Dan is a Memphis native and a product of the Bellevue Music program. He participated in graded choirs, handbell ensembles, and the Bellevue Choir and Orchestra. He started piano at the age of 6 and went on to participate in high school band, orchestra, choir, and jazz band on both piano and drum set, making All-State in band, jazz band (on piano), and voice. For more than 30 years, he has been teaching private lessons in percussion, piano, and voice for Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts (SPA), for the Germantown Baptist Church Conservatory of Music, and privately. After some time in college, Dan joined the United States Marine Corps to participate in their Field Band program. He served for eight years and was stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana, for four years with the 3rd Marine Airwing Band, now known as the Marine Forces Reserve Band. Dan went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of Memphis after leaving the military. Since then, Dan has performed with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as well as in various musical theatre productions and private engagements across the Mid-South. He taught elementary music for seven years with the former Memphis City Schools, specializing in Orff Schulwerk. Dan also earned a Master of Education from Union University during that time. Dan has been a life-long Bellevue member and is humbled and honored to continue to serve with SPA as well as in the Bellevue Orchestra and as a Life Group teacher.
Julian is a native Memphian who has been playing drums since he was 3 years old. He grew up in Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts and has participated in 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 areas, as well as gaining experience in the use of a wide variety of percussion instruments. His primary instruments are drum set and mallets. Since graduating college, Julian has returned to Memphis to share with students and fellow musicians the knowledge and experience he gained and, even more importantly, his passion for the percussive arts. He has taught in schools, worked with the Memphis Music Initiative, and currently plays at Bellevue and various gigs around the city. Julian’s educational philosophy is to not only train the hands and feet but also to engage the brain, heart, soul, and mind.
Evan was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, but his family moved to Melbourne, Florida, when he was 3 years old. He grew up in a worship pastor’s home, and his mother is an elementary music teacher. Needless to say, the Hasker home was filled with music. From a young age, Evan was exposed to a variety of musical instruments, and in the Hasker home, you weren’t given a choice to play an instrument; rather, the choice was what instrument you would play. Evan choose drums, so his mother kindly corrected him to percussion. Evan has studied drums and percussion since he was 9 years old, and at 12, he became the primary drummer for his father’s worship ministry at the First Baptist Church in Melbourne. During middle school and high school, Evan was very involved in local public school band programs, festivals, and competitions. Evan received his Bachelor of Science in Music and Worship: Biblical Studies from Liberty University, with drum set being his primary instrument. Through Liberty University, he had the privilege to lead various worship events with drums alongside artists such as Michael W. Smith, Cece Winans, Charles Billingsley, and others. Evan is passionate about percussion education and the importance of deep musical training for the glory of God. He does his best to make lessons educational, efficient, and FUN! In Psalm 150:5, the psalmist says, “Praise him with resounding cymbals; praise him with clashing cymbals.” Evan desires for his students to learn how to praise the Lord with percussion instruments.
School of Performing Arts
Bellevue’s School of Performing Arts (SPA) is a place where excellence in fine arts education and devotion to Christ are combined to provide families with a distinctly Christian artistic community of learning.