Meet the Team

Staff

Donovan Bankhead

Vice President

Donovan is the Vice President of Springfield Music, and has worked hard to position Springfield Music along with three other co-owned music retail stores to be fun, full service experiences for customers throughout Missouri and the surrounding states. He is highly-involved in the music industry, can often be found speaking at area universities, NAMM or NASMD, and is a bass guitarist and trumpet player. In additi...

Nick Bynum

Staff

Nick isn’t the stereotypical middle-class twenty-something white guy raised in the splendor of Joplin, Missouri. He’s a rockin’ musician who has played bass and guitar since he was 15, loves pizza and spends his free time hanging out with his friends…well, the rockin’ musician playing guitar part isn’t stereotypical, anyway. To know him is to  love him, and Nick’s ...

Eli Chambers

Manager

Eli's love of music extends into all areas of his life—whether playing in a popular Southwest Missouri band or running Ernie Williamson Music. Eli brings an artistic eye and a creative spirit to his role as manager. Stop by the store and say hello.

James Parks

Staff

Chances are if you're in Joplin and own a guitar, 34.8% of you bought it from James at Ernie Williamson Music. In fact, on his day off, 99% of the calls we get are for him. No wonder his grandkids love him so much. James is the nicest guy you'll ever meet - AND THE DUDE CAN SHRED ON THE GUITAR! Make him show you how he rocks out with his socks out!

Amanda Kimble

Staff, Instructor

Amanda is an integral part of the Ernie Williamson Music team where she works directly with customers, helps coordinate the music lessons program and teaches. In fact, Amanda has taught music for over 10 years. She plays the piano and harp. Outside of her musical interests, Amanda is a talented writer and a huge cupcake fan. Her favorite band is Paramore.

Gene Adam

Staff

With a bachelor and master's degree in music education from Truman State University, Gene understands a little about music. In fact, he was named education major of the year during college, taught for 25 years and personally received numerous excellent ratings with concert, jazz, marching and small groups. Since then, Gene has retired from teaching, but hasn't left the trade. He's now using his extensive music e...

Instructors

Amanda Kimble

Staff, Instructor

Amanda is an integral part of the Ernie Williamson Music team where she works directly with customers, helps coordinate the music lessons program and teaches. In fact, Amanda has taught music for over 10 years. She plays the piano and harp. Outside of her musical interests, Amanda is a talented writer and a huge cupcake fan. Her favorite band is Paramore.

Michelle Daugherty

Instructor

Call Ernie Williamson Music at 417-624-3157 and sign up today for lessons with Michelle!

Johnny Rose

Instructor

Call Ernie Williamson Music at 417-624-3157 and sign up today for Guitar or Piano lessons with Johnny!

Caleb Paxton

Instructor

I have been playing guitar for nearly 11years now and i continually find myself charmed by the instrument.  There is nothing quite like sitting quietly with a good guitar in hand. I love playing, teaching and even cleaning guitars, although my real interest is in song writing.  if you’re interested in lessons I'd love to work with you!

Shane Smith

Instructor

I am an easy going, down-to-earth guy that loves to teach and share the things I've learned. I have played guitar for over 10 years, and I have studied music for nearly as long. I have a sweet tooth for metal, a special place in my heart for jazz, and an ear for guitar in general. So if you want to learn, or just want a new perspective, don’t hesitate to come in!

Ben Costley

Instructor

Benjamin Costley is a percussionist from Webb City, Missouri. Since he was eleven years old, he has played in many marching bands, concert bands, jazz bands, and church bands. Benjamin focuses on teaching numerous varieties of percussion, specializing in comprehensive approaches to marching, rudimentary snare drum, concert, and drum set percussion. During his time playing, he has particularly enjoyed being a mem...

Forest Bunter

Instructor

Call Ernie Williamson Music at 417-624-3157 and sign up today for lessons with Forest!

Trey Shannon

Instructor

I am a versatile musician with a passion for all kinds of musical styles. I see music as a language that everyone has the potential to speak, regardless of age. Because music has always been such an integral part of my life, nothing brings me more joy than sharing it with others. Let’s get started!

Tyler Jones

Instructor

Call Ernie Williamson Music at 417-624-3157 and sign up today for lessons with Tyler!

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