Get to Know Us
Jeff Van Blargen
Jeff has been teaching in our community for 20 years. Jeff teaches Piano. Jeff attended both University of Buffalo and Buffalo State and received his Masters Degree in Education and Counseling. His Undergraduate Degrees were earned in Psychology and English.
Jennifer May currently teaches private lessons on Piano, Bass, Guitar, Ukele & Recorder. Jenny May has been a professional bassist since 1982. She is the founder and leader of an all female 15 piece big band. Jennifer May has been with our community for 5 years.
Kathleen shares her love for music through teaching beginner piano and flute. Katie is a Music Education Major at Buff State. Please welcome Kathleen to our Community as a new staff member.
John Hasselback III
Buffalo New York native John Hasselback III is quickly establishing himself as a lyrical trumpet soloist and composer in New York City’s vibrant jazz scene. Hasselback’s colorful sound is thoroughly informed by the lineage of jazz trumpet tradition, combining the sounds of yesterday with the sounds of tomorrow.
While attending The Hartt School of Music’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz on a full-tuition scholarship, and The Conservatory of Music at Purchase College on a graduate talent scholarship, Hasselback was privileged to be mentored under the tutelage of master trumpeters Freddie Hendrix and Jon Faddis.
Hasselback maintains a regular performing schedule winning top positions in the prestigious “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program of 2016”, earning recognition as “Buffalo’s Jazz Rising Star of 2017”, and The Hartford Jazz Society’s “Emerging Jazz Artist of 2018”. Hasselback is also a recipient of the 2019 Pathways to Jazz Grant.
Hasselback has performed or recorded with Grammy award winning artists and notable musicians including Joe Lovano, Steve Davis, Kenny Washington, Donald Harrison, Nat Reeves, Eric McPherson, Rene McLean, Ronnie Burrage, Jonathan Barber, Freddie Hendrix, David Gibson, Rick Germanson, Ken Peplowski, Doug Weiss, Pete Malinverni, Jon Faddis, Billy Pierce, Steve Nelson, and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Heath. He has also performed at notable venues including The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club, The Apollo Music Cafe, The Side Door Jazz Club, The Northwest Jazz Festival, The Albright Knox Summer Jazz Stage, The Handel Performing Arts Center, The Purchase Performing Arts Center, The White Plains Jazz Festival, The Hartford Jazz Cruise, and The John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts.
Hasselback is also active in the world of film and multimedia, creating content for clients displayed to thousands worldwide. As an educator, he can be found here at Matt’s Music teaching trumpet & piano.