Brass Teachers

Zachariah Davis - low brass

Zach is a Masters of Music student in Trombone Performance and also serves as the Trombone Teaching Assistant at the University of Arkansas. His primary teachers include Dr. Cory Mixdorf, Professor James T. Decker, Dr. Christopher J. Smith, and Dr. Dominick Castadonte. Prior to his enrollment at the University of Arkansas, Mr. Davis graduated with a degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University. In addition to his study he also performed in every premier ensemble, music theatre, conducting recitals, solo recitals, and trombone ensembles. Mr. Davis has performed professionally with the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Fayetteville, Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorus, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, Roswell Symphony Orchestra, Wayland Baptist University's productions, and the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps. Along with his extensive scholastic and professional engagements Davis has maintained an active music educator. He has taught marching music at all levels, private and supplemental trombone instruction, and student taught in Texas public schools. After graduating from the University of Arkansas Mr. Davis seeks to be an active music educator, performer, and trombone pedagogue operating on the belief that pure performance is not possible, that music is an art form that we are obligated to share with peers and patrons through education and outreach.

Drew Osborn - voice / brass / piano

Bill Punch

Bill Punch - Brass / Woodwind

Bill Punch has 30 years experience as a music educator. Now retired as a high school band director, his last 26 years of teaching was at Webb City schools in Webb City, Missouri. In his tenure at Webb City he taught all instruments grade 6-12 as band director and jazz band director. His bands performed on several national venues including the 2006 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. He has had numerous students successfully audition for All-State and All-Region Band and his bands have received over 25 first division ratings while he was director. Whatever your student's goals for private lessons - Bill can accommodate. His number one priority is making the student feel at ease while encouraging the need to practice while never forgetting the big picture - THAT MUSIC IS FUN!

Bill presently lives in Neohso, Missouri with his wife Vicki. He has 3 grown boys and 3 grandchildren - including 2 in Bella Vista. He is presently the musical director for the Jack Mitchell Big Band and plays trumpet in the Bella Vista Big band. He also has performed with the Bella Vista Community Band and is in demand as a clinician and adjudicator in the area.

Belinda Thomas - Brass / Woodwind

Belinda Thomas is a native Arkansan and graduate of Henderson State University where she received a Bachelor of Music Education degree with concentration in instrumental music. She began her music career as Director of Bands at Greenbriar High School in 1982 and has 33 years experience as a music educator. Now retired as a middle school and high school band director, her last 29 years of teaching were at Elmwood Jr. High, Kirksey Middle School and Rogers High School in Rogers, AR. In her tenure at Rogers, she taught all band instruments with an emphasis on beginning and intermediate instruction. She also assisted Rogers High School Bands. Belinda has had many students successfully audition for All-Region and All-State Bands and her marching and concert groups received multiple first division ratings. As a young person, Belinda's goal was to pass on the love of music and playing to young and old alike throughout her life. Some of her greatest accomplishments are former students who have gone on to have successful careers as band directors and professional musicians. Belinda is currently Worship Leader at Lowell Assembly of God in Lowell, AR. It is with excitement that she joins the teaching staff of Arkansas Musicworks.
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