which later became Dons Music Shop. On top of teaching he enjoys playing in 3 different musical acts, plans local jam sessions, and maintains his schedule in teaching. Terry is also an adjunct professor at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany Ny, teaching Blues history, music class, and a guitar group course.
Linda Churakos grew up in Pa. She has studied classical piano for the last 58 years. Her love for this instrument began at the young age of 7. She progressed with piano through her elementary and high school years. Linda attended Clarion University and earned a degree in elementary education. While teaching Kindergarten, she also continued her love of educational tutoring by instructing piano and dance. She also enjoys substitute teaching music classes in the local schools. Linda has 43years of instructing piano lessons, and singing and playing experience. She has performed in many weddings and special events. Although her past coaching experience targeted young musical minds, Linda is a wonderful Piano Instructor for all ages. You would be hard pressed to find a more knowledgeable and patient teacher to learn Piano!