Gregg "Cheech" Hall is a La Crosse native, and has been playing professionally for over a decade. He is a bluesman by trade, but plays in all genres of popular music. He has been on tours in AK, CO, WY, MN, IA, OH, SD, NB, and many others with his bands Smokin' Bandits and White Iron Band. He has played at countless music fest such as 10,000 Lakes Fest, Bandit County Fair, Fatfest, Log Jam, Hookahville, Sturgis, and many other national festivals and venues.
Gregg is also the founder of Deece Productions. Deece Productions puts on tribute shows to classic rock 'n' roll bands at the Muse Theater in La Crosse. They have done tributes to The Band's "The Last Waltz", Neil Young's "Rust Never Sleeps", the Allman Brothers Band's "Live at the Fillmore East", and The Rolling Stones' "Sticky Fingers."
Gregg is one of most hardworking musicians around the midwest. He has hosted "Cheech's Deece Open Jam" at Del's Bar on Monday nights for over ten years and performs weekly as a solo artist with acoustic duos or with his bands at establishments all over the midwest. He is known locally for his slide blues guitar style. Almost any night of week he is sharing his music somewhere!
If you want to contact Gregg about lessons, you can email him at email@example.com or call him at 608-797-0561.
Shealan Bahr is a 1998 graduate of Viterbo University's music department. Since then she has worked as a music director of a local church as well as a high school choir director. In addition to teaching piano and voice at SSE Music, she is the Associate Director of the La Crosse Girl Choir and the Youth Pastor at St. Patrick's in Onalaska.
Beth Becker has taught in the School District of La Crosse since 1988. She currently directs orchestras at North Woods and Roosevelt Elementary schools (grades 4 and 5) and at Logan Middle School (grades 7 and 8). She also plays Assistant Principal Viola in the La Crosse Symphony, teaches the River City Strings, and conducts the Wesley Methodist Youth Orchestra.
During her college years, Beth studied viola with John Tartaglia (Minnesota Orchestra) and violin with Young Nam Kim, and in 1989 she graduated from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, with a B.S. degree in Music Education.
Since moving to the La Crosse area, Beth has conducted the La Crosse Youth Symphony Philharmonic Orchestra, received her Master of Education - Professional Development Degree, and taught privately.
Danielle Fields graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2004 with degrees in Elementary Education and Vocal General Music. She has been teaching piano since 2004, and is also a General Music teacher at La Crosse Summit Elementary School and La Crosse Coulee Montessori.
If you would like to talk to Danielle about scheduling piano lessons, please contact us here at SSE Music!
Jessica Kalember is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She received her Bachelor's degree in instrumental music education and is a state certified teacher.
Jessica is an active participant in area performances. She has volunteered and worked for organizations which include: WiSTA Elementary Orchestra Camp, UW-L String Academy, Hamilton Elementary Community Partnership for Strings, La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, WMEA Solo and Ensemble Competition, and the La Crosse Youth Symphony. She commits herself to professional development as an active member of the American String Teachers Association, the National Association for Music Education, and Kappa Delta Pi, an educational honor society. She also is a violin and viola instructor at the Viterbo Preparatory School of Arts.
Jessica enjoys working with students of all ages and is committed to providing an enjoyable and fulfilling musical education. She looks forward to meeting you!
Jim Knutson has taught music for over 25 years, including at Onalaska High School and St. Mary’s University in Winona. He has a BA from Luther College and an MFA from the University of Iowa. Jim has performed in China and Europe with professional and college groups, and plays and solos with the La Crosse Symphony. He plays in the praise band and directs the bell choirs for First Lutheran church. Jim also leads and performs with the Coulee Region Steel Band and his jazz quartet, Latin Vibe.
An active teacher, performer, composer and arranger, Brad Lebakken starting playing violin at the age of eleven. His teachers included Carlos Quian and Richard Kucinski. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from James Madison University under the tutelage of Paul McEnderfer. He then continued his studies at Northwestern University with Gerardo Ribeiro, earning a Masters Degree in Violin Performance. He later received a Masters Degree in Education and Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
Mr. Lebakken has played in the Prince William Symphony Orchestra, the Roanoke Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the Rochester Symphony (Minnesota), and the Winona Symphony. He is currently the principal violist of the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and principal violist of the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, of which he is one of the original members. He has been featured as a soloist with the Winona Symphony and the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra, and has twice conducted the La Crosse Symphony in their performance of Jubilo!, his own arrangement of Christmas carols.
He has maintained a private teaching studio for sixteen years, including four years as a teacher in the Viterbo University Preparatory School of the Arts, and has taught in the school districts of Onalaska, La Crosse and Eau Claire.
Kaye Lehrmanreceived her B.A. in Music from Luther College and her M.A. in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She taught classroom music for eight years and has taught piano for twenty years.
Kaye moved to La Crosse from Dubuque, Iowa, where she had forty private students at the Northeast Iowa School of Music. She has also played viola with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and piano for community theatres.
Kaye has accompanied for both Onalaska and La Crosse School Districts as well as the La Crosse Community Theatre. She is organist and choir director at Faith Lutheran Church in La Crosse, plays clarinet in the La Crosse Concert Band, and sings alto in the La Crosse Chamber Chorale.
Ryan Torgerson was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He began playing the drums at age 4 with several years of private lessons. Ryan played in symphonic bands, symphony orchestras, and jazz and rock bands throughout his middle and high school careers. He continues to play and perform with bands throughout the tri-state area that reflect his eclectic musical tastes. Ryan has also done studio work with and subbed for the drummers of many of the area's top bands. Currently, he performs with Moon Boot Posse.
Ryan started teaching drums at SSE Music in June of 2001. Incorporating styles of rock, jazz, latin, reggae, and blues, as well as concert and hand percussion, he is well-versed in helping form his students into well-rounded musicians.
Ryan's playing has been influenced by Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Neil Peart, Stewart Copland, Thomas Lang, Todd Sucherman, Jimmy Chamberlin, and many others. Ryan aspires to develop and teach students of every age and level of experience.
Ryan also works in our Combo Shop, so if you'd like to contact him here regarding lessons, feel free to do so via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (608-781-2850).
Lessons are $60.00 per month, for a 1/2 hour lesson per week.
Check out this video of Ryan's drum solo from the Three Beers 'Til Dubuque concert on July 4th, 2009! Ryan is playing a Pearl Vision VSX Birch kit, a Beier 2mm brass snare drum, and Sabian and Paiste cymbals:
SSE Music offers guitar lessons, piano lessons, keyboard lessons, drum lessons,
voice lessons, violin lessons, bass lessons, in our La Crosse location. We also accept students from the following surrounding communities such as Onalaska, Sparta,
Tomah, Holmen, West Salem, Viroqua, Mondovi, Arcadia, Westby and Osseo.