Carolyn Deck is the Director of “Wolf Pack” Bands at Windy Hill Middle School. She is currently entering her 4th year at Windy Hill Middle School. Previously, she taught at Mascotte Elementary for 3 years where she served at the Choir and Music Director and was named Rookie Teacher of the Year in 2013. She has taken both the Symphonic and Jazz Band to 3 consecutive appearances at the Florida Bandmasters’ Association Music Performance Assessment. Under her direction, the “Wolf Pack” Symphonic and Jazz Bands have earned Superior Ratings all 3 years.
When Mrs. Deck is not in her classroom teaching, she works with local band programs as well as conducts masterclasses for clarinet and bands throughout the state of Florida.
Mrs. Deck is a native of Cooper City, FL and attended Cooper City High School. Upon graduation, she attended the University of Florida where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education (Instrumental Emphasis). While at UF, she studied clarinet with Mitchell Estrin, former clarinetist with the New York Philharmonic and conducting with Dr. David Waybright and Dr. Jay Watkins, Jr.
In her spare time, Mrs. Deck helps as the coordinator for the District 19 Jazz and Concert Honor Bands, teaches and clinics bands across the state, loves to travel, volunteers with the American Cancer Society, reads, and performs in various professional musical ensembles. Some of those ensembles include the Licorice Sticks Clarinet Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Rick Kissinger and the Same is Lame Jazz Ambassadors under the direction of Mr. Allen J. Venezio. Mrs. Deck has been married to her husband, Anthony, for 9 years. Anthony and Carolyn met in their 6th grade Beginning Band; they have two Corgis named Rosie and Teagan who are spoiled rotten.
Mrs. Deck is a member of: Florida Music Educators’ Association, Florida Bandmaster’s Association, National Association for Music Education, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, and the International Clarinet Association.
Mr. Antonio Morales Percussion Instructor
Antonio Morales is the Percussion instructor for Windy Hill Middle School and throughout the Central Florida area. He teaches private lessons and plays professionally in Holey Miss Moley; they are a nine piece Funk/Rock/Soul group hailing from St. Petersburg, FL. One of his passions is to inspire his students to become better individuals, to take their talents to the next level, and to strive for success.
Throughout his career, Antonio was also given the opportunity to play in several ensembles throughout the state of Florida. He had the privilege to be a part of Drum Corps International(DCI) performing with Teal Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. The love he has for DCI has inspired him to stay involved by teaching and composing music for high school drumlines. Currently he is the Battery instructor for his Alma Mater, East Ridge High School, where he graduated in 2007. Throughout his time at East Ridge he was highly involved in the music program: performing in Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, several Percussion ensembles, and Indoor Percussion. Mr. Morales is originally from Naugatuck, CT and currently lives in Clermont, FL since July 2003. Mr. Morales is available for percussion lessons Monday, Wednesday and by appointment
Mr. Richard Kissinger Woodwind Instructor
Richard Lee Kissinger, aka “Lil’ Ricki,” was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He spent five years as a pit orchestra member of touring Broadway shows including Sound of Music, Oklahoma, 42nd Street and Ragtime. Rick has performed as a woodwind "Reed" doubler and multi-instrumentalist, (piccolo/flute/ALL clarinets/ALL saxes/Oboe/English Horn/Bassoon.) for over fifteen years in some 50+ musicals and shows including headliners Anne Murray, Michael Bolton, Sheena Easton, Clay Aiken, and The Manhattan Transfer. Rick’s Broadway run ended in May, 2008 with his last tour of Annie, after which he packed up his toys and moved to Chicago to restart his career as a woodwind “reed doubler” in sit-down and incoming shows in the Loop while maintaining his tenure with the Key West Pops Orchestra. Rick continues to coordinate music for wedding ceremonies, receptions, private and special events, a venture he created back in 1991 in Central Florida via Walt Disney World. (Check out www.LicoriceSticks.com for more information.) As part of his long list of musical accomplishments, Rick is known as the creator and director of the Orlando Clarinet Orchestra. Of interest, Rick is an avid collector of vintage model trains, loves sci-fi, traveling and outdoor sports to complement his superb reputation as banquet/special events manager and bartender.
You can reach out to Mr. Kissinger: Ph: (407) 616-4599 email: email@example.com Mr. Kissinger offers lessons on clarinet, saxophone, flute, oboe, and bassoon. He is available for lessons Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and by appointment.
