Meet our instructors
Chris Tapp -GUITAR
Chris Tapp began his musical career at age 5, taking piano lessons after watching Jerry Lee Lewis on Television. At age 13, he started teaching himself guitar and has been playing and performing publicly ever since. He has songwriting publishing contracts with Peer Publishing, as well as Indie Orange. His music can be heard on TV, Film and Radio, he has performed with the Cold Stares all across the country at venues like Piano's in NYC to the Viper Room on LA's Sunset Strip. Chris is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar and most anything with strings, piano, bass, and saxophone. He enjoys teaching an emphasis on real world tools like improvising, song writing, and structure. Chris has his bachelor's degree in History with a minor in Music, and teaching experience prior to his successful band, The Cold Stares, and works extremely well with a variety of students on any level.
Nick Wildeman -BASS
Nick began his journey as a bassist at the age of 14. After several years of taking piano lessons, he knew that his instrument of choice would be the bass
guitar. As a self-taught bassist, Nick has written and recorded with such bands as Fused, Frontage Road, Ashes and Rain, Blame the Radio, and Vann Avenue. His musical style is derived from such musicians as Fran Sheehan of Boston, Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith, John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and John Entwistle of The Who.
Scott Waldroup -DRUMS
Scott has been playing drums for the better part of 32 yrs. Heavily involved in High School music programs, Scott participated in marching band, jazz band, and pep band. He joined his first country band at the age of 17, and got his feet wet playing local venues and events. After graduating High School, Scott became an Instructor and Show Designer at area Middle Schools and High Schools. For the last 8 years, Scott has been a Drum Instructor at The Musicians Den, teaching drum-set technique and theory. Not forgetting his roots, he continues to work with students involved in school marching programs as well! You can catch Scott playing and recording with the Woodsboro Band in his spare time when he isn't instructing.
Brian Mullins has been teaching drums and percussion for the past 10 years.
He has taught students from 7 to 70.
Brian has studied with Kenny Aronoff, JD Blair, Boo Mcafee, Johnny Rabb, and many others.
Brian has performed and recorded in Nashville, Los Angeles, New York City, 40 different states, Poland and Costa Rica.
Brian has recorded and or performed with The Cold Stares, Lindsey Williams, Chad Harvey, Well Hello, Emily Strand, Jason Lee McKinney, Todd Ballard, Candy Pearson, and many others.
Brian specializes in contemporary drum set for Pop, Rock, Country, Metal, and Blues, with additional emphasis on rudiments, and some reading.
Brian is currently a member of The Cold Stares. The band has just finished a tour across the Midwest, Los Angeles and New York and is putting finishing touches on their second album with producer Mark Needham to be released in spring of 2015.