THE (GHOST) NOTE MUSIC SCHOOL
Our current teaching staff includes degreed active working musicians Lupe Barrera (drums), Connor Kent (drums), Colby Schreck (drums), Ben Garnett (guitar), Mike Luzecky (bass), Patrick Carr (piano, arranging), Isabel Crespo (voice, arranging), and current University of North Texas Percussion and Jazz Studies department Senior Lecturer Jose´ Aponte.
Drum Set - Snare Drum - Hand Percussion
Lupe Barrera is a drummer/percussionist based in the DFW area. He was born in Chicago, IL but was raised in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. His introduction to music was through his father, who was a pop singer during the 90s in Mexico. His father got him the first drum set when he was 3 years old. After moving to Hidalgo, TX when he was 10 years old, he started playing with local bands, cover bands and such. Finishing high school, his band professors convinced him to audition for the University of North Texas in 2010. He was able to get into the program and studied jazz drum set and latin percussion with Ed Soph and Jose Aponte. He’s had the opportunity to play in a professional setting with Paquito D’Rivera, Luis Conte, Ignacio Berroa, Michael Spiro, Billy Harper, Stefan Karlson and has been part of several recordings including the latest album with the UNT Two O’clock Lab Band on drums and the UNT O’clock Lab Band on percussion. Lupe has had the opportunity to play and record with other various top ensembles from like the Afro-Cuban ensemble, Brazilian ensemble, and the UNT Latin Jazz Lab Band directed by Jose Aponte. Currently, Lupe is involved in teaching private lessons and is now collaborating with up and coming artists from the DFW area, as well as the South Texas area, both recording and playing drums and percussion.
Drum Set - Snare Drum
A native of Irving, TX, Colby's love for drums began Christmas of his 4th grade year when he received a CB700 5pc Kit in black wrap (With only the finest brass cymbals!). After many hours of playing with CD's (AKA: bashing the cymbals into morphed versions of their former selves and breaking both pedals) a trip to the local music store was made and his love with playing drums/music and the world of gear was solidified.
Colby began playing and teaching locally in high school eventually attending and graduating in 2011 from the University of North Texas College of Music with a degree in Jazz Studies Music Performance. While at UNT Colby had the pleasure of studying under Ed Soph, Mike Drake, Ed Smith, José Aponte, Christopher Dean, and Paul Rennick. After graduating Colby continued his own local teaching practice and gigging throughout the Southwest playing an assortment of Jazz, Top 40, rock, CCM, and country with various musicians.
Since August of 2012 Colby has owned/managed The (Ghost) Note in Denton, Tx and managed/taught lessons.
Colby currently spends most of his time focused on The (Ghost) Note, teaching lessons through out the week, and working as a freelance drummer. Outside music Colby loves nothing more than spending time with his pup Indie, drinking exorbitant amounts of coffee, doing head stands, and growing his beard.
Piano - Arranging
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Patrick Carr developed a love for music at a young age when he discovered his father's collection of Scott Joplin ragtime music. This first musical love opened the door to jazz, and in high school he began performing around the Nashville area with local musicians. To the chagrin of his parents, he moved all the way to Denton to study jazz piano at the University of North Texas, where he earned both a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music. While there he had the opportunity to study under Stefan Karlsson, Michael Palma, Dan Haerle, and Arsentiy Kharitonov. He worked as a Teaching Fellow throughout his Master's and taught several jazz keyboard classes, directed the Eight o' Clock Lab Band, and wrote, directed, and arranged for the Zebras Contemporary Jazz Ensemble. He also played in many big bands and small group student ensembles, for which he wrote and arranged as well. Since graduating, Patrick has been working in the DFW area as a jazz performer, classical accompanist, and private lesson teacher.
Skyler Hill is a guitarist, composer, producer, and educator based in Denton. After attending the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC, he was awarded a music scholarship to attend the University of North Texas for jazz guitar performance, a leader in jazz education worldwide. Constantly experimenting and absorbing new musical techniques, Skyler has performed in and written for several diverse groups and ensembles, in both acoustic and electric mediums. He is passionate about playing with others and helping to make his and each artist's music sound the best that it can sound.
