All students are encouraged to take private lessons in order to improve their individual playing skills. While the directors are skilled instructors on the various instruments in band, there is no substitution for one-on-one instruction from a professional-caliber performer on his or her instrument. We are extremely fortunate in New Braunfels to have numerous professional private lesson teachers available to help students reach that “next level” of performance. Lessons can be before or after school, on weekends, or during band class, depending on the availability of the private lesson teacher.
Below is our most up-to-date list of private lesson instructors.
Stephanie Hulsey, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah King, Sarah.email@example.com
Dr. Gary Fair, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trish Drank, email@example.com
Ruby Oliva, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Thomas, email@example.com
Rick Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Sean Holmes, email@example.com
Jesse Nolen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jorge Santos, email@example.com
Bryce Turner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Drank has over 25 years of combined musical experience in several different venues. Trish took a break from music to pursue a career in another field but ultimately has made a career in instructing and playing the saxophone while doubling on flute and clarinet. She has been a private instructor in the New Braunfels and San Antonio areas since 2007. Trish received her Music Performance Degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and received several scholarships while attending the university. She was an active member of the Heart of Texas Concert Band for four years until returning to school. Trish is a Professional Instrumentalist and a 9-year member of the Lamplighters Big Band in San Antonio (tenor sax.) She also plays the tenor for the swing ensemble, Chi-Fi and plays alto for a Dixieland band, The Glad Hatters.Mrs. Drank is an active judge for Middle School and High School Regional contests as well as UIL Solo and Ensemble contests. She has had most students in both middle and high school achieve a 1st Division at UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest and her students have also placed in the District and State Regional Bands. Trish teaches Master Classes at the middle school and high school levels during the school year as well as Master Classes during Summer Band Camp.
Andrei Muravev, private bassoon instructor at New Braunfels HS. Mr. Muravev is an active solo, chamber and orchestra musician. He performed with such as great orchestras as Chicago Symphony, St-Petersburg State Symphony, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Chicago Symphonietta, New York Symphonic Ensemble and other orchestras. He is a winner of many national and international solo and chamber music competitions. He studied at St-Petersburg Conservatory (Master Degree) and Ball State University (Indiana).