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Location

Springfield, MO

3100 S. Fremont Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804
(417) 881-1373
[email protected]

Hours

Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Our friendly, knowledgable staff is here to serve you.

Staff

Donovan Bankhead

Donovan Bankhead

President

Donovan is the President of Springfield Music, and has worked hard to position Springfield Music along with four 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 addition to his tireless dedication to the music business, Donovan is a dedicated husband and father of two.

Misty Kristek

Misty Kristek

Vice President of Operations

Misty is the Vice President of Operations for Springfield Music, Inc and education program administrator.

Misty is a wife, mom and a hard worker! She's the glue that keeps this company together.

Austin Handley

Austin Handley

School Services Manager

Austin Handley, a Springfield native and true Ozarkian, is Springfield Music's School Service Coordinator. He has over 30 years musical experience, immersing himself in a variety of instruments from string to percussion, as well as exercising his talents through his vocal abilities. He began his musical adventures at six, playing piano, advancing to choir and violin just three years later, learning guitar at age 11 and topping off his instrumental repertoire with drums at age 13.

As an adult, Austin went on to study studio recording with Justin Risley and Jim Wirt at 4th Street Studios in Santa Monica, CA. His early musical pursuits paid off, and as a young adult and he began touring with Hurry Sundown, performing over 200 shows a year at venues like Tootsie”s Orchid Lounge in Nashville and the Andy Williams Theater in Branson. His musical influences include Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers and Doc Watson. Austin has now settled down, focusing his efforts on the operations of Springfield Music and its affiliated companies. Outside of the music store, Austin can be found relaxing at his second home in Cape Fair, slaying Crappie and Bluegill.

Mitch Brashers

Mitch Brashers

Sales & Marketing Manager

To know Mitch is to love him. We know this because he tells us this all of the time. Seriously, Mitch has been the face of Springfield Music for nearly twenty years. Originally starting with sales, he then became store manager for over a decade, and is now in charge of Sales & Marketing for our entire company.

Paul Schmidt

Paul Schmidt

Repair Manager

Paul Schmidt is the repair shop manager at Springfield Music Company based in Springfield, Missouri. Upon completing a degree in music at Missouri State University in 1990, he began repairing band instruments and serving as a school service representative at a local music store in Springfield. Mr. Schmidt is noted for his work with college music education programs and school in-service workshops presenting repair techniques and emergency tips. He recently presented at the 2017 MMEA conference on repairing in the classroom. Throughout the year you can find him at various marching band competitions, regional meetings, and numerous universities in Kansas and Missouri helping educators and students learn proper maintenance and repairs. One of Paul’s specialties is redesigning musical instruments to help students and adults with disabilities so they can enjoy making music again.

John Anno

John Anno

Staff

Name: John Anno (Janno)Position: ECommerce/Online Sales

Length of Time with the Company: 10 years

Short Bio: Paul Schmidt is the repair shop manager at Springfield Music Company based in Springfield, Missouri. Upon completing a degree in music at Missouri State University in 1990, he began repairing band instruments and serving as a school service representative at a local music store in Springfield. Mr. Schmidt is noted for his work with college music education programs and school in-service workshops presenting repair techniques and emergency tips. He recently presented at the 2017 MMEA conference on repairing in the classroom. Throughout the year you can find him at various marching band competitions, regional meetings, and numerous universities in Kansas and Missouri helping educators and students learn proper maintenance and repairs. One of Paul’s specialties is redesigning musical instruments to help students and adults with disabilities so they can enjoy making music again.

Favorite Band/Group/Style of Music: I tend to dwell in the land of classic rock and 90's rock. Hippie jam bands get a good amount of rotation. Funk/Soul/Reggae/Metal. I really love so many different styles of music. It depends on the mood from day to day.

Favorite Piece of Gear (That We Sell): I love Reverend guitars. They are so unique in terms of their style and features. To me, Reverend stands out more than any other brand. Just excellent, well made guitars.

Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Operations

I started playing music in the small town of Troy at the age of 16. I've learned a lot playing music and it has opened some doors to other opportunities for me. I currently study film-making independently and hope to make some great movies in the future. For now I will sell you a guitar.

Favorite Band/Group/Style of Music: I don't have a favorite band but I do enjoy music of all genres. I love jazz music all the way to pop punk music.

Favorite Piece of Gear (That We Sell): I enjoy the Taylor GS Minis. These guitars are usually the go-to guitar for me. They are nice and small but project just as a full sized Taylor would. They are great travel guitars.

