The Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Departments
Our woodwinds, brass, and percussion departments offer lessons to students of all ages and ability on a variety of instruments. Our high caliber, caring faculty is experienced in and able to teach in styles ranging from classical and jazz to pop and rock. The woodwinds department offers lessons on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, and recorder, while the brass department teaches lessons in trumpet, trombone, euphonium, French horn, and tuba. We have a number of percussion instruments available to us and teach both drumset and the full array of orchestral percussion instruments. We foster our students’ musical interests and encourage them to be as well-rounded as they can be. We offer expert guidance and pre-performance coaching for our high school students training for music competitions as well as college auditions.
Dr. Kyle Coughlin, Coordinator of Jazz, Wind, Brass, and Percussion Studies
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Meet the Winds, Brass, and Percussion Faculty
Jared Denhard, bag pipes, Celtic harp, euphonium, jazz improvisation, trombone, and ukulele
Celtic harper, storyteller, highland piper and trombonist Jared Denhard is a member of the Celtic rock band O’Malley’s March, the medieval jazz group Keltia, and the early music ensemble Boar’s Head Consort. He is a visiting artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Arts Excel educational outreach program.
A popular performer at Celtic, classical, and jazz events in the Mid-Atlantic region. Jared has performed as soloist on the highland bagpipes with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Municipal Band, and the Lexington Brass Quintet.
Jared is also an active composer whose works have been performed and recorded by the United States Air Force Band, The Kinetics Dance Theatre, the London Portable Harp Company, and the Annapolis Brass Quintet.
Jared is a 1989 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. He and his wife Heather live in Columbia, Maryland, with their seven children.
Jared's CDs, Cold Nights of Winter, Songs of Innocence, Canterbury Suite, Idylls of the King, Winter Spirit, and Legend of the Selkie are available through his label.
Interested in lessons with Jared? Click here to contact Kyle Coughlin, the Coordinator of Brass Studies.
Melissa Lindon, flute
A Howard County native, Melissa completed her Artist Certificate in Flute Performance at Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Jean Larson and Deborah Baron (piccolo). She began her flute studies with her mother, Marlee Lindon, and studied with Emily Skala before attending Boston University. She received her Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) and Master of Music degrees in Flute Performance from Boston University as a student of Doriot Anthony Dwyer and Marianne Gedigian. Other influential teachers include Keith Underwood, Martha Aarons, David Shostac, and Linda Toote.
As Adjunct Faculty at Howard Community College and Flute Instructor for The Music Institute at HCC since 2003, Melissa teaches students of all ages and levels. She is co-director of "Flute-a-rama," a weeklong summer flute camp in Takoma Park, Maryland, where she maintains an active private studio. Previous faculty appointments include the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Independent Schools Orchestra Program, Winchester (MA) Community Music School, Creative Arts for Kids (Reading, MA), and the acclaimed Duncanville (TX) Independent School District Band Program.
An active orchestral, chamber and solo freelancer in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, she has performed at venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, Strathmore Mansion, Fairfax Old Town Hall, the Hillwood Museum, and Buckingham's Choice. A wind quintet aficionado, she is founder and flutist of the Patagonia Winds, and flutist with the Georgetown Quintet, which was nominated for the Washington Area Music Award as Best Chamber Ensemble of 2009. She is also a performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club and co-principal flute and solo piccolo of its orchestra, Avanti. She performed with Boston area ensembles, including the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, and Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.
She was a featured soloist with the Meadows Wind Ensemble and the Texas Festival Orchestra, and a finalist in the prestigious Pappoutsakis Flute Competition in Boston. She was a 1996 recipient of the P.E.O. Scholar Awards grant. As a member of the Meadows Wind Ensemble, she premiered Stephen Jones' Passages in Manchester, England and is featured on the ensemble's recording of that work on the CD Snow Tracks on the Gasparo label.
Also a certified yoga teacher (RYT500), Melissa brings particular attention to breathing, posture and body awareness to her flute teaching. She has been featured as a clinician leading "Yoga for Musicians" workshops at the Trevor Wye Masterclass at Boston University, the Flute Society of Washington's Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and Howard Community College, and works individually with professional and student musicians to apply yoga practices to achieve freedom and ease in their music-making.
Interested in lessons with Melissa? Click here to contact Kyle Coughlin, the Coordinator of Wind Studies.
Timothy McKay, percussion
Tim McKay (BM Oberlin Conservatory; MM University of Maryland) currently serves on the music faculty at Howard Community College where he teaches applied percussion lessons and the percussion ensemble. He maintains a strong private teaching studio of students from
Howard County and beyond, many of whom have participated and excelled in county and state level competitions and ensembles. He is also the percussion coordinator of the Howard County High School GT Orchestra.
Professionally, he has performed with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and the Annapolis, Roanoke, West Virginia and Syracuse Symphonies. He has performed at numerous concert venues across the country including the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the National Cathedral, the Getty Center, Merkin Hall, and the Cleveland Museum of Art, and has worked with world renowned conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, David Robertson, Jo-Ann Falletta, and Gerard Schwarz. In 2009 he performed the first movement of Christopher Rouse's percussion concerto "Der gerettete Alberich" as an alumni soloist with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. He was chosen as a finalist in the Howard County "Rising Star" competition and performed at the Celebration of the Arts Gala in March 2012.
Along with music, Tim is an avid sports enthusiast. He enjoys all sports, but his true love is baseball. You will find Mr. McKay and his two girls at Nationals Park enjoying games throughout the season. When baseball season subsides he shifts his attention to Capitals hockey, Maryland basketball, and Michigan football. Aside from sports he enjoys going to the gym, baking bread, and being a stay-at-home dad! Tim resides in Columbia with his beautiful family - his wife Amanda and their daughter, Isabelle, and son, Zachary.
Interested in lessons with Tim? Click here to contact Kyle Coughlin, the Coordinator of Percussion Studies.
Dave Rybczynski is an active freelance musician on saxophones, clarinets, and flutes, living in Baltimore MD. He has performed coast to coast and in many countries abroad, and is currently active in the region with various orchestras, jazz groups, and in musical theatre. For the last 20 seasons, Mr. Rybczynski has been a saxophonist-on-call with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a freelance artist with dozens of national touring and recording artists, as well as with many stars of Broadway musicals. His favorites include performances with Ben Folds, Tony Bennett, Cece Winans, The Temptations, Sutton Foster, Patti Austin, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Michael Feinstein. He also performs with Several Species, the Pink Floyd Experience, at major rock music venues in the Mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Rybczynski earned a B.S. in Jazz Saxophone and an M.S. in Music Education at Towson University and did additional studies at Berklee College of Music. He has taught at Howard Community College, Loyola University in Maryland, and was Director of Fine Arts at Mercy High School in Baltimore.