Brass, Woodwinds, and Percussion
Welcome to Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts–a place where adults and children can learn and develop musical skills in a nurturing environment. Our desire here at Bellevue is to provide opportunities to develop and use the talents that God has given us to tell His wonderful story and give Him glory!
Each semester consists of 15 weeks of lessons. The 2018 Fall Semester begins August 6 and ends November 30. See rates below for your specific fees. All lessons are taught on campus at Bellevue Baptist Church.
The various types of private lessons offered within the brass, woodwind, and percussion studios are as follows:
Being a part of the School of Performing Arts provides many opportunities to serve in and outside of the church. The SPA is also a member of the West TN School Band & Orchestra Association (WTSBOA) which allows our students who do not attend a public or private school to participate through the SPA in their regional, state, and national events for Band and Orchestra.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition (per semester):
30 Minute Lessons $394
45 Minute Lessons $584
60 Minute Lessons $784
Activities Fee (per semester): $25, includes a SPA t-shirt, theory book, Solo and Ensemble Festival, and an end of the year recital.
Registration Fee (per academic year): $25, with a $50 maximum 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.
A service charge of $3.50 will be added for each installment payment.
**FAMILY PLAN: Any family with more than one student registering, or one student registering for multiple lessons, will receive a 10% discount on tuition starting on their second occurrence (excludes activities and registration fees). You must register in the SPA Office to receive this special discount.
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 percussion instructor, born in Florence, KY, but raised in Memphis. He graduated in 2014 from Wheaton College with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He has a heart for students, and has a strong desire to see his students grow not only musically, but spiritually as well. 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 most recently led the trashcan group that performed at Camp Outrageous. While at Wheaton, he performed in the Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Combos, Gospel Choir, and was a founding member of the band Cardinal Harbor. This is Julian’s third year teaching and is currently the Music Teacher and Band Director for Memphis Rise Academy. He also performs around the city with various groups and performs on occasion with the Bellevue Orchestra.
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.
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. She has served as a private woodwind teacher in the Memphis area for over fifteen years, as well as an educator in the Memphis/Shelby County School District. Leigh is also member of the Bellevue Sanctuary Orchestra.
Mollie Tatum – Flute
Mollie Tatum received her Master’s degree (Vocal Performance; 2010), as well as her Bachelor’s degree (Music Education; 2008) from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, University of Memphis. She holds her Tennessee State Teaching License in K-12 Choral and Instrumental Education. 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 8 years, and is the middle and high school choral director at Heritage Baptist Academy in Cordova.
Mollie has performed as soloist for the University of Memphis Singers, Chamber Choir, Symphonic Band and the Bellevue Sanctuary choir & orchestra. She especially enjoyed her role as Maria in the Harrell Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music, for which she received the 2006 Ostrander Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. Through recitals, competitions and ministry venues, Mollie seeks to encourage each student to enjoy music, to sharpen their individual skills, to always strive for excellence and to use their gift to glorify the Lord their whole lives.