Rich Lane retired after 50+ years in Manufacturing & Marketing to open Lakeland Piano, now known as Piano Alley. A stroke 10 years ago halted his ability to play but not his passion and determination to put the love of music in our children’s lives. He saw a need for placing this showroom in Central Florida. He felt that if he didn’t go forward with the dream, someone else would. He feels very fortunate to have this opportunity. Rich has always enjoyed being around music and has a reputation of being a people person.
As no man is an island, Lakeland Piano is fully staffed with very talented personnel from administration to sales to teaching to service. Get to know our “Team” by visiting our showroom.
Mandy Carr started piano lessons at age 7 in New York City. She studied Classical piano along with other genres of music, ear training, improvization and Music Theory from several New York CIty teachers through age 17. At age 15, Mandy was frequently hired by local churches to play for their worship services in New York and New Jersey. She has played professionally for 45 years doing weddings, receptions, holiday parties, and briefly as a lobby musician for the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center in the mid 90’s.
Mandy is accepting new students at the Piano Alley showroom on Mondays and Thursdays. Private instruction will include the fundamentals as well as ear training, improvization, transposition, arranging, and music theory. Are you a church pianist? Mandy can help you play what’s “not in the book” by stepping out of your comfort zone and adding touches to the music that will be noticed and appreciated by your audience(s) making those old hymns come alive and adding expression and excitement to the praise and worship favorites. Mandy can be reached at 813-695-1249 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and schedule openings.
Alex De La Torre is excited to help you reach your artistic potential! An alumnus of Southeastern University, Alex is an avid Musician/Actor in the Central Florida area. Past credits include DANNY ZUKO in GREASE, MORDRED in CAMELOT, MITCH MAHONEY (FTC award winner) in SPELLING BEE and RITCHIE VALENS in THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. Alex was employed at Busch Gardens Tampa having performed in Soundsational!, Christmas From The Heart and Madagascar Live!
Alex currently instructs students at De La Torre Music Studios located in our showroom located at 2810 S. Florida Ave., Suite A, Lakeland. He is the Contemporary Worship Leader at Sunday Alive, musician for Nacion Santa and is the keyboardist for rock band SMOKEPOINT. Let Alex help you take your music ability to the next level! (Voice – Piano – Drumset)
Rachael Hamblin is a devoted music educator for students of all ages. She began teaching piano in high school after her personal instructor recommended that she begin taking on students of her own. Rachael continued teaching piano through high school and then had a short hiatus to pursue her music degree.
After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Southeastern University, Rachael taught chorus at a Lakeland Middle School for three years. While she was there, she taught a wide range of chorus classes from Show Choir, to Men’s Chorus, to Advanced Women’s Chorus. The choirs under her direction achieved consistent Excellent and Superior ratings and performed in local community events. In 2015, Rachael transferred to South McKeel Academy to teach music to grades K-6.
Throughout her career, Rachael has maintained her passion for teaching piano. For the past seven years, Rachael has taught piano to a wide range of students from Kindergarten age to high school. Recently, her first student to audition for Harrison School for the Arts was accepted into the piano program to continue her musical study as a piano major. Rachael is excited to continue her love of teaching piano at Piano Alley.
Studying piano for over 15 years, Evan Eliason is well versed in classical, jazz, and all modern styles of keyboard performance. While graduating with a B.M. in Piano Performance, and a B.S. in Music Business, at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, Evan has been teaching piano for over 5 years. His most recent mentors include internationally renowned Concert Pianist Dr. Young-Ah Tak (D.M.A., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University), and Dr. Charles Hulin (D.M.A., Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University). This combination of experience and education has well equipped him to teach students of any age to achieve their specific musical goals. Please help us welcome Evan to our teaching staff here at Piano Alley effective February 2017.
Samantha was born in Lakeland, Florida and has remained an avid Lakelander her entire life. She has had a passion for music from a young age, and has carried out that passion in various ways. Samantha went to Harrison School for the Performing Arts, where she was in the Piano Department. Upon graduating, she taught piano privately for two years before transferring to The Florida State University to complete her bachelor’s degree. Samantha also is involved in her church’s worship team, where she has been the keyboard player for ten years. Having over 20 years of experience playing the piano, Samantha enjoys working with others to help their passion of music flourish. Samantha joined our teaching staff here at Piano Alley last year.
Jay Nerove is owner and principal instructor of JaM Guitar Studio – a music school specializing in guitar and bass instruction. JaM Guitar Studio has been in Polk County for 17 years offering lessons and performance opportunities. Jay also teaches for the Fine Arts School of Central Florida. He has performed with students at Polk State College and at various community events (Winter Haven’s Art and Soul Festival, Lakeland’s Kelly Rec Center, Dundee’s Relay for Life, and many others).
Jay’s goal is to help individuals of all ages (5-100) to achieve their own dreams – whether it is to perform professionally or just jam with friends and family. All instruction is age appropriate and designed to meet the goals of each individual. Any genre of music (rock, country, folk, classical, neo-classical, jazz, finger style, praise and worship, metal) can be explored and mastered by the student. Improvisation is also taught along with music theory.
Jay has joined our teaching staff here at Piano Alley located at 2810 S. Florida Ave., Suite A, in Lakeland. He will also be teaching music programs for home schooled children in a class setting here in our studios. Jay can be contacted at 863-514-0417. Please contact Jay for starting dates, times and locations.
Trent Brooks is a versatile pianist. Trent has always had a love for the creative arts as a whole however music is what lives in his heart. Some of his many musical influences are Cory Henry, Hans Zimmer, and Bach. He believes strongly in the idea that musical creativity should not be limited to the “rules” of which many formally trained musicians hold themselves to. In fact, he believes that each individual should be innovative in anything they do; especially when it comes to music. While Trent still teaches fundamental principles of piano, he also teaches them the art of improvisation. His goal is to help his students reach their full potential; this includes developing an excellent work ethic, diligence and eagerness to learn.