Ryan has been performing in the capital district and the northeast for about 20 years. He grew up playing guitar and saxophone in Central NY. After graduating high school Ryan went on to study music performance and education at the College of St. Rose in Albany NY. At St. Rose, he graduated with a Bachelors degree in K-12 Music Education, and minored in Music Performance. Ryan also has a graduate degree in Music Technology. As a working musician, Ryan has primarily focused on jazz but performs with many different musical groups with different styles. Ryan also works as a free-lance jazz musician in the capital district with many different jazz musicians. Currently, Ryan works with Brass-O-Mania Big Band, the Joey Thomas Big Band, Silver Arrow Band, Rebel Alliance, and the RSG group. Ryan has been a private instructor and public educator for about 20 years. He teaches all levels of saxophone, flute, and clarinet, and beginning to intermediate guitar. As a public school music teacher, Ryan as taught K-5 general music, middle school band and chorus, middle school general music, and high school band.
Bill comes to Hilton Music Center from a varied background. He earned his undergraduate degree in music from The King’s College originally located in Briarcliffe Manor, New York. There he studied trumpet, piano and French horn studying under Harry Berv, the principal horn player in the NBC orchestra directed by Arturo Toscanini. He did further studies at the University of Maryland, University of Southern California and Nova University where he earned his advance degree. He taught in a number of schools in Florida, Vermont and New York. He also was a member of the United States Army band in Europe, touring for three years. It was there that he developed his love for big band style music. He recently retired as a public school teacher.
Wendy has been teaching music since 1996 and has received her BS from Houghton College and MS from Oneonta. Wendy offers encouragement and enthusiasm to each lesson to support the individual needs of her students. She supports her students in numerous recitals and competitions and has been with Hilton Music for over 7 years.