Our Music Teachers

Music Teachers

Doug, Bass and Guitar

Doug teaches bass and guitar. He specializes in Rock, Funk, Blues, Gospel, and Christian. He has played in assorted cover and original bands of all styles. He attended two years at the Berklee College of Music.

Pete Brown, Drums

Pete teaches drums, and works with all styles and levels of experience.Pete Brown has been teaching private lessons at Russo's for 22+ years, with 40-55 students a week. Pete's been a part of many working bands from 1982 - present. He has done many local theatre gigs, orchestral concerts, weddings, and parades. Some of his full time gigs were Nix and the Side Kixx, the Jay Vons, drum solo performance (Ice Breaker Suite 1996), and Dr. Doz band (currently performing), along with countless other sit-ins. Pete has a Bachelors in Music / Percussion Performance from the College of New Jersey, and was a student of Tony Denicolas for 9 years.

Dan, Guitar

Dan teaches guitar, and works in anything from Rock and Pop to Jazz and Blues. Here's a bit from Dan. "I've been playing the guitar since I was eight. Throughout my young childhood I've got to experience a variety of styles that I teach today. I've played with different jazz groups and blues rock groups including local legends like Joe Zook, Ernie White, and Paul Plumeri. As I got more experienced, I started my own projects with other musicians. I evevtually went to school where I played with a Jazz Big Band for two years. Currently I have a band called amleah, and I have six years teaching guitar." Dan holds a college degree in Music.

Kevin, Guitar

Kevin shreds guitar, and teaches Hard Rock, Classic, Heavy Metal, and Acoustic. He currently plays in "Acoustic INC.". He plays 60's, 70's, 80's, and 90's acoustic covers as well as recording some originals. Kevin has been teaching at Russo's for about ten years. He has studied with Ernie White, Joe Frederico, and John Hushwell. He also played in Harter Attack in the 80's. He has taken and given local lessons, and is self taught.

Ronald Biela, Jr., Woodwind and Brasswind

Ronald Biela, Jr teaches saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone and has been playing and teaching for over 25 years. Ronald holds a Bachelor of Music from William Paterson.

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For over 50 years Russo has been a cornerstone of the music scene in New Jersey. Stocking only the best legacy musical instrument brands including Gibson Guitars, Fender Guitars, Mesa Boogie Amplifiers, Orange Amplifiers, Martin Guitars, Gretsch Drums, Dw Drums, Ludwig Drums and Bosphorus cymbals to name a few.

Russo has dedicated itself to be the premier music instrument dealer in Ocean County, Monmouth County and Mercer County. With 2 locations in Asbury Park, NJ and Hamilton, NJ (located right outside of Trenton, NJ) we are only a short ride away.