Alex Warren

Alex Warren

Guitar Repair

Alex has been one of the best guitar techs in the area, in-demand with professional and amateur players alike. Alex can setup a guitar to play like butter, and loves chasing down weird guitar electrical problems.

Amanda Rueter

Amanda Rueter

Vice President of Finance

Amanda is the VP of Finance for Springfield Music, Inc - and she plays an integral role in making sure that financial commitments are met, and she does it all superbly and with a terrific sense of humor!

She's also a mom, wife, horn player, and aspiring guitarist!

Donnie Kraft

Donnie Kraft

Buyer

Donnie is a long time musician and veteran of the music and music retail industry. After a long stint at Hoover Music, he joined the Springfield Music, Inc team as head of purchasing, where he keeps our stores full of super cool gear!

Caleb Bankhead

Caleb Bankhead

Customer Service

Caleb is a Kickapoo HS graduate, and is currently attending OTC & MSU as a business major while also performing with the MSU Pride Marching Band.

Mike Henderson

Mike Henderson

Customer Service

Mike has been a local musician (legend!) and fantastic guitarists, and all around super duper nice guy!

Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson

Customer Service

Jack got his start in music AT Springfield Music! He and his brother, Mitchell, grew up taking lessons at the store, participating in our rock camps and various events. We are now super happy to have him on the customer service team!

Mike Guffey

Mike Guffey

School Service (SW Missouri)

Mike Guffey serves as a school service representative for Springfield Music since 2003. In this capacity he serves as an educational consultant, adjudicator and much sought after clinician for marching, concert and jazz bands.

In 2011 he was selected as one of the top two road reps in the United States by the School Band & Orchestra Magazine. A thirty year veteran of teaching music education in southwest Missouri has included grades 5-12 instrumental music, vocal music and orchestra. Mr Guffey’s marching and concert bands have received top honors at every level of competition. He is a member of the Missouri Music Educators Association and Missouri Bandmasters Association. Guffey studied instrumental and vocal music education at Central Methodist University and Secondary School Administration at Missouri State University. While attending Central Methodist he was twice selected to the All State College Honor Band on trumpet.

Mike is a life-long resident of Missouri. growing up in Rolla and now residing in Springfield. He enjoys everything musical, boating, riding his Harley and scuba diving.

Jim Shannon

Jim Shannon

School Service (SW Missouri)

Jim Shannon is currently an assistant to the shop manager and a road representative for Springfield Music, Inc. Before joining Springfield Music in 2018, he was a music educator in the state of Missouri for 28 years. After first teaching in Bradleyville, Missouri, then Stoutland, Missouri, the last 21 years of teaching were at Logan-Rogersville School District in Rogersville, Missouri. While at Logan-Rogersville Mr. Shannon had the opportunity to build a successful instrumental music program directing many different performing groups including concert band, marching band, jazz band, winter drumline, pit orchestra for musicals, and bucket percussion classes. The marching band, jazz band, and winter drumline received many awards over the years and have performed in Missouri and across the country in Florida, Texas, Ohio, and twice in Hawaii.

Before going into education Mr. Shannon played professionally for Silver Dollar City, Jerry Presley Show and Ray Price Show in Branson, and in the band for the Toby Tyler Three Ring Circus which toured states in northeastern United States.

Mr. Shannon received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri and a Master of Arts in Music Composition from Central Missouri State University. He also attended a Basic Recording Techniques Institute at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Mr. Shannon is the son of two Missouri music educators. His mother, Mary Alice Shannon, taught elementary music and his father, Jim Shannon Sr., was director of bands at the Nevada School District in Nevada, Missouri.

Jim is married to Brenda Shannon who he met while performing in Branson. She was a singer with the Jerry Presley Show, where they met. They have two very musical children. Sarah, who is the area director for Young Life in Rogersville, and Nick, who has just graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Music in Choral Education with Instrumental endorsement.

Currently, Mr. Shannon performs with two big bands, Wings of Swing and the Springfield Community Jazz Ensemble. He also leads a performing bucket percussion group with Brenda. The group, called CC Rhythm, is comprised primarily of individuals with developmental disabilities and is associated with Christian County Links.

Cheryl Bodendieck

Cheryl Bodendieck

Store Manager

Cheryl Bodendieck is Springfield Music's Store Manager. She has spent a majority of her career managing lost souls in the retail industry, or in music, but never both at the same time until the stars aligned, there was a solar flare, a two headed sheep was born! Her musical instrument of choice is the piano with 37 years of experience. In her free time, Cheryl loves to spend time with her family (furbabies included), mumblety-peg, working on Cagney and Lacey fanfic, and composing her own solo piano pieces. Cheryl's musical inspirations include that cat in the shirt that plays piano, that muppet that bangs its head on the keys, and Zamphir, Master of the Pan Flute.

