Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion
Fall 2019 Semester: August 12–November 22 (15 lessons)
See rates below for your specific fees. All lessons are taught on campus at Bellevue Baptist Church.
Flute • Clarinet • Saxophone • Trumpet • French Horn • Trombone • Euphonium/Baritone • Tuba • Percussion
Tuition and Fees
Tuition (per semester):
30 Minute Lessons | $404
45 Minute Lessons | $599
60 Minute Lessons | $804
Activity Fee Per Semester | $25
This activity fee includes a SPA t-shirt, theory book, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and End of the Year Recital.
Registration Fee Per Academic Year | $25, with a maximum of $50 per family.
Installment Plan: Students have the option of a 4 part installment plan, with the first installment due at registration, and the following three due on the first Monday of the subsequent months. If a student withdraws from the SPA, the remaining payments are still owed.
Please Note: A service charge of $14 will be added for utilizing an installment plan.
Family Plan: Any family with more than one student registering, or one student registering for multiple lessons may receive a 10% tuition discount starting with the second lesson (Excludes fees; lower priced lessons will be given the discount). To receive this discount, you will need a “coupon code” which you can receive by calling Janet at 901-347-5711.
Steve Davis – Trombone/Piano
Steve Davis a Memphis native, has been ministering in instrumental music for over 30 years starting with the Bellevue Sanctuary Orchestra in 1984. His main instrument of expertise is the trombone. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the University of Memphis in 1990 and 1996 respectively. Steve started teaching private lessons in brass and piano through Bellevue’s Performing Arts Center in 1986.
He has served at Leawood Baptist Church, Metro Baptist Church (just outside Nashville), Germantown Baptist Church, Bellevue Baptist Church, and Collierville First Baptist Church over the years in their music ministries. Also, he has played with the River City Community Band, the Germantown Symphony Orchestra and Central Church Orchestra. Both he, his wife Audrey, and daughter Gloria are current members of the Bellevue Orchestra, and their son Philip is a member of the band program at Bellevue.
Julian Henderson – Percussion
Julian Henderson is a native Memphian who has been playing drums since he was three years old. Mr. Henderson grew up in our School of Performing Arts and has participated and led our Trash Can Ensemble in performances around the city. He was homeschooled and then earned a degree in music education in 2014 from Wheaton College, located in the suburbs of Chicago. While at Wheaton, Julian gained experience playing various musical styles in many venues around Chicago and the surrounding area as well as the use of a wide variety of percussions instruments. His primary instruments are drum set and mallets. Since graduating, Julian has returned to Memphis share the knowledge and experience he gained and even more importantly his passion for the percussive arts with students and fellow musicians. He has taught in schools, worked with the Memphis Music Initiative, and currently plays at Bellevue Baptist church and gigs around the city. Julian’s educational philosophy is to train not just the hands and feet, but to engage the brain, heart, soul, and mind as well.
Anthony Baird – Saxophone
Anthony Baird holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from the University of Memphis, where he specialized in piano and saxophone. In addition, he participated in marching band for seven years between high school and college, where he played the sousaphone. He has traveled with various musical groups from chamber ensembles to full orchestras, performing throughout Europe, China, and the United States. Along with performing, Anthony is passionate about teaching. He enjoys working with and learning from his students, and challenging them to grow beyond what they might have expected they could, both musically and in life. He is a member of the Bellevue Baptist Church Orchestra, where he plays saxophone and occasionally piano. He also plays piano and travels with the student choirs for their Student Music Mission Project every summer. He, and his wife Jenny, are both on staff at Bellevue. Anthony is working towards a Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics. He is looking forward to how God is going to combine his theological studies with his music ministry.
JAMES R. HOLCOMB
Jim Holcomb spent 24 years in the classroom as an instrumental and vocal music teacher. In the early 90s, Jim was asked to serve as the supervisor of music programs for Memphis City Schools, and served in this role for 21 years. Following his time in public school music education, Jim served as the administrator of the Bellevue School of Performing Arts for approximately 5 years where he continues to serve as a brass teacher; marking almost 52 years in service to music/arts education in Tennessee and Mississippi. Additionally, Mr. Holcomb also teachers Horn at Christian Brothers High School.
During his tenure as a classroom music teacher, Jim’s performing ensembles were well known for the comprehensive nature of a music program, experiencing consistent success at local, regional, and national festivals. In service to the Tennessee Music Education Association and affiliated regional associations, Jim received an “Outstanding Administrator” Award in 2006, Jim has also served on grant panels for the Tennessee Arts Commission and Memphis City Center Commission, has served on the Board of the Governor’s School of the Arts (1992-1996), and is currently serving on the Board of the Tennessee Arts Academy Foundation and the Cultural Connections by Design Technologies National Board of Directors. He is a recipient of the Tennessee Arts Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Amro Music Educator’s Walk of Fame Award, the TMEA Music Educator’s Hall of Fame, the American Legion Americanism Award and countless others.
Leigh Neria – Clarinet/Saxophone
Leigh Neria was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, Leigh moved to Memphis upon completion of a B.S. Education in Instrumental Music from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She studied clarinet under Dr. Scott Bridges, performed in the Alabama Wind Ensemble under the direction of the late Dr. Gerald Welker and Kenneth Ozzello, and was a member of the Million Dollar Band. Mr. Holcomb recruited her to Memphis, and she began teaching music/band in Memphis City Schools in August of 2000.
She received her Master in Administration and Supervision from Grand Canyon University in the spring of 2010 and has served in administration in Memphis/Shelby County Schools, a middle school band director, and is currently an Orff Music Specialist at Shady Grove Elementary School. Leigh has served as a private woodwind teacher in the Memphis area for over nineteen years, as well as an educator in the Memphis/Shelby County School District. Leigh is a member of Bellevue Baptist Church, and is also a member of the Bellevue Sanctuary Orchestra.
Mollie Tatum – Flute
Mollie Tatum holds her Master’s degree in Vocal Performance, as well as her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (emphasis in both flute and voice) from the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music (2010, 2008). She holds her Tennessee State Teaching License in K-12 Music Education, (both Choral and Instrumental Emphasis). Mollie studied voice with Dr. Pamela Gaston, (University of Memphis; 2004-2010), voice and piano with Mrs. Rose Mary Anderson, flute with Mr. Bruce Erskine (University of Memphis; 2004-2008) and Mrs. Valerie Bachelor, and choral conducting with Dr. Lawrence Edwards (University of Memphis; 2007-2010). Mollie has taught private voice and flute at the Bellevue School of Performing Arts for over 14 years, and has served as choral and flute ensemble director for various choirs and ensembles in the area.
Mollie performs regularly as soloist for various choirs and ensembles in the Memphis area. She especially enjoyed her role as Maria in the Harrell Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music, for which she received an Ostrander Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Through recitals, competitions and ministry venues, Mollie aims for her students to grow in their love of music and the Lord, to find their “core sound”, to sharpen their individual skills to the very best of their ability, and to become comfortable in using their gift to bless others and glorify the Lord! Mollie enjoys spending time with her husband and their two precious boys.