Guitar / Bass
Ed Misenti has been playing guitar for 50 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 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 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.