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Deb Hogan has been teaching music for 17 years with 16 of those years at Matt’sMusic. Deb attended State University of New York at Fredonia where she received herMaster’s in Music Education. Deb is a proud veteran of the Marine Corp spending fouryears in the 3 rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. She teaches several band instruments, witha main concentration on brass instruction. Her students consistently score highest inthe county for the NYSSMA festivals. Deb participates in several ensembles includingthe Ladies 1 st Jazz Band on trombone, Buffalo Silver Band on euphonium, and thenational award-winning Tonawanda American Legion Band on euphonium. Deb has alifelong love of learning!

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Dylan Gechoff

Trombone, Trumpet, Guitar and Piano

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Deb Hogan

Deb Hogan has been teaching music for 17 years with 16 of those years at Matt’sMusic. Deb attended State University of New York at Fredonia where she received herMaster’s in Music Education. Deb is a proud veteran of the Marine Corp spending fouryears in the 3 rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band. She teaches several band instruments, witha main concentration on brass instruction. Her students consistently score highest inthe county for the NYSSMA festivals. Deb participates in several ensembles includingthe Ladies 1 st Jazz Band on trombone, Buffalo Silver Band on euphonium, and thenational award-winning Tonawanda American Legion Band on euphonium. Deb has alifelong love of learning

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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. 

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Brendan Lanighan

A native of Buffalo, New York, trombonist, composer, and educator Brendan  Lanighan has begun to be recognized on the international stage. In the summer of 2017, he  was selected as the winner of the 2017 International Trombone Festival’s J.J. Johnson Jazz  Solo Competition.

 

In the fall of 2015, Lanighan earned degrees in Jazz Trombone Performance and Music  Education from the Eastman School of Music. During his time at Eastman, he was an active  member of a vibrant Western New York music scene, developing his skills as a highly  versatile musician.  

Also in that year, he was a finalist for the 2015 International Trombone Festival’s Carl  Fontana Competition, as well as the recipient of a Downbeat Magazine award for his  arrangement of J.J. Johnson’s composition “Lament”.  

After a year of freelancing, teaching, and searching, Lanighan started his 2017 by joining  the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Nick Hilscher. During his  time on the road, Brendan played over two hundred shows in concert hall throughout the  U.S., Canada, and Japan. It was also during this time with Glenn Miller that he auditioned  and was accepted into the Juilliard School in Manhattan, NY.  

Lanighan began pursuing a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies at Juilliard in the Fall of 2018.  Since then, he has honed his skills under the tutelage of masters such as Steve Turre,  Wycliffe Gordon, Elliot Mason, and Kenny Washington. He also began working and  traveling extensively with the Gordon Webster Band, one of the premier Lindy hop dance  bands in the world.  

He has played around New York City as both a leader and sideman in notable jazz venues  such as Dizzy’s Club, Zinc Bar, the Kitano Hotel, and others. Lanighan is featured on several  tracks of an upcoming album from one his earliest influences, Wycliffe Gordon, to be  released later this year.  

An aspiring writer, Lanighan’s compositions and arrangements for large ensemble have  been played by the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble, the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, the  Williamsville East Jazz Orchestra featuring Bill Charlap, as well as by his own groups, most  notably, the Brendan Lanighan Octet. In 2014, Lanighan received an Outstanding  Arrangement Award from Downbeat magazine in recognition of his arrangement of the  great trombonist J.J. Johnson’s ballad, “Lament”, for small ensemble.