Daniel G. Driskell - Piano, Guitar, Woodwinds, Music Theory

 Mr. D with the Ayers brothers after a concert.

Mr. D with the Ayers brothers after a concert.

Daniel Driskell (“Mr. D”) grew up in Mobile playing a variety of instruments and always wanted a place where students could find lessons for a many different instruments, summer camps, workshops, ensemble classes, and more.   

Daniel started piano lessons at age 7 and actually despised lessons and recitals for a very long time.  He was forced to continue lessons and eventually fell in love with music.  He received formal instruction at the University of South Alabama – B.M. Piano Performance and Florida State University – M.M. Piano Pedagogy.  Some of his greatest teachers and inspirations in music have been:  Alicia Lutrell, Elizabeth Petro, Ellen Marsh, Owen Middleton, Dr. Robert Holm, Dr. Victoria McArthur, and Dr. Read Gainsford.  Daniel has performed many solo piano concerts including music by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Dello Joio, Bolcom, Crumb, Prokofiev, and other great composers.  He has even arranged and composed many pieces for piano, guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, string ensemble, brass ensemble, symphony band, and other small ensembles.  Mr. Driskell has taught students of many different ages and ability levels encouraging excellence in solo music, ensembles, and music of all styles.  He recently worked as a professor of music at University of South Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.  He is currently the assistant music minister at Government St. Baptist Church and also leads a group of middle school students called the “Pulse of G Street,” a praise and worship band.  Daniel loves being involved in theater shows and has music directed many shows including:  Fiddler on the Roof, Music Man, Cats, Grease, Oliver, Annie, Sound of Music, Titanic, Mame, Camelot, Into the Woods, and Bye Bye Birdie. 

Daniel Driskell is happily married to Amy and they share two beautiful children  – Dylan and Zoey.         

Angela Rayburn - piano

Anglela - Mobile Piano Teacher

Raised in Kentucky in a family of musicians, Mrs. Angela has been playing music since the age of 4.  She was classically trained in classical piano music from the age 6 to 23.  In her 20s she embarked on a journey into gospel, contemporary and light jazz as she performed in restaurants and clubs in various cities.  Mrs. Angela has been teaching for 16 years.  Prior to moving to Mobile with her husband in 2008, Mrs. Angela had a busy teaching schedule in the Boston area with a studio of 40 students and a waiting list. 

Mrs. Angela is always trying to challenge her students to learn from the classics and the standards while also exploring their own creativity.  Her students are often involved in:  writing a musical, playing classical pieces as well as contemporary folk and rock, playing musical games, telling a story, and composing their own music.  Mrs. Angela loves working with our 3 -5 year old students in a musical immersion class called "rhythm rocks."  She is certified in the "Robert Pace" method, " Music Together" and has studied with Pat Pattison and Gary Burton at the Berkeley school of music in Boston.Mrs. Angela says that "the most rewarding aspect of teaching music is getting to know each individual then helping them best express the music they care about."  


Chris Duncan - guitar, piano, and strings

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Christopher Duncan is a professional musician who has been playing, studying, and performing music since he was four. Both of his parents are musical and have been his greatest influences.  Chris has been playing in professional groups since the age of ten, when he started playing drums and bass for his church band. He learned how to hear music via the Nashville numbers system under the tutelage of his father and won an international Teen Talent award in high school. In college Chris went on to study music at the University of South Alabama and became a Laidlaw Scholar. He was first chair double bass in the USA symphonic band, the bass player for the USA jazz ensemble, the tenor section leader in the USA Chorale, and an avid composer.  During his time at USA, he had the privilege of studying under many inspiring mentors that challenged him and influenced his views on composition, music theory, performance, and music literature.

Chris has played on numerous records and performed with many professional groups, including the American Aces, Roman Street, Cassady Duncan, Johnny and the Loveseats, and Gravity Blinks. He currently does studio session work and is the producer of Gravity Blinks and Madison Grace. He also recently performed and arranged music for the film Yellow Day.  As a music teacher for the past eighteen years, he believes that music should be taught and understood as a language and not just as a skill. Chris has had many of his students go on to major in music and also become professional musicians. At Full Scale, he teaches drums, bass, guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, voice, banjo, and ukulele. When he isn't teaching, composing, or performing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and best friend, Courtney, and his son, Jack.

David White - drum set and percussion

David White has had a love for music for as long as he can remember and has played drums since the age of nine.  His first “drum set” consisted of cardboard boxes played with Tinkertoys.  At the age of twelve, David received his first real set of drums for Christmas and after playing along with records for two years began taking drum lessons at age fourteen.   Studying under Dr. John Papastefan, David received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of South Alabama before going on to study jazz at the University of North Texas under Henry Okstel and world-renowned jazz drummer Ed Soph.  In addition, David has also taken private lessons with jazz drumming great, Jim Chapin and funk drummer, Mike Clark.

David - Best Drum Teacher in Mobile

In addition to teaching at Full Scale School of Music, David also teaches at the University of Mobile and Ellis Studios and performs regularly at Dahlia’s Electric Piano Hall and Dayspring Baptist Church. David has performed with the Port City Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony and more recently with the Mobile Symphony.  He has also played drums for many musical theater productions at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse and the Mobile Theater Guild and played in numerous rock, country, blues, jazz and big bands.  With these various musical groups, he has performed in ten states including Pennsylvania, New York and Texas.