Cassie McCallum

Cassie McCallum

Customer Service

I'm an aspiring singer/songwriter. I play guitar and ukulele. I am from Springfield. I am studying Art and Design at Drury University!

Tara Lynn

Tara Lynn

Instructor - Vocals

 

With over 20 years as a professional singer, Tara has known singer was her career choice since she was a young teenager. Her professional experience includes six year touring as a country singer, five years as the opening act for the Statler Brothers, and education from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to teaching vocal lessons at Springfield Music, Tara is sings in two bands, is part of an acoustic trio, works in marketing, and enjoys relaxing with her mule, Thor, who she raised from a baby.

 

Sean Clavin

Sean Clavin

Instructor - Guitar/Bass

Sean Clavin has been teaching for over 25 years, averaging over 80 students a month in California. He moved to the Branson area in 2003 with Roy Rogers Jr. & The High Riders. For the past 16 years, he performed over 300 shows per year as their lead guitarist, dobro and mandolin player, and worked as a staff guitarist for Road Records & Chameleon Productions in SWMO. He has recorded eight full-length CDs with Roy Rogers Jr. & The High Riders in addition to several hundred songs, commercials & movie soundtracks. Since 2009, Sean has been a full-time teacher and heads his own band, The Sean Clavin Band.

Ben Harrel

Ben Harrel

Instructor - Guitar/Bass/Ukulele

Ben has over 20 years of playing experience, and he has been with Springfield Music since 2007. Ben holds a degree in Contemporary Music, and loves playing Blues, Rock, Folk and Acoustic music. His Favorite bands/players are Stevie Ray Vaughan, Tommy Emmanuel and Joe Pass. A nicer guy you will not meet! And a GREAT teacher!

Tavish Lawson

Tavish Lawson

Instructor - Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/Drums

Multi-instrumentalist and performer, Tavish Lawson, has been playing music since 2003. Tavish acquired his Certificate of Music Theory & Composition through Berklee College of Music. He has worked as a music instructorsince 2013. Tavish teaches guitar, bass, ukelele, and drums.

Madison DeWeerd

Madison DeWeerd

Instructor: Violin, Viola, Cello, & Upright Bass

Madison DeWeerd teaches Violin, Viola, Cello, AND Upright Bass. Madison is a recent Mizzou graduate with her degree in Instrumental Music Education and she has worked extensively with the Missouri State String Project in Springfield. Madison enjoys teaching beginning and intermediate string players of all ages.

Chris Blades

Chris Blades

Instructor - Guitar/Bass/Drums

Chris has been playing music for most of his life, beginning with his primary instrument — guitar — at age 4. Along the way he gained proficiency on bass, drums, piano, violin, and cello. Teaching seemed a logical profession, and seemingly in the blink of an eye, fifteen years have passed! Over the years Chris has recorded dozens of albums, and performed over 1,000 shows across the country, with countless bands/artists, tackling every genre of music, from blues to funk, jazz to outlaw country, and beyond. Chris has shared the stage with a number of diverse artists, including Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch), Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (The Misfits), pioneering British heavy metal legends Diamond Head, and more. While he enjoys nearly every genre of music, heavy metal (in its various forms) is his favourite. When he's not teaching, playing golf, or watching classic horror movies, he is practicing/writing/performing with his melodic/traditional metal band, Transylvania. Chris is thrilled to be part of the Springfield Music team, and intends to inspire in his students, the same enthusiasm he enjoys for music.

Tyler Textor

Tyler Textor

Instructor - Brass

My name is Tyler Textor and I graduated from Willard High School in Willard, Missouri. I’m currently pursuing a degree in Instrumental Music Education through Missouri State University in hopes to continue to spread my passion for music to the next generation. I’ve played brass for many years now and can’t wait to teach more and more students!

Elizabeth Walstrand

Elizabeth Walstrand

Instructor - Orchestral Strings

Elizabeth has been playing violin for 20 years. She also plays bluegrass fiddle! She has a minor in music from Missouri State University, where she was in the University Symphony. She now plays in the Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra. She is happy to teach classical violin, bluegrass fiddle, or even viola to all ages!

