Guitar / Bass

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Ed Misenti

Ed Misenti has been playing guitar for 57 years and has been teaching for the past 25 years. He has shared concert stages from Hartford CT to Hollywood CA. with: Joe Perry, Rick Derringer, Nazerath, and Michael Bolton. Ed has extensive studio experience having recorded CD's with Saddletramp, Alexis, Hedd and has been a guest artist on many other recordings. Ed is currently Musical Director at Mt. Olive Church, Middletown Ct. He has been a member of the Conn. Valley faculty since 1997 specializing in Rock, Blues, Funk R&B and Soul Jazz. 


Joe Casillo

Joe became a student of music in early childhood and cites his grade school years as the most important period in his musical career.  He began formal study of Jazz guitar at the age of 13 and in 1986,  at 17 years old,  began undergraduate music studies at The Berklee College of Music, majoring in Performance.  Joe has worked in the Pit Orchestra with the Thomaston Opera House and other community theater companies where noteworthy productions included:  My Fair Lady, The Who's Tommy and Tom Chapin's Cotton Patch Gospel.

Joe has worked live and in the recording studio on both U.S. coasts for many recording artists including guitarist/composer Matt Beal,  Composer John Ferrante of H.R. Lexy and compser Shawn Persinger in the original progressive rock group Prester John.

You can find Joe performing most nights throughout New England with the classic country band The Luck Pushers,  70's festival tribute The Watkins Glen Band and the eclectic Jazz/pop group The Castlefield Trio.

Joe has been a music educator since 1990 and served as director of the guitar department at the Bethwood Suzuki Music School from 2003 to 2008. Even with his busy performance schedule, Joe loves to teach and maintains a full time student roster.


David Kuzminski

David attended Berklee College of Music and graduated from the Hartford Conservatory where he taught for 15 years. He was also taught at the Loomis Chaffe School and was a member of the adjunct faculty at Trinity College. David has toured the East Coast and has performed locally throughout the area for the last twenty-five years with his own group Jason Smith Quintet. David became the director of Connecticut Valley School of Music and Dance in 1983 David teaches Guitar and Bass. 


Eric Kuhn

Eric Kuhn graduated from Wesleyan University in 1981 and has been an area musician ever since. He has been musical director for numerous Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater productions- everything from Hair to As You Like It- and composed original scores and lyrics for many of them. Currently he is musical director for the Middletown Children's Circus. In this role he arranges, teaches, and directs two hours of non-stop live music with a band of a dozen players, many of whom are young musicians. Eric has played with a number of area bands including China Doll, The Bus, and Jason Smith Quintet wedding band.

He has been the director of, and player/singer with the Eric Kuhn Group, an 8 piece ensemble devoted to his original music. 

Albums produced : The Blues for You, 1988, original music, Eden@the Coffeehouse, 2010, original music, Lisa and the Electric Blanket, with The Bus trio (including Michael Cleary, and Paul Bozzi)

Eric plays bass, guitar, keyboards, sings, and composes. His major influences are the blues, American songbook (jazz standards), folk, rock, and reggae.