John Cochran - guitar

John Cochran's passion for music began at a very early age. He was raised in a home where Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and Marvin Gaye were playing regularly. This exposure and love for Soul music soon branched out into blues. Due to various influences and ten years of experience, Cochran has developed into a creative musician and composer with a unique voice and original approach to improvisation. Cochran specializes in being an instrumentalist, and is adept at playing bebop, funk, blues, rock, and free improvisation.

ochran has earned music degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi followed by a graduate degree in Jazz Performance at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to finishing his graduate degree, John was hired as an Adjunct Professor of music at MTSU.  While living in Nashville, John studied with former Allman Brothers guitarist, Jack Pearson, as well as Nashville's most respected jazz guitar guru for the past forty years, Paul Abrams.  John has played with renown drummers such as Marcus Finnie (Larry Carlton, Lady Antebellum) and Derek Phillips (Hank Williams Jr.).  Prior to Nashville, John studied with New Orleans based creative guitarist and composer, Chris Alford. Cochran fulfills his passion for music education through his teaching, both in the community and at Faulkner State.  John is active in the creative music scene in the Gulf Coast. He is available for hire or lessons in almost any musical setting including- acoustic duo's,wedding and bar bands, jazz groups and many more.  www.johncochranmusic.com

Joshua Ward - guitar

Joshua Stephen Ward is a singer/songwriter from Mobile, Alabama. His music reflects a cultivated authenticity and optimism towards life. Josh loves to share his enthusiasm and talent with students each week at Full Scale.  He graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.M. in guitar performance in 2006.  Josh enjoys playing and teaching a variety of music to students of all ages and ability levels. He also teaches at Modern Ensemble Music and performs throughout the region. Josh is currently working on his own album and can be seen performing original songs throughout the area.

Laura Deal - piano, woodwinds, and brass

Laura Deal is a graduate of Troy University where she studied music education.  Mrs. Laura maintains an active life in the musical world around Mobile. In addition to teaching at Full Scale, she also is the band director at St. Luke's Episcopal School.  Mrs. Laura also performs with local theater groups and the Mobile Piano Ensemble. She is a member of the Mobile Music Teacher's Association and serves as an accompanist at church on keyboard, piano, and organ. She loves to see her students succeed and continue in their musical growth from week to week. 

Natalie Blackburn - violin, viola, cello

 

Natalie Blackburn is a wonderful and flexible musician who loves teaching and performing music.  While studying with master strings instructor Kurt Schuster she earned a chair in the violin section of the Evansville All City Honors Orchestra and the Indiana All State Honors Orchestra.  She also won a seat in the Indianapolis Symphony Youth Orchestra.  Mrs. Natalie graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University, where she met my husband, now a retired Air Force officer.  As we moved around the country, Blackburn had the opportunity to play for several well-known musicians and with a number of musical organizations.

While living in South Dakota, Mrs. Natalie played for the Rapid City Symphony Orchestra.  In this group she was privileged to perform on stage with Mel Torme, Henry Mancini and Red Skelton to name a few.  She also played in the Heartland Philharmonic in Omaha, Nebraska.  Mrs. Natalie is committed to serving and using her talents for worship and has even started orchestras at Heartland Baptist Church in Bellevue, Nebraska and Lake Ridge Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia.  She fell in love with the South 10 years ago when their family moved to Chunchula.  Currently, Mrs. Blackburn is performing with the Baldwin Strings Orchestra, Mississippi Baptist Symphony Orchestra, and a string quartet.  She has  enjoyed teaching the violin around the country for nearly 35 years and also plays and teaches students on the piano, viola, cello and recorder.

Larysa Burgess - piano

Larysa Burgess, Piano Teacher

Larysa Burgess was born and raised in Berdyansk, Ukraine on the shore of the Azov Sea. She Graduated from Zaporozhie State Music College and the Berdyansk State Institute of Pedagogy with Valedictorian Honors earning a Master Of Arts Degree. Mrs. Larysa went on to become a professor of music and choir at the Berdyansk State Institute of Pedagogy where she studied. She moved from Ukraine to Hawaii where she married and soon thereafter moved with her husband to Nacogdoches, Texas. Then they moved to Houston, Texas, and finally to Mobile, Alabama. Recently Mrs. Larysa became a member of the Mobile Music Teachers Association, the National Music Teachers Association, and the Mobile Piano Ensemble. As a piano teacher, Mrs. Larysa works closely with her students. She has a warm “hands on” approach that emphasizes the inflection of the music not just the notes. Full Scale is glad to have Mrs. Larysa Burgess teaching as a part of our wonderful team of teachers.

 

Tad Borowski - guitar, bass

Tad Borowski is a talented and versatile musician. He began his Full Scale career with Rock Band camp in 2012 and has enjoyed teaching band and guitar lessons ever since.  Mr. Tad loves to play a variety of musical styles from classical to rock and jazz to anything in between.  He counts it a joy to teach and encourage students each week to grow in their musical understanding and ability.