Bass - Electric & Upright
Mike Luzecky, a native of St Louis, Missouri, is a bassist/educator currently residing in the DFW metro-plex in Texas. In 2007, Luzecky accepted a performance scholarship to attend the University of North Texas, where he had the opportunity to study with Lynn Seaton, Stefan Karlsson, Fred Hamilton and Jose Aponte among others. While a student at UNT, he was honored to have performed a small Texas tour with NYC based guitarist Miles Okazaki (Steve Coleman, Dan Weiss). He was also fortunate to share the stage with legendary Cuban drummer Ignacio Berroa (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Haden) with the UNT Latin Jazz Ensemble. He graduated in 2012 with a performance degree in jazz bass.
Since graduating, Luzecky has had the privilege to perform with Josh Groban, “Blue” Lou Marini(The Blues Brothers, Blood, Sweat & Tears), NYC based saxophonist Adam Larson, Li Xiaochuan, and can be found playing regularly around the DFW/Austin areas with a variety of bands and artists (TOMKAT, Kaela Sinclair, Joel Cross, Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, Stefan Karlsson, Stockton Helbing, The Night Above Us, The Southpaw Preachers, Fundamental, Horace Bray, Sky Window, Spenser Liszt, Dallas Horns).
Voice - Arranging - Composition
Isabel Crespo is a United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator currently living in Denton, TX. In her original music, she draws on modern jazz, classical music, and trova as her main influences to create a unique and honest sound.
She was awarded a music scholarship to study Vocal Jazz at the University of North Texas, a leader in jazz education. During her time at UNT, Isabel had the opportunity to perform with the UNT Brazilian Percussion Ensemble, the Zebras Ensemble (Brazilian music), and the award-winning UNT Jazz Singers Ensemble, as well as notable artists such as Bobby McFerrin (Grammy Award-winning vocalist), Arthur Barrow (bass player for Frank Zappa), and Jo Lawry (backup singer for Sting.)
Isabel loves to collaborate; she has written, performed and recorded with many groups of varying genres such as jazz, Brazilian music, Afro-Cuban music, folk, classical, rock, traditional Peruvian music, R&B, fusion, and more.
José M. Aponte
Drum Set - Snare Drum - Hand Percussion
A native from Carolina Puerto Rico, José is a graduate with a B.M. in percussion from the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico, an artist diploma from The Musicians Institute of Technology in Los Angeles, California and a M.M. from the University of North Texas Jazz Studies Program. He has performed with artist such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Emil Richards, Carlos Guedes, Poncho Sanchez, Batacumbele, Gino Vanelli, Brian Bromberg, Lyle Mays, Andy Narell, David Rudder, Relator, Fred Hamilton, Dan Haerle,Tracy Thorton, Lian Teague, Airto Moreira and Michael Spiro.
Currently José holds a Senior Lecturer position at the University of North Texas Percussion and Jazz Studies department, where he teaches Drum set/Latin percussion; In addition to his private lesson studio work Jose is the director of the UNT Afro-Cuban, Brazilian ensembles and UNT Latin Jazz Lab Band. Jose Aponte is an active member of the Dallas/Fort Worth musical scene as a freelance performer and studio musician with groups such as Fifo and Citizens of the World Colombian Jazz Group, Fifo and his Afro Bacanos Salsa Band, The John Murphy Jazz Trio, Singer/Songwriter Tania Cordobes, David Lee Schloss’s Caravan, Kalimbe World Jazz group, Island Boogie Caribbean band, Justin Cash Jazz Fusion trio,Tito Charneco “Diaspora” Jazz group and his own groups, Jose Aponte and Caribe Club Latin Jazz Quintet, Batuque Brazilian jazz trio and Brasuka Brazilian Jazz group.
Jose is a Pearl drums/percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Pro-Mark Sticks and Sabian Cymbals Artist.