Jason George

Jason George

Instructor: Piano

Jason George grew up in Monett, MO and has been a pianist for almost 25 years. Having been classically trained, he started writing original music at the age of 14 and continues to write to this day. He is very excited to teach the language of music to a new group of earnest beginners.

Kahlan Foland-Hollinger

Kahlan Foland-Hollinger

Instructor - Piano

Kahlan is a classically trained pianist who began her music journey in 2008. While piano is her primary, she has also studied flute, alto saxophone, and conducting. She is currently studying communications at Evangel University with a minor in music recording technology. She has a great love for sharing music and making connections!

Jordan Willis

Jordan Willis

Instructor - Drums

Jordan is a drummer and percussionist that is currently a senior at Evangel University pursuing a Music Education degree. He has been playing percussion since 2014 and has passion for teaching music to students. He can teach anything from drum set to percussion for school bands.

Deakin Mooney

Deakin Mooney

Instructor - Banjo

Deakin has always held a deep connection to music. As he grew up in the Ozarks in the 80's and 90's, his fascination with all things bluegrass grew as well. He started playing banjo under Roger Mathews in 2005. In 2009, he started a bluegrass band called Deep Fried Squirrel, which is now known as Drifter's Mile. Deakin is super excited to teach others his love for all things bluegrass, and is now accepting beginning or intermediate banjo students.

Matteson Gregory

Matteson Gregory

Instructor - Vocal, Songwriting

Matteson Gregory is a singer-songwriter who resides in the Springfield area. Growing up with her dad playing in bands, instruments throughout the house, and family karaoke nights Matteson has always had a passion for music. Since 2008, she has been performing at various restaurants and bars throughout the Ozarks and Northwest Arkansas. Over the years, Matteson has also worked on her craft as a songwriter by taking trips to Nashville to both write and record music. Her dreams as a singer-songwriter came true once she released her first single in 2018 followed by performing more and more shows throughout the years. Matteson has been a student at Ernie Williamson Music since 2019 and was excited when she was asked to take over vocal lessons. She hopes that she can inspire her students to pursue their dreams in music.

Maizie Bassham

Maizie Bassham

Instructor - Guitar and Uke

My name is Maizie Bassham. I am a Springfield native who is currently attending Drury University for music therapy. I used to take singing lessons at Ernie Williamson Music and it helped open me up even more to the music world after growing up with it. I have been playing both guitar and piano since 2021, ukulele since 2015, bass guitar since 2013, and singing publicly since 2008. I love having the opportunity to teach a new skill to someone while also incorporating the foundations needed for really understanding how to play an instrument of their choosing.

Tony DuPlessis

Tony DuPlessis

Instructor - Piano

Tony Duplessis is a classicaly trained pianist and Jazz Keyboardist whose roots lie deep within the Funk, Jazz Fusion, Pop Rock and R&B schools of the mid 1980’s. He comes from a family of professional musicians and songwriters. A native of New Orleans Tony has received a huge amount of training by immersing himself in the Afro-Carribean Funk that forms the sounds of the Crescent City. Manny has recently completed his Masters of Music degree classical piano jury and performs around The Midwest the Big Easy while jamming, doing session work, and just perfecting his chops

Mariah Alberty

Mariah Alberty

Instructor -Woodwinds

Mariah Alberty Mariah has been playing flute and piccolo for over 12 years, and during that time, she has marched with the Kickapoo High School Golden Arrow Band and Missouri State University’s PRIDE Marching Band, played in Missouri State’s Bearmania Pep Band, and has been a member of several Concert Bands. She is currently studying Elementary Education at Missouri State and plans on graduating in May of 2023. Music has been a big part of her life, and she is excited to share that passion with others.

Nate Trout

Nate Trout

Instructor -Guitar, Bass, Uke

NateNate has been playing guitar and bass since 2015. Specializing in jazz, metal, punk, and grunge. Having played guitar for multiple bands throughout the years as well as acting as a teacher’s assistant in jazz and concert band classes. He is excited to teach the basics of playing guitar and bass and possesses the flexibility to teach any genre. If it’s too wordy let me know, I can always tweak it a little bit. And sorry for the late reply as well .

Phoenix Lietch

Phoenix Lietch

Instructor - Piano and Voice

Phoenix Lietch started playing guitar in 2015. He later picked up the bass and ukulele in 2018. He's a part of the Missouri Air National Guard, a full time college student, and is starting his dream by pursuing his career in music. His favorite type of music is Classic/ Indie Rock; his favorite band is The Beatles. He is excited to teach the basics of playing guitar, bass, and ukulele; Phoenix is passionate about giving the gift of music.

 

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