The Uptown Music Collective has announced the addition of area musician and music educator Tim Breon to the faculty, as the primary bass instructor. Breon is a respected music educator and in-demand performer in the Williamsport area, as well as a sought-after sound and recording engineer with extensive mixing and mastering experience. He replaces area musician Colin Beatty as the primary bass instructor and will be offering private lessons, as well as participating more broadly in the educational mission of the school. The Uptown Music Collective is confident that his expertise and experience will greatly enrich their current bass curriculum.
Currently, Breon is the guitar-bass instructor and director of the electronic music lab at Lycoming College and performs regularly with the Johnny Jolin Band, the Doug McMinn Quartet and the Kristin Fisher Band. Over the last 15 years, Breon has backed dozens of national and international performers, including Clay Aiken, Olivia Newton-John, Davy Jones and jazz great David Liebman. He also has returned to orchestral playing with the Williamsport Symphony, where he is currently the stage manager and principal bassist.
As a young musician, Breon performed extensively in New York City, Baltimore and Philadelphia with the regional David Rose Band. He also studied guitar in NYC with Ben Sher and later became a pupil of Dave Brumbaugh, founder of the Uptown Music Collective.
Breon will offer a week-long bass workshop from July 9 to 13 at the Uptown Music Collective. Designed for students who already have a basic understanding of the bass, this workshop will explore the often-overlooked art of playing bass in various musical settings. Concluding the week will be a discussion of the ways in which a working bass player can make a living playing music.
The Uptown Music Collective is in the process of enrolling students in their annual summer music camps. The camps are full-day music workshops for students of all ages seeking a high-impact educational experience. Classes meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 848 W. Fourth St., with an hour break for lunch.
To enroll or to seek further information, visit www.uptownmusic.org.