Joe holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School. He has taught on the faculties of the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is currently Professor of Clarinet at Chabot College. He has an impressive reputation for having a significant number of students making it into California All-State each year as well as winning solo competitions and music scholarships. Joe also has performed many concerts as soloist with numerous orchestras. In addition to his many live performances, he can be heard on two CD’s with the chamber ensemble “Departure” and on the film score to the Showtime movie "Fat Rose and Squeaky".
Alto Saxophone/ Flute/Clarinet
Matthew Thomas Gafney is a saxophonist, clarinetist, flautist, bandleader, and educator. With a classical foundation, a degree in jazz performance from the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA, and a wealth of show band experience, Gafney is a well-rounded musician with expertise in many diverse performance settings. Upon returning from a year of traveling the world and performing at sea on board cruise ships, Gafney relocated to the Bay Area. While earning his Master’s degree at CSU East bay, he is studying with renowned saxophone educator Dann Zinn. He will graduate in June 2018 with the Masters of Art, Jazz Studies.
Having performed with the CBDA All-State Symphonic Band in 2009 and with the SCSBOA All-Southern California High School Jazz Band in 2010, Gafney knows what students need to do to prepare to audition and compete for chairs in these top honor bands in both the jazz and classical sides. Gafney has a thriving practice here at Ingram and Brauns, and looks forward to preparing his students for musical excellence.
Gafney performs with Garuda Blue, a professional jazz sextet specializing in jazz and soul music for weddings and private events. Video and audio samples of Gafney’s playing can be found on their website, www.garudablueband.com.
Gail Lew is an editor, arranger, piano teacher, clinician, and nationally-respected leader in the field of piano pedagogy. She is a piano teacher at Ingram & Brauns Musik Shoppe where she offers private lessons and group theory classes. Gail is also a judge for state, national, and international piano events. She holds degrees and credentials in piano performance, music history, and music education. Highlights of her 30-year career in music included tenure as senior piano editor for the California Music Teacher magazine, and chairman of the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy Committee on Independent Music Teachers. Gail maintains close ties with major publishing companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe and presents workshops nationwide on contemporary music focusing on living composers. She specializes in teaching piano at the intermediate and advanced levels.
Elizabeth is an active freelancer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Merced Symphony, and Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra among others. Notable conductors she has performed under include Michael Tilson Thomas, , Carl St. Clair, Carl Topilow, Tito Munoz, and Edwin Outwater.
As a music educator, Elizabeth maintains a private studio at Ingram & Brauns Musik Shoppe. She frequently coaches woodwind sectionals for middle and high schools across the Bay Area and has served as an adjudicator for the Contra Costa County Honor Band. In addition, she also teachers reed-making masterclasses.
A native of Rochester, New York, Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College and Master of Music from Arizona State University. Her primary teachers include Martin Schuring, Eugene Izotov, Mingjia Liu, and Paige Morgan.