Faculty / Staff

Les Pierce

Les Pierce started playing saxophone as a student of Joe Ostenson, and has continued playing ever since. The styles of music played have included everything from rock, country, jazz, big band, Latin and others.  In addition to this, he has been giving private lessons for a number of years, while continuing to Play locally with a number of groups.

Bruce J. Gilsenan

Bruce's Qualifications include playing guitar from 1981 to present, teaching professionally since 1988, playing publicly solo and with various groups since 1988. Bruce also writes and performs original compositions

Some of Bruce's experiences include teaching guitar at Porcella’s Music 2010 – Present, teaching at Hollister/Music Tree from 2009 – 2010, teaching guitar at Hollister Music from 1998 – 2009, Bruce was an Assistant Manager at Hollister Music 1998 – 2007, and has been teaching independently since 1988. Pedagogy Curriculum: includes Theory. proper technique, harmony, songwriting, performance, rhythm, lead, finger style, alternate picking, scales, chords, arpeggios, musical notation, tablature, chord diagrams and music history,Genres taught - Rock, Metal, Blues, Classical, Country, Funk, Latin, Reggae, etc. Bruce attended Gavilan College where he studied Classical Guitar – 1987, and Cabrillo College where he studied Classical Guitar, Jazz/Pop Theory, Songwriting, Jazz Improvisation, Latin Ensemble - 1992-1999

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson has been teaching in central California since the 1970s. Mark has taught at The Music Tree in Morgan Hill and Gilroy, Music Village in San Jose, Live Oak High School (Adult Education) and other studios. He is now teaching Scruggs style Bluegrass Banjo, Finger style Guitar and Ukulele. He uses both standard notation and tablature (especially banjo tab) but insists on laying a proper foundation for reading music. Mark has his teaching credential and has conducted group classes in local schools and churches.

Noelle Sladon

Noelle Sladon is currently a voice, piano, and guitar teacher at Mr. O's Academy of the Arts. In Addition Noelle works as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in a private practice in Hollister.

Noelle has loved and been involved in music and the performing arts since she was a child. During the 1970's Noelle was a voice major at De Anza College in Cupertino CA, Noelle then went to San Jose State University where she earned her B.A. Degree in Drama. Noelle went on to get a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology at National University in the late 80's.

Noelle has performed in various plays including Music Man, Annie Get Your Gun, and Fiddler on the Roof, with the San Benito Stage Company. Noelle has performed in many other plays in the past with other theatre groups in the bay area. Noelle is currently in the Shiloh Band as a lead singer and rhythm guitarist. Shiloh, has had two performances for Mr O's “Save the Music” Benefits in Hollister. In addition Shiloh has played for Ridgemark Golf and Country Club lounge, Paines, Relay for Life, The Emmneus House. and many private parties and weddings. Noelle is a member of Oriana Chorale, and is on their board. Noelle has been a music teacher for over 20 years. Noelle is currently accepting new students at Mr. O's Academy for the summer

Emiliano (Meno) Valdez

Sound Technician

Kirk Berkland

Drum Instructor

Special Thanks to Pablo Palancio
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