Mr. Brad Carman Woodwind and Brass Instructor
Brad Carman enjoys an unusually diverse musical career. Beginning his professional career as a freelance trumpet player, picking up the saxophone, clarinet, and flute as an adult while earning a degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Since then, Brad has worked with wind ensembles, orchestras, jazz combos, big bands, ‘pit’ orchestras, show bands, studio horn sections and with numerous chamber ensembles, including Quattro Formaggi Saxophone Quartet which he founded in 2005. He is also a charter member of the 9-piece rock band The Big Payback, and has worked as an entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines, sailing out of New Orleans, Miami, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Awarded the first-ever Gerald B. Olson Award for excellence in music education, he is frequently called upon as a master class instructor, ensemble coach and clinician, and has maintained one of the most active private studios in Madison, WI for over 17 years.
You can reach out to Mr. Carmen by following this link to his website: http://www.bradcarmanmusic.com/ Mr. Carmen offers lessons on improvisation, jazz composition, flute, trumpet, saxophone, jazz piano. Mr. Carmen is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Fridays and by appointment.
Mr. Nick Rosaci Low Brass/ Double Bass Instructor
Nick Rosaci has started playing music over 20 years ago, and was already gigging around town soon after. Over the years, he has gained experience leading and playing in small jazz groups, big bands, show bands, professional orchestras and recording studios in a dozen countries, to audiences ranging from small and intimate to large sports stadiums packed full of people. As a musician, Nick has played in just about every genre conceivable on each of the five instruments he plays professionally. He has worked with high profile entertainers like George Benson, Nestor Torres, Joan Rivers, and Lou Diamond Phillips. As a sheet music specialist, Nick has spent years arranging, transcribing, and orchestrating scores in addition to offering music copying services to composers, prepping their own scores for publication in the big music publishing houses in the U.S. Being one of the most versatile musicians in the Central Florida area, Nick easily takes all of this experience, combining it into the neccessary skills required to give you and your guests an impressive, affordable, tailor-fit group. You will be working with Nick on every step of the process. Further, his bands know and understand Nick's high standards and will show you the same professionalism and respect that he does.
You can reach out to Mr. Rosaci by going to his website at http://nickrosaci.com/ Mr. Rosaci offers lessons on Electric Bass, Double Bass, Tuba, Trombone, Baritone. Mr. Rosaci offers lessons on Monday or by appointment.
Mr. John Failoni Brass Instructor
Mr. Failoni is a retired band director from South Florida. He has taught for over 20 years. He specializes in trumpet, euphonium, and trombone. Mr. Failoni offers lessons on trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba. He is available Monday, Wednesday and by appointment.
Mr. Adam Lippold French Horn Instructor
A native of DeKalb, Illinois, Adam Lippold began playing the french horn in fifth grade. After moving to the central Florida area in 2001, he continued his middle and high school music education by playing in all-county band and orchestra for several years. Upon graduating high school, Mr. Lippold attended Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. While attending Stetson, Mr. Lippold studied horn with Dr. Benjamin Lieser and Dr. Grace Kang and conducting with Dr. Bobby Adams and Dr. Anthony Hose. Mr. Lippold graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Music Education. Mr. Lippold has performed with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Ocala Symphony Orchestra, Rhapsody Winds Wind Quintet, Licorice Sticks Clarinet Orchestra, Stetson University Opera Theatre, Stetson University Symphony Orchestra, Stetson University Symphonic Band, Stetson University Horn Choir, Stetson University Brass Quintet, and the Stetson University Wind Quintet. He has also performed in several musicals including, Les Miserables, Shrek, South Pacific, and Miss Saigon, among others. Mr. Lippold currently teaches horn at Windy Hill Middle School, Lochwood Academy, and privately in the central Florida area. In his spare time, he likes to read, roast/brew/drink specialty coffee, and listen to music. Mr. Lippold offers lessons on the French Horn. He is available Monday, Tuesday and by appointment.
Mrs. Lindsay Baldwin Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Baldwin hails from Mesa, Arizona. She is a United States Navy Veteran as well as she worked for the USN as a civilian, providing support to military family member and helping create policy at the national level to benefit the military families. Mrs. Baldwin has attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of New England. While not a music professional, music has always been a part of her life. Mrs. Baldwin plays the flute, the guitar, participated in choir, and has performed parts in various musicals. Lindsay is also currently taking classes to expand her musical knowledge.
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