Student Feature



travisStudent: Travis

Teacher: Rib Ribble

Location: Madison

Fourteen-year-old Travis has been playing violin for five years but initially didn't think he'd continue after his first year of fifth-grade strings class in school. Travis started taking lessons with Rin and realized he could play anything he wanted on the violin, not just classical and fiddle music. While he does study the classics, he enjoys playing popular music hits like "Hey Jude," "Under Pressure," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and, most recently, "Stairway to Heaven." He is still learning and improving every day and plans to continue lessons for the next few years. 

Read more in the March 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.



yuryStudent: Yury

Teacher: Jon Tabers-Kwak

Location: Green Bay

Yury was born in Russia and moved to the U.S. when he was eight years old. Before starting guitar lessons, he studied trombone and flute.

He also studies voice and was selected to participate in the Wisconsin Middle School Honors Choir. Last summer, Yury participated in Heid Music’s Rock U as a bassist and back-up vocalist.

A student at West De Pere High School, Yury plays in the school's jazz band. He even performed Christmas Russian Mandolin pieces for the most recent Madrigal Dinner.

Outside of music Yury is an honor roll student and excels at mathematics. He is thinking of pursuing dentistry, geo-history, politics and/or professional music in the future.

Get the complete details in the February 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.



Student: Brett

Teacher: David Lawrence

Location: Appleton

Brett has been playing drums for 13 years. He has always studied with David Lawrence and has won numerous awards including the coveted Lawrence Studio 2017 Drummer of the Year.

Brett has played with countless bands including Mr. May and Outbreak, with which he played at Milwaukee's Summerfest on five different occasions.

Brett currently plays throughout the Midwest with the Tallan Noble Latz Band.

Read more about Brett, in the January 2018 issue of The Student Pitch.





Student: John

Teacher: Rebecca Proefrock

Location: Green Bay

John first picked up a violin when he was 12 and began playing in his middle school orchestra. Not only was he the top scholar in his junior class in De Pere last year, he played with the Civic Symphony of Green Bay, placed third in his first competition and was hired as the first violinist by the Sheboygan Symphony. As a senior he now attends Interlocken Arts Academy and is preparing for a career as a professional violinist.

See John in the December Student Pitch.




Name: Vihaan

Teacher: Joel Croyle

Location: Heid Music Madison

Vihaan attends first grade at West Middleton Elementary School. Since early childhood, he has had a keen interest in music; in fact, his love of rhythm and beats led to him learning how to play drums. Joel, who has been Vihaan's instructor for one year, said, "Seeing his level of hard work at such an early age instills pride in me as a teacher." 

Besides music, Vihaan loves sports and is a huge LeBron James fan. Learn about Vihaan in the November Student Pitch.