About our Teachers
studied classical guitar with Alice Kopfstien-Penk, and jazz with Paul
Justin Gormley (Guitar, Piano, Bass Guitar Theory): AA Northern Virginia Community College, pursuing a degree from George Mason University.
Will Morales (guitar, classical guitar, bass guitar & piano): Will was the general music instructor at Virginia Hills Baptist Church pre-school. He is pursuing a music degree from Northern Virginia Community College.
(Guitar Bass) performs with Bob Marley's former band Junior Marvin and the Wailers, worked recording sessions with Dwezil Zappa under supervision of producer Les Comacho.
is an active teacher and performer. He is retired from the US Army Band.
Percussion/Drum SetMarshall earned both his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from George Mason University. He has over 35 years experience as a teacher and performer. He is the President of the Virginia/DC Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society (1997 Chapter President of the Year). He taught at George Mason University for twenty years, and is currently on the faculties of the University of Mary Washington, Northern Virginia Community College, and Prince George's Community College. He teaches at the Goucher College during the Summer session. In 2000 and 2002, he received the Governors’ School Outstanding Teacher Award, presented by the Virginia Department of Education. Marshall is very active with the Percussive Arts Society. He presented a Fundamentals Accessories clinic at PASIC 96, Drum Set clinics at PASIC 2001 and 2004, serves on the PAS Education Committee, and he has published articles in Percussive Notes. As a professional musician in the D.C. area, Marshall’s work spans commercial, jazz, rock, show, and classical fields. He has worked with the Baltimore Symphony, Eugene Fodor, Hour of Power Orchestra, Miss America, Patti Lupone, the Sesame Street Show, and Yakov Smirnoff. For eleven years, he worked in and led the big band at Andrews Air Force Base Officer’s Club. Additional studio/media performances include the sound track for television’s “America’s Most Wanted” and WMAL radio appearances. Besides university teaching, Marshall has written for and instructed a number of Northern Virginia high school marching drum lines and concert percussion sections. Marshall is a certified instructor for the Roots of Rhythm program developed by Dr. Craig